Print’s February 2012 Issue

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The Power Issue, in which we examine the true influence of design and the designer.


On the cover: We asked Mirko Ilić to reinterpret one of the classic graphics created by Philippe Vermès during the 1968 French protests. To see the original, click here. To purchase print or digital copies of current or past issues of Print, click here. You can also purchase feature articles and select columns individually here.

Print's February 2012 Issue


Design Brief: Our gloss on “The Bases of Social Power”

Grids+Guides: Damn good advice from George Lois, mapping a fake transit system, and an exhibition of American political design

Back Issue : Editor emeritus Martin Fox picks the two most powerful figures in graphic design.

Reviews: Zines at the Architectural Association, a new anthology of avant-garde comics, and artists’ prints at MoMA

The Goods: A vintage-y new album from Laura Veirs, the latest from a book-editor-turned-designer, good works from Starbucks, and an exercise in branding

In the Studio: The Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli lets us peek into her office.

One Perfect Thing: Michael Silverberg unfurls the flag.

Observer: Rick Poynor on the power designers do and don’t have.

Education: Joe Marianek updates Michael Bierut’s classic essay “Why Designers Can’t Think.”

Dialogue: Twitter’s 19th-century predecessor gets a biopic. Steven Heller explores.

World View: Hala A. Malak and Tarek Atrissi propose an old symbol for a new Arab identity.

Best Practices: Jeremy Lehrer on the data-viz whiz kids trying to save the planet.

Interaction: Christopher Butler tries to imagine a screen-free future.

Stereotype: Paul Shaw and Stephen Coles on fat faces, then and now

Riot in the Stacks

Inside the archive of the 1990s feminist punk movement

By Margaret Eby

Rock Versus paper

An interview with the Occupy artist of Paris ’68

By William Bostwick

An Anatomy of Uncriticism

What happens to design when we’re afraid to take on our sacred cows?

by Alexandra Lange

The World’s First Tweets-to-Books Library

Using social media to build a temple to the printed word

by Eva Hagberg

Ink on Plastic

Small-town politics wrestles with the branding revolution ushered in by the Obama campaign.

by Fritz Swanson