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Why Florence’s Stazione Santa Maria Novella is a Deco Masterpiece

      Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station is rarely noted when anyone tells you they visited this legendary Renaissance city. For many, the station is a rather grey and cold contrast to the ecclesiastical glory of the famous church that lies just across the station’s ragged parking lot of cars, buses, bicycles, and scooters.   Completed in 1935, the Stazione Santa Maria Novella is almost Stonehenge-like with its massive block of horizontal stone,...

The Bold and the Beautiful: Michael Johnson on the Power and Principle Behind Brand Identity Design

      Michael Johnson is founding partner of johnson banks, one of the leading creative agencies in the world with such brands as Virgin Atlantic, The Guggenheim Foundation, and most recently Mozilla as clients.   Michael’s new book, Branding in Five and a Half Steps (2016, Thames Hudson) is a fantastic visual guide to building a brand identity, with crisp and concise examples that illustrate the steps necessary for innovating a compelling...

Super Bowl 2017: Immigration Themes Major Commercials

  Thanks to our not-so-legitimate president, you can expect a much more political tone to this year’s Super Bowl.   Hot on the heels of Trump’s 20, largely divisive executive orders -- including one that bans immigrants from entering our immigrant country -- comes a retinue of Super Bowl ads that will no doubt have more staying power than just Monday’s water cooler conversation.   “This year, some brands will be purposefully political because they feel...

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