Bryn Smith

Independent Voices: Singapore's Unique Design Community

“Without a common written or spoken language then, graphic design became a means to communicate to this multiracial community,” writes Justin Zhuang in the introduction to Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singapore Since the 1960s. The book, commissioned by the Design Society and published earlier this year, chronicles the rapid growth and...

Beauty vs. Usability: Exploring Information Design Through Subway Maps

We’ve all been there. The tourist in an unfamiliar city, not-so-subtly trying to make sense of a new transit system. What should be a simple trip from A to B quickly turns into missed connections and lost minutes. Years spent mastering one system may not prepare you for navigating another—as a New Yorker often...

Family Band's Kim Krans on Juggling Art, Music, E-Commerce, and More

Husband-and-wife team Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin have no shortage of creative talent. Indeed, as proprietors of the always expanding online universe The Wild Unknown and cofounders of the appropriately named Family Band, they give off the impression that everything becomes inspired in their care. A visual artist since her mid-teens, Krans has created artwork...

Type Casting: Art Deco Typography in Lena Dunham’s "Girls"

Viewers of HBO’s new series Girls can be forgiven for not paying much attention to its title sequence. Buzz about the show, which follows the complicated, passionate, and often narcissistic doings of four young women in New York City, quickly grew into a divisive debate over its feminist intentions. And that was just the...