These examples of 1950s Italian design feature both geometric simplicity and optical vivacity.
Fattobene (Done Well): Italian Everyday Artifacts by Anna Lagorio and Alex Carnevali explores objects that are designed but, in a curious way, undesigned.
Italian graphic design comes in many shades of strange. These are the kind of eclectic artifacts that are getting harder and harder to find in the new digital purgatory.
Steven Heller tracks down a mysterious Burning Man competitor from 1915 in The Illustrated Travel Journal from Milan.
Italian education is pretty good. Partly because the publications used by students are so appealing. Explore a few examples.
Steven Heller points out the graphic design details on road signs found along the Autostrada of Italy. Buckle up, and come along for the ride.
Louise Fili is the most elegant woman I know—no exaggeration—so I had to smile when I learned the title of her monograph was Elegantissima (Princeton Architectural Press). She’s also the most Italian Italian-American I know. (She gets Italian cable!) Louise teaches a summer workshop for the School of Visual Arts back in the old...