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You Can Now Buy the Standards Manual Behind NASA's Lost Logo

You know it when you see it: The smooth, soaring typeface with two uncrossed A’s. NASA’s so-called “worm” logo is a beloved symbol of space exploration even decades after it was retired. Now, thanks to two designers in New York City, you can relive the glory days of design and America’s space agency on your coffee… »9/01/15 2:20pmYesterday 2:20pm

How graphic designers photoshopped images before Photoshop existed

Life was basically impossible without Photoshop. The process and tools it took to get images and type set just the way you wanted took an eternity. There were no shortcuts! You needed a rapidograph pens, T-squares, rubber cement, exacto knifes and so much more just to do things Photoshop now does in one or two clicks. »7/14/15 8:00pm7/14/15 8:00pm

9 Designs That Could Finally Replace New Zealand's Controversial Flag

When New Zealand first raised its current flag, the design deferred to its United Kingdom rulers and bore a striking resemblance to another British colony next door. 100 years later, New Zealand is a diverse, sovereign nation which would also very much like to visually differentiate itself from the Aussies. So New… »5/12/15 5:00pm5/12/15 5:00pm

A History of Graphic Design As Told By 18 Classic Posters

GIFs are funny but fleeting; websites might convey more information—but if you really want to make a point, you design a poster. A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt focuses on the cultural impact of this persuasive graphic design medium and the science behind what makes posters in particular pack their visual punch. »5/04/15 5:40pm5/04/15 5:40pm

The Secret History of the Most Famous Neon Sign in the World

Much like the I Heart NY logo or the Hollywood Sign, the sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas was not meant as a grand gesture when it was conceived. What was a simple act of civic self promotion—an ad, really—became a piece of public art and eventually an icon in the public domain, plastered on fuzzy dice and shot… »4/22/15 3:30pm4/22/15 3:30pm

LA's New Parking Signs Are Brilliant and Every City Should Copy Them

In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when… »4/06/15 2:00pm4/06/15 2:00pm