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Reconstructivism

Moscow’s modernist buildings were denounced by Stalin and then neglected. But as Noah Sneider discovered, they are now being restored by a new …

Architecture

How Paul Rand presented logos to clients

Mason began, “The trade mark, which in the spacious days before the invention of the corporate image could afford to live in a measure of ornamental …

Graphic Design

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A modern engineer building classic bicycle frames – in pictures

Tom Warmerdam turned his passions for cycling and engineering into a career at Demon Frameworks in Southampton, where he designs and builds unique custom-made steel-frame road bikes

Onym

Naming is hard. Names, after all, are perhaps the most indelible artifacts of the product creation process. Brands are redesigned with a lustrum …

GitHub

The History of Graphic Design: Volume One charts iconic work from 1890–1959

The History of Graphic Design 1890–1959 <i>is a hefty book with an equally weighty mission – to chart the most iconic and important landmark works of the</i> …

Season’s Greetings from Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, Elaine Lustig Cohen + the Eames’

If anyone can turn a Christmas tree into an esoteric design joke, it would be Milton Glaser. The proof is in the archives of the Herb Lubalin Center …

Graphic Design

Information is Beautiful 2017 – take a look at the best infographics and data visualisations of this year

These 13 award-winning beautiful and in-depth infographics, data visualisations and information designs explore the effects of Trump, climate change, …

Infographics

9 Big Design Trends That Will Shape 2018

Inclusiveness. Value. And super-powered AI.<p>Everyone thought 2016 was bad. That was before 2017. Over the past year, we learned Russia used social media ads to meddle in our election. Our data was stolen from Equifax, Yahoo, and Uber. It felt like virtually every man in a position of power was …

Michael Bierut says never trust a designer who doesn’t like reading

Designers are geniuses at style, but rarely expected to wrestle with the words.<p>According to graphic design legend Michael Bierut, this long standing cliché about the division of creative labor needs to change. “I’m very suspicious about hiring graphic designers who don’t seem to be enthusiastic …

Graphic Design

Future Prediction Illustrations of the Year 2000 Created by People From 1900

Not just a funny sketch from the Conan O'Brien show, <i>In the Year 2000</i> was also a clever marketing campaign by German chocolate brand Hildebrand's. Just in time for the turn of the 20th century, the chocolatier commissioned 12 postcards predicting what life would be like 100 years in the …

Conan O'Brien

How Pentagram’s Michael Bierut Picks A Typeface

Once “typographically promiscuous,” Bierut has a simple method for selecting typefaces–as detailed in this exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book “Now You See It and Other Essays on Design.”<p>For the first 10 years of my career, I worked for Massimo Vignelli, a designer who is legendary for …

Typography

Speciality retail: Verona - Film

This Italian city has a long tradition of typography – and the business still has a story to tell. Letterpress workshop-cum-store Lino’s & Co updates …

Typography

Introducing: Aardman Nathan Love!

What You Can Learn from the Evolution of the NBC Logo

In case you think logo bashing is a modern sport, the Trapezoid N (seen to the left) met with widespread derision at the time; for example, Saturday …

Graphic Design

London's Hidden Tunnels Revealed In Amazing Cutaways

Piccadilly Circus tube station by Renzo Picasso, 1929. Pedants may note that the traffic flow has been reversed, as it would be in Italy. Copyright, …

London

These are the best infographics of 2017

Wrap your head around these fascinating and beautiful data visualisations that are up for the Information is Beautiful awards.

Awards

Top billings: the poster art of the National Theatre – in pictures

After 54 years of enticing audiences into the stalls, the National Theatre’s posters are getting their own moment in the spotlight with an exhibition curated by Rick Poynor in the NT’s Wolfson gallery (4 Oct-31 March). National Theatre Posters raids the archives to tell a fascinating story about …

8 Design Principles To Live And Die By, According To Facebook, IBM, Pentagram, And More

Buck the trend and never be mediocre.<p>Most designers have a set of principles upon which they loosely base their work. Dieter Rams, famously, had 10. But how often do you satisfy all of these tenets of your practice at once? Once in a while, if you’re lucky.<p>So we asked eight prominent designers who …

What’s a Picture Worth? Images, Type, and Logos

See how our panel of experts answered questions about working with letters in logos. Read “Using Type in Logo Designs.”<p>Debbie Millman, artist, …

Killed Covers: 12 book cover designers discuss their rejected work

Two weeks ago, the St Bride Foundation in London hosted a night of rejection. Killed Covers brought a range of book cover designers together to share …

Books

What Kodak Said About Digital Photography in 1975

In 1975, a 24-year-old engineer named Steven Sasson invented digital photography while working at Eastman Kodak by creating the world’s first digital …

When Websites Design Themselves

<b>Graphic design used to require</b> physical work. To compose letterheads, business cards, brochures, magazines, books, and posters, you hunched over a …

Tiedätkö kuka suunnitteli Tuntematon sotilas -kirjan kannen? Kansi saattaa olla syöpynyt suomalaisten mieliin, mutta tekijää ei tunne kukaan

Katsot kirjaa kasvoista kasvoihin aina ennen kuin avaat sen. Ehkä hipaisetkin sitä, sivelet. Kansikuva joko houkuttelee, jättää kylmäksi tai …

Designing a doorknob was just the beginning for India’s first crop of ‘visualisers’

There are two ways to take a castle. From the front door; or, if they won’t let you in, from the back. The first designers of India devised a third …

Colour and life through the kaleidoscopic vision of Pantone

Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the Pantone Colour Institute, was on holiday in the south of France when the 00s financial crisis first reached …

Writers unblocked? Happy music boosts imaginative thinking, say researchers

Uplifting music can help people think more flexibly and avoid getting stuck in a creative rut, say psychologists<p>Jack London hunted it down with a club. Graham Greene found it on benzedrine. For Mary Godwin it struck one wet summer night after making up ghost stories with Lord Byron and her …

Inside Standards Manual, the NYC bookstore dedicated to archiving graphic design history

If you’re a fan of graphic design history, you might be familiar with Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth. The duo are best known for reissuing the EPA and NASA’s graphics standard manuals from the 1970s and turning them into books for designers, history buffs, coffee-table book collectors, or anyone who …

Graphic Design

From smoking to Ebola, can graphic design save your life?

Can graphic design save your life? Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright think so. For evidence, just look at the evolution of cigarette packaging over …