Empire State Building

Just as Trajan signifies the Roman Empire, Broadway signifies Art Deco. The typeface—designed by Morris Fuller Benton for American Type Founders in 1927—is authentic, but it has become a cliché, used by numerous landlords to tart up their Art Deco–era …

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 …

Coming Attraction

  By Joseph Kennedy Trailers are as much a part of the moviegoing experience as the popcorn stand in the lobby. But for some people, watching them is more and more like eating popcorn—one piece tastes just like the next. …

Le Corbusier Le Grand

  Just how much personal history do we require to truly understand an artist’s body of work? When it comes to painting, we place a premium on biography. The power of a Caravaggio or a Van Gogh is only magnified …

Dangerous Curves

  Review by Paul Shaw — This is the fourth such book on logos and fonts that Young has produced since 1993, and the design and approach are familiar: a short description of the client and design brief followed first …

Observer: Paper Trails

I was traveling back to London from the French region of Provence when I saw the posters. The Eurostar train leaves from Avignon; I had some time to kill before its departure, so I left the bags at the station …

RDA 2006: East

This native of the East is happy to report that the region’s boom continues. “We’re slammed,” says Kim Fox, a designer who also works as a project manager at a Pittsburgh studio. “And when you’re slammed and getting to do …