Ellen Shapiro

Le Corbusier: Architecture Meets Fine Art Meets Graphic Design

“In his lifetime, Le Corbusier made 7,000 works on paper and 450 oil paintings.” So explained Eric Mouchet of Galerie Zlotowski, a Parisian art gallery that specializes in early-20th-century art, especially Cubism, with a special focus on Le Corbusier. The conversation took place two weekends ago at The Salon: Art+Design at New York City’s Park...

Ten (or More) Things You Didn’t Know About Herb Lubalin

1. His name was pronounced Loo-ball-in, with the accent on the loo. 2. He was color-blind and ambidextrous. 3. Although he ultimately rejected advertising in favor of graphic design, as an agency art director at Sudler & Hennessey he was a key figure in advertising in the 1960s, introducing expressive typography into print advertising....

The Rejection Connection

Several years ago I worked with the marketing director of a technology startup that characterized itself as a company of quick, young, nimble problem-solvers. The marketing director told me that she had sole responsibility for design decisions (how wrong they often are about this). “These are great!” she said upon previewing our presentation boards...

Turnip Patch Meets Type Technology

“Technology will change everything we know about type.” So predicts David Jonathan Ross, one of six full-time type designers for Font Bureau, the Boston-based digital type studio Roger Black and David Berlow founded in 1989 to create custom fonts for newspaper and magazine publishers. “Technology will change the way we draw fonts, we sell...

The Handwriting Is on the Wall

“I love typography!” That’s the way Chavelli Tsui answers the question, “What brought you here? Tsui is a graphic designer born and raised in Hong Kong who recently received her BFA in communication design from Carnegie-Mellon University. With 28 cohorts from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Singapore,...

The Education of a Typographic Innovator

Rolando G. Alcantara was born and raised in Torreón, an industrial city in north-central Mexico. He attended a technical high school there. Since childhood, he’d planned to become a doctor—a radiologist, like his mom. A few weeks ago, he received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and brought a compelling presentation...

Back to the AIGA/NY Past: Recollections on 30 Years

What can you learn from 12 big-name designers about 30 years of New York design history? You can learn that everyone sees things in a different way and brings his or her own spin to the table (or to the stage and the slide show, in this case). The New York chapter of the...

Talking “Eames Words” with Deborah Sussman

“The world knows about the chairs, the films, the toys,” Deborah Sussman said. “But the world does not know what Charles and Ray said, what they loved, what they had for breakfast. They found uncommon beauty in common things: a loaf of bread, a keg of nails, a ball of twine.” She was talking...

Why Is This Haggadah Different from All Other Haggadot?

“If I touch the letters, I think and I hope that people will be touched by them.” So said Israeli graphic and type designer Oded Ezer yesterday in a 1.5 hour NY—Tel Aviv Skype interview with me about The New American Haggadah, published this month by Little, Brown and Company. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of...

Tristan Schmitz: New Name on the New York Design Scene

He arrived in New York last September with his wife, their kitten, and two suitcases. The next morning, he reported for work as the new senior designer at Chermayeff & Geismar. That doesn’t happen every day. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Tristan Schmitz, 28, about leaving his home country, Germany, and...