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Chwast’s Quote: The Illustrated Words of Jimi Hendrix

A notable quote from Jimi Hendrix, illustrated by Seymour Chwast—number 120 in a weekly series. Submit a quote in the comments (or on Twitter or Facebook), and it will be considered for a future column. For more Seymour Chwast, check out The Last Word, his illustrated column in Print magazine, available from MyDesignShop.com.

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Image of the Day, 01/08/2014: Rock infographic

This is just a small portion of an elaborate, highly interactive infographic, designed by Brittany Klontz that details a history of rock by digging deeply into its most obscure sub-genres. As an added bonus, clicking on the name of a given genre provides you with a sample of the music, so if you’re looking...

Songbird Janet Klein's Hotsy-Totsy Music Designs

By day, Janet Klein is a printing industry representative and sidekick to world-class designers and art institutions. By night—and on weekends—she’s a uke-playing chanteuse. And here in Los Angeles she’s a legend among aficionados of early 1900s ditties, and vintage design. Accompanied by Ian “You Turn Me On” Whitcomb and her other “Parlor Boys,”...

A Designer’s Midcentury-Mod Music-Graphics Mashups

Graham Moore creates fine-art pieces that put you in a dancing mood, just by looking into them. In fact, many of them began as vintage LP record album covers, several decades pre-mp3. Then, under his knife, texts lose their legibility, images lose their identity, and those often dull cardboard sleeves are reconfigured into visual...

A View From Inside the 1960s Music Revolution

“When did music become so important?” That’s Don Draper from last week’s Mad Men, set in 1966. Later in the episode he turns off “Tomorrow Never Knows,” from the Beatles album Revolver, and walks out of the room. There’s something happening here, but you don’t know what it is—do you, Mr. Draper? One year later, Rolling...

Image Non-Stop: Kraftwerk Iconography

 by Aleksandar Maćašev Kraftwerk really showed you how to follow the signs, to get references, to learn your history. … Kraftwerk made having a cultural intelligence cool. –Peter Saville, Wallpaper*, October 2011 Kraftwerk’s rich and influential audio-visual body of work has received a deservedly grand treatment at New York’s MoMA entitled,“Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1...

Norah Jones and Russ Meyer

Who would have ever thought that Billboard magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Decade (2000-2009) would find creative inspiration from the King of 1960s sexploitation films? But that’s exactly what happened while Norah Jones was recording her new album, Little Broken Hearts, in the Los Angeles studio of Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton), surrounded by...