About Charlotte West

Charlotte West is a Seattle-based writer who previously spent six years in Stockholm, Sweden. She writes about design and architecture for Print, Icon, Computer Arts and Men's Journal, and translates Swedish design magazine Form into English. Her first book, Projekt: The Polish journal of visual art and design, just came out from London-based publisher, Unit Editions (2011).

2012 New Visual Artist: George Michael Brower

“I make images, music and software,” the top of George Michael Brower’s website says. That’s as good an introduction as any to the 23-year-old designer’s body of work, which has been cross-disciplinary from the start. “My first act of graphic …

2012 New Visual Artist: Dafi Kühne

Dafi Kühne took a rather circuitous route to becoming a graphic designer. He first fell in love with design during the year he spent studying architecture in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. When he decided that wasn’t a good …

2012 New Visual Artist: Casper Heijkenskjöld

There is nothing better than getting paid to do what you love—except, perhaps, learning it from the person you admire the most. “Since I was about 12, I knew I wanted to draw for a living,” says Casper Heijkenskjöld. His …

The Architect and the Painter: Q&A with Director Jason Cohn

Directors Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey have recently produced another design documentary that easily deserves a spot on the shelf next to Gary Hustwit’s trilogy, Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. Now screening at independent theaters around the country, Charles & Ray …

Shiny Brite and Design Thinking

Over the holiday weekend, my mom and I sorted through several boxes of my grandparents’ Christmas ornaments. Both born in 1913, my grandparents lived through two world wars, had two daughters and were married for 73 years. They had several …

From CPH to PDX: Hvass&Hannibal

Last month, Copenhagen-based graphic design studio Hvass&Hannibal released the DVD packaging for An Island, a 50-minute music documentary by French filmmaker Vincent Moon about Danish indie band, Efterklang. Designer Nan Na Hvass and her husband, band member Rasmus Stolberg, spent …

Urbanized: Q&A with Filmmaker Gary Hustwit

More than six years after he started working on a movie about a font, director Gary Hustwit has now tackled the gargantuan topic of urban design. Hustwit is currently touring with his third design documentary, Urbanized, which premiered last month …

Inside the World of Board Graphics

I first met Robynne Raye and Mike Strassburger of Modern Dog Design when I interviewed them after their first book, 20 Years of Poster Art, came out in 2008. I have subsequently had the pleasure of getting to know them …

An Education in Natural Science Illustration

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle is hosting an exhibition featuring the work of recent graduates of the Natural Science Illustration program at the University of Washington until the end of October. The certificate program is …

Poster Children

A new generation of designers revives the quintessential Polish art form. A poster for the Polish release of Citizen Kane 2010, by Homework. Henryk tomaszewski created a colorful broadside for Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane in 1948, when the film arrived …