Postcards from the Trenches
Hand-painted postcards from WWI sent home in 1915 and 1916 by a 23-year old German soldier named Otto Schubert.
Lee Friedlander’s Mirror in the Road
His mirrors obscure as much as they reveal, often comically so.
Should Architects Understand Type?
The relationship between architecture and graphic design has deep roots.
Helpless in Hermosa Beach
This week Dear Bonnie turns the answering over to contest winner Erica Heinz, who encourages readers to “work collaboratively, without the need for recognition.”
Assignments for Yourself
A designer’s book of self-assignments prompts us to learn by going “beyond what is asked” in our workaday professional lives.
Adam Harrison Levy
Coney Island of The Mind
It’s late August and your shirt sticks to your back. The only escape is...the beach.
Book Review: The True Gospel Preached Here
Margaret’s Grocery: part grocery, part church. And the subject of a new photo documentary book.
Deborah Sussman: Los Angeles Design Pioneer
Remebering her rise and influence as a woman working in the male-dominated world of postwar design.
Deals in Dillon + A Giveaway
This week Dear Bonnie reminds us that design should never be sold by the pound.
Hopscotch Design Festival
What to expect from a new design festival in North Carolina.
Luis Hernan's Invisible Landscape of Wireless Networks
Confessions of a Frustrated Newsprint Lover
I’ve held on devotedly to newsprint as long as humanly possible but I recently reached the point where my loyalty gave way to expedience.
On Bias, Tolerance — and Taste
The unconscious mind responds with Darwinian brutality to anyone not “like us”.
Everything We’ve Written About Paul Rand*
*But not every time we've referenced him. That would be a much longer list.
For Paul Rand, a modern mark was a simple mark, and the secret to making things last lay in keeping them simple.
Nervous in Nantucket
This week Dear Bonnie encourages a new-ish employee to speak up!
User-Friendly Paul Rand
Paul Rand did not coin the term “user-friendly.” He would have hated its trendy sound.
“Kern Your Enthusiasm”
HiLobrow's “Kern Your Enthusiasm” is a smart, insightful series about lettering and typography.
The Rand House: A House to Work and Live In
While not a large house, it felt just right, as if it had been made to measure for every interaction and every function.
Thoughts on “Thoughts on Design”
On Paul Rand’s 96-page masterpiece, “Thoughts on Design.”
Paul Rand : Observer Emeritus
Celebrating the centennial of a one of our most beloved American design icons.
A Sampler of Rocks
Rocks are the stuff of castles, homes, weapons, making fire, creating wealth and beauty.
Dissed in Denver
This week Dear Bonnie reminds a 19 year old intern what it means to be a 19 year old intern.
The Art of Redaction
A batch of visually “redacted” photos, courtesy of the FBI.
Adam Harrison Levy
Hiroshima Lost and Found
The lack of visual evidence of the atom bomb’s effect has helped us to forget its devastating impact. To see is to remember.
Jason Santa Maria
On Web Typography: Smart Quotes
Punctuation is a system.
Elinor Evans : Some Truths from the Master
The artist, educator, and architecture guru Elinor Evans turns 100.
A Mississippi Delta Road Trip
Photographing the South on a week long journey.
Black Hand: Iranian Banksy?
Black Hand is one of the numerous underground artists in Iran and his exhibition is neither the first nor the last underground exhibition.
Partnering in Peoria
What questions do you ask to start a business partnership off right? Dear Bonnie has a few.
Taylor Holland’s Scenic Tour
A photograph is at first a document. Crop it, and it becomes a picture. Trim it further into a square and you’ve got a “sign” — a potential icon.
The Mysteries of France:
A Gothic Guidebook
Guide de la France mystérieuse, illustrated by Roman Cieslewicz, is a surreal beast of a travel book.
Looking Down: An Interview with Photographer Bryon Darby
Photos of grids and airplanes.
Daniel Weil: Timeless
Daniel Weil’s clocks might tell the time, but that’s not their real job.
Wondering in Westport
This week Dear Bonnie advises a do-everything-wonder-kid about his portfolio.
Works by untrained artists who found inspiration to produce unique works despite a host of impediments.
Redesiging the Parking Sign
Nikki Sylianteng was sick of getting parking tickets. Her solution: redesign the signs.
Parametric Posters from MuirMcNeil
New posters by MuirMcNeil demonstrate the parametric principles of their typeface designs.
Adam Harrison Levy
Tracks of My Tears
As Rose-Lynn Fisher's photographs make clear, your tears are yours alone and each one is different.
An End of Things
The life of a thing, the death of an object — and maybe a new life to follow? At Liberty Auction in Pembroke, Georgia.
Shadwell Shams: A Tale of Two Forgers
“There’s a sucker born every minute.”
On Teaching to See, A film by Andrei Severny; produced by Edward Tufte.
Aggrieved in Atlanta + Bumming in Brooklyn
Advice for designers who receive unsolicited opinions from friends and those whose clients have bad taste.
East and West: Graphic Design in Singapore Today
Since British advertising agencies brought modern graphic design into Singapore after the Second World War, a thriving community of independent studios has emerged in this former colony in Southeast Asia.
These Events Did Not Occur in Black and White
The history of cover design for This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Whirlwinds, Snowdrops + Big Bangs: Vintage Fireworks Labels
Happy 4th of July!
Exhibition as Inquiry: An Interview with Kieran Long
Guns, shoes and cheap jeans: Kieran Long has added all of these to the Victoria & Albert Museum’s permanent collection. At a moment where “design” can seem no more than a synonym for style and status, he’s busy challenging that notion.
Hunter | Gatherer: Text as Textile
Evidence of fabric embellished with needle and thread has been found as far back as the Cro-Magnon days (30,000 B.C.). The artists featured here, writing with stitchery, challenge our expectations of what is commonly considered a domestic art.
Lost on Long Island + Stuck in Schenectady
This week Dear Bonnie tackles what to do when your client stops returning your calls, and how to get your brain moving.
The New Design Observer
Welcome to the New Design Observer.
Two Monumental Shows in Paris: One Large, One Small
There are two shows you shouldn’t miss if you happen to be in Paris this summer.
Black, Red + Gold
A conversation about colonization and visual resistance in Australia.