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John Foster
Exploring Art Environments
05.25.14

SPACES is a nonprofit 501c3 public benefit organization incorporated in 1978 for the purposes of identifying, documenting and advocating for the preservation of large-scale art environments.

Véronique Vienne
Image Making, Reclaimed
05.22.14

Etienne Hervy, art director of the International Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont, France, asked a painter, not a graphic designer, to create a pair of posters for this year’s event.

Alexandra Lange
Premature Demolition
Alexandra Lange
Nevermind the Masterpiece
07.23.13

What's your "Masterpiece of Everyday New York"? A broken umbrella? A shirtwaist? Discarded gum?

Observed
Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age
07.18.13

An exhibition of 118 socially, environmentally, and politically-motivated print posters by an international cadre of artists and designers.

Rick Poynor
The Incidental Pleasures of Street Art
Rob Walker
Street Life
06.13.13

In praise of street art that draws attention to more than just itself.

John Foster
Chinese Propaganda Posters
Alexandra Lange
Dream Weaver
Alexandra Lange
Portlandia + Timelessness
04.03.13

No better place to consider what looks timeless now than downtown Portland.

Debbie Millman
ON! at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati
03.22.13

In this special Design Matters video episode, Debbie Millman gives you on a preview the new exhibit ON! at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.

Observed
Mirror
03.22.13

The
Seattle Art Museum will change permanently when Doug Aitken’s newest art installation — a giant LED and glass display called Mirror — is revealed.
Alexandra Lange
Instagramming Around Australia
03.18.13

Lessons from contemporary Australian architecture, plus what I saw on Instagram.

Observed
London Transport Museum Poster Colletion
02.20.13

A wonderful way to spend an hour (or more). The poster collection from the London Transport Museum.

Alexandra Lange
Patterns of Houston
02.17.13

How do you critique the urbanism of Houston? Look for patterns.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
02.17.13

Accidental Mysteries for February 17, 2013 focuses on the material culture of the Cold War.

Observed
Filming Love in Times Square
02.15.13

From 11:57pm on February 13th until 12am February 14th British artist Tracey Emin turned Times Square into a big Valentine's Day card.

Ed Ruscha
Sign Painters
Mark Lamster
High (Line) Anxiety
10.22.12

Is the High Line above criticism?

Chaz Maviyane-Davies
Occupy America 2011
10.18.11

Graphic designer Chaz Maviyane-Davies adapts a vision of repression

Alexandra Lange
Up From Zero, the Novel
Matthew Stadler
Publication Studio: What’s It Like?
06.07.11

On any given day the storefront is home to book production, bookstore, endless packing and shipping, a half-dozen hangers-on, curious drop-ins, lost tourists: a composite day in the life of Publication Studio, Portland.

Michael Russem
Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists
03.01.11

It was not until 1958 when Lester Beall’s Freedom of the Press was issued, that a (future) AIGA Medalist would design an official government postage stamp.

Mark Lamster
Beauty on the Border
12.13.10

Stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty on the US/Canada border.

Thomas de Monchaux
In Search of Sukkah City
09.20.10

Sukkah City: NYC, a design/build architecture competition taking place at Union Square Park in New York City, Fall of 2010.

Julie Lasky
CO2 CUBES
12.04.09

Description of CO2 CUBES: Visualize a Tonne of Change, a multimedia installation created for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties (COP-15), held in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Inkahoots
Australians All Let Us Text
09.09.09

"New Anthems" art project by Inkahoots for Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, Australia.

John Emerson
Pressed into Service
09.03.09

Interview with Lincoln Cushing, co-author of Agitate! Educate! Organize!: American Labor Posters.

Alexandra Lange
What's to Be Done with Governors Island?
08.28.09

I wish that the New Yorker had written a visioning story, talking about what role the Governors Island could play in the New New York.

Michael Bierut
When Design Gets in the Way
06.19.09

When it comes to fulfilling simple human desires, can design get in the way? A call for more incrementalism in design.

Mark Lamster
UnMonumental
03.29.09

While it's true that the events of 9/11 have begotten a good number of ill-conceived memorials, the latest, set for unveiling today at the Yankees' spring training home in Tampa, might just be the least successful, artistically.


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