Wild Abundance

Farida Zaman is a Toronto-based illustrator and designer. Trained in fine art and illustration, she has found a wide versatility of applications of her style, which has been used in: posters, book covers, children’s book illustrations, clothing, packaging, and giftware.

For her Zócalo Sketchbook, Zaman invites us into a series of five phantasmagoric greenhouses that are bursting with flowers, infusing some much-needed floral energy into our world. Notice how the wild abundance of lines and colors that make up her flowers play with the minimal depiction of the orangeries themselves. The flowers …

Journalist Frances Anderton | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Journalist Frances Anderton

I Think I Detest the Beverly Center

Frances Anderton, the longtime host of the weekly public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW, currently covers Los Angeles design and architecture for print and radio. She is …

Nostalgia’s Ingenious Potential | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Nostalgia’s Ingenious Potential

Often Associated With People Who Are Angry About a Lost Past, These Feelings of Longing Can Help Inspire an Inclusive Future

When 19-year-old Swiss medical student Johannes Hofer first coined the term “nostalgia” in 1688, he had wanderers on his mind.

With this neologism, Hofer was describing the deep melancholy—a “wasting …

The Postcards That Captured America’s Love for the Open Road

From Mid-Century Until Today, “Greetings From” Postcards Have Combined a ‘Fantastical View’ of the Country With Car Culture Obsession

The most prolific producer of the iconic 20th-century American travel postcard was a German-born printer, a man named Curt Teich, who immigrated to America in 1895. In 1931, Teich’s printing …