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The Ever-changing Art of the Screensaver

This story was originally published in 2019 in the “Distraction” issue of Eye on Design magazine.   In 1983, a computer programmer named John Socha created what is considered by most to be the first screensaver. The program, called SCRNSAVE, was barely a program at all—after three minutes of inactivity, it turned the screen into a blank, black square. At...

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The Pin-back Button Was A Place for Self Expression Before Social Media

Punch line. Political statement. Conversation piece. Souvenir. From the campaign trail to the rock tour, the pin-back button occupies a fascinating, wide-reaching, and largely undocumented place in American popular history. Social media is today’s most popular platform for self-expression, but the button preceded it as a way to tell others what was on your mind or as a tool to...

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Offshore Studio’s Isabel Seiffert on Her Teaching Practice + Merging Concept and Form

Isabel Seiffert is one-half of Offshore Studio, along with Christoph Miler, a design studio based in Zurich, Switzerland. Seiffert engages an active teaching practice alongside her studio work, leading courses and workshops at HKB (University of the Arts Bern), Zurich University of the Arts, HGK Basel, HEAD Geneve, Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin, and F+F (School for Art and Design...

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When the USPS Is In Trouble, Artists and Designers Create Grassroots Efforts to Help

During the coronavirus pandemic, the United States Postal Service’s pre-existing financial hardships came to a tipping point as President Donald Trump rejected a much-needed government bailout of the national institution. This, along with priority mail delays, mailing blunders, and internal structural changes implemented under Postmaster General Louis Dejoy challenged the USPS’ status as a trustworthy public institution during an intense...

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A “Monumental” Font Homage to a Designer Who Ditched Constructivism to Survive Under Stalin

Name: LL Heymland Designer:  Yevgeniy Anfalov Foundry: Lineto Release Date: September 2020 Back Story: Yevgeniy Anfalov began work on what was to become LL Heymland back in the summer of 2018, after being commissioned to propose a design for a “gastronomic guidebook.” He wanted to use a lightweight type style that would completely fill double page spreads, and after searching for...

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Affordability, Transparency + Flexibility: Southland Institute Offers an Alternative Model for Design Education

This is the second installment in a series of articles that each focus on a summer school, residency, or alternate education model that seem particularly relevant to designers. The hope is that together, these articles will give a broader view of non-traditional schools and designers invested in continued learning. Last time, we looked at the summer school Ellipsis Open School...