othergreens is christopher robbins

design history in a box

I was bumbling along the markets at Brick Lane, when I came upon an old type box. In it was a funky watch, some penguin bath-gels, a stale Oreo cookie, and the moon. As I fidgeted with the watch, I found I could travel through design history! Though the elements retained their identities, their appearances shifted through eras of design. The penguin snapped from a hieroglyphic to a medieval illumination, the moon from an ancient Kenyan shield to international typographic style icon, the oreo from a Celtic rune to something out of a Wim Crouwel alphabet.

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