daily heller 4-1-14_f

MFA: Master of Fascist Artlessness

This isn’t an April Fool’s Day prank. An art school that promotes Nazi ideology is scheduled to open in Chile, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

daily heller 3-31-14_f

La Pubblicitá, Italian Style

During the 1950s advertisements appeared on Italian movie screens. These examples appeared between the features and shorts and provide insight into what was selling back during Italy’s neo-realist era.

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Graphics For A Fortune

Fortune Magazine isn’t necessarily known to be the most graphically compelling publication. That is, unless you look back to the magazine’s first 15 years, starting in 1929. Find out who penned the illustration for its original prototype—a rare piece!

daily heller 3-28-14_f

Ye Olde China on 5th Avenue

China is changing at such a rapid pace, the old socialist realism and patriotic romanticism of the ’50s through ’80s is receding from memory and practice. Occasionally, I find relics of that past, such as these examples.

daily heller 3-16-14_f

Satire in Turkey

Not all satire is created equal. Despite the familiar style of Karikatür’s illustrations, this 1930s Turkish satiric journal includes its share of right and left (centrist) humor attacking politicians at home and the evils abroad, as well as fostering false threats and racial enmity.

daily heller 3-26-14_f

Ink n’ Paper

Scouring old design magazines (see my recent book 100 Classic Design Journals) can be an enlightening experience. Not only are the articles roots of graphic design history, but the advertisements, especially for ink-and-paper, provide insight into styles, manners and mores.

daily heller 3-25-14_f

Picturing War Before It Went Digital

In September 1914, the New York Times published a “Mid-Week Pictorial War Extra” as a Wednesday photographic supplement. It continued after the end of World War I and became known simply as the Mid-Week Pictorial. These images are from a 1915 edition.

daily heller 3-24-13_f

Arabic Type on the Web

Syrian born Otba Mushaweh, who works in Saudi Arabia, is the founder of Type Stage, the first “Arabic” platform that grants website owners the ability to use professional and fast Arabic webfonts (Arabic, Urdu and Persian). Read the interview with Mushaweh.

weekend heller 3-21-14_f

Weekend Heller: Italian Fantasy, Rome Reality

Paolo Ventura, whose work I have written about many times in this blog, has produced one of his fantastical gems for the Edizioni Corraini series Un Sedicesimo (#34). “The Napoleonic Soldier and Other Stories” is a conceptual tour de force yet haunting in its subtlety.

daily heller 3-21-14_f

Even Generic Design Looks Good, To a Point

In this Summer 1963 issue of Dimensions (see yesterday’s DH), the superb quarterly magazine of Simpson Lee Paper Company, the theme “The Generic Corporation” provokes some curiously prescient and interestingly political examples of possible annual report covers.