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MEDIUM IS MESSAGE: THE POTENT RELEVANCE OF BARBARA KRUGER!
The Broad museum in Los Angeles has several major works by the influential American artist Barbara Kruger in its permanent … More
NIFTY : NFT STREET ART SIMULTANEOUSLY EVOKES AWE AND EYE-ROLLS IN TOURISTY POST-GENTRIFIED OVER-HIPSTERED VENICE HOOD!
On a wall in an alley behind a block of fashionable cafes, luxe-hipster boutiques and a foodie-grade ice cream shop … More
CURRENT EVENTS : POLISH ARTIST’S POSTER CAPTURES ESSENCE OF RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR!
The geo-political conflict and humanitarian nightmare unfolding in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s horrific, invasive military aggression has captured … More
SO JUDGY! BEST BOOK COVERS OF THE PAST YEAR!
We all know the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That’s a pretty good nugget of popular wisdom. … More
NEW ISSUE OF BELOVED, ARTSY INTERNATIONAL SHELTER MAG HAS ARRIVED AND WE FEEL BLESSED!
The new issue of Apartamento magazine arrived in the mail from Barcelona, Spain last week ands we’ve been savoring its … More
BEAN HERE NOW : OUR NEW COFFEE STATION UNVEILED
Here’s the coffee set-up at our headquarters. We put up these shelves above the counter where the coffee-making gear is … More
SUPER COOL COFFEE-TABLE BOOK! “AFROSURF” CELEBRATES AFRICA’S RICH SURF CULTURE!
As regular readers of this blog know, we love to surf every chance we get. So when a new artful, … More
BAD DESIGN: A COLLECTION OF THE “WORST VOLUME CONTROL USER-INTERFACES IN THE WORLD EVER”!!!
This collection of extremely poorly-designed volume-control user interfaces (UI) is curated with tongue very firmly in cheek. It’s a hilarious … More
CAFFEINATED DESIGN: CRUSHING HARD ON THIS COFFEE BRAND’S DUSTY PINK PACKAGING!
If you’re a regular visitor to this blog then you probably already know by now how obsessive we are when … More
REVEALED: BEST TYPOGRAPHY DESIGN OF 2021!
The Type Directors Club (TDC) recently announced the winners of its annual type-design competitions. The TDC is part of the … More
CRYPTIC: HIPSTER-BEVERAGE GUERRILLA MARKETING AS STREET ART!
We saw this wheat-pasted poster on an electricity utility box on Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood on Monday. And we thought … More
HOME RUN: ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO RE-IMAGINE ICONIC BASEBALL CARDS!
The Topps chewing gum and baseball card company has launched Project 70 to celebrate seventy years of producing annual baseball … More
A NEW FONT FOR OUR TIME: “CLIMATE CRISIS” TYPEFACE REFLECTS REAL-TIME CLIMATE-CHANGE DATA!
A newspaper in Finland has launched a new variable font called “Climate Crisis.” The font was designed to reflect the … More
HOT TYPES: LIST OF SOME FAVORITE NEW TYPEFACES FROM 2020!
I Love Typography’s “My Favorite Typefaces of 2020” is a list of notable new fonts produced last year. The typefaces … More
VISUAL CULTURE: THE TIMES’ BEST OF 2020 ILLUSTRATION!
The New York Times art directors have picked their favorite illustration of 2020. It’s an excellent survey of some of … More
WHOPPER: GLOBAL FAST-FOOD CHAIN ROLLS OUT NEW LOGO AND BRANDING!
Worldwide fast-food restaurant chain Burger King has revamped its brand identity, including its iconic burger logotype, color palette, typography and … More
JUST FOR HUE: THE QUARANTINE COLOR PALETTE IS REAL AND IT’S HERE!
As many people enter the eight consecutive month of Life in the Time of COVID and further come to terms … More
DESIGNED! HEAT-ACTIVATED POSTAGE STAMPS REVEAL CLIMATE CHANGE INFO!
