Strømme Throndsen Design: The Mass-Market Approach

— Scroll to see more images   WHEN WE WERE thinking about building packages, our thoughts went back to the old days, when smoking cigarettes was popular in the upper classes and ladies carried cigarette cases. These days, everyone uses …

Wildfire and Frezno

One in ten Americans lives in California, but nearly everyone everywhere equates it with big dreams, infinite possibility, and endless promise. And catastrophe: earthquakes, fires, human lives lost or mislaid. Two recent volumes of photography explore these twin takes on …

Introduction to the 2009 New Visual Artists

It may not be obvious at first glance, but these letters are portraits of the 20 young designers under age 30 who are profiled here. As soon as we realized that the name of our annual feature—“New Visual Artists 2009”—contains …

European Illustrators 2008

  European illustration is enjoying a moment across the continent. It’s flowering in galleries and on brick walls, twining vine-like over billboards and objets d’art, and sprouting madly like kudzu across newspapers, comics, and publications of every stripe. Artists are …

Ventura

Bright eyed and balletic, Dino dos Santo’s Ventura (a TDC2008 winner) has been sculpted by a couple of cultures and centuries. When the Portugal-based, self-taught type designer Dos Santo undertook what would be his 12th typeface, he “felt the need …

Panter’s Playhouse

Elements of Gary Panter’s style have been widely—if anonymously— experienced by countless viewers of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. As production designer for that series, Panter bore responsibility for the show’s unmistakable (and heavily merchandised) aesthetic and earned three Emmy Awards in the …

Stereo Types

You might see it every day and never notice, but there it is, on your takeout box of Chinese food, on your morning coffee cup, or on the cover of a favorite book or album: “ethnic type,” lettering or type …

Lakeside

Looming over the baseline like long shadows on a rainy night, the characters in Mark Simonson’s  Lakeside are an homage to brush-script titles of 1940s film noir. Simonson has spent many hours screening the typefaces of period films and evaluating …