The Public Library
“The public library is a singularly American invention.” An excerpt from the new book The Public Library: A Photographic Essay
The Greenville, NC Daily Reflector: 1948 to 1967
One of the best ways to investigate the life and times of a region is to look at the local photo files from the daily newspaper.
The Neighborhood Watch symbol Boris The Burglar is powerfully familiar; what does that mean when it's subverted?
Extraordinary Spanish Art Environments
Accidental Mysteries for November 10, 2013 focuses on Extraordinary Spanish Art Environments.
10.23.13: An Open Letter to AIGA
Status Quo or Transformation? A False Choice
An open letter to AIGA.
Where We Work
A Kickstarter for co-working space Makeshift Society points to the light, space and tools creative freelancers need to be productive.
Rural Vacation/Urban Questions
Driving Vermont's rural routes I began to wonder: Why does this town get a brand-new energy-efficient supermarket, and that one a minimart-slash-video store-slash-bank?
Inkahoots and Socially Concerned Design: Part 2
In the mid-1990s, Inkahoots became a graphic design studio with its sights set on social causes.
Inkahoots and Socially Concerned Design: Part 1
The Australian design team Inkahoots is a model of community-based graphic design practice.
Every Little Thing
Cranbrook: A campus where the designers have thought of everything.
The Imagination of Playgrounds
Accidental Mysteries for April 14 focuses on the Imagination of Playgrounds.
What It Costs (to Buy a Bench, to Extend a Curb)
Participatory budgeting lets communities put their own urban priorities in order.
High (Line) Anxiety
Is the High Line above criticism?
Demonstrations, Democracy and Design
After demonstrations in 2011, Barcelona
’s Plaça de Catalunya became a carnivalesque village of protest.
Why the Activist Poster is Here to Stay
Digital communication has given posters produced to contest an outrage or support a cause a new lease of life.
Istanbul: City of Seeds
Rather than dream up exotic visions of “what could be”, an xskool looks for social and natural assets that already exist – and grows from there.
Navy Yard, GradComD, Brown Bag, Hard Hat
Talks and encounters in the US next week. I hope to see some of you there.
What I Didn’t Write About When I Wrote About Quitting Facebook
The author writes about the genre you could call the Social Media Exile essay.
China: Brooms, Mops and Chairs
Considering everyday objects like mops and brooms within China's broader historical context reframes the relationship between Chinese people and their streets and is, for that matter, a testament to their communal living habits.
Whatever Happened to the Dinner Party?
Why has the dinner party become an endangered species of entertainment?
10.14.10: James Lapides
A slideshow containing images from Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010,
now on view at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
The Dream Job Project Part II
How do you conceive of the future work to shoot for, and how you'll do it? The results of these questions, part II.
The Dream Job Project
How do you conceive of the future work to shoot for, and how you'll do it? I invite you to weigh in.
A Makeover for the BART Map
Unlike the notorious 1972 Massimo Vignelli redesign of the New York City subway map, the new BART map didn't make much of a splash in graphic design circles.
Kerry William Purcell
The Art of Psychographics
Each and every graphic design signifies a memory. A familiar sign, map or poster can often trigger a set of associations in the viewer, a series of thoughts and feelings that have their own unique trajectory.
Practice Does Not Make Perfect
The J-E-T-S spent $75 million this year on a state-of-the-art new training facility designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, but they may still miss the playoffs.
Red Bogart blamed technology and changing attitudes for the reason he sold Camp Tomahawk, but Mark Lamster knew there was something more to the story.