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 …

The Constant Reader

— Among the legends of computer typography, two stand out. There’s an 18-year-old Steve Jobs stumbling into a calligraphy class at Reed College and learning about serifs and spacing—useless stuff, he thought, until it came time to design the first …

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 …

2008 Student Cover Winners

This year, in the grand tradition of the public choosing an American idol and a favorite dancing star, Print opened up voting for its 44th annual Student Cover Competition for the first time. We uploaded the covers of three finalists—chosen …

City Limits

By Marc Andresen   Nobody wants to talk about Hurricane Katrina anymore, and I can’t blame them. Two years have passed, and for people living outside the Gulf Coast the disaster is old news. But for New Orleans designers, talking …

RDA 2008: South

— “If I didn’t watch the news, I wouldn’t know there were economic problems,” chuckles Larnie Higgins, president and creative director of Planet Studio in Atlanta. “I was bracing for hard times, but suddenly it’s boomtown,” says Woodrow Holliman, creative …