Do Not Hold In Hand After Lighting

Posted 01/02/2017 - 00:58

Fireworks are not a toy. Or at least not a safe one. But if you were going to use “state-approved fireworks,” you probably used them the other night to help ring in the New Year.

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Designer of the Week: Roberto Villazon

Posted 01/01/2017 - 07:30

PRINT’s latest Designer of the Week Roberto Villazon is founder and creative director of Hi-gloss, a brand strategy and creative agency. With more than two decades of experience in the creative and design industries, Villazon has built a go-to creative shop for travel, luxury brand and hospitality design, and he’s helping brands in these industries to engage consumers in new ways.

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Weekend Heller: Last Day Of A [Fill in Blank] Year

Posted 12/31/2016 - 00:29

2016 is almost over. I am reminded of what H.L. Mencken wrote for the Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26 1920, and reprinted in the book On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe.
Mencken cynically opined on the difficulties of good men reaching national office…

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7 Brilliant 2017 Calendar Designs

Posted 12/30/2016 - 13:21

This was a pretty messy year. A contentious election, war across the world, and all manner of tragic deaths among creative people. Personally, I need to take a break from it all, and what better way to do so than with the beauty of calendar design.
Join me and ease your mind with these lovely 2017 calendar designs, gathered from around the web:

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When Politics Was Art

Posted 12/30/2016 - 00:58

The original Monocle was an American satirical magazine, published from the late 1950s (as stapled pamphlet and assorted newsletters) through the mid-1960s (as a perfect bound magazine) edited by Victor Navasky, editor emeritus of The Nation.

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Brand Identity for Flygl & Bille by Kind“Kind is behind the...

Posted 12/29/2016 - 17:46

Brand Identity for Flygl & Bille by Kind“Kind is behind the concept development, name and visual identity for ‘Flygl & Bille’, an exclusive brand of cream, coffee and aquavit-based liqueur that is both medicine and nectar for refined palates. 'Flygl & Bille’ combines the best Norway has to offer as regards coffee and aquavit.

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Bodoni: The Graphic Novel

Posted 12/29/2016 - 00:40

Well, it’s not exactly a graphic novel. But it is a graphically illustrated book titled Bodoni by Venetian designer Giorgio Camuffo with text based very loosely on the life of Giambattista Bodoni by Giuseppe De Lama published in 1816.

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Learn to Draw with Shantell Martin and SkillshareSkillshare is...

Posted 12/28/2016 - 19:13

Learn to Draw with Shantell Martin and SkillshareSkillshare is an online learning community for creative skills that works just like Netflix. Students anywhere in the world pay $10 a month for access to thousands of online classes, on-demand.

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Artwork Series for Adidas by Albert Trulls“Artwork series for...

Posted 12/28/2016 - 18:34

Artwork Series for Adidas by Albert Trulls“Artwork series for Adidas inspired by the Olympic Games. The series focuses on promoting the Olympic values (excellence, respect and friendship) despite the sports’ results. Each value is illustrated with characteristic Olympic elements forming timeless still lives.”Albert Trulls is a designer, illustrator and letterer based in Barcelona, Spain.

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Branding for Deluca Coffee by Christopher Doyle & Co“We...

Posted 12/28/2016 - 12:44

Branding for Deluca Coffee by Christopher Doyle & Co“We created a unique logomark based around the D and L letterforms found within Deluca, that also references the silhouette of a coffee cup on the machine tray, and the barista’s tools. This mark was then abstracted and used to create a series of supporting illustrations that are applied to product bags, collateral and in-store artwork.

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13 Best Graphic Novels & Books About Comics from 2016—A Designer’s Guide

Posted 12/28/2016 - 10:30

You survived 2016 without having your head explode. So congratulations: You deserve at least one book by and about artists of comic strips, comic books and graphic novels. And here are some recommendations for designers who may also be animation addicts, history and/or biography fans, the politically and/or satirically oriented, the internationally inclined, eggheads, and/or just oddballs.

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Decoration Is Not A Four Letter Word

Posted 12/28/2016 - 00:34

The D Word is bothersome to a few, but design is often largely about decoration. This unique 1928 volume Talens, which is a textbook on making decorative design for fabric and textiles was illustrated by J. Van Lerven from the school of Art and Design in Arnhem, with text by C. Vakahuizen Van Den Brink from Utrecht.