The Post Office of Finland recently commissioned a new set of stamps designed to reveal informative stories about climate change … More
AND NOW YOU KNOW THIS: THE VISUAL LOOP HAS A NAME
You’ve seen it. You know what it is. But did you know there’s a name for this? It’s called the … More
DESIGN: THE LOOK OF THE THE FIRST TOKYO OLYMPICS
It’s now August 2020, which is when, had the global COVID-19 pandemic not upturned life as we knew it, the … More
“IF YOU DON’T SURF, DON’T START”
“If you don’t surf, don’t start. If you do, never stop.” These were the searing copy lines from an iconic … More
MILTON GLASER LOVED NY, RIP MILTON GLASER
Rest in peace, Milton Glaser. You did many things. Your creative achievements were many and influential. You created an enduring, … More
MEDIA DESIGN: RECENT ECONOMIST MAG COVERS
The Economist is a publication famously restrained with the design aesthetic of its magazine. When it alters or re-designs the … More
LOVE WILL GRAPHICALLY TEAR US APART: VINTAGE JOY DIVISION CONCERT POSTER
Beautiful graphic design. These type of vintage concert posters have been becoming more popular for a while now. We wonder, … More
SIGN OF THE TIMES: LAIDBACK SURFER HAND GESTURE GETS A SPICY UPDATE
“Shaka” or “Shaka, brah!” Maybe you’ve heard this expression. Maybe you’ve uttered those words in earnest salutation or ironically. Maybe … More
PROJECTS: OUR BAND ALOHA DEATH HAS A NEW TUNE CALLED “SHIBUYA”
One of our current projects here at Global Graphic is a music collaboration turned band called Aloha Death. We’ve just released … More
SIDE HUSTLE: WE’RE IN A BAND CALLED “ALOHA DEATH”
The cat’s out of the bag! It’s true, some of the Global Graphica squad are musicians. In fact, they (we) … More
EXPOSED: THE STARBUCKS LOGO HAS A MAJOR DESIGN “FLAW,” BILLIONS AFFECTED, ETC.
Yes, savvy reader, it’s true. Almost everybody’s favorite Seattle, Washington-based, international speciality-coffee chain has a design flaw in its familiar, … More
RADICAL: COCA-COLA CHANGES ITS TYPEFACE, BILLIONS AFFECTED
This shit for real, y’all. Coca-Cola, the global mega-brand and carbonated soft drink, is getting a slightly new look. It’s … More
GRAPHIC DESIGN X MATCHES — LIT AF!!!
Our annual New Year’s ritual of doing some house cleaning and organizing, throwing things out and making room for all … More
EPIC : MURAL ATTEMPTS CHEERY POSITIVITY AMID GRIM DEPRESSING VIBE OF WINTRY DOWNTOWN NYC
The current mural at the “Bowery Wall” (a.k.a., the “Deitch Wall”) in downtown New York City is an epic, colorful … More
Trouble in Paradise: Street Art in Honolulu
We found this street art on a local newspaper box in the kinda gritty, kinda hipster Kaimuki neighborhood of Honolulu. … More
The Hotness: The Sexiest Airplane Tail in the Friendly Skies
Hands-down the the Hawaiian Airlines airplane branding is the sexiest ever in the goddamn history of the world. Period. It’s … More
“Man of Malaysia” Book Cover Design
Many years ago, when I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was travelling two or three times … More
Shepard Fairey Does Ronald Reagan
The ever-gentrifying Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles is home to lots of large-scale street art, including this classic Shepard … More
“Skull Phone” Street Art by Spazmat
For years we would see the wheat-pasted artwork of artist Spazmat posted around downtown New York City. His posters were … More
Stunningly Cool Patterns Created by Video Feedback
When you aim a video camera at a live video projection generated from the same camera in real time, the … More
Street Art in Miniature
This wheat-pasted street art of two dogs is awesomely colorful and cute. It’s also tiny, smaller than the palm of … More
“Black Cat” Logo
The logo for Intelligentsia Coffee’s “Black Cat” Espresso is the head of a black cat. It’s a bold and literal … More
Street Art as Office Decor
We recently went to a series of meetings at a creative agency in Southern California. The walls of the conference … More
Surf Photography Books
On a recent visit to the Arcana bookstore in Culver City, in Los Angeles, we checked out some beautiful coffee-table … More
Highly Successful Beach Bum
We have a hunch that the message in this typographic garage-door mural by artist Adam Mars may be an accurate … More
Mystery Boy Sticker … Venice, Los Angeles
