Monthly Archives: March 2013

MURAL ART: A CALL TO PARADISE

Since the time of cave-dwellers, there has been mural art. Installing imagery on a much-frequented structure has, through the ages, elicited much-needed focus upon what makes life worth living. From caves to cathedrals, the setting would act as a complement … Continue reading

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BRINGING TO US THE SIZZLE OF LINE, COLOR AND TEXTURE—GEBRAUCHSGRAPHIK

The still life on this cover is a tipoff that the editors want us to consider here the reverb elicited by, first and foremost, awe-inspiring color lithography.

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APPROACHING THE SUBLIMITY OF SEATING

The other night, the owner of one of the world’s great furniture production centres, Giulio Cappellini, gave a talk which he provocatively opened bty asserting that it is impossible to surpass the beauty of 1950s Italian chairs.

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NO BUSINESS FOR OLD MEN–THE EFFERVESCENCE OF GEBRAUCHSGRAPHIK

There are many ways of fathoming and enjoying graphic design from that arresting era when lithography was the primary innovative medium. One quite marvellous way we have not until now considered is the phenomenon of deluxe periodicals whereby exponents of … Continue reading

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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN : LIFE AS POETRY

Though it won this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary, Malik Benjelloul’s  Searching for Sugar Man might well have been awarded the Oscar for Best Picture, period. How so? It’s complicated. But let’s make it quick this time. (A full review … Continue reading

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BLACK AND RED: NOT MERE COLORS!

At the outset of lithographic poster communications (in the 1890’s), an inspired French designer, Jules-Alexandre Grun, hit upon color cues to evoke the addictive verve and uncanniness of Belle Epoque Paris delights.

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JEAN COCTEAU: AN ARTIST NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN

During the German Occupation of Paris, Jean Cocteau, assisted by his friend, Jean Marais, shook off a decade-long oblivion due to opium addiction, and wrote the script for Robert Bresson’s film, Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1944/1945).

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“LET’S GO, BOYS!” GENTLEMEN IN ADVERTISING

Whereas promotional graphics featuring women tend to zero in on the physical and intentional presence of their person, with men it’s the scope of the activity that is (usually) paramount.

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THE PUZZLEMENT OF DESIGN

On looking over the snaps for last Tuesday’s seminar at the Design Exchange, I find this one unintentionally stands out, as capturing the Beauty and Beast dialogue that occurred.

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