Design Culture

Extra! Extra! Get Your Novel Here!

If you were living in an American city such as Philadelphia or Pittsburgh in years past, one of the pleasures of picking up your Sunday color sections would be finding a "Complete Novel" in a tabloid format similar to the Funny Pages. Pretty interesting method of getting readership. But not that unusual.

Stamp Of Approval For Polish Avant Garde

Polish design historian Dr. Piotr Rypson conceived a project that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first Polish avant-garde exhibition of Polish Formists-Expressionists. The result? Four postage stamps with illustrative and typographic work represented by Poland's leading progressive artists.

Octavo: Eight Historic Issues

Mark Holt and Hamish Muir conceived one of the most progressive type journals of the mid- to late 1980s: Octavo. Unit Editions has published a complete reprint of the issues as well as reproductions of the handmade mechanicals and proofs. Here, Heller talks with Holt and Muir about the magazine.

Tenacity, Drive and Passion: Margo Chase

Heller talks with Chris Lowery, CEO and chief strategist at Chase Design Group, about memorial exhibition "Margo Chase: Chasing the Bright Light," which explores Margo’s insatiable curiosity and love of design before her untimely passing in an aviation accident in July 2017.

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Beer Fan

Edelweiss Beer made good use of fans and stamps as advertising media with delightful illustrations that seemed to defy the traditional beverage conventions.

KKK Mart

The full color catalog below shows some of the Klan's income-producing merch as though it were a Sears mail order catalog. The Klan still sells its wares, but the price is higher, the profits are smaller and the hate is hotter.