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An Iconoclastic Design Rebel

In 1962, designers Bob Gill, Alan Fletcher and Colin Forbes formed the agency Fletcher/Forbes/Gill, which became Pentagram a decade later. While Bob Gill left the firm in 1967, he had helped establish idea-driven design with the notion that aesthetics should serve the concept, not the other way around. Good design was about communicating a message,… Read More

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When Your Face Lands in the Public Domain

No one knows who took this picture of B.J. Novak, the actor best known for his role as Ryan Howard on “The Office,” But at some point, years ago, someone uploaded this photo to a website where it became part of the public domain. That usually means the image is free to use without permission,… Read More

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Fascinating Faces from Our Past

Some may think creepy! Others may think cool! Wherever one’s feelings lie, all can agree that the work of Swedish sculptor and archaeologist Oscar Nilsson is amazing. I must admit that, at first, I was a creeped out by the faces featured on his website. Nilsson’s work focuses on facial reconstruction of people who lived thousands of… Read More

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Enhancing History

For the past 16 years Stuart Humphryes (on-line persona BabelColour) has been a notable colourisation artist. What is that exactly? Humphryes is known for his restoration of early color photographs and film. This is not colorizing, the addition of color to black-and-white images (still or moving), Humphryes restores and enhances aged color images. Recently Stuart… Read More

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Super Seaweed for Cow Feed. A Creative Way to Fight Climate Change.

Many industries are born from a need to solve a serious problem. Things like personal bomb shelters, electronic computers, or the internet itself. Many of these problems were an issue from a certain time period, such as Alan Turing’s first computer used to break the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, or bomb shelters… Read More

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When Your “Calling” Calls

What is your calling? There are millions of occupations out there. Some professions are well-known such as banking, medicine, or teaching. But there are hundreds of careers that are unique and, outside of their milieu, their contributions go completely unnoticed. James Niehues fits the latter. As a painter, he is definitely not the only landscape… Read More

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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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Simple Elegance Over Time

In 1961 the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” opens with Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly, wearing a black party dress. This scene may have solidified the little black dress (LBD) as a symbol of true fashion elegance. Truthfully, the original LBD is attributed to Coco Chanel, who’s drawing of a knee-length black dress was published in… Read More

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Looking at the Happy Fun Side…

I first learned of Athens-based artist Teo Zirinis from a co-worker’s wife. She introduced me to his Instagram profile and I became immediately hooked. Since then, Zirinis’ quirky little creations have consistently brought a smile to my face! His work is silly, simple, and takes subtle jabs at familiar everyday items. His inanimate objects engage in hypothetical conversations laced… Read More