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The Closer You Get, the Slower I Go

Ford released the Model A in 1927 with a new safety feature—bumpers—and drivers soon began decorating them with homemade signs. As we know it today, the bumper sticker was the brainchild of a Kansas City screen printer named Forrest Gill. Mr. Gill had a surplus of adhesive-backed paper and fluorescent ink, two items left over… Read More

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Political Design Imitators

American political candidates typically demand the traditional design elements of stars and stripes and the colors red, white, and blue for their branding and marketing. But Scott Starrett and Maria Arenas of the New York design firm Tandem took a different tack when designing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s political brand. They drew inspiration from boxing, farmworker unionizing,… Read More

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Combat Zoom Fatigue

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have video meetings on average four to five times each day. I’ve gotten used to the platform and GoogleMeet has allowed our business to function successfully while our entire staff works remotely. But there is something unnatural about these digital meetings that I never experienced back in the… Read More

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Colorless Cars Continue

As a young person in the 1970s and 1980s, my family and my friends had cars in all shades of colors. My Dad’s ’75 Plymouth Fury sported a frost green paint job. My neighbor’s ’72 Ford Fairlane shined a bright calypso coral. My aunt’s ’74 Oldsmobile Cutlass turned heads in Sebring yellow. So why are… Read More

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JPGs For Sale

The JPG image above is named Everydays—The First 5000 Days. It is a digital collage of all the images that the artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, has been creating and posting each day since 2007. It’s a beautiful piece, especially when examined up close. But what makes this artwork noteworthy is that it sold… Read More

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Legacy Brands Make Changes in 2021

If you happen to be walking down the aisle of your supermarket looking for pancake mix, you will no doubt come across a familiar box with a red background, yellow trim, italic serif title, and a stack of buttered pancakes stabbed with a fork. But you’ll also notice that two signature items are missing—the name… Read More