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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.

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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Shelf Life – Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe & Harry Clarke

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Shelf Life – Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe & Harry Clarke

For Shelf Life this week, we’re looking at “Faust,” written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and illustrated by Harry Clarke. This story was first published in 1790 and is considered to be one of the greatest works in German literature. It’s a story that tells of a man named Faust who makes a deal with the devil to get anything he wants in exchange for being a servant in Hell. After the deal backfires and Faust loses someone he loves, he must redeem himself. The illustrator, Harry Clarke, was very prominent in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement....

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Shelf Life – Ulysses

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Shelf Life – Ulysses

Still keeping with the theme of “Ireland,” this week’s Shelf Life is about James Joyce’s Ulysses. Ulysses was published in February 1922 by Sylvia Beach, in Paris. Ulysses tells the story of an “ordinary” day, June 16th, 1904, for Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus. Ulysses is the Latin name for Odysseus (the hero in Homer’s epic poem Odyssey) and its structure is in parallel with that of the Odyssey. Ulysses is considered to be one of the most important novels of 20th century literature. It’s stream of consciousness writing, and myriad...

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Shelf Life – The Tain

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Shelf Life – The Tain

In honor of St. Patrick’s day and 21xdesign’s Irish heritage, this week’s Shelf Life blog is about a famous Irish epic called The Cattle Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cuailnge). This ancient epic tale (the oldest phonetic tale in Europe) tells the story of a giant cattle raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht,  seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailinge. They are opposed by the teenage Ulster hero Cú Chulainn. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones then this story is...

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Shelf Life – Typo by Walter Marti

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Shelf Life – Typo by Walter Marti

This week we’re highlighting the book Typo by the Swiss designer Walter Marti. It’s a wonderful type & printing specimen book that was printed in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1957. This is a stunning showcase, not only of vivid typography, but also great printing techniques and selections of paper in the form of letterheads, envelopes, and business cards. The book is remarkable for being produced so soon after World War 2. In many ways, this book is a testament to the human spirit and the indomitable force of artistic nature and curiosity. The...

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