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Design History


04.23.14: Observed

Celebrate Design
In case you haven't heard, AIGA celebrates its Centennial this year.
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04.04.14: Observed

Shape: A Film About Design
Shape is a short film that is part of MakeShapeChange , a project aimed at young people to get them thinking about how the world is made around them and where design fits in.
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03.26.14: Observed

Inge Druckrey + Sister Corita Kent on Film
On Friday, April 4th, the Department of Graphic Design at Yale University will be showing Teaching to See and Learning by Heart, two short films on the work and teaching of Inge Druckrey and Sister Corita Kent.
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03.25.14: Observed

The Hilda Stories
In a new video series from Herman Miller, Hilda Longinotti, George Nelson’s longtime aide-de-camp, recounts some of the greatest anecdotes from her 21-year run at the legendary New York City design atelier.
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03.20.14: Observed

Designed by: Lella Vignelli
To celebrate 50 years of their partnership, Massimo Vignelli published a book of the work of his partner and wife, Lella.
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03.19.14: Observed

Susan S. Szenasy with Debbie Millman at The Museum of Arts and Design
Thursday, March 20th Susan S. Szenasy will talk with Debbie Millman at The Museum of Arts and Design about her distinguished career as a design critic, journalist and educator.
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03.17.14: Observed

Employee ID Badges
A deeper look into WWII era employee ID badges.
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03.04.14: Observed

History of Visual Communication
If photography hasn't always been a communication medium, what is it? A timeline of the evolution of images as a medium of dialogue.
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02.24.14: Observed

Design Issues Covers
MIT Press has posted a gallery of Design Issues covers from 1984-present on Pinterest.
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02.04.14: Observed

Craft, Art + Design Oral History Project
The Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art & Design Oral History Project is admirably ambitious.
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10.08.13: Observed

Design Is One
Opening Friday at the IFC center: Design is One — Lella and Massimo Vignelli.
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07.09.13: Observed

Jan van Toorn
A video profile of Jan van Toorn, from the series "Dutch Profiles: Design, Fashion, Architecture".
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06.26.13: Michael Bierut

50 Books/50 Covers 2012 Winners Announced
Continuing a tradition that dates back to 1922, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Fifty Books/Fifty Covers show.
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05.15.13: Observed

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America
Michigan was an epicenter of modern design in postwar America, this summer the story will be told through a symposium at the Cranbrook Educational Community and an exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum.
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05.14.13: Observed

Circus Poster Archive
Circusmuseum.nl, is "the ultimate image bank" of circus posters, photos and prints — with nearly eight thousand circus posters from 1880 to the present, from the Netherlands to America.
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02.20.13: Observed

London Transport Museum Poster Colletion
A wonderful way to spend an hour (or more). The poster collection from the London Transport Museum.
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12.17.12: Pamela Hovland

Happy Holidays from Robert Frost
A brief history of the collaboration between Robert Frost and Joseph Blumenthal as well as many top woodcut and engraving artists of the day.
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07.15.12: The Editors

50 Books/50 Covers Competition: Enter Today
Since 1924, the 50 Books/50 Covers book design competition has been a yearly mainstay of the AIGA. We are pleased to announce that this important design competition is now being hosted by Design Observer. Enter today.
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05.09.12: The Editors

Unusual Suspects: A New Series
Edited by Andrew Blauvelt and William Drenttel, Design Observer is beginning new design history series titled Unusual Suspects.
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05.02.12: Observed

The Visual Language of Herbert Matter
Known as a quintessential designer's designer, Swiss born Herbert Matter is largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts.
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