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07.11.11: Jessica Helfand & Marvin Heiferman

On the Shoulders of Midgets: A Conversation About Reality TV
A conversation about reality TV with Marvin Heiferman and Jessica Helfand.
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09.15.10: Annotated by Julie Lasky

Massimo Vignelli vs. Ed Benguiat (Sort Of)
Vignelli Celebration: Republication of the 1991 debate between Massimo Vignelli and Ed Benguiat published in Print magazine.
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03.22.09: John Kaliski

A Babylon of Signs

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02.01.09: Lawrence Barth

A Response to "A Babylon of Signs"
John Kaliski & Lorraine Wild’s thoughtful post posits the reasons why such a group should think about restricting some types of advertising signage in Los Angeles. And, if one buys the predicate, they makes a good case. The predicate troubles me, however. Let’s pause before continuing down the road of making design decisions by committee
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01.19.09: Lorraine Wild

A Babylon of Signs
For a generation, since Venturi and Scott Brown’s Learning From Las Vegas, most Angelinos neither did not notice the steady proliferation of signs along their Southern California landscapes and strips, nor perhaps cared. With the turn of the century, that changed. For the last eight years Los Angeles has been engaged in a war with the outdoor advertising industry. 

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01.01.09: Debbie Millman

Obsessive Branding Disorder II
The current discipline and practice of branding is both obsessively fascinating and shamelessly polarizing. Because our lives are so entwined with brands, it has become difficult to distinguish between our beliefs and our brand preferences.
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11.17.08: Adrian Shaughnessy

Obsessive Branding Disorder I
Obsessive Branding Disorder by Lucas Conley is a book that graphic designers can place on their shelves. Conley describes in vivid detail the extent to which branding has permeated modern culture...
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06.16.08: Rick Poynor, Adrian Shaughnessy

We Found It at the Movies: Part I
Rick Poynor: Looking back, it’s surprising how long we’d known each other before it emerged that we shared an obsession for film. 
Adrian Shaughnessy: Your obsession with film came as a surprise. Before lending you the Herzog box set I had you tagged as a visual arts man, not a cineaste.

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06.16.08: Rick Poynor, Adrian Shaughnessy

We Found It at the Movies: Part II
The second installment of Rick Poynor and Adrian Shaughnessy’s conversation about film. Can genre movies express a personal vision? Are films blurring into other media? And what’s the state of film culture today?
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06.02.08: Denise Gonzales Crisp, Rick Poynor

A Critical View of Graphic Design History
Now comes yet another historical survey, Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide by Johanna Drucker and Emily McVarish. Denise Gonzales Crisp and Rick Poynor have been marking pages, making notes and exchanging views...
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12.06.07: Alice Twemlow, Lorraine Wild

A New Graphic Design History?
The fog that Stephen Eskilson attributes to contemporary practice permeates this new history of graphic design published by Yale University Press.
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