Design Culture

Dummying the Medium is the Massage

Heller talks with Scott Boms, design lead and and studio manager of the Analog Research Lab at Facebook in Menlo Park, who is the caretaker of some Marshall McLuhan artifacts and the next generation of McLuhan thinking.

What The Best Dressed Workers Were Wearing

When the George Master Garment Corp issued their catalogs for monogrammed work uniforms "for every industry" and hometown bowling teams too, it was akin in the blue collar world to the latest runway extravaganza for the high fashion universe.

Blazo Kovacevic is Incited

As debates on important social topics like immigration and surveillance continue to heat up, artists have responded in kind. One such artist is designer Blazo Kovacevic, an immigrant from Podgorica, Montenegro who has explored these topics through myriad projects, his latest being "Incited."

Setting Iran Aflame

Boxed matches did not set Iran ablaze when in January 1978 the revolution lit the way for the end of the Pahlavi (Shah of Iran) dynasty, but the artifacts collected in a book of matchbox labels provides a curious history of what led up to the turnover of government and way of life for...

W.A. Dwiggins Design Daddy

Heller shares an excerpt from his foreword to the new book W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design by Bruce Kennett, which provides a history of the polymath who gave breadth to graphic design.

When Type Was Dry

Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution, edited by Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook of Unit Editions, is the first comprehensive history of Letraset, the rubdown lettering system "that revolutionized typographic expression." Hellers talks with Shaughnessy about what was at the bottom and top of that revolution. 

God On Whose Side?

English cartoonist/illustrator Arthur Wragg (1903–1976) produced books on Christian Socialist themes, primarily between the two World Wars. The pieces in his book Jesus Wept are attacks on politicians and warmongers who claim that God is on their side.