Print’s October 2012 Issue

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By: Print staff | September 26, 2012

The International Issue

We’re the first to admit that we can be a parochial bunch. Our offices are in New York, and the city tends to have an outsize presence in these pages. So for this issue, we decided to try something different: no stories on New York designers. And why stop there: no Americans at all! Instead, we looked to other parts of the world, focusing on places that traditionally don’t get enough attention in design magazines, including ours. You’ll notice that a few stories have a toe or two, or even a foot, in the American sphere. (Hey, it’s a global world, and we’re not perfect.) And we make no claims that this is a comprehensive report on how graphic design is being practiced everywhere—that would be impossible. Think of this issue instead as a collection of postcards from interesting places, from the manic print shops of Cairo to the colorful back roads of czarist Russia.

Print Magazine October 2012



Grids+GuidesBruce Mau Design rebrands Canada, Steven Heller scrutinizes the boarding pass, and Slavs and Tatars install a psychedelic Muslim library at MoMA.


DialogueSteven Heller interviews the Iranian designer Majid Abbasi.

Best PracticesUsing satire to subvert greenwashing

InteractionTo reach a global audience, Western designers must learn how to wrangle.

StereotypeStephen Coles and Paul Shaw on non-Latin scripts

ObserverRick Poynor asks: Why is today’s rebellious design so well behaved?


Back IssueMartin Fox revisits a postwar landmark of book design.

ReviewsTeal Triggs on Women in Graphic Design, and Claire Lui on an interlocking book by Thomas Heatherwick

In the StudioAstrid Stavro’s breezy Majorcan refuge