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John Furneaux’s logical conclusions

Posted 12/27/2016 - 09:00

Everyone faces each other at Projektor, a big change for team members that previously worked at large multinational firms [Photo: Jason Gordon,]

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When Comics Were Comic

Posted 12/27/2016 - 00:50

These are unfunny times filled with much hilarity or, shall we say, satiric wit. But in olden times, from the ’20s through the ’50s, our favorite comics were not stand-up stars or talk show hosts, they were the masters of vaudeville transformed on screen—clowns that could get laughs by gestures and nuance, slapstick and absurdity.

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Words From the Wise Guy: Why 2017 Needs to Be All About Type

Posted 12/26/2016 - 07:59

Editor’s Note: This piece is a complement to PRINT’s Regional Design Awards issue, which hits newsstands Jan. 10, 2017.

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Letter Heads

Posted 12/26/2016 - 00:00

With the veritable end of letter writing, the important job of designing letterheads may go the way of the wax seal. This artifact of letterhead virtuosity below is one of the choice items in the pantheon of designed stationery.

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Designer of the Week: Alejandro Robledo Mejia

Posted 12/25/2016 - 07:30

PRINT’s latest Designer of the Week, 23-year-old LA-based Alejandro Robledo Mejia, a professional film and television CG/VFX artist, animator and designer at Imaginary Forces, and founder of RMA Design.

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Weekend Heller: Christmas and Cold War

Posted 12/24/2016 - 00:26

It’s Christmas Eve tonight and a fitting moment to share the things that we treasure. This 1962 issue of Evergreen Review (where in the early 1970s I was briefly art director) includes two of my all-time favorite satiric artists—Tomi Ungerer and R.O. Blechman (idols when I was growing up, heroes today).

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Money Worth Its Weight in Ink

Posted 12/23/2016 - 00:28

The heller came into wide use as a name for currency of small value throughout many of the German states up to 1873 when, after German unification, Bismarck’s administration introduced the mark and the pfennig throughout the German empire. The heller was originally a German coin valued at half a pfennig.

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An Interactive Documentary

Posted 12/22/2016 - 00:06

Irene Pereyra, designer/co-founder of the firm Anton & Irene in Brooklyn, grew up in a communal house in Amsterdam.

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Longsands Fish Kitchen

Posted 12/21/2016 - 11:37

Longsands Fish Kitchen needed a logo.

Hindsight makes this so obvious, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less memorable or relevant.

Looks like a nice spot, too, if you find yourself in Tynemouth.

Designed by Tyneside-based Ross Pichler.
Made me smile.

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2016: The Year in Design That Was

Posted 12/21/2016 - 07:56

This article is from the Winter 2016/2017 issue of PRINT, the Regional Design Awards. Subscribe today and get a year of PRINT for $40, plus a free gift.

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Posted 12/21/2016 - 00:38

Thirty-nine issues of the modern graphics artifact Design & Paper were published by Marquardt and Co. from around 1935–1950 (the issues are not dated). Each stapled, stitched or thread-bound issue was a small brochure that showed the work of leading, mostly American, practitioners. There were two by Ladislav Sutnar (No. 13 “Controlled Visual Flow,” and No.

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25 of the Best Design Books of 2016

Posted 12/20/2016 - 17:46

Here, for your reading and visual pleasure, we present PRINT’s annual list of design books released over the past year, as collected by PRINT Editor-in-Chief Zachary Petit. Despite its disastrous reputation, 2016 was an interesting year for design books, with a surprising quantity of reissues among those below.

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Follow the dotted line

Posted 12/20/2016 - 14:31

Dielines are not part of the printed art, and should only be used for reference when making a cutting die or applying cuts on a die cutter
Become a boxing champ with this primer on packaging tools

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For the Comfort of Sign-Writers and Artists

Posted 12/20/2016 - 00:30

With progress comes a share of loss. Art supply stores still sell art supplies that were used centuries ago. But as professions like sign-writing become less or turn into fine art, the wonderful confections of the handmade craft turn into a digital field.

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Award-Winning Design: A Laser-Cut Holiday Card

Posted 12/19/2016 - 07:58

Editor’s Note: This project won Best of Region for the East in PRINT’s 2016 Regional Design Awards. See all of the winners here, and don’t forget to enter the 2017 Regional Design Awards.

