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The Ghost Army

When I think of the heroes of World War II, Winston Churchill, General Patton, and Oskar Schindler come to mind. But I recently came across an unlikely outfit of skilled graphic designers, artists, architects, and illustrators that staged more than 20 “battles” after D-Day, when they landed in France, until the end of the war.… Read More

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Growing a Brand on TikTok

I was first exposed to the TikTok platform at the Digital Summit in New York in 2019. My first impression was that it was geared for teens, as young people dancing dominated the content. Over time, however, I have come to appreciate it as an educational platform. I’ve learned some good recipes, helpful home tips,… Read More

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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