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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...

Adobe Creative Suite 4, Reviewed

—   It may be time to begin considering Halloween costumes everywhere else, but for designers, it’s Christmas! The elves at Adobe have been sweating over their workstations and skipping lunches the past year, and have finally produced, for our delight, Creative Suite 4. That’s certainly how Adobe would like us to see things....

Print Wins 2009 General Excellence Award from ASME

— Print has received the magazine industry’s highest honor four times previously, including Print‘s 2008 win in its circulation category. This year also marked Print‘s 11th nomination in the General Excellence category.   In this year’s citation, the American Society of Magazine Editors writes: “Entertaining, informative, and beautifully packaged, Print explores design in its...

The Designed Life, design:related edition

As part of a new feature, we asked Matt Sung and Karen Horton, co-founders of the social networking site designrelated.com, to elaborate on eight items from their collection of design inspirations. Submit your own design inspiration, which could be featured in upcoming issues. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want...