Steven Heller | Essays

Victims of the Image: Yellow Peril






John Foster | Accidental Mysteries

A Visual History of Lunchboxes

Back to school time with a visual history of lunchboxes....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Design Matters from the Archive: Gail Bichler

Debbie talks to Gail Bichler about magazine design and the role of the magazine cover in the digital age....
Susan Yelavich | Interviews

A Sign of Resistance; A Symbol of Hope

In Poland, viral posters make “Konstytucja” a universal sign of protest....
Ashleigh Axios | Opinions

To Be a Design-Led Company

Over the last 10 years, design-led companies have maintained significant stock market advantage, outperforming the S&P by an extraordinary 211%....
Irene Malatesta | Essays

How Designers Can Fight Unconscious Bias: Powerful Lessons From Vectors SF

Exploring the problem and prevalence of unconscious racial and gender bias in the workplace and beyond....
Laura Flusche | Essays

Can a Design Museum Change the World?

Luba Lukova: Designing Justice spotlights critical social justice issues that currently dominate our socially and politically polarized news cycle, including health care, women’s rights, LGBT rights, immigration, gentrification, and corporate corruption....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Design Matters from the Archive: Alison Bechdel

Debbie talks to Alison Bechdel about how identifying herself as a lesbian when she was young led her into a career as a cartoonist....
Sean Adams | Evidence

Mixing Metaphors

This conceptual approach of the “fused metaphor” combines symbol “A” with symbol “B” to produce a new result....


Observed | August 16

Sure, it’s sponsored content: but it’s in Popular Science! Design hawked as a bundle of mastery. [JH]

A geography Professor maps best eclipse-viewing locations to waffle proximity. For real. More here. [JH]

In Spain, one designer builds a secret studio under a bridge. [JH]


Observed | August 15

Not all cities have a budget for design, but Atlanta’s department of urban planning is showing why they should. [BV]

Hilarious recipe videos in the style of famous directors: Wes Anderson inspired smores, Tarantino inspired spaghetti and meatballs, Michael Bay inspired waffles and more. (via Jason Kottke) [BV]


Observed | August 14

Google’s incendiary diversity memo now has its own website. [JH]

Design = growth strategy: John Madea explains. [JH]

Type lost, type found: a lovely story. [JH]


Observed | August 11

Mary Lund Davis: architect, furniture designer, and champion of modernism in the Pacific Northwest. [BV]

America’s past time is more than just hot dogs and foul balls: Major league baseball has a long but little-known history of rebels, reformers, and radicals. [BV]

More on Calibrigate: Lucas de Groot responds! [MB]


Observed | August 10

Through Don Draper’s eyes: a tour of the Time & Life building of the 1960s. [BV]

MIT developed a fabric that can fold into origami-like shapes when inflated. [BV]

#TBT: The glory days of ‘80s metal magazines. [BV]


Observed | August 09

A European design company tried to make a case for the design appeal of the swastika before it was made infamous by the Nazi party. It failed. [JH]

Jessica Helfand on logo color choices: “If a solution only works in color, then it doesn’t really work. It doesn’t carry its weight.” [BV]

Land Rover’s design head Gerry McGovern hates how many cows have to suffer in order to realize his design goals, so he’s introducing some new alternatives—like wool. [JH]

A neuroscientist becomes a designer. [JH]


Observed | August 08

“History of the Typewriter as Recited by Michael Winslow” traces 88 years of typewriter sounds, from 1895 to 1983. You have to hear this. [BV]

The story of a town moved for New York City’s water system. [BV]

City of sprawl, city of neighborhoods. City of wealth and poverty, celebrity and anonymity. Photographing Los Angeles. [BV]


Observed | August 07

The most popular city in Russia is Santa Barbara. [MB]

For your Monday clicking pleasure: 50 insane grindhouse movie posters. [BV]

Is Dunkin’ Donuts contemplating a name change? [MB]


Observed | August 04

Need more art in your life? You can text SFMOMA and get art in return. [BV]

The films of Ray and Charles Eames. [BV]

Pasta maker as a printing press? Yes! [BV]


Observed | August 03

Beetles, butterflies, dragonflies + more, all rendered in flowers and leaves. [BV]

Argentinians are so sick of the media, they’re inventing their own: a photo gallery. [BV]

Looking for a little inspiration? Browse the British Library’s online copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 570-page notebook ‘The Codex Arundel’. (Via Jason Kottke) [BV]



Jobs | August 17