The somewhat terrifying backstory to Stalin era telephone directories and how they were used to find and capture members of the resistance.
Fifty one years ago, ten years before the Department of Transportation symbol signs (dubbed Helvetica Man by the designers Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller) commissioned the AIGA (and they asked Cook and Shanosky Associates Inc.) to design the initial 34 symbols to help manage the crush of pedestrian and passenger visitors for the...
For some summer distraction from the tragedy that is American presidential leadership, let’s look at the international affairs of another kind. The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily (La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia) written and illustrated by the novelist Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) is a 1945 Italian children’s book, published at the end of...
Despite its small size, Singapore has not one but two design museums. Take a deep dive into Red Dot Design Museum, glass-walled gem set on the Marina Bay.
Hope to Nope the book includes more than 145 examples of graphic design & politics, all selected to demonstrate the role of graphic design in influencing opinion, provoking debate and energizing activism during one of the most politically charged decades in recent history.
The evil stepmother of invention has produced a cigarette package container that eliminates all trace of the unseemly symptoms of smoking-related disease.
The ongoing Tolerance Posters/Billboards exhibition curated by Mirko Ilic is traveling throughout Europe, South Africa and other locales. This past week it appeared all across Ljubljana, Slovenia. Unlike previous shows, the posters/billboards have been placed in different locations around the city.
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...
Hollywood in Havana is a must-see exhibit where the posters were produced by Cuba’s Film Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry.
Thanks to research extraordinaire Jeff Roth, here is a collection of vintage road maps from all over the world.