We’ve seen these mysterious circular stickers of a boy’s face around Los Angeles in recent weeks. The face is drawn … More
Epic Mural by Sol LeWitt at SFMoMA … San Francisco
The artwork of the late American conceptual and minimalist artist Sol LeWitt dominates the new mezzanine-level ticket lobby of the … More
U.S. Election “I Voted” Sticker
Today is election day in the U.S. If you’re eligible to vote and haven’t done so already, go do so! We … More
Funny Anti-Trump Guerrilla Ad Campaign in New York
AdWeek is reporting on a series of funny anti-Trump outdoor ads have been popping up on bus-stop billboards around New … More
Stripes Collage Street Art … Venice, Los Angeles
We love this type of street art, the kind that takes a mundane, boring piece of “street furniture” — in … More
“Selfie This” Street Art Poster … Venice, Los Angeles
The cheeky message of this wheatpaste street art posted on a back-alley dumpster is unequivocal. Using a graphical, copy-paste collage style, … More
Cool Design … Matchbox from Santa Monica Yacht Club
The beautiful nautically inspired design on this box of matches is for the Santa Monica Yacht Club, which is a … More
Street Art by Shepard Fairey on PCH …Santa Monica, Los Angeles
We spotted some new street art from artist Shepard Fairey in an unusual spot last week. Along Pacific Coast Highway, … More
Japanese Election Campaign Posters on a Wall … Naka-Meguro, Tokyo
The optics and media of Japanese political election campaigns are fascinating for their restraint and orderliness. Campaign posters for the various … More
Street Art and Street Sign … Hollywood, Los Angeles
Fresh Street Art by Wrdsmth … Hollywood, Los Angeles
Re-Purposed Shipping Container at Iron & Resin … Ventura, California
Obama “History” Street Art Sticker … Venice, Los Angeles
In 2008 street artist and designer Shepard Fairey created a colorful poster depicting then U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama with … More
On the Scene … Customers Waiting in Line at BriGela … Kiyosumi, Tokyo
That Massive Controversial Justin Bieber Billboard for Calvin Klein Jeans … SoHo, New York
This is the outdoor billboard ad for the recent controversial Calvin Klein Underwear ad featuring Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. … More
Goodbye to Chuck Klosterman IV …
One of our New Year’s resolutions was to sift through our library here and choose books to throw out, give … More
King of Spades by Cost, New York
This king of spades street art on Great Jones Street in NoHo, in downtown New York, is by the incredibly … More
Street Art … Homage to Classic Nike Air Jordan Sneakers, New York
This fresh wheatie street art piece by UnCuttArt (the artist a.k.a., “UnCasso”) went up on a wall on Ludlow Street … More
What Iconic Tech Entrepreneur is the Inspiration for the Latest Wave of Street Art Hitting NYC?
Well it’s late Apple Computer co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs, of course. As the father of the much-loved iPod, iPhone, … More
In Tokyo … Awesome Ads in the Tokyo Subway, Vol. 2
The second of two examples of recent ad placements in the Tokyo Metro. This one is part of a Tokyo … More
The New Issue of Acid Magazine Just Arrived …
Issue No. 3 of our favorite Euro-centric, global, artsy, small-format indie surf magazine has just arrived. We love Acid magazine, … More
A Brief Video Typography Tour of Brooklyn & Queens …
The “Don’t F*** It Up” T-Shirt
Awesome dude Hiroshi shows off his “Don’t Fuck It Up” graphical t-shirt at the rooftop BBQ party in New York … More
What’s Up with This Super-Targeted Billboard in NYC?
This somewhat cryptic message on this billboard in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood would seem to be largely meaningless to … More
Street Art on Bleecker Street, New York City
Large wheat-paste street art poster of artist Matt Siren‘s skull graphic in drip-paint style. Siren’s “wheatie” is overlaid by a … More
Why are All These Awesome Street Art Images of A Young Michael Jackson Appearing Everywhere?
We recently started seeing a random few of these wheat-paste street art images of a young, Jackson 5-era Michael Jackson … More
Cool Magazines … “Acid,” An Indie Surf Mag
We’re loving Acid, a fresh and artsy surf magazine based in Europe. In issue Number 2, pictured here, there’s beautiful … More
Design … The NYC Subway Map by the Late Great Massimo Vignelli, R.I.P.
