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WEEKLY EMAIL: JANUARY 20, 2011


Meena Kadri

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MEENA KADRI

Meena Kadri's Collection of Indian Street Graphics

It started quite innocently — as most obsessions do. A snap of a painted truck here and spot of rural advertising there, on annual trips to the ancestral homeland. But soon the constant visual chatter of the Indian streetscape began to dominate my excursions.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Eameses?

I don’t know what to do with this book. The Story of Eames Furniture, by Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart  is a labor of love, a two-part, richly-illustrated history of some of the most famous modern chairs in the world. To reject it seems harsh. It contains fascinating tales of false starts and under-known design careers, a book in themselves of clever mid-century magazine covers, furniture advertisements, abstract photographic odes to mass-production. And yet I was unable to enjoy it.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 01.16.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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STEVEN HELLER

My Big Fat Fast Food Feast at Eataly

The Slow Food movement was founded in the Langhe district of Piedmont, Italy, in 1986 and has spread throughout the world as an alternative to you-know-what. In Torino, Italy, it is manifest in Eataly, a food emporium and eatery on Via Nizza just across the street from a massive Fiat factory turned cultural center and hotel.
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RICK POYNOR

Out of the Studio: Graphic Design History and Visual Studies

Twenty years ago there was considerable optimism about the possibility that graphic design history would become a fully-fledged academic discipline. Although there has been some progress toward this goal in the past two decades, these developments have taken place at a slower pace than might once have been expected. As a discipline — if this is even the right term to use — graphic design history is still in a state of becoming, and there are good reasons to ask whether, on its present course, it will ever achieve the maturity that some observers hoped for. Graphic design history’s best chance of development now lies in an expanded conception of the rapidly emerging discipline of visual studies. Only there might it be able to establish the interdisciplinary connections necessary for it to fulfill its early promise and to grow.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 01.09.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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THE EDITORS

Name That Design Person!

Four months from today, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day. In advance of this holiday, we’ve invited a number of designers to share with us a long-lost kiddie pic: beginning today, and on the 8th of every month leading up to Mother's Day, we’re asking our readers to guess the identity of one featured baby.
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"Negligent Worldicide"

Negligent Worldicide, a poem by Chase Twichell.
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