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More Magical, Turbulent History of The Color Green

Jude Stewart’s Beyond the Color Chart Bootcamp will teach you to wield color—including the color green, as detailed below—more intelligently in your graphic design practice. Register for this online course here. Welcome to part 2 in my mini-series on the …

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03/12/2014: Typewriter poster

Posters like this are ubiquitous these days (see the Image of the Day Oscar post as just one other recent example), but there’s something about these simply-illustrated depictions of the typewriter’s evolution that is both intriguing and educational (looking at …

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03/05/2014: Joy Division album art history

The pulsar image of Peter Saville’s iconic design for the first Joy Division album has been reproduced a lot in recent years. When Adam Capriola wanted to use the design for a parody t-shirt, he followed an internet trail that …

Stan Mack’s Occupy-the-Fourth-of-July Funnies

It’s 1776 in Philadelphia. Congressional delegates “sweat, swat flies, and argue independence.” They retreat to a tavern and casually dump Jefferson with the job of composing a declaration: “Tom, write us something dignified, yet magical.” Once he’s finished, all the …

From ? to !, Part 2

After posting “From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History,” quite a few of you have sent me more samples which I did not include in my collection. Thank you, especially to Chisholm Larsson Gallery for their continued support …

Ten Typefaces of the Decade

In 1998, in the middle of millennium-induced listmaking mania, I wrote a short piece for Letterspace, the newsletter of the Type Directors Club, on the “top 100 typefaces of all time.” The list was based on the historical, technological, or …