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Observer: Pinning Down Pinterest

Rick Poynor explores why Pinterest—despite early criticism—has found its place in design as a respected archive of visual finds.

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Oh, Behave: The Observer Column

Rick Poynor on sexual representation and “Secret Behavior” magazine, created by collage artist James Gallagher. Originally published in the Observer column of the February 2014 issue of Print Magazine.

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Designers & Books Founder on the Best Book Lists

In this interview with Designer & Books founder and editor-in-chief, Steve Kroeter, he expands upon Rick Poynor’s “Observer” column in the April issue of Print. Kroeter explains the origins of the site, managing designer’s book lists and some designers and lists that have made an impression.

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Image of the Day, 09/18/2013: Modern poster design

Print contributor Rick Poynor offers a comprehensive guide to modern poster design that includes a look at the work of French design team Helmo’s work with Pronomade(s) en Haute-Garonne and the new approach the team took with the art center’s …

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The Year the How Design Conference Got “Ugly”

The year was 1993 and using a computer for graphic design was, well, uncommon. See what Carlos Segura had to say about his digital design of the HOW Design Conference brochure that gave the design industry something big to talk about.

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Image of the Day, May 15, 2013

Today on Design Observer, Rick Poynor discusses the early conceptual work of Croatian designer Boris Bućan, including this silkscreen poster, titled Imaginary Museum 3.

The History of Graphic Design

Laurence King Publishing recently released two “mini format” editions of books originally published ten years ago: “American Modernism” by R. Roger Remington and “No More Rules” by Rick Poynor. The two books pair well because they make clear how, and …

The Fuse Box: Faces of a Typographic Revolution

It’s 1994 and Steve Heller is on a rant about a Fuse magazine font called LushUS. It’s “an abominable typeface. It’s…” “… vernacular carried to an extreme?,” I offer. “Vernacular carried to stupidity,” he replies. “It ain’t funny. There are certain …

Observer: Critical Omissions

The term “critical design” has been gaining currency in design circles for several years, and in 2007, it went public in the titles of three imaginative exhibitions. Two of these shows, in the U.K. and Belgium, dealt with three-dimensional design. …