From lepers to paranoia: The twisted history of the polka dot.

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Sept. 10 2010 9:59 AM

Seeing Spots

From lepers to paranoia: The twisted history of the polka dot.

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Special thanks to Leigh Wishner of Cora Ginsburg Gallery, NYC; Jen Colman of the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum; and Professor Steven Connor of Birkbeck College, London.

Jude Stewart writes about design and culture for Slate, The Believer, Fast Company and Print among others. Her first book, ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color, is available now.

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