Stilla

— Stilla is a headline typeface for anyone waiting for Poster Bodoni to shrug off its restrained precision and get a little funky. Remaining true to its Fat Face brethren (e.g. Normande, Falstaff), Stilla is primarily defined by thick verticals, …

Fabrica’s exhibition “Les Yeux Ouverts”

Approaching the staircase leading down to “Les Yeux Ouverts” (“Open Eyes”), an exhibition of Fabrica currently on display at Paris’s Centre Pompidou, I braced myself for the expected succession of blunt, cause-driven campaigns and personal experiments following the design rubric …

Photographic Testimonies

— Since the American Civil War, photography has played a central role in crafting narratives about conflicts and disasters, whether domestic or international, natural or man-made. As photographic technology has changed, so has our shrewdness in interpreting these documents, allowing …

Flexion

In the late ’70s, John Langdon discovered that he could manipulate letters to form words that read the same from the right and the left. He has since carved out a strong career as a designer and letterer specializing in …

Down Argentine Way

— “I saw a really bad knockoff of one of my characters painted on a kiosk, and I felt like ‘Yes! I’ve finally made it!’  ” says Argentina’s Ricardo Siri Liniers, known by his nom de comics, Liniers. The artist …

Review of CS4: InDesign

—  InDesign sports several improvements geared towards helping designers work in multiple output media. Special attention has been given to items that repeat and other template-like work. Items that are the same, but vary in different contexts (a title, for …

Radical Traditionalists

In Hollywood, you’re nobody unless your job description is a multi-hyphenate. A mere actor’s got nothing on an actor-writer-producer-director-swimsuit model. So it’s no surprise that Los Angeles artists use the same strategies. It’s not enough to be a painter; you …

Letter from Print’s new editor-in-chief

  The father of Print was a printer, William Edwin Rudge, who in 1940 founded the magazine to share technical savvy and inspirational examples with his journeyman colleagues in fine-press printing, printmaking, and book binding. As Print’s new editor in …

Editor’s Letter: The Consumption Issue

Not since the belt-tightening years of World War II—or the recessive ’70s—have we been so inundated with messages about the effects of personal and collective consumption. We’re deluged with media treatments of the subject, from documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth …

Spy: The Funny Years

— Now that Spy magazine is so long gone and deeply buried that it’s the subject of a new book, Spy: The Funny Years, I can finally, safely say I adored it. A breath of fresh snark exhaust, Spy punctured …