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Seventies Style

The seventies were an eclectic time in design history on the verge of being overtaken by postmodern approaches to form and function. Letragraphix, a journal of techniques from Letraset, represents the bold type and illustrative design of the period. Explore several issues here.

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A Timeless Lost Typeface

Benedictine was designed by Joseph E. Hill in 1915 for Mergenthaler Linotype and introduced in 1917 with this stunning thread bound specimen folder. Read more about this typeface.

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Saucy Signs from Belle France

This 1893 sign catalog by Dequenne & Cie. for their “Plaques Indicatives,” including the famous Paris street signs and all manner of enamel door numbers and office signs, holds up pretty well in the 21st century.

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The Explosive Hand Lettering Rebellion

A stealthy resurgence happening in the design world. Hand lettering is not-so-quietly making a colossal comeback, exploding into the forefront of design.

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Book Jacket Modernism

Book jackets are a wellspring of graphic styles and often mirror what is going on in the design culture. Here are two vintage examples.

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Market-Driven Typography

The Century Advertising Service located on Madison Ave in New York City was one of many similar studios that prepared pre-designed adverts for business, in this case the food industry. Take a closer look at their work.

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Weekend Heller: Elaine Lustig Cohen @RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection’s spring exhibition, Elaine Lustig Cohen: Voice & Vision examines the work of this trailblazing designer.

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Strathmore Preserved

Mohawk creative director Chris Harrold and Monotype type director Dan Rhatigan speak with Steven Heller about the Strathmore Paper archive and the parallel tracks that both Mohawk and Monotype are following regarding the history of type and paper.