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Observer: Perfect Ten (Or Twelve)

To a certain cast of mind—a cast shared by many designers—lists of preferences are fascinating. Lists offer information in its most elemental form. There is no explicit linkage between the items, no explanation or opinion. Everything comes down to selection and juxtaposition. How do these items relate to each other? Why choose this item...

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 buildings. This mindless approach to signage is now being challenged. The Empire State Building...

Observer: The Life of the Seoul

In the summer of 2008, I was invited to give a week of lectures to a design class in South Korea. Several students were scheduled to make brief presentations at the end of the week on subjects they had been researching, and we had a preliminary chat about the direction their talks were taking....

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, high contrast, and a self-assured boldness. But beyond that, it takes its solo show...

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 for which Benetton’s creative laboratory is best known: stark background/shocking image/statistic-blaring headline. Indeed, the...

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 for a seemingly limitless range of interactions among photographers, subjects, photographs, and viewers. To...

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 ambigrams, as the Janus-faced words are called, and he collected the best of his...

Download a free wallpaper from Omnivore

—   In our June issue, Print contributing editor Jude Stewart documented the rise of four favorite pattern motifs: the fleur de lis, paisleys, stripes, and polka dots. To illustrate the article, we commissioned Omnivore to create a wallpaper using all four patterns in various interlocking and overlapping points. Click the links above to...

Observer: Sexy Nextness

There was a time when I was obsessed with the new. The most obvious reason for this is that all journalists are obsessed with what’s new(s). That’s our job. It doesn’t matter how great today’s story is; tomorrow there must be a new one, and another, and another. None of this would be necessary...

Best Business Graphics 2008

When the jurors met to review the entries for this year’s business graphics competition, economic indicators were pointing to a downturn. The meltdown in the mortgage industry had begun to extend beyond the subprime markets, the stock market was dropping precipitously, and consumer spending was declining—all while oil prices continued to rise. Add to...