Powerful Posters

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Paul Rand’s iconic, genius-in-its-simplicity poster for IBM (above) is one of the many great designs of the last 50 years, collected by Graphic Design magazine. Some are immediately familiar – Milton Glaser’s psychedelic Bob Dylan poster, and Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster for the Obama 2008 campaign. Seymour Chast’s humorously powerful Vietnam Antiwar Poster (End Bad Breath) is also included, along with Steff Geissbuhler’s fantastic Alvin Ailey dancer font.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Deciding on one’s summer reading can be overwhelming when faced with so many incredible options. We narrowed down our cultural list from recent visits to some of our favorite museums in New York.

While there are lines down the block to enter the new Whitney  — it’s new shop is accessible to all. This tome gives an inside look on Renzo Piano’s design of the structure. And while weren’t invited to the Met Ball, there are two options for remembering the lovely exhibit China: Thru the Looking Glass, including a limited edition work.

Over at the MOMA newly awarded AIGA medalist Paola Antonelli has edited a volume with Jamer Hunt on the provocative relationship between Design & Violence. And for pride of place on our coffee table – On Kawara – Silence – to remember the powerful recent show at the Guggenheim which comes in three colors to color coordinate.

 

Expo Milano 2015

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Launched May 1st – with 145 countries participating, 184 days of events, and over 20 million visitors expected – Expo Milano explores the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”  The New York Times recently examined the feast of architectural styles at the worlds fair, which, James Biber architect of the American Pavilion described as an “identity parade.” His design, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the People” includes a vertical farm – a 7,200 square-foot crop wall growing 42 varieties of vegetables, grains and herbs – and a boardwalk from repurposed Coney Island wood.

If Milan isn’t in your travel plans, you can still take a virtual tour, and follow their feed on Instagram.

 

Fabrica

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Founded in 1994 as a communications research center financed by Benetton, and based in Treviso (Italy), Fabrica has been a beacon to young artists and designers – in visual communication, photography, interaction, music, video and journalism – resulting in socially aware, often provocative work.

Within a new immersive website, designed and developed by italian firm Alquimia WRG, a “social stream”  now offers a behind the scenes peek inside their lively creativity.

(Photo by Reed Young)

 

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