The Original Desktops

These are the apple of my eye. Once, they were what was next.  Old “writing machines,” used in print shops, trade schools and offices at the turn of the century, were the original desktops. I cut my proverbial type-writing teeth …

Alex Isley Celebrates 25

Designer Alex Isley, formerly of M&Co. and SPY magazine, is celebrating his twenty-five year milestone with an exhibition of his work at the Type Directors Club titled “Working With Words.” I asked him to tell us what, during this time, …

Forgotten Women Designers and Illustrators

We can all agree that graphic design and illustration was a male dominated profession at the outset. Or can we? Volume 1 of  Advertising Arts & Crafts, Eastern Edition (Lee & Kirby, New York, 1926), a 446 page index of …

The Vintage Speedball Textbook

I once found a set of Speedball pen nibs as a kid. I was familiar with conventional pen and ink usage, but had never seen nibs like this before. It wasn’t until taking a calligraphy course in college (with Professor …

A Garland for Garland (Ken)

Sometimes you can know a person but not really KNOW that person. I have known or known of the veteran British designer Ken Garland for ages. But not until now, with the publication of his stunning monograph, Ken Garland: Structure …

Covering Print Magazine, 1940-1953

The magazine we all call Print has had a half dozen different names since its inception in June of 1940. It was originally a limited-edition periodical that discussed the endless techniques used in the graphic arts industry, and even included …

A Yeti in Every Box

Stefan G. Bucher is a man of many monsters. Surprisingly, he’s also cool, calm, and collected. He recently collected lore of the Yeti into a fur-covered, slipcased, tell-all book, The Yeti Story, about the tasty beasts, sponsored by none other …

RDA Selects: Starting a Conversation About Stopping Gun Violence

We’re running selected projects from the 2012 Regional Design Annual along with quotes from their designers. To submit work for the 2013 RDA, click here—the early-bird deadline is February 1. Warning Signs campaign by Y&R Chicago (Chicago): Bob Winter (chief …

Tanaka-san, Color Man

Lucas López from Buenos Aires has just published a little jewel called Ikko Tanaka: Colour and Silence, marking the ten year anniversary of Tanaka’s death (1930–2002). The self-generated book is the first one in Spanish and can be found here.