Steven Heller | Reviews

Reinventing The Holocaust Narrative






Maya P. Lim | Essays

Walden, Or a Life with the Book

Can suboptimal book design discourage you from reading? Can the design of something ever stop you from doing something you love?...
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 65: Cones of Uncertainty

Visualizing hurricanes, elections, and other future events; the Jefferson Davis Highway; Margaret Calvert and British road signs; Alexander Todorov’s Face Value...
Brian LaRossa | Opinions

How We Read Matters

We are responsible for the consequences of the way we choose to read....
Cheryl Heller | Essays

A Busy Woman

Through corporate success, betrayal, and reinvention, Cheryl Heller found a new sense of strength in the face of uncertainty—and an understanding of what you just shouldn’t stomach anymore....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Design Matters from the Archive: Brian Koppelman

Debbie talks to Billions show runner Brian Koppelman about why he became a writer after years as a record promoter and producer....
Sean Adams | Evidence

Admiration for the Bland Subject (and Beautiful Design)

When presented with dull content, Sean Adams recommends designers “reframe, augment, or interpret the content and redesign.”...
Ken Gordon | Essays

Narration vs. Curation: Deyan Sudjic, the Design Museum, and B Is for Bauhaus

To read a book is to stage an exhibition in one’s own imagination....
Steven Heller | Essays

Earnest Elmo Calkins: Founder of Modern Advertising and a Designer You Probably Don’t Know

“It is arguable that without the puritanically raised Calkins, Modern art would never have washed up on American advertising’s shores, creative advertising teams might not have existed, and graphic design would be a different profession today.”...


Observed | September 19

Penguin’s Steinbeck reissues feature Walter Evans Polaroids. [MPL]


Observed | September 18

Paul McNeil‘s six favorite faces. [MPL]

“Segregated Innovation”, or, why the empathy concept is deeply flawed. [JH]

An epic battle erupts between London‘s Science Museum + Natural History Museum during Twitter’s #AskACurator day. [BV]

Meet the font detectives. [MB]


Observed | September 15

Start you Friday right: A brief history of sex on the internet. [BV]


Observed | September 14

Expand your mind, or boggle it. “We are three-dimensional creatures living in a potentially 10-dimensional world.” [BV]

In India’s ‘rape capital,’ designers change how people picture assault. [BE]

Photographs lie. Even great photographs. Especially great photographs. [JH]


Observed | September 13

A look back at the design of the ten-pound note. [JH]

In design as in politics, who decides? [JH]

Design as a learning system, and other insights about where it’s all heading. [JH]


Observed | September 12

Steven Heller discusses the history and power of the swastika: from good to evil. [BV]

Roadways aren’t just the arteries of transportation and commerce, they can be the catalysts for more sustainable design. [BV]

The beautiful master plans of America’s national parks. [MB]

Is the act of standardization through design a subtle gesture of colonization? Skin color-tweaked emojis are only half the battle. Look at this. [JH]


Observed | September 11

The Voynich manuscript, “the world’s most mysterious manuscript”, appears to be some kind of medical encyclopedia, with detailed information on which herbs in what quantities can cure gynecological conditions. [BV]

The Nike hijab. [JH]

A search for the word “design” in google shows what it thinks you really want to ask for, which is “designated survivor”. (Try it.) Same goes for searching stock photos. Here’s what happens when you search for the word “woman”. [JH]

Why you’ve never heard of Gin Wong and what that says about the politics of architectural celebrity. [MB]


Observed | September 08

French artist JR comes up with this idea in a dream, and executes it. [JH]

Design and politics. [JH]

Can graphic design save your life? [JH]

The stories behind every Lucky Peach cover. [MB]


Observed | September 07

You’ve been bombarded with weather maps recently. Have you ever wondered why so many weather maps are rainbow-colored? And should they be? [BV]

The world‘s most unusual displays of neon. [BV]


Observed | September 06

Enjoy these strange and wonderful illustrations from vintage science books. [BV]

11 great art and culture podcast episodes for 2017. [MB]


Observed | September 05

What are your plans this fall? Ours include the SVA Products of Design lecture series. (Especially the one with Jessica Helfand!) [BV]

What makes a French film noir? [BV]



Jobs | September 19