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The Best Album Art of 2012

Zebras, skulls, Madonna, and more
 Album covers are trickier than ever to design these days—they do double duty as posters and icons. The same image has to make sense at both LP size and the one-inch-square dimensions of an iPod Nano screen, which often means that type has to either dominate an album cover...

Pictoplasma in NYC

Pictoplasma’s Conference on Contemporary Character Design and Art will be coming to New York City on September 5 and 6. It’s never too early to get the early bird rate. Speakers will include Tim Biskup, Friends With You, Fons Schiedon, and Tokyoplastic.From the website: Our visual culture is being taken hostage by a new...

Beware DIY

Before the computer, I used to joke with friends that a time will come when everyone will have their own logos. With the computer, that time is here. And what’s worse is that everyone can design their own type. Today, Peter Wayner in the Times writes about how the thousands of typefaces on the...