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We love design; it’s what we do and it drives us to nurture the partnerships we have with our clients. We believe that listening is critical, process is key, collaboration is vital, and that design is a valuable contribution to the world of business, art, and culture. The 21xdesign blog features anything from discussing recent projects, exploring antique books we love, to the technologies that drive our profession.

21 Reasons to be thankful

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21 Reasons to be thankful

  This year, 2018, is a special year for us in a curious way. This year marks our 21st anniversary as a design studio. 21 years for 21x. Cute. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but in 1997, we decided to go out on our own, and make a go of it in the world of design. I’m not sure we had an idea of what was in store for us in the upcoming decades, but we both knew that the time felt right, and we felt as if we had enough prior experience to give us some kind of chance at making a good run of it. I don’t think we ever thought we’d still be in...

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Shelf Life – Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg

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Shelf Life – Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg

In honor of Halloween, this week’s Shelf Life is dedicated to the inventor of the genre of mystery itself: Edgar Allan Poe! Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is an edition that compiles several of his short stories together. The collection is full of detailed images from illustrator Fritz Eichenberg that bring Poe’s eerie words to life. Fritz Eichenberg was a German illustrator who fled to America during World War II. After coming to America, he became well known within the publishing world for his ability to transform authors’ words into a single...

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The Case for Morning Doctor’s Appointments

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The Case for Morning Doctor’s Appointments

Effective immediately, I am no longer scheduling any important doctor’s appointments in the afternoon. This sudden change of thought doesn’t come from a strange superstition or a sudden change in my schedule, but a curious book When: The Scientific Secrets to Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink. Backed by research studies from the fields of psychology, biology, neuroscience, and economics, Pink shows that we make countless decisions without a second thought. We think about why we are making decisions (I am sick, I must see a doctor), but we never...

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We Think Timing is an Art, But It’s Really a Science

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We Think Timing is an Art, But It’s Really a Science

What if I told you there was a time of the day you shouldn’t go to the doctor’s office? Or the solution to your afternoon slump is not to power through, but rather to take a restorative break? Or what if I said you shouldn’t drink coffee as soon as you wake up? All these questions, and many more, are answered by Daniel Pink in his informative novel When: The Scientific Secrets to Perfect Timing. According to the well-researched author, we think timing is an art, but it’s really a science. I’m sure you’ve indulged in your typical how-to book,...

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Raising Awareness about Gun Control

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Raising Awareness about Gun Control

When we’re in the trenches with work sometimes it feels like there’s not much time for anything else. We love creating work but we can forget to take a breath and enjoy the fruits of our labor. So in the next few blogs we are going to acknowledge some of the work and our clients that we have collaborated with. Over the past months we have been thrilled to receive a number of awards for some of our work. We would like to show and tell some of these in the next few blog postings. Protest posters have always been a tool of expression. They can...

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Play and Dream with “Beyonder” a role playing game

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Play and Dream with “Beyonder” a role playing game

We love working with Flying Nightbear Games! We love their culture of collaboration and testing new ideas and exploring directions for their products, which makes them just about the perfect client. Over time we have worked with them to develop the branding for their company and their role-playing game Beyonder. We have created their website and designed two books for Beyonder, as well as an array of marketing pieces that augment the game. The books are entitled Imbelnhi’s Bestiary and Beyonder: the science of the six. They feature over...

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Mid-century modern in Slanted Magazine

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Mid-century modern in Slanted Magazine

21xdesign was invited to contribute an essay about Portuguese mid-century design in Slanted Magazine, the German design publication based in Karlsruhe. Dermot MacCormack’s piece discusses the influence of two mid-century designers, Victor Palla and Sebastião Rodrigues. Although not widely known outside their native Portugal, they were both, nevertheless, important designers who paved the way for the development of a home-grown graphic design aesthetic, that was influenced by the prevailing mid-century movement that coursed throughout Europe...

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Shelf Life: A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens

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Shelf Life: A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens

For our latest Shelf Life, we are showing off this copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Tree. This edition is one of only 1300 copies printed. The pages are carefully Illustrated by Ray Abruzzi with formatting and typography by Robert Donald. A Christmas Tree, the lesser known Christmas story from Dickens, is an elderly narrator’s memory of Christmas’ past, with different events inspired by traditional decorations on the Christmas tree.   The book is bound in an olive-green hard cover, with a simple white evergreen branch in the center...

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Shelf Life – Song of Songs by Valenti Angelo

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Shelf Life – Song of Songs by Valenti Angelo

After taking a short break from the blog, this week’s Shelf Life will focus on Valenti Angelo’s “The Song of Songs Which is Solomon’s.” It’s a beautifully illustrated version of the religious scripture that is part of both the Hebrew and Christian traditions. This unique dialogue is a back-and-forth between two lovers praising each other. In the Jewish tradition, it is interpreted as a parable for the relationship between Israel and God, and in the Christian tradition, it’s interpreted as both a literal romantic story, and an allegory about...

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Posters for Nepal

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Posters for Nepal

In the past few months, we’ve been working on a new project called Posters for Nepal. The 21xdesign team, and fellow designer Scott Laserow, as well as many talented artists & designers have come together to design for a good cause. All these artists came together and designed posters to be sold on our new Posters for Nepal website to raise money for relief efforts in Nepal. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Wasn’t that a really long time ago?” And to answer that question, yes, it was just over 10 months ago now. In today’s 10 second news...

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