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Photobooks Revived

Posted 12/19/2016 - 00:40

Errata Editions has been publishing its Books on Books series since 2009. Jeffery Ladd, Valerie Sonnenthal and Ed Grazda are the publishers. Ladd now lives in Cologne, where he had been traveling often to attend photobook festivals (and where he made several friends connected to the “photobook world” over the years).

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Designer of the Week: Morgan Prenger

Posted 12/18/2016 - 07:30

Designer of the Week Morgan Prenger has a passion for branding. And popcorn. Can you imagine how excited she was when presented with the opportunity to create a popcorn brand? Read on to hear all about this favorite project of hers and more.

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Weekend Heller: Sticking it Where it Hurts

Posted 12/17/2016 - 00:41

Exercising freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution. Designer Ken Carbone is sticking to this important principal. “These stickers are my minor protest against a major threat to the country and rational government,” he says. Just peel and inform.
The post Weekend Heller: Sticking it Where it Hurts appeared first on Print Magazine.

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How’s This for a Wall?

Posted 12/16/2016 - 00:59

“Wall of Liberty” is an installation proposal by Cat Chap in collaboration with Irit Abir for building the United States/Mexico border wall. This dystopian-ironic concept suggests building a continuous chain of Statues of Liberty along the US/Mexico border. “The wall of connected concrete bases will protect the American people from any alien invasion,” says Mr. Chap.

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Marks With Meaning

Posted 12/15/2016 - 00:59

What can we do when facts are discarded like old tissues? The Big Lie that began with Joseph Goebbels may or may not have turned into The Big Idea in advertising, but it has devolved into our current vernacular as an acceptable substitute for truth. For instance, all our new President-Elect has to say is that something he does not believe is untrue, and it becomes untrue (even if it is).

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The World Is Not Flat: 7 Captivating Designs by Karnes Poster Company

Posted 12/14/2016 - 13:58

round the middle of the summer, I took an Amtrak ride to Philadelphia to meet the most talented, friendly group of designers who’d probably ever taken a few hours off—on one day’s notice—to meet a design journalist for lunch. One of the people who wasn’t there was Eric Karnes, who was traveling in Europe at the time.

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X Marks the Spot

Posted 12/14/2016 - 00:59

On April 30, 1945, the Reichsführer Adolf Hitler’s long-awaited death was confirmed. On May 7 Time magazine celebrated with this portrait (below) by Boris Artsybasheff, featuring a bloody X over the Reichsführer’s face, having finally, after receiving many false reports, determined Hitler’s demise had come. This Time story tells the tale.

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The Great Dylan Profile

Posted 12/13/2016 - 15:13

Recently Steven Heller wrote of Glaser’s Ghosts, on how Milton’s Marcel Duchamp-inspired 1966 Bob Dylan poster has spawned myriad parodies, homages and rip offs. He earlier covered the history of the iconic image here. I also traced the origins of Glaser’s poster in a previous article.

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Where Happiness Works

Posted 12/13/2016 - 01:56

Bhutan is a tiny kingdom in the Himalayas where the gross national product (GNP) is happiness (GNH). This concept captured the imagination of designer, typographer, publisher and editor Peter Bilak, whose Works That Work magazine I’ve discussed before in a few articles. Now he has devoted an entire issue to Bhutan in conjunction with a documentary film he’s been producing.

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The Institute of Heraldry, 1969

Posted 12/12/2016 - 08:51

“Here, a group of specialists with unique training, skills, and experience will, on request, design and develop a wide variety of heraldic devices for official agencies of the [US] Federal Government. Coats of arms, shoulder sleeve insignias, decorations for bravery, campaign medals, badges for skill and proficiency, and other identifying devices.”

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Big Letter, Small Letters

Posted 12/12/2016 - 00:48

A random observation, brought to you by procrastination, for what it’s worth: In typography there has long been a practice of playing with scale, especially with bold letters. El Lissitzky’s famous 1924 Kunstismus book cover employs a curiously drawn yet domineering slab serif ‘K’ as a virtual road sign.

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Branding for Daisy Grace by 25AH“Daisy Grace is a new Swedish...

Posted 12/11/2016 - 16:27

Branding for Daisy Grace by 25AH“Daisy Grace is a new Swedish fashion brand with dynamic collections that fit a wide variety of styles.The brand has two different personalities that reflect each other, where Daisy stands for the playful and Grace for the stylish. This was our inspiration for the logotype’s mirrored typography.

