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Five Powerful Examples of Contemporary Independent Publishing from Africa

For the organizers of Afrophon’, a recent art book fair in LUMA Arles, France centering contemporary independent publishing from the African continent, there’s a significant lack of knowledge, acknowledgement, and access to African art books in the West. In 2018, the project’s guest curator Gee Wesley, came together with friends who run Ulises — an artspace in Philadelphia — to...

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For a Brief, Strange Moment in the 1960s, Dresses Became Posters

In 1966, Scott Paper Co., an American company that made a range of paper products, released an advertisement for their new ‘Color Explosion’ range of toilet paper and paper towels.  In it, two smiling young girls were pictured in knee-grazing shift dresses, hands tucked into pockets. The two dresses in the photograph — one flooded with a monochromatic Op-Art pattern,...

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How to Build an Entire Brand Identity Around a Squeeze Bottle

Like Go-Gurt before it, the playful ethos of olive oil brand Graza, which launched earlier this year, is defined by its equally carefree form factor. While Go-Gurt’s squeezable plastic sleeve made yogurt more appealing to children, Graza’s squeezeable bottle makes inherently appealing high-quality olive oil less precious to everyone. Or, in as Gander partner Katie Levy, put it, with its...

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A “One-Man Print Archive of Culture, Community, and Social Change” — Café Royal Share Five Favorite Books

Café Royal Books is a one-man print archive of culture, community, and social change based in Southport, UK. This impressive image-based publisher shares the best of documentary photography in weekly releases that cater to those interested in subcultures, British and Irish post-war history and more. We asked founder Craig Atkinson to share his story and recommend some of his favorite...

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Open Manifesto—the Quiet but Persistent Australian Design Journal—Was Ahead of Its Time

You probably don’t need me to tell you that the publishing world is a tough business. While the internet — and social networks — have put the tools of publishing into the hands of anyone with a smartphone, they’ve also made questions of gaming algorithms, virality, and likes and shares integral to building an audience. This is, perhaps, especially true...

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Louise Sandhaus Uplifts the Stories of Graphic Design’s Unsung Makers

Designers aren’t created in a vacuum. They’re shaped by their environments and the people around them, and it’s through mentorship and collaboration that they grow within their creative communities. For Louise Sandhaus, her role as a design educator and mentor reaches back nearly twenty-five years. She’s inspired countless young designers through her courses at CalArts, while also serving as co-director...

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How Magazine Covers Became the Political Posters of Our Times — Four Leading Art Directors Discuss

When you work at a print publication, it’s easy to get fatigued by years of conversations about the death of print — from industry observers, “futurists,” nervous colleagues, your friends and family.  But nearly 30 years after David Carson’s The End of Print, a glance at the internet today would reveal an intriguing reality: magazine covers are wholly ubiquitous. And...

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From Blue Note to Afrofuturism, Herbie Hancock’s Sleeve Designs Are as Adventurous as His Sounds

Herbert Jeffrey Hancock has been at the cutting edge of technology for many of his 82 years. Like his contemporary Stevie Wonder, he developed a taste for synthesizers and electronics long before they were widespread, and he has fearlessly explored new genres like hip hop, funk, and electronica since leaving the Miles Davis Quintet in 1968 to go solo. Born...

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Design Trends Come and Go. But There’s A Reason Why Graphic Knitwear Transcends

From the family-knit cardigans of infancy, to the House of Sunny ‘fits of today’s Tik Tokers du’jour, society’s enduring love of knitwear transcends generations. But while the ways we choose to style our knits are ever-evolving, the design of knitted garments themselves hasn’t changed nearly as much as one might think.  Take “ugly sweaters” from the 1970s, photographs from the...