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Fun Times at Bauhaus Dessau

Those wild and crazy Bauhaus boys and girls, with their improv jazz band and beach antics and clownish poses. They weren’t just dedicated students at what was probably the most influential design school in the 20th century. They were also partying hearty in 1920s Germany… before Fascism put a brutal end to this hotbed...

Rereading Bob Gill for the First Time

It is in no way hyperbolic to say that Bob Gill’s latest book, Bob Gill, So Far (Laurence King, $50), should be required reading in every design school. Additionally, it should have a place on all right-thinking designers’ bookshelves. In fact, the only argument against buying this work by one of America’s greatest graphic thinkers...

Primer Design Primer

Starting today and continuing into perpetuity, from time to time I will present different primary school primers from various times and numerous places. These artifacts are the formation of a collection that will evolve as the materials accumulate. But the rationale for their assembly is to see how, over time, language is taught to...