Her Story Meets His Story: Janet Bennett, Charles Kratka, and the LAX Murals
In any case, this story is complicated.
Exploring Art Environments
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.
Image Making, Reclaimed
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.
The Folk Art Museum, David Adjaye's market hall, and the first addition to the Morgan Library. If three makes a trend, then premature demolition qualifies.
Nevermind the Masterpiece
What's your "Masterpiece of Everyday New York"? A broken umbrella? A shirtwaist? Discarded gum?
Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age
An exhibition of 118 socially, environmentally, and politically-motivated print posters by an international cadre of artists and designers.
The Incidental Pleasures of Street Art
Sprawling, evolving, accreting: a collection of recent street art photos from Portugal and Spain.
In praise of street art that draws attention to more than just itself.
Chinese Propaganda Posters
Accidental Mysteries for May 26, 2013 focuses on vintage Chinese propaganda posters.
On a retrospective of the work of midcentury sculptor Ruth Asawa at Christie's, her first solo show in New York in 50 years.
Portlandia + Timelessness
No better place to consider what looks timeless now than downtown Portland.
ON! at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati
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.
Seattle Art Museum
will change permanently when Doug Aitken’s newest art installation — a giant LED and glass display called
Instagramming Around Australia
Lessons from contemporary Australian architecture, plus what I saw on Instagram.
London Transport Museum Poster Colletion
A wonderful way to spend an hour (or more). The poster collection from the London Transport Museum.
Patterns of Houston
How do you critique the urbanism of Houston? Look for patterns.
Accidental Mysteries for February 17, 2013 focuses on the material culture of the Cold War.
Filming Love in Times Square
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's forward to
, a new book from Princeton Architectural Press.
High (Line) Anxiety
Is the High Line above criticism?
Occupy America 2011
Graphic designer Chaz Maviyane-Davies adapts a vision of repression
Up From Zero, the Novel
A post-9/11 fiction scooped by reality.
Publication Studio: What’s It Like?
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.
Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists
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.
Beauty on the Border
Stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty on the US/Canada border.
Thomas de Monchaux
In Search of Sukkah City
Sukkah City: NYC, a design/build architecture competition taking place at Union Square Park in New York City, Fall of 2010.
Has the High Line Ruined Us?
I went to
Brooklyn Bridge Park
on opening day in the pouring rain with stroller.
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.
Australians All Let Us Text
"New Anthems" art project by Inkahoots for Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, Australia.
Pressed into Service
Interview with Lincoln Cushing, co-author of
Agitate! Educate! Organize!: American Labor Posters.
What's to Be Done with Governors Island?
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.
When Design Gets in the Way
When it comes to fulfilling simple human desires, can design get in the way? A call for more incrementalism in design.
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.
| March 30
Your afternoon distraction:
How TV opening titles got to be so damn good
A rabbit hole worth falling down:
Archivo Grafica Italiana
showcases Italy’s graphic design legacy.
the first ever Latvian design award
| March 29
one writer dives into the belly of the assembly-required beast:
How 12 hours in the biggest Ikea in the U.S. destroyed my soul
obsession with hula girls
almost wrecked Hawai‘i. [BV]
What author uses the most exclamation points? Or,
literature by the numbers
Trying to save you from yourself a
Dutch town installs traffic lights on the ground for texting pedestrians
. “They were looking down there anyway.” [BV]
| March 28
could ban Heineken‘s red star logo
over communism concerns. [MPL]
Annals of material culture
: the Bodlean Library at Oxford mounts an exhibit of ledgers revealing what famous people once paid for shoes. [JH]
New one-pound coin in Britain
is designed by a 17-year-old
Design as tourism :
| March 27
The smartphone with
a mission to be used less often
Ethics can‘t be a side hustle
. (Thanks to Ashleigh Axios.) [MB]
Target is redesigning
to take on Amazon. [MPL]
| March 24
A history of the zipper
Designer vs Developer: Google‘s YouTube and podcast series aims to
help bridge understanding
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
on the early days of design at Apple
| March 23
Norway has redesigned its banknotes:
here’s a preview
. (Via Kevin Hicks.) [JH]
Gurafiku founder Ryan Hageman on
Japanese graphic design
How a photo of a tour van became a “lovely graphic tool”
in the hands of Harry Pearce
The US Supreme Court
rules that design elements can be copyrighted
... if you’re a cheerleader, that is. [JH]
| March 22
10 notebooks for designers
. (And they‘re not all Moleskines.) [MPL]
All of Frida Kahlo‘s anguish, beauty, and pain in, what else,
A collection of
East German beer and drink labels
"The standards of good design don’t change when designing for doing good.”
Why the Resistance doesn’t need another logo
“So now is a good moment to think about
how protest works and what it can achieve
An exhibition on the visual history of protest
opens tomorrow at the Imperial War Museum in London. [JH]
| March 21
Why Christopher Gray was
the witty architectural historian everybody loved
The Resistance has a
from the 70s and 80s. [MB]
Roman Mars ranks government logos
| March 30
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