design

Knopf Book Designer Hates the Classic 'Great Gatsby' Cover
In an interview, Peter Mendulsund explains why some covers work and others fail
August 04, 2014

He explains why some covers succeed and others fail. 

Disgusting Toilets and the Future of China
What I learned at Beijing Design Week 2013
October 08, 2013

What one American writer learned at Beijing Design Week 2013

Big Boxes, Bigger Problems
Turn abandoned big-box stores into cultural institutions
July 06, 2013

How to turn today’s abandoned Walmarts into tomorrow’s award-winning libraries, museums, and churches.

ALL-CAPS TYPOGRAPHY IS DOOMED
The Navy has formally abandoned all-caps communiques. You probably have, too.
June 24, 2013

The Navy has formally abandoned all-caps communiques. You probably have, too.

PRISM: Scary Program, Unlikely Logo
What the NSA owes Pink Floyd
June 13, 2013

Someone at the National Security Agency is apparently a Pink Floyd fan.

New Airline Uniforms: Just as Boring as the Old Ones
Prosaic flight attendant outfits and the decline of the uniformed service class
June 03, 2013

A bunch of airlines have recently updated their flight attendants' uniform. They're just as boring as the old ones—which actually says a lot about the sad decline of the uniformed service class.

The Mysteries of the Cereal Box
The complicated history of how a cereal box closes
May 28, 2013

Did anyone notice that the way you close a cereal box has changed? One-Man Focus Group noticed, and found out the surprisingly complicated design history. 

Jacques Callot's Line Sublime
An Artist's Two-Inch-Tall Creations Brought Printmaking to its Heights
May 23, 2013

“Princes & Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot,” mounted at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, is a brave attempt to raise the profile of a sublime seventeenth-century printmaker.

Little Debbie Gets a (Very Minor) Fashion Update
But the snack food company wants you to know her "innocence and purity" are still intact
May 20, 2013

Annals of branding: The snack-food icon gets a minor makeover, but the company wants you to know she's still innocent and pure.

Pepsi Has a New Look. Again.
Unlike Coke, Pepsi's design has to change with the times. Assessing the new bottle's youth appeal.
March 28, 2013

Unlike Coke, Pepsi's design has to keep changing to keep up with its youthful branding. And a torpedo-shaped new bottle nails it.

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