A giant of the design world passed away earlier this week. The New York City-based Italian designer Massimo Vignelli died … More
Fresh Mural Art by RETNA in New York
Epic new mural by the street-art superstar artist RETNA next to the On Stellar Rays Gallery on Rivington Street in … More
Artist Mashes Up Classic Paintings with Social Web Graphics
In this example above, Ukrainian artist Nastya Ptichek has taken a series of classic Edward Hopper paintings and wryly incorporated … More
In L.A. … Frontpages of Los Angeles Newspapers
We’ve gone to Los Angeles for a few days to experience some art currently on view at LACMA and MoCA … More
Artist Creates Awesome Geometric Paintings with Discarded Cigarette Pack Boxes
Santa Cruz, California-based artist Robert Larson creates awesome abstract geometric-patterns on his large canvases using pieces of discarded Malboro cigarette … More
Street Art … “Curb Your Ego” Sign in Brooklyn
“Curb Your Ego” strikes this stretch of wall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s a cheeky piece of street art playing on … More
Broken-Heart Macaron at Cafe Grumpy
Super delicious macarons at Cafe Grumpy, an espresso bar and cafe in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, including the one pictured here with … More
Design … Man + Woman Symbols at Ij Kantine Amsterdam
The international symbols for man and woman often used on signage for restrooms at airports, museums, restaurants and public places, … More
In New York … Street Art on Broome Street
This recent wheat-paste street art piece in New York’s Lower East Side depicts a man in what appears to be … More
In NYC … “I Am a Deus”
Among these billboard postings on Broome Street in New York’s Lower East Side is an ad for local classical-music radio … More
In NYC … Cost x Invader Street Art Poster
The ubiquitous Adam Cost put up these Space Invader wheatpaste posters recently in the Lower East Side of New York. … More
“I Can’t Grow Up”
Awesome “I can’t grow up” billboard at Wallplay’s 118 Orchard gallery, about a block away from our global headquarters in … More
The Latest, Freshest Street Art from Dain … New York City
The artist known as Dain just put up a fresh wheat-paste streeet art piece on Ludlow Street (which is gradually … More
“No Milk” Street Art Graphic in NYC
Cool monochromatic street art graphic of the #nomilk angel in Chelsea, in New York City.
D. Shows Off His Misfits T-Shirt at An Choi
Late last Saturday night, we ran into D. who was sporting his vintage Misfits t-shirt when popped in for drinks … More
Office Skateboard with Panda Bear Design
We found this skateboard parked in the corner of a high-designed, glass-walled conference room in the offices of a major … More
Venice Speedway – Vinyl Sided Garage Doors by Hellbent
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Fresh Street Art by Con Artist Collective
This boldly graphic wheat-paste street art poster by Con Artist Collective just went up on a building hoarding at the … More
Cool Werner Herzog Photos in 032c Mag
The indie art-lifestyle magazine 032c recently published a photo essay of old images of and by acclaimed auteur German film … More
Super Minimalist Bianchi Bicycle Magazine Ad
Brand-awareness ads in magazines rarely come as simple, bold and minimalist as this two-page spread for the Italian bicycle maker … More
From Tokyo … Seibu Shopping Bag Design
A friend of ours gave us a small gift from Japan and it came in this Seibu department store bag … More
Awesome Hand-Drawn Headfirst Espresso Packaging
A few months ago we posted about the really great espresso cafe in Amsterdam called Headfirst. We recently re-visited Headfirst … More
In Detroit … Classic Wigley’s Corned Beef Sign
The Wonderful Design of Fooding Magazine
We were in Paris a few months ago when some ad agency friends in the French capital turned us on … More
New York Red Bulls Soccer Clubs Ads
America’s premier professional soccer league, Major League Soccer (or “the MLS”) started its 2013 season this month. Billboard ads and … More
In Tokyo … Bathing Ape 20th Anniversary Design Exhibition
A Bathing Ape (or BAPE), the global Japanese clothing and lifestyle brand started by creator and Tokyo music producer Nigo, … More
Praying Room Signage at Denpasar Airport
The photos below were taken at Denpasar’s international airport in Bali, Indonesia. The more we travel, the more we’re seeing … More