PowerPoint Is Not an Excuse

In 1987, I was living in Chicago doing stage management and production work for small theaters in the metro area, but I knew enough about computers to help designers typeset their work in Aldus PageMaker. Then PowerPoint shipped. It was …

Can Typekit Bring Fonts to the Web?

When I first heard about Typekit, a new service that aims to bring typography to the web, I was skeptical. I’ve been around the high-tech sector long enough to know that most of these new products are a rehash of …

A Tale of Two Valleys

One of the perks of living in Silicon Valley is the 90-minute drive to Napa Valley, during which you can find yourself in the rolling hills of Yountville, driving up the Silverado Trail on a cloudless sunny day.   The …

Click to Run

—   [An update to this article is appended below. -Ed.]   Every time I go to the SXSW festival, I have interesting discussions with the other designers there about trends in music, movies, and technology. Last March, though, we …

Upward Mobility

— My 17-year-old daughter, Alexa, is a typical tech-savvy teenager: When I walk into the living room after a long day at the studio, I’ll find her sitting on the couch with the television on, usually playing a TiVo’d episode …

Coming Interactions

—       Denizens of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley don’t like to admit it, but we share the same competitive spirit with our entertainment-driven brethren in Southern California: We all live by the rule of “What have …

Open Range

— It’s such an easy thing to overlook, tucked away under the Type submenu, within a laundry list of other palettes found in both InDesign and Illustrator in Windows. Even I forget about it—and I helped put those palettes together …