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Pink Floyd and the Amazing Storm Thorgerson

With a name like Storm Elvin Thorgerson, you would have to be destined for greatness. On April 18th, the man who put album art into its own music category, lost his battle with cancer. He was 69.

RDA: Forensic Ads Analysis

I’m not all that surprised that the term I thought I just made up – Forensic Ads Analyst – is an actual job description at Facebook. I coined the phrase when I took a looked through the 1982 issue of …

Using the Design Process to Resolve Project Conflicts

“You decided to change directions…?” (cue the internal tears) Ahhh…that feeling inside that whispers, “I’ve just wasted a week on a design and now the strategy has done a u-turn spraying me with its exhaust of angst and chaos as …

Stop, Hammer Time?

By Sean Ferry, Senior Producer Creative Development Department It started off as a joke. While the Creative Development Department sat at the captain’s table of Fahrenheit 212, they passed ideas around for the annual “dirty Santa,” and in an environment …

Shiny Brite and Design Thinking

Over the holiday weekend, my mom and I sorted through several boxes of my grandparents’ Christmas ornaments. Both born in 1913, my grandparents lived through two world wars, had two daughters and were married for 73 years. They had several …

Copy Cats, 1915

For a dozen years I contributed a small feature in each issue of Print called “Separated At Birth.” The concept was simple: To reveal (or call out, if you prefer) design and designers who were (knowingly or not) overly influenced …

Lissitzky, Cut It Out!

The Lenin Tribune designed by El Lissitzky from 1920-1924 is an oft rebuilt icon of Modern “graphic” Constructivist architecture.  In 1984 (a fitting Orwellian year for celebrating utopia) Paul Groenendijk and Piet Vollaard issued a set of five avant garde …

Stop Accepting Defaults

An interesting confluence of writings in the media: several authors questioning the use of defaults (some several years ago), most using their exploration to define why usage of default systems are a terrible idea. The current overuse of default systems …

What the Heck's a “Guilloche?”

In my never-ending quest to re-integrate ideas of artistry and technology, I’ve been shown another example. Here’s a gorgeous video showing how a guillocheur creates his work. A guillocheur is sort of a machine operator, sort of a craftsperson, sort …