publication design

Up Yours: Anarchist Fanzines

If you’re passionately nostalgic for the British anarchist scene in this era of law-abiding conservatism, the Boo-Hooray exhibit space is presenting “IN ALL OUR DECADENCE PEOPLE DIE,” an exhibition of fanzines presented to Crass, the UK anarchist punk band, between 1976 and 1984. Boo-Hooray is at 265 Canal St. #601, New York, and open...

Where’s Adobe Taking Us?

So now that we’re all coming off a long weekend, I have a broader look at an issue we’ve all been discussing lately: where design’s marketplace is going. The short answer to that is: screen-based devices. We all know this. Print is going to continue to become more of a specialized practice area, just...

Rare Vintage Articles About Comics And The Comic Book Industry

Having been a big fan of comic books since I was a little kid, any books written about them and the industry itself has always grabbed my attention. The first book of ANY kind I ever specifically asked for was “The Great Comic Book Heroes” by Jules Feiffer (1965) and I still covet my...

Design Kosovo

Since Kosovo is in the news for the current renewed border conflicts with its Serbian neighbors, it is useful to know that the country is more than a hot-spot for violence. It has a thriving design community with a robust design magazine, Kosovo 2.0 (and website). Here’s what the editors say: Kosovo 2.0 pulses...

25 Years of The New York Book Show

I am embarrassed to admit that, until last week, I had never heard of the New York Book Show. I love books! and have worked in the book industry for nearly 15 years but, nope, never. If a friend of mine hadn’t invited me to the event I probably still wouldn’t know about it....

Radiohead Lets Out a Universal Sigh

Radiohead must drive music executives bonkers. Their last album, “In Rainbows” was downloadable on the web for whatever the buyer wanted to pay. For their follow up, “The King of Limbs”, they have created a very limited printed newspaper that will be given away to customers purchasing the CD and vinyl versions. Called The...

The Gordon Geckos of Grunge

This year marks the 20th anniversary of “grunge,” or as David Markey aptly named his documentary about Sonic Youth’s European tour, 1991: The Year Punk Broke. The film, which came out the following year, captured the post-punk subculture on the verge of mass appeal, a time when jocks and stoners alike rallied behind dissonant...

How We Created Milton Glaser's Slideshow in Flash Catalyst

This isn’t Where the Wild Things Are. And I’m not Spike Jonze. When I first got word that I would have the opportunity to convert the brochure from Milton Glaser’s new exhibit at the AIGA into an interactive project using Adobe’s Flash Catalyst, I was excited … and a bit daunted. Aside from the...

From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History

  What do designers do when they aren’t sure how to start? That is the question, until … Eureka!! The question is the answer. Here are dozens of images that trace the history of the question mark throughout design history, ending with the exclamation point. See, for example: I even used the motif for...