May/June 2007 Table of Contents

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All the World’s a FairAs the number of design festivals grows, it’s time to ask whether they’re really effective for drumming up business and promoting awareness in tomorrow’s design capitals.BY JUDE STEWART

Strange DisturbancesReanimated corpses, turnip-headed people, voracious suitcases—such are the characters that populate Henning Wagenbreth’s tragicomic oeuvre. BY RICK POYNOR

Everything Belgian Is New AgainPaul Boudens, energetic iconoclast, is remaking the pattern of Belgian design.BY RHONDA RUBINSTEIN

The Pleasure Principle In Dornbirn, Austria, the Saegenvier studio makes work that is unsophisticated, unrefined, and shallow. They call it perfect.BY CATHY FISHEL

State of PlayGovernments are giving new funding and support to European video games. But what makes a game European? BY SEAN ASHCROFT

The Cut-Up Kings of VilniusInfusing an old culture with a tangle of Western influences, Lithuania’s PetPunk is helping forge a sensibility for the New Europe. BY R. JAY MAGILL

First on DecoA Parisian printer’s opus from the ’30s contains the origins of a design staple. BY STEVEN HELLER

Still Life With Super Mario Bros.For Prague “nerd artist” Jeremiah Palecek, the computer screens of video games and software are the new landscapes. BY CLIVE THOMPSON

European Design AnnualOur 12th annual showcase of the best in European design. INTRODUCTION BY EMILY GORDON


CONTRIBUTORS Where we’re calling from.

LETTERS“As a narrative, Mumbo Jumbo slides along gracefully like a disjointed jazz riff.”

F.O.B. Typeface documentaries of the future, maps of Cape Town, collaborative furniture, and more.

SHELF LIFERebranding goes guerrilla, indie rock folds, and one author stick(er)s it to the man.

MONOLOGUE Westward Bound A few lessons from Poland for designers new to the EU.BY KEHRT REYHER

OBSERVER Easy Writer Behind every good design writer is an editor. Not so true of online critics. BY RICK POYNOR

NEWSSTANDEuropean Unions Pop-culture magazines in Europe band together for cutting-edge regional content. BY CALEB NEELON

DIALOGUEJ.J. Sempé, cartoonist and satirist.INTERVIEW BY STEVEN HELLER

IN PRINTVol. 20/no. 5 An article in 1966 about a graphics exhibition in Denver signaled the thawing of the Cold War. BY MARTIN FOX

DESKTOP The Suite Goes On Adobe’s CS3 takes flight.BY JEFF HOWE BOOKS Typography and Graphic Design: From Antiquity to the Present, by Roxane JubertREVIEW BY PAUL SHAW

Altitude: Contemporary Swiss Graphic Design, edited by Robert Klanten, Nicolas Bourquin, and Claudia MareisREVIEW BY JAMES GADDY

Jan Tschichold, Designer: The Penguin Years, by Richard B. DoubledayREVIEW BY PAUL SHAW

The Pentagram Papers, by the Pentagram partnersREVIEW BY KYSS JEAN-MARY

Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion Guide to the Classic Cartoon Series, by Russell Merritt and J.B. Kaufman REVIEW BY JOHN CANEMAKER

MARKETPLACENaked Lunch British politicians, designers, and consumers grapple with over-packaging.BY JEREMY LEHRER