August 2008 Table of Contents

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FEATURES

Different Strokes
How a small but growing number of creative programmers are changing the face of type.
BY EMILY KING

Everybody Loves Rea Irvin
An accomplished illustrator, man-about-town, and ace designer, The New Yorker’s first art editor made the magazine typeface immortal.
BY EMILY GORDON

Symphonic Scripts
Artist Mouneer El Shaarani is devoted to reviving and modernizing Arabic calligraphy—an art form that he thinks is largely misunderstood.
BY ROANNE BELL

The Last Run
Seventy years, three newspapers, three states, multiple languages, hot type, cold type, longtime pressmen, and one mighty press.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT BY CHRISTOPHER PAYNE

Good Type Gone Bad
Seven type designers tell us what its like to see their fonts in unexpected contexts.
INTRODUCTION BY MONICA RAČIĆ

Party Games
Ancient script, traditional motifs, cuddly cartoon characters—the Beijing Olympics iconography is carefully calculated, and in China, its everywhere.
BY ADAM MINTER

All of a Piece
Letters—thousands and thousands of them—form the bedrock of the graffiti, commercial, and fine art of Greg Lamarche.
BY CALEB NEELON

Death, Be Not Staid
How personal should a final resting place be? Two memorial designers talk about the brave new world of headstone carving.
BY STEVEN HELLER


DEPARTMENTS

CONTRIBUTORS
Where we’re calling from.

LETTERS
A Lord & Taylor model reminisces.

F.O.B.
The Britney Spears Factor, Chicago posters, Bodonis ghost, the many faces of T, and more.

SHELF LIFE
Devilish design, mass appear, K-Y—oh my!

MONOLOGUE
The Law of the Letter
Typography has long been a powerful tool in the shaping of nations.
BY JOHN EMERSON

OBSERVER
Counter Points
A ’70s debate between two masters illuminates the necessity of a little friction in design.
BY RICK POYNOR

DIALOGUE
Aaron Rose
, co-director and producer, Beautiful Losers
BY STEVEN HELLER

IN PRINT
Vol. 18/no.1
In a 1964 issue, Jan Tschichold revealed why he abandoned modernist sans serifs.
BY MARTIN FOX

DESKTOP
Open Range
The future of OpenType.
BY ANDREI MICHAEL HERASIMCHUK
Plus: Fontstruct, and Linotypes flashback.

BOOKS
1000 Music Graphics
, by Stoltze Design; Cover Art By: New Music Graphics, by Adrian Shaughnessy; Art of Modern Rock Mini #2: Poster Girls, by Dennis King; Silent Pictures, by Pat Graham
REVIEW BY AARON BRITT

Hall of Best Knowledge
, by Ray Fenwick
REVIEW BY BILL KARTALOPOULOS

Signage and Wayfinding Design: A Complete Guide to Creating Environmental Graphic Design Systems, by Chris Calori; Signage Systems & Information Graphics: A Professional Sourcebook, by Andreas Uebele
REVIEW BY ALISSA WALKER

Kirby: King of Comics, by Mark Evanier
REVIEW BY STEVEN BROWER

TYPE
Stereotypes
Crass ethnic type has a revealing history and, surprisingly, serves a purpose.
BY PAUL SHAW

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