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Pana Chocolate Packaging by The Company You Keep“Melbourne based...

Posted 12/11/2016 - 15:43

Pana Chocolate Packaging by The Company You Keep“Melbourne based Pana Chocolate creates raw, vegan cakes and chocolates by hand, using only natural and organic ingredients.

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East Sydney Early Learning Centre Signage by Toko“Toko...

Posted 12/11/2016 - 14:31

East Sydney Early Learning Centre Signage by Toko“Toko developed the playful signage system inspired by children’s building blocks used for improving gross motor skills and spatial awareness. Concept and material generate an effective system that is functional never rigid and/or contrived.

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Designer of the Week: Colin Webber

Posted 12/11/2016 - 07:30

Designer of the Week Colin Webber is passionate about book cover design, which is obvious from his selected work below, in which you’ll also find a beautiful and effective use of typography. Read on to learn all about his thoughts on the connection between music and design, his greatest challenge to date and his favorite artists.
Name: Colin Webber

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thedsgnblog: HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY - Sugar Ants shirt of your...

Posted 12/11/2016 - 07:18

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY - Sugar Ants shirt of your choice!
Sugar Ants is a young streetwear brand from Croatia whose original designs epitomize the urban culture, animal rights, freedom and laziness. They focus on producing minimal yet relevant products and designs that will appeal to both young and old.

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Paul Krassner’s Fake News and the Power of Positive Hoaxing

Posted 12/10/2016 - 06:27

“The truth is vastly overrated.” That’s how I began my feature for the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design’s “Truth” issue back in the year 2000. And now post-truth, fake news and other euphemisms for lies have become accepted standard operating procedure in our current cultural and political climate. But hey, don’t blame me.

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Weekend Heller: My Self-Serving Holiday Book List

Posted 12/10/2016 - 00:18

‘Tis the season to flog my own output for the year 2016. All these books (‘cept for Graphic Design Rants and Raves, which is available in January), including those with introductions or afterwords that I’ve written, can be under your tree or bush this year. Just click on the book and order. Don’t let snow turn to ice under your feet—supplies are limited. Ho Ho!



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Award-Winning Environmental Graphics & Wayfinding: Bloomberg San Francisco Tech Hub

Posted 12/09/2016 - 18:11

Editor’s Note: This project won Best of Region for the Far West in PRINT’s 2016 Regional Design Awards. See all of the winners here, and don’t forget to enter the 2017 Regional Design Awards.

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Award-Winning Brand Identity Design: The Women’s Foundation

Posted 12/09/2016 - 17:51

Editor’s Note: This project won Best of Region for the Midwest in PRINT’s 2016 Regional Design Awards. See all of the winners here, and don’t forget to enter the 2017 Regional Design Awards.

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Award-Winning Signage Design: Whitney Museum of American Art

Posted 12/09/2016 - 17:21

Editor’s Note: This project won Best of Region for New York City in PRINT’s 2016 Regional Design Awards. See all of the winners here, and don’t forget to enter the 2017 Regional Design Awards.

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Award-Winning Invitation Design: The Lowcountry Field Feast

Posted 12/09/2016 - 17:04

Editor’s Note: This project won Best of Region for the South in PRINT’s 2016 Regional Design Awards. See all of the winners here, and don’t forget to enter the 2017 Regional Design Awards.

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Out On a Limb: Are you innovating just for the sake of change?

Posted 12/09/2016 - 13:20

As designers and developers we’re always tackling things we have n’t quite done before. While it is quite possible to make an honourable living doing competent, workmanlike design, we believe there is real value in going out on a limb.

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Nazis of America

Posted 12/09/2016 - 00:15

America has battled homegrown fascists and Nazis since the early 20th century through interventions, publications and satire. The Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League to Champion Human Rights, located on W. 47th St. in New York City, was one of the early leaders in the fight to raise awareness before the United States entered World War II.

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Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery!

Posted 12/08/2016 - 11:09

Just as we’re starting to feel winter’s icy bite, Pantone’s annual Color of the Year announcement injects a much-needed shot of springtime. 2017’s shade is Greenery, Pantone 15-0343, “a fresh and zesty yellow-green” as described in their release.

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