Designers and design historians told me over the years that they had heard about the existence of a Nazi graphics standards manual. No one could say they actually saw it, but they knew of someone who had. So it grew into something of a Big Foot or Loch Ness Monster tale, until one day I actually saw it too – and it had been right under my nose the whole time.
As you might have guessed, it’s not actually from the Smithsonian (though it should be), but checking the Reddit thread, the original source is a student art project by designer Jenny Burrows. You can find a blog post about it, including two more posters in the same style, here. Prints are available from DeviantArt, and I sincerely hope some teachers buy them because they are awesome.
Earlier today, we took the children to visit Fort de Chartres, which is a state park and a reconstruction of one of the oldest fortifications in the state of Illinois. The armory room (the standing building in the corner of the wall) has been partially reconstructed but is the oldest standing building in Illinois.