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Black Dahlia Murder, Part 2: The Victim’s Makeup

Wrapping up my interview with crime historian Joan Renner, we delve deeper into an unsolved murder mystery. Joan explores her theory that the victim’s Black Dahlia persona began when she was still alive. Read part one, with more details of the Dahlia investigation, here. Our conversation picks up with Joan describing her passion for...

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 architectural cut-out and paste-up models, of which the Tribune was one. They are now...

It's Cute, But Not That Cute

The 2012 Fiat 500 is cute, but doesn’t hold a spark to the 500s of old. The new Fiat is compact, like a Mini and rotund like a VW, but the original doesn’t compare to the stubby little Fiat L. Take this Fiat Cinquecento, for instance, it was imported from Italia – so small...

Cara MIO

One of the most intriguingly disturbing television commercials on air at the moment is for MiO, a “revolutionary” liquid water enhancer “that gives you something premade drinks never could.” I must say there is something very SNL about this product. Apparently, it is a 21st century Kool Aid. Packaged handsomely in an egg-shaped squirt...

The Great Light Way

There is something beautiful about light bulbs and the way they were packaged back in the day when incandescent bulbs were new. We take it for granted that bulbs have always been with us and always will. Did you know the invention of the incandescent light bulb starts in the early 1800s. In 1809,...

Chocolate Editions

Mary Matson and Matt Even are the creative duo behind Chocolate Editions, the sweets and chocolate company the two formed in 2009. Chocolate Editions began as a celebration of the candy bar as a perfect pop object. Launched from their home kitchen as gifts for friends and family, it quickly grew into a full...

Inside the California Design Biennial: Five Curators Speak

The Pasadena Museum of California Art’s fourth California Design Biennial exhibition that opened a few weeks ago is organized into five categories, but the divisions are very loosely defined. Prius ads in the form of blossoming floral growth along the state’s freeways are considered Graphic Design. A music video takeoff on Fischli & Weiss’s...