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Design Inspiration: Gail Bichler

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The New York Times Magazine‘s Design Director, Gail Bichler is all about collaboration. When she moved to Minneapolis to work on her freelance career, she realized the importance of having a design community. I was very isolated for a while. I wanted to continue making books for publishers and museums,Continue Reading

November 23, 2017
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Photographer Mihaela Noroc Presents a New Perspective of Beauty in Her New Book

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Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc traveled throughout the world for nearly four years and shot various portraits of women. She traveled to more than 50 countries, which includes Ethiopia, United States, Guatemala, and France. She photographed portraits of 500 women, accompanied by revelatory captions that captured their personal stories. Finally, sheContinue Reading

November 8, 2017
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Design Inspiration: Valerio Pellegrini’s Infographic for WIRED UK

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In my opinion, WIRED magazine has one of the most striking collections of accessible editorial design on news stands. In each issue, the overall design is impeccably consistent, original, and subtly rebellious with its vibrant color schemes and energetic graphics. Today’s design inspiration is Valerio Pellegrini’s design for WIRED UK. Pellegrini’sContinue Reading

October 8, 2017
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NY Art Book Fair 2017

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If you are fed up with digital books or common best-seller books, the NY Art Book Fair is the right place for you to find that hidden gem. This past weekend, Printed Matter hosted the NY Art Book Fair, the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, and zines. ThisContinue Reading

September 26, 2017
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The Tokyoiter: Faux Magazine Created by Local Illustrators Inspired by The New Yorker’s Magazine

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We were all taught, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but maybe there is some truth to the cover? In fact, book cover design is an entire career that many young designers aspire to. I would argue the cover is pretty damn important. Illustrators and artists who have theContinue Reading

August 14, 2017
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The Premier League 2016/17 Season Annual

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By this time most of you know how much we are fans of soccer, here at Alfalfa Studio, especially me of the Premier League. Whether it’s recent transfer news, rumors, illustrations, and even animations, bet to believe I am up to date. This past season was good. Things went backContinue Reading

July 31, 2017
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Three Men Charged With Selling Fake Damien Hirst Prints Online, $400,000 in Purchases

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  Many of you are familiar with the name Damien Hirst and his unique collection of artwork. But are you familiar with the men that could be selling you knock off “authentic” Hirst pieces? Currently, three men are being charged with producing and selling counterfeit Damien Hirst prints. Vincent Lopreto,Continue Reading

June 22, 2017
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Emigre Magazine: Design, Discourse and Authorship

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As I was coming of age as a designer I witnessed and was influenced by Emigre Magazine. At the time, we didn’t have blogs, or social media. Therefore, the only places design students were able to look at new work were books and magazines. In the 90s, there were theContinue Reading

June 16, 2017
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Lotta Nieminen’s New “Cook in a Book” is Everything You Didn’t Know You Wanted Out of a Cookbook

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Teaching a child to cook, even with a cookbook, isn’t easy. So why not cook in a book? Literally. This is the concept of a new book published by Phaidon, illustrated and designed by the extraordinary, Lotta Nieminen. Last week, I attended the panel discussion for the book. I mustContinue Reading

Abbott Miller Creates a Link Between Dance and Design

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Pentagram’s partner Abbott Miller has created an alphabet out of a dance performance for the new issue of Dance Ink Publication. Inspired by the work of Czech modernist artist Karel Teige, Abbott Miller designed a graphic language based on the choreography by Pam Tanowitz and dancer Melissa Toogood. Abbott took the photos ofContinue Reading

The 1977 EPA Graphic Standards System Reissue 40 Years Later

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40 years after the limited 1977 EPA Graphic Standards System was released, Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth are reissuing the rare manual as a hardcover book. What is this and why would you care? Here is a quick (and important) history lesson about the environment in the U.S.: Two eventsContinue Reading

May 22, 2017
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Quibble and Hearty, a Children’s Picture Book by Lucy Blackwell

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Quibble and Hearty is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Lucy Blackwell. It’s a modern rhyming fable about the importance of friendship, sharing and caring for the world around us. Lucy Blackwell is one of the most creative people I’ve worked with. We first met during our collegeContinue Reading

DoubleDay’s Double-Down on Dan Brown

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Imagine walking into a coffee shop early in the morning before work. You’re hungry and tired because you overslept your alarm by 20 minutes, so you had to skip breakfast. After looking at the menu you order a croissant and a latte. Both come out on time, and taste fine,Continue Reading

April 10, 2017
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Thursday, March 2: A Conversation with Edel Rodriguez

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President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order to temporarily ban entry into the United States outraged individuals worldwide, including Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban American artist and illustrator. “I was 9 years old when I came here, so I remember it well, and I remember the feelings and how little kids feelContinue Reading

Oliver Munday Has Got You Covered

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If you walk into any bookstore today you might, like me, want to buy everything in sight. That probably has a lot to do with Oliver Munday. A graphic and book cover designer at Knopf Double Day, an imprint of Penguin Random House, Munday has designed countless titles including “TheContinue Reading

January 26, 2017
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The Modernist Compositions of Rudolph de Harak

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Born in California in 1924, member of the Art Directors Club’s Hall of Fame and 1992 winner of the AIGA medal, Rudolph de Harak didn’t have an easy or smooth career in graphic design. He served in World War II and then was inspired by two lectures given by WillContinue Reading

January 21, 2017
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