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 …

Italia on the Screen

Italian Ways is an online magazine (in English) about Italy edited and designed by Angelini Design in Rome. The stated aim of the project, says Michele Angelini, “is to give visibility to historical and artistic Italian places—in particular the ones …

Geographic Liberties Were Taken

The icon doesn’t die. Vignelli Transit Maps describes the history of the New York City subway maps and follows this city’s transportation growth from separate, independent lines to one large system. Peter Lloyd and mapmaster Mark Ovenden present a history …

Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Fighting never solves anything. But as a boy, my father made me take judo and jujitsu lessons so I could protect myself against a large number of bullies who preyed on stragglers in my Lower East Side, New York neighborhood. …

Graphic Advocacy Takes a Stand

Elizabeth Resnick has been an fervent advocate of graphic design as a tool for social and political agitation. She’s documented a wide range of material and organized three exhibitions on complementary themes over the past decade. The most recent, “Graphic …

A Day's Pickin's at the Outdoor Market

Fruits and vegetables aren’t the only bounty at the Roman outdoor produce markets. There are fresh fish, meats, spices, liquors, housewares, sweatshirts, and socks, but my favorites are the fruit wrappers. Louise Fili and I have been collecting these tissue-paper-thin …

Surgical Design for Surgical Equipment

Intuitive Surgical designs and manufactures a robotic surgical system called da Vinci. Mike Hanuschik, who leads a design and product management team, said something that recently piqued my interest: “Intuitive Surgical works at the nexus of design, graphic design, and engineering.” …

One-Two-Three, One-Two-Three

Exercise has been good for us as long as anyone can remember. Prehistoric man did it (if we’re to believe Fred Flintstone). Sedentary activity produces lethargy, obesity, and disease. One-two-three, one-two-three builds strong bodies and minds. Frankly, when I was …

Greetings From the Underground

The Composing Room, Inc., in New York City, was the most ambitious and progressive of all the type houses operating during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Much of the credit goes to Dr. Robert Leslie and his staff. Smart printed …

Graphically Seasoned Greetings!

Last year at this time, I did a post on past holiday cards that J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. has sent out over the years. This year I’m presenting some of the greetings the studio has RECEIVED throughout the years! They …