In 1948, designer, typographer and illustrator Thomas Maitland Cleland gave a talk on the nature of "'Progress' in the Graphic Arts." Here, Heller reproduces the printed version as an example of design criticism before the age of design criticism.
Paul Shaw investigates the history of both justified and flush left, rag right settings, and takes a look at contemporary hyphenation practices—and issues like the modern-day design allergy to hyphens.
Jack Summerford recently found this beautifully designed piece, which carries with it a certain sad resonance today and was originally gifted to Stanley Marcus (of Neiman Marcus) and his wife by Texas screenwriter Bill Wittliff.
Find out why today the inverted 'B' has become a symbol of the horrors endured under Nazi insanity.
Paul Shaw reviews Retype's Guyot, a modern interpretation of François Guyot's type, designed by Retype's Ramiro Espinoza. Find out why this serif typeface is a welcome addition to the increasingly crowded ranks of typefaces.
Steven Heller pays tribute to both the printed PRINT magazine and the decades it contributed so much to so many.
AIGA's popular Eye on Design blog is launching a quarterly magazine.
Mirko Ilic's poster for a play about Anne Frank was rejected by a design website for featuring a swastika. Steven Heller explains more.
The latest Kat Ran Press dive into philately includes a short essay by the woodcut artist Antonio Frasconi that appeared in "Art in America" in 1941.
John Roman explores what prerequisites need to be present for commercial work to be respected as "art."