Q & A with Color Maven Jessi Arrington

Perched near the tippy-top of the pantheon of all-time color fans you’ll find Jessi Arrington, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based design studio WORKSHOP. Jessi debuted in The New York Times in May 2011 as a member of Studiomates, a co-working collective …

Introducing The Weekend Heller

Neither rain nor snow, hail nor sleet will keep this blogger from his appointed rounds. It is with great pleasure I announce that I will be writing a new weekend roundup of news, views, and recommendations. Anywhere from three to …

The Pencil Factory: An Oral History

  According to New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the six-story art deco building at 47–61 Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn was built in 1924 for the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company. The firm had several buildings in the neighborhood dating as …

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 …

"Unjustified", Part II

By Paula Scher As promised, the following are my thoughts about future AIGA competitions (shows) and a response to the 160 plus posts to my recent article on Imprint “AIGA: Unjustified”. 1. Are Design Competitions an “elitist system”? I owe …

Top Inspirational Career Advice

Design TV, presented by HOW and Print, brings you inspirational career advice from the design industry’s most successful business owners and visionaries, including author Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Jessica Hische and authors Tim Lapetino and Jason Adam. View these OnDemand design tutorials …

License Plates Turned Into Coolest Design Invitation

How do you know when you’ve officially “made it” as a designer? Forget winning prestigious design awards, having your work featured in coveted magazines, or even scoring the biggest clients. We’re talking license plates, baby! In a wild attempt to woo designer/typographer …

The End of Illustration Island

Thomas James began the Escape from Illustration Island Podcast series as a personal project “geared towards learning more about the illustration industry from artists, art directors, and art reps while sharing that knowledge with others,” he told me. “To my …

Theses For A New Common

Triumph of the Commons is a collaborative book from fifty-five artists. It resurrects a disparaged, yet newly valuable, cultural narrative. Presented as fifty-five theses, this narrative challenges notions of prosperity: What it means and how to achieve it. Readers will find …