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Red (I Mean Read) All About It

Productive Arts! run by Howard Garfinkel and Larry Zeman is an essential resource for Russian and Soviet design materials (publications, posters, ephemera) produced by the leaders of the Constructivist, Productivist and Socialist Realist movements. Most recently, they published catalogs on Soviet newspapers and specifically pages designed by montagist Gustav Klutsis. I asked Zeman to discuss the acquisition and significance of this collection.

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Sporting Jackets

Book jackets were functional appendages to books created to keep covers free of dirt and dust (hence the now antiquated term dust jackets). They’re also mini-posters designed to attract readers — like bees to the flower. Twenty years ago, Seymour Chwast and I authored a book titled Jackets Required, a survey of these dust repellent graphic designs from the ’20s through the ’40s.

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A Face In Search Of A Name

Carolyn Porter designed a new script typeface, “Marcel,” released by P.22, named in honor of Marcel Heuzé, who was conscripted into labor during World War II. But this is more than a typeface, Porter spent over a year searching the story behind the face. I asked her about her motivations and the outcome of her quest.

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Weekend Heller: The Buck Stops Here

One of my favorite small presses, Kat Ran Press has produced lovely illustrated New Year’s greetings about designers’ (AIGA Medalists’) stamp designs, last year for example. This year, the greeting is devoted to type designers who designed currency, paper and coin.

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The Details of Sutnar’s Prague

Ladislav Sutnar’s book design in America is not as well known as those designed while in Czechoslovakia. Here’s a choice example.

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Two-tone Monograms

Monograms and signets are beautiful typographic delights that require a keen design sense and a calligraphic hand. Get inspired by these German specimens from Max Körner’s Das Neue Monogram und Zeichenwerk (c.1950).

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Weekend Heller: Great Illustrations, Fabulous Typefaces, Happy 2014

American Illustration for Sale Following the success of Swann’s first sale of original illustration art, this auction (January 23) features works by Ludwig Bemelmans (below top), Constantin Alajalov (below bottom), Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), Rube Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Al …

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Why the ‘Regional’ Design Awards?

The Regional Design Awards has held a unique place in the market for 33 years as its presentation of winners acts as a geographic snapshot of graphic design in the U.S. View the art from the 2013 RDA’s section openers — a collaboration between Debbie Millman and Maria Popova.