It is routine to hear tutors and studio heads bemoaning the amount of time students and designers spend gorging on the numberless websites and blogs devoted to the visual archaeology of graphic design. If you dig deep enough online, you can pretty much guarantee to find every significant piece of graphic design ever made. If it's not on Flickr, ffffound, Grain Edit, or one of a thousand other sites, it soon will be.
The Archives of American Art counts hundreds of thousands of lists in its collections, including to-do lists, membership lists, lists of paintings sold, lists of books to read, lists of appointments made and met, lists of supplies to get and places to see, and lists of people who are "in." Such common lists are firsthand accounts of our cultural history.
As a teen I claimed I was a ham. I lied.
ALEXANDRA LANGE AND MARK LAMSTER
Herewith we introduce a new feature on Design Observer, "Lunch with the Critics," in which Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster will visit a noteworthy design project (a building, an exhibition, a what-have-you) and discuss its merits over a light meal.
The series begins with the major renovation work at Lincoln Center undertaken by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR).
Jerry Della Femina's 1970 memoir, From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front Line Dispatches from the Advertising War
, has been invoked as a "key text" for the AMC series Mad Men. After forty years, it's being rereleased in time for the start of the show's fourth season. How did a wisecracking kid from Gravesend, Brooklyn, come to define an era of American business that has a hold on the public imagination like ever before?
Each morning, before starting work, I spend 30 minutes looking for images that are beautiful, funny, absurd and inspiring. Here's TODAY.
WILLIAM H. HELFAND
For many years, pharmaceutical companies directed their efforts solely to professionals, calling themselves "ethical" for doing so. A chief medium for reaching physicians was the privately-circulated journal, which thrived on a mailing list comprised of potential prescribers. None typified this more than Ridendo
, a magazine distributed to French physicians from the 1930s into the 70s, with more than 440 issues published over the course of its 44-year reign.
POEM OF THE WEEK
A poem by Franz Wright.