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 …

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 …

Creativity + Commerce 2008: 3rd Place

— What most impressed jurors about the Virgin Festival website was its degree of clarity, despite the massive amount of information it presented. The site covered everything from ticket purchase and musician line-up to the festival’s sound production. “I’m impressed,” …

Print’s 45th Student Cover Competition

Print‘s Student Cover Competition started in 1964 as a showcase for designers about to enter the field. This is the 45th competition, and we want you to help us pick the winner. Update: Voting has now ended for this year’s …

Images for Human Rights

By Paul Morris January 14, 2009 » “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” proclaims the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, first adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. “They are endowed with …

Coming Interactions

—       Denizens of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley don’t like to admit it, but we share the same competitive spirit with our entertainment-driven brethren in Southern California: We all live by the rule of “What have …