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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 exactly 20 letters, we asked each winner to pick a typeface that represented him...

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 making work that builds on the rich, disparate traditions of the past century, from...

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 to open people’s eyes to … amazing calligraphers, and Portuguese calligraphy in general.” Ventura...

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 process. Those who know Panter’s name often celebrate his still-growing body of avant-garde comics,...

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 that suggests the culture of a specific ethnic or religious group. Many designers and...

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 them accordingly—critiques that have informed the authenticity of his many nostalgia fonts. (L.A. Confidential,...

Introduction to the 2007 European Design Annual

A Scotsman, a German, and a Swede walk into a design magazine office—you know how this one goes, don’t you? They judge an invitational competition that includes work from all over Europe, from countries and firms big and small, and shake it down till only the best are left standing. It’s a riot! Our...

Good Type Gone Bad

Typefaces don’t come with an instruction manual. Although type designers can produce fonts designated as display types, or package their products with a set of implied hints—the right proportions of the characters for each size—they have little control over their work once it’s released “into the wild,” as type designer Mark Simonson puts it....

Click to Run

—   [An update to this article is appended below. -Ed.]   Every time I go to the SXSW festival, I have interesting discussions with the other designers there about trends in music, movies, and technology. Last March, though, we started talking about politics, something I’ve rarely touched on with fellow designers. How did...

Watch This Space

— When President Clinton appeared—in video!—on my laptop screen in the fall of 1998, his index finger jabbing at Kenneth Starr, the future arrived with a shock: The news was no longer something you either watched or read. Somehow, the web was going to make it both, simultaneously. Nine years later, we’re living in...