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 …

Adobe CS4 Bridge Reviewed

—   Bridge is now much more focused on two primary tasks. First, it acts as a conduit between projects across multiple media with previews into every sort of CS4-based document, from InDesign to Fireworks. In Bridge, a designer can …

Moving Pictures

— Say you work at Design Army, in Washington, D.C., and you need a photo. If you asked your co-workers for help, they’d probably trill, “Just Getty it.” “Same as when some people say, ‘Just Google it,’” explains Pum Lefebure, …

Eurostile Next

In 1952, the Nebiolo foundry in Turin, Italy, released Microgramma, an unusual sans serif. A titling typeface (which thus had no lowercase), it was designed by Alessandro Butti (1893–1959), the foundry’s type director, with the assistance of Aldo Novarese (1920–95). …

Drawing Fire

  A rocket explodes in a neighborhood in the middle of a war zone, and a U.S. Army division arrives to survey the scene. The commander turns to the embedded photojournalist who’s been traveling with them and suggests a way …

Yo Gabba Gabba!

Even on a blazing day in June, Mark Mothersbaugh showed up at Los Angeles’s Downey Studios looking like a wacky professor dipped in a fresh coat of paint. His shirt was bright yellow, and his pants were flame-retardant orange. His …

Creativity + Commerce 2008: 2nd Place

— Annual reports, by nature, often seem to convey sterility, as though an austere presentation of numbers were necessary to garner respect for revenues and expenditures. This piece takes a fresh approach, our jurors agreed. Pen-and-ink drawings, calligraphy, and watercolor …