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In the Brilliant Work of Beatriz González, Reproduction is a Means of Protest

Beatriz González eschews labels like “pop artist” and “political artist,” which must be tiresome since most people’s first reaction to her brightly colored work and images of political figures is to call her both. Born in 1938 in Bucaramanga, Colombia, the painter and printmaker has spent her 60-year career employing a biting sense of humor in her eye-catching images. Some...

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“Intentionally Bad in a Confident way”—the Work and Play of TXTBooks

Risograph zines are publications with much aesthetic hype, but they’re also a medium that allows for a democratic and attainable distribution of content, ideas, forms, and techniques. Because Riso-printing tends to favor experimentation over perfection, can be done with relatively inexpensive materials, and is best for small batches, it’s a common tool for self-publishing projects like chapbooks, comics, design specimens,...

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The Life of Huang Hua Cheng, the Idiosyncratic Designer Who “Led Taiwan into the First Design Revolution”

In 1996 while on his hospital sickbed, Huang Hua Cheng was eagerly completing two final projects. The first was his own funeral, for which Huang laid out his instructions in detail—what snacks to purchase, what dishes to serve, and a sketch of the stage layout for his final departure. The second, no less important, was the 30th anniversary art exhibition...

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The Overlooked Career of Mid-Century Designer, Artist, and Teacher Norman Ives

Designing for clients such as the Museum of Modern Art, AIGA, Knoll International, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press. Exhibiting work at the Whitney, MoMA, the Smithsonian and the Walker Art Center. Teaching alongside Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, Armin Hofmann, Bradbury Thompson and Josef Albers. These are the kind of achievements you would think were guarantees of...

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How the Design-y Puzzle Came to Rule Quarantine

Welcome to Spotted, Eye on Design’s column that turns an eye on the styles and graphic trends you’re seeing everywhere. What are you seeing? Gone are the days of laboring over 1,000 pieces of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night;” in their place is a new breed of  the jigsaw puzzle, which has undergone a major rebrand thanks to direct-to-consumer companies promising...

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Lektorat’s Bold Strokes and Sharp Cuts Give Headlines a Jolt of Assertive Style

Name: Lektorat Designer: Florian Fecher Foundry: TypeTogether Release Date: October 2020 Back Story: Many a design student dreams of producing a senior year project that might evolve into a professional future. Fecher, a German graphic designer, calligrapher, letterer, typographer, and writer, found a way for his student work to reach a wider audience beyond professors and classmates. He first developed Lektorat under...