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Seinfood Posters

No Soup for You, the marble rye, Junior Mints in the operating theater, Kenny Roger's chicken, Mackinaw peaches, the big salad. Seinfeld never skimped on the food jokes, and a new show of 20 prints entitled "Seinfood" by the artist Rinee Shah, celebrates the best ones. "Seinfood" is up now at the San Francisco kitchenwares store Pot+Pantry through March 10th. "I didn't really have an exact direction I wanted to go in," she told me, "but then I remembered an old idea I had about making Seinfeld posters and it suddenly all came together. I tried to hit the sweet spot of referencing the show enough for fans to get it but still be enjoyable if you've never seen an episode." The prints are available at Pot+Pantry as well as online here. They're sweeter than a chocolate babka.
February 28, 2012
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Printed Matter from Paris to Toronto

One of the fringe benefits of traveling to design shows is collecting the printed ephemera made by creative pros, from business cards to catalogs to pamphlets. I just got back from a trip to Paris for Maison & Objet, followed by the Interior Design Show in Toronto; not terribly surpising that both yielded some unexpected, thrlling discoveries in the realm of graphic design. In our slideshow, take a look at a few of the printed goodies I found, including the best of the brochures from each show and a smattering of cartes de visite.
February 2, 2012
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Top 5 Saul Bass Movie Titles

In our February issue, on newsstands now, we celebrate the life and work of the great graphic designer Saul Bass on the publication of a new monograph Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham. Better yet, though our Take Me Home contest, you can win a copy of your own, making your coffee table the envy of all your pals. Though we love the logos, type, and printed matter that made Bass one of the titans of mid-century design, the man's true genius lay in the movie title sequences he did in the 50s, 60s. We count down the top five movie credits of his career, essentially the best in all of film history.
January 17, 2012
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Paris Versus New York

It's rare that a series of visual puns has much of a shelf life, but Paris Versus New York, a punchy book of illustrations comparing and contrasting the two cities from Vahram Muratyan merits repeated reading. His keen eye and flat, graphic style both work in the service of some pretty incisive criticism. Finding equivalents, contradictions, and remarkable similarities in the unique cultures of each place, Muratyan feels more like a crack pop ethnographer than gimmick artist. Check out the slideshow that follows to see how the City of Light stacks up against the Big Apple. You might think you know both, but I guarantee that you'll be surprised by this deft little book, which is out January 31st from Penguin. Images Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin, A member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from "Paris versus New York" by Vahram Muratyan Copyright (c) 2011 by Vahram Muratyan.
January 6, 2012
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The Youngest Guns Contest

Once again, we're jostling our way into the hallowed halls of academia to ask for images of student-created work.
December 20, 2011
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Friday Finds 12.16.11

We're celebrating the holidays today in the Dwell offices, but before the bottles of wine are opened and gifts exchanged, we found the time to corral a few of our favorite design finds from the week.
December 16, 2011
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Posters

Fashion maven, style icon, and in this case, promoter of things post-war and British, Paul Smith joins the cause of the new film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by designing and selling a quartet of minimal screenprinted movie posters of his own design. The spy film based on John le Carré's novel is top notch (I caught it in London in September) and these posters are pretty boss. Smith consulted on the movie to help get period (mid-70s London) details right and worked with director Tomas Alfredson on the prints. They're on sale now in Paul Smith stores in the US and go for $160 each. Perfect for the spymaster on your gift list.
December 12, 2011
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2012 Color of the Year: Tangerine

Pantone, no longer relegated to color wheels for art directors, makes a splash each December with the company's pick for imminent Color of the Year. For 2012, the shade that will "provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward" is a vivid red-orange called Tangerine Tango, also known as 18-2120. 
December 9, 2011
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101 Renting

The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home. Here's how you can live the dream without the picket fence or the mortgage.
November 16, 2011