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Show Us Your Stinkin’ Matches

I’ve written about matchbox labels in this space before (see here and here) because it’s incredible that there are so many, so varied and so small. The latter is key. How do you fit so much into such a tiny space?

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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.

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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.

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Campari Salut!

Campari may be bitter as an aperitivo but its advertising campaigns beginning in the 1920s were tasty, often with an avant-garde air. These are advertisements from successive 1937 issues of Corriere della Sera that stand out on the black-and-white page.

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The Starch Bomb

Explore a pamphlet produced for Muzzy’s starch, which is an example of Victorian design among other things.

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European Under, Middle and Overgrounds

The quantity of European alternative pubs and tabs published during the Seventies was extraordinary. In 2000, the exhibition Die Kunst der Zeitschrift (The Art of Newspapers) hung at the Kasseler Kunstverein. View several examples of journals from this time.

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Before Jackets: Naked Covers

With books migrating to pads and pods this maybe a moot point. But before designed book jackets, book covers were the primary illustrative and typographical surface on a book. The photographs of the covers taken from “Arts and Crafts Book Covers” (in the book over 90 in all), makes this an essential document of a fertile creative period.