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04.11.14: OBlog

Glaser Goes Psychedelic
If you're watching the premier of Mad Men this Sunday, you may notice some familiar-ish graphics. That's because the key art for Season 7 was created by Milton Glaser, based on some of the work he became known for in the 1960's and 70's, now frequently described as 'psychedelia'.
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03.25.14: OBlog

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: OBlog

Complaints Posters
Complaints! An Inalienable Right, is a poster exhibition curated by author, design critic, educator and Design Observer friend Steven Heller.
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01.16.14: OBlog

Selling Shame
Southern California artist Cynthia Petrovic has collected vintage body-shaming advertisements geared toward women.
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11.22.13: OBlog

New Items in the Design Observer Store
New products listed in the Design Observer store.
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10.31.13: OBlog

Happy Halloween!
To celebrate the creepy and the spooky, a short list of films for your Halloween viewing pleasure.
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10.28.13: OBlog

The Wire Poster Project
"The Wire Poster Project" consists of 60 typographic posters, each one representing one of the 60 different epigrams preceding every episodes of HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Wire.
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09.03.13: OBlog

The Subculture of Japanese Trucker Art
Tatsuki Masaru's new book Dekotora documents the Japanese subculture of pimping big rigs with neon lights and luxury interiors.
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07.11.13: OBlog

Iron Man 3 Titles
An interesting look at the design process for the Iron Man 3 title screens.
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06.30.13: OBlog

My 3-D Life
Meanwhile, what’s to stop me from printing some caviar, or an Oscar? A pony? Or a Porsche? Musings on what to print on your home 3-D printer.
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06.11.13: Rob Walker

The Mighty Shirt Kings
Back in the 1980s, a group of artists calling themselves The Mighty Shirt Kings set up shop at the Jamaica Coliseum, in Queens, offering “custom air-brushed and original artwork,” which could be had on canvas, but also pants, jackets, and of course T-shirts. They are the subject of a new book: The Shirt Kings.
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06.04.13: OBlog

The Man in Black, On Your Envelope
On June 5, 2013, the US Post Office issues a new stamp designed by Greg Breeding featuring Johnny Cash.
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05.14.13: OBlog

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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04.22.13: OBlog

Awful Library Books
Awful Library Books is a collection of amusing and/or questionable library holdings found in real libraries and curated by librarians Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner.
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03.18.13: OBlog

We The Designers
We the Designers” is a national exhibition of self-authored graphic design on view through April 5 at the AIGA National Design Center in NYC.
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02.20.13: OBlog

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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02.14.13: OBlog

Valentinishness
Unorthodox suggestions and unsolicited advice for V-Day.
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02.05.13: OBlog

National Poetry Month Poster
The 2013 National Poetry Month Poster, designed by Jessica Helfand.
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12.18.12: Betsy Vardell

Betsy on Etsy: Gifts for Kids
Gifts for children found on Etsy.com
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12.17.12: OBlog

Neon: Bright Lights, Big City
Collector's Weekly interviewed architect Kirsten Hively, the created of the free iPhone app Project Neon.
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12.13.12: Betsy Vardell

Betsy on Etsy: Guide to Personalizable Gifts
Personalized gifts found on Etsy.com.
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12.11.12: Betsy Vardell

Betsy on Etsy: Ornaments and Decorations Gift Guide
Ornaments and decorations found on Etsy.
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12.06.12: Betsy Vardell

Betsy on Etsy: Science/Technology Gift Guide
Science and technology related gifts found on Etsy.com
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11.13.12: OBlog

How Does Your Salary Compare?
Coroflot's 12th annual Design Salary Guide.
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05.16.12: OBlog

The Architecture of Television
Brandi Roberts is an interior designer by training and TV afficionado by choice who draws fictional floorplans of classic television shows.
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05.11.12: OBlog

Make a Mixel this Weekend
This weekend the folks at Mixel, an amazing collaborative collage app for the iPad, want to spread the word about how easy (and fun) it is.
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