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The Fine Art of Tattooing

Illustrators and fine artists test their crafts on a different kind of medium—skin. These artists are working in top shops and applying their skills to tattoo artistry.

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Words – and Images – on Ed Fella

Ed Fella’s AIGA Medalist profile sums him up succinctly: He’s “one of the most influential designers of the last quarter century.” And now he’s retiring. But having been friends since I first interviewed him for Emigre back in 1993, I …

Editor’s Choice: What can we learn…

Today and tomorrow, the Design Group Editors have been given a great deal of power. For the next two days, their favorite books are half cover Print’s MyDesignShop.com price. What can we learn from an Editor’s Pick? Let’s take a …

An L.A. View of Meggs's N.Y. School of Design

Everyone will approach the fifth edition of Meggs’ History of Graphic Design through their own personal filters. Steve Heller’s already done his overview of the print and digital versions. Paul Shaw may pick up his Blue Pencil to correct factual …

Publicolor: Drenching At-Risk Schools in Color

Annual fundraising events are usually dreary, rubber-chicken affairs. Not so with Publicolor, one of our very favorite charities whose Stir, Splatter + Roll event is slated for Wed. April 11 at 6pm. How often do contributors convene at an at-risk …

My First Design History Primer

Back in 1970, over a decade before the first edition of Philip B. Meggs’ A History of Graphic Design (1983), Ann Ferebee published the first edition of A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present (below). It …

School Days

After 20-plus years as adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts, I still get myself all knotted up at the beginning of each semester. Will everyone drop the class? Will they see me for the fraud that I am? …

Olcani – Children's Paintings of Maasai Medicine Plants

The African Conservation Fund’s (ACF) program employs a strategy that builds local capacity for conservation by sourcing funds, providing skills, and creating geographical and cultural linkages regionally and internationally. SAPPI Ideas That Matter has provided funds for Melanie McElduff and …

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, …