These Poster Designs Jazz It Up

The Claypole’s Jazz Festival, held just outside of Buenos Aires, was the first international and foreign popular music show in the city. Organized by the local city theater,  Espacio de debate y cultura La Casa de Claypole, the festival was only promoted with posters. The promotional posters are a great source for some eye candy...

Putting A Different Spin on Bland Choking Posters

After being required by law back in 1978, Choking signs and posters has become ubiquitous around New York City. Unfortunately for restaurateurs, the government sanctioned posters tend to be too formal or institutional or to simply put it, just too bland. This is why some restaurateurs in New York have decided to take the matters on their...

Get Inspired with a Toucan and Vibrant Branding

With the recent World Cup in Brazil, you may have learned a few facts about this country. For one, you may remember that the toucan is a common bird in Brazil. So what better animal to best represent a Brazilian environmental group?  Take a look at the branding for the new Brazil Environmental Institute (IBRA),...

Arabic and Iranian Typography Show Unites Middle East

A woman who grew up in Syria and a man with Persian roots walk into CalArts. Jump ahead six years: They’re now passionately united in their goal to inspire a widespread design movement. Maece Seirafi is a Los Angeles-based graphic designer with an avid interest in both Latin and non-Latin type. She developed her love...

Redesigned: Airbnb’s New Logo and Its Parodies 

From pug noses to lewd poses, Airbnb’s new logo sure did it’s job of putting the company to everyone’s mind. The problem is, no one can certainly “unsee” the parodies after seeing the various iterations of the new logo. A couple of days ago, Airbnb an online service that provides it’s users the ability to list...

Using Data Visualization to Show The Happiest Places in the World

If you have ever wondered where is the happiest place on Earth? You might want to take a look at Moritz Stefaner’s latest data visualization. Renowned information designer Mortiz Stefaner who is behind the infamous data viz Selfiecity which is an interactive website analyzing various selfies from New York to Bangkok has designed a new...

Logo Redesigned: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Goodbye Griffin and Hello Fancy “A”

The iconic griffin is taking off from the Philadelphia Museum of Art logo to be replaced by an emphasized and flexible “Art”. Considered as one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses a collection of more than 227,000 objects across 200 galleries. These objects vary from painting to...

The National Poster Retrospecticus Showcases The Best Handcrafted Posters

No longer promoting movies and events, these amazing posters are now taking center stage in a traveling show. During its conception, posters have become one of the mainstays in terms of promoting and embodying an event. With the National Poster Retrospecticus, various posters as well as their makers are taking the spotlight. The National Poster...

Weekend Heller: Sutnar Online

The soon-to-be reopened Cooper Hewitt Museum chronicles Ladislav Sutnar, the Czech / American graphic designer and information design innovator, on its brand new website. It features images from the Sutnar Archive and a video where I interview Radislav Sutnar, son of the designer. The post Weekend Heller: Sutnar Online appeared first on Print Magazine...

The New Maya Language of Frida Larios

Until the Spanish Conquistadores plundered Mesoamerica in the 16th century, Maya civilization flourished for more than 3000 years. The Maya created monumental architecture and highly developed systems of mathematics, astronomy, and picto-syllabic writing. If you’ve visited archeological sites in Mexico or Central America—say, Chichén Itzá, Tulum or Palenque—you’ve seen the hieroglyphs carved into the ancient...

LACMA’s New Graphic Design Collection Plans

The West Coast became the center of America’s graphic design universe in the mid-1980s. Naturally, it began with April Greiman and Emigre and their California Apples. And it expanded with Katherine McCoy’s Cranbrook vision invading CalArts. This fact’s not that apparent from examining entrenched attitudes, and even advisor lists, of prominent East Coast museums: It’s...

Roasting Robbie Conal: Eerie, Irascible Poster “Poseur”

Robbie Conal, infamous street graphics rabble-rouser, was recently broadsided on his home turf by a sneak-attack art exhibition. It was meant to honor—and ridicule—him. And so it did, quite cleverly and often quite hilariously. The show was titled “Poster Roast.” It was curated by a couple of his students and held at the art gallery...

Say Hello to Mac OS Syrah

When Apple released iOS 7, people began to wonder when Mac OS would take on its own flat and gradient-ridden look and feel. Weeks before Apple’s 2014 WWDC, the online community got a glimpse of one possibility, courtesy of German designer Danny Giebe. While Danny Giebe was scanning and organizing imagery in Apple’s iPhoto, and...

Art for Comics and Storyboards: What’s the Difference?

Aaron Sowd and Trevor Goring have a lot to say about the art of narrative storytelling. Aaron’s worked on movie storyboarding and concepting for Steven Soderbergh and Michael Bay, comics for Marvel and DC, art for Apple and Netflix, designs for theme parks and video games, and illustrations for the New York Times and People Magazine. Trevor’s...

Famous Graphic Novelists Discuss Inspiration, Education, and Digitization

When a panel of four esteemed graphic novelists have only an hour to address an auditorium packed with eager fans, it’s unlikely they can cover very much in very great depth. And thus it was when Ben Katchor, Mimi Pond, Anders Nilsen, and Vanessa Davis gathered at USC for “Illustrating the Point” at the L.A...

The Detroit Design Renaissance

From the rubble of the financial collapse, the creative class is rising to reinvigorate the spirit of innovation that once made Detroit a beacon of success among American cities. Through hard work and high hopes, the Motor City is becoming a design town with a capital “D.” Detroit, once synonymous with automotive innovation, has more...

Milton Glaser Critiques Craft Beer Packaging Design for the New York Times

What does legendary graphic designer— Milton Glaser has to say about some craft beer packaging design? Craft beer has gone a long way from it’s simple roots of being brewed inside basements and garages to a booming industry and not to mention a full blown art form. There are even websites dedicated to the amazing...

Timeless Graphic Design Advice (Part 2)

Welcome back creatives to Part 2 of Timeless Graphic Design Advice. You can read Timeless Graphic Design (Part 1) over here. We talked about the importance of a concept, design as a tool for problem solving and the importance of knowing what you’re getting into. This time, we take it a step further...

Rule29′s Justin Ahrens Back at HOW Design Conference

“Designing for good”?? It’s a phrase that’s become buzz-worthy in the design community, but who’s walking the talk? We know one man who is. Designer and go-to HOW Design Live speaker Justin Ahrens, Principal of Rule29, has consistently proven his commitment to designing for the greater good.Here at HOW we’ve been following Justin (and Rule29′s) work for some...