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 Illustrator, Reviewed

— Illustrator takes a lot of cues from Adobe’s absorption of Macromedia by integrating the blob brush from Flash—a drawing tool that allows a designer to draw freeform, and then expand the shape into an outlined path that intersects or …

On the Move

    Duck into a narrow passageway off a quiet street in New York’s West Village, step down half a flight and over some sandbags, and you’ll be in the looking-glass world of Michael Sporn Animation. Last fall, the Museum …

The Girls’ Guide to Writing and Publishing

— At an engagement party in Seattle last year, I found myself contemplating the hostess’s bookshelf: a collection of pink covers adorned with high heels, shopping bags, and tall slender women on the go, their cellphones firmly in grasp. Just …

Work With Me

—  In February 2006, a New York University research scientist named Jeff Han took the stage at TED, the big-ideas conference in Monterey, California. Standing behind a sort of glass easel, wearing a black turtleneck and jeans, he could barely …

RDA 2008: Southwest

This summer, most of the country was panicking as the price of gas hovered around $4 per gallon. But in Texas, the whirling numbers at the pump looked more like cherries lin ing up on a slot machine. The oil …

Lineform

—    Nobody contests that Adobe produces the de facto tool set for designers. But that fact makes it easy to forget that the company’s applications can be more complex than necessary for some tasks. Lineform by Freeverse and Intaglio …