The Vignelli Canon

Download away! Sounds interesting.

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“Modernist legend, Massimo Vignelli is offering a free downloadable version of
The Vignelli Canon

This digital edition has been conceived as a book that could be reached directly by downloading it directly to your computer, making it available to the whole world, bypassing the problems caused by traditional distribution.

Divided in two sections, Intangible issues and Tangible issues, the book describes the basic rules of our work.”

P. Craig Russell on Sequential Narration

I love watching designers and illustrators get into the nuts and bolts of their craft. P. Craig Russell has launched a series of videos discussing graphic storytelling and sequential art. In the debut installment, he looks at the opening page of his comics adaptation of Pelléas & Mélisande.

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Design by the Book – a reality show for designers

From the New York Public Library’s Channel:

“The New York Public Library holds a wealth of unexpected sources of inspiration for artists and designers—from vintage valentines and textile patterns, to fabric samples and turn-of-the-century menus from around the world. For this online-only miniseries, “Design by the Book,” the Library partnered with the leading design blog Design*Sponge to invite five New York City-based artists to sift through our collections in search of inspiration. Stay tuned for future episodes as the artists, who range from a glassblower to a letterpress printer, create unique works inspired by what they found; special guest Isaac Mizrahi will also join us to share his sources of inspiration. The artists are: Lorena Barrezueta, Rebecca Kutys, Mike Perry, John Pomp and Julia Rothman. Music by Clear Tigers. Visit for more information.”



I watched the first episode awhile back and I loved it. Makes me wish I lived in New York.

Theft and Art


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“Originality is the art of concealing your sources”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Good artists copy; great artists steal”

– Pablo Picasso

I think it was Gerry Leonardo who told our class that it was okay to “attach” ourselves to another  artist, to have a similar visual vocabulary and artistic concerns. It was normal for artists starting out to reference more established artists. But a break must occur, where an artist must find his or her own vision.