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An Exhaustive, Idiosyncratic Inventory of France, Documented, Classified + Filtered

The French artists Eric Tabuchi and Nelly Monnier drive for about 10 hours every day, looking for reasons to stop the car. They don’t typically break for lunch, instead pausing only when they encounter a subject worth photographing. Tabuchi is partial to triangular façades, construction sites, and the solitary plastic chairs that discreetly advertise sex work. Monnier likes anonymous landscapes,...

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Iconic Artpop duo Sparks On Their Mysterious, “Mid-action” Cover Designs + Using Imagery to Build Narratives

If there’s one thing that unites most of Sparks’ cover art over the last 50 years, it’s situations. Still scenes that stick in the memory over the course of 25 albums include Ronald and Russell Mael tied up and gagged on a moving speedboat for Propaganda (1974), the brothers Mael getting married on the cover of Angst in My Pants...

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Isometric Studio is Rethinking What it Means to Design for Social Good

What does it mean to design for social change? For decades designers have tried to push the profession into more humanitarian causes with varying success. In 1964, for example, the designer Ken Garland along with 20 other designers, critics, and students, published First Things First, a manifesto calling on graphic designers to abandon their obsession with commercial work in favor...

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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...