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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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02/28/2014: Oscar dress poster

The 86th Academy Awards are this weekend and to commemorate, the people at Mediarun released this engaging, infographic-style poster. It illustrates the dresses worn in the Best Actress category from 1929 to the Christian Dior dress worn by Jennifer Lawrence …

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01/23/2014: Les Graphiquants

Just one example from a nice sampling of Les Graphiquants, the Paris studio that specializes in strong typography treatments in all of their projects. The gradients and color accents in their work creates a layered feel and even the smallest …

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The Enduring Power of Posters to Promote and Provoke

As Carol A. Wells sees it, “The best posters are powerful and influential. The worst are quickly forgotten.” Wells is an art historian and curator who also oversees the largest collection of socially engaged post-WWII graphics in the U.S. And …

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Aaron Draplin Interview, Part 1: “Go Grab It!”

Hailing from the Midwest and calling the Pacific Northwest his professional home, Aaron Draplin (of Field Notes and DDC fame) is the guy you want to talk to at any design event: generous, talented, funny.

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Image of the Day, 12/18/2013: Writer infographic

Print contributors Maria Popova and Wendy MacNaughton, worked with information design team Accurat, to create this impressively detailed graphic to show famous writers sleeping habits compared to their productivity. Read about how it came together at Brain Pickings and check …

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Dr. Hans Sachs’ Posters for Sale

The recent discovery of lost Nazi looted Modern masterpieces, has brought Hitler’s criminal art activities back to the forefront. Dr. Hans Sachs, poster collector, editor of Das Plakat, the magazine that advocated for standards of early German advertising art, and whose his vast collection was confiscated by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, narrowly escaped the Holocaust. Recently, after years of court wrangling, his holdings, many of which were in major German collections, were returned to his family.

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Ai Weiwei’s Neo-Reality

A new documentary film Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen will be out soon and the poster announcing the film is as provocative as the artists. Thanks to Kellerhouse and Johnsen I reached Ai Weiwei through email with a few questions about art and provocation, and how he felt about this particular interpretive depiction.

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Zagreb Gigs

Igor Hofbauer from Croatia started doing posters in black-and-white photocopy style in his high school days, he told me, “because that was most exiting thing I could do to contribute local music scene.” He was influenced “mostly by Russian and German posters between two wars (not just visually, also politically).