About Stephanie Orma

Stephanie Orma is a San Francisco-based arts and design writer for publications like Dwell, Fast Company and HOW, among others. When not writing, Steph can be found designing books for top-tier publishers through her boutique creative firm, Orma Design & Communications. She also has a cartooning habit she can’t seem to kick.

Posters of Fortune

“You will read something in the near future.” Cracking open a fortune cookie at the end of a Chinese meal and seeing if/how the inside message personally relates to our individual lives is all part of the fun and good …

Getting Upper: Graffiti Meets Graphic Design

Can repetitive exposure to something—no matter how good it is—drive us crazy?  How about listening to our favorite song over and over, eating our top dessert every single night, or even reading the good old ABC’s every day of our …

Why CMYBacon is Smokin'

With a name like CMYBacon how can you not be intrigued? Although Designer Martin Refsal has to “suppress my inner-geek from time to time to ensure that I don’t post too many things about Star Wars and Legos” he is …

The Letter Collector

What is it about hand-made letters that utterly rocks our world? Are we just so bored with reading and seeing everything digitally nowadays? Or is it because working with type is such a huge component to our jobs as designers …

Typography is HERE

“Widows and orphans give us sleepless nights.” In any other sense, that phrase might conjure up images of black spiders or a certain little redhead named Annie. But when you realize the words were spoken by partner and typographer-extraordinaire Caz Hildebrand …

Paper Theatrics

Alfalfa Studio could not have been cast more perfectly as the design studio of choice for innovative Texas-based theatre company Amphibian Stage Productions. Bringing the awesome three-dimensional quality of live theatre to the flat, two-dimensional space of poster design is no easy …