Say, What's a Flong?

Does anyone know what “flong” means? I bet you don’t know what a “pop test” is? I enjoy collecting antique terms, especially for the design and printing fields. I take impish joy asking young students what “leading” means and how …

3:02 PST. Pacific Standard Gift Book Time, part 2

This is a follow-up to my earlier post on holiday gift suggestions for people who like their art, and art catalogs, served with a hearty helping of design content. . Catalog L.A.: Birth of an Art Capital 1955-1985 Centre Pompidou …

3:01 PST. Pacific Standard Gift Book Time, part 1

Forget the Rose Parade; the real reason to be in L.A. right now is Pacific Standard Time… the arts program, not just the zone. A six-month “happening” that kicked off in October, PST is the largest collaborative art project ever …

Long Beach Comic Con: My "7 Highlights" List

  These days, the so-called San Diego “Comic”-Con‘s main attraction is sugary TV and movie confectionery. But if you enjoy graphic novels and cartoons – and, well, scary stuff – you may have attended the recent Comic & Horror Con …

Books That Didn't Make the Cut

In the days before PDFs, we who wanted to sell books to publishers made dummies. Sometimes they were just a few pasted together pages, other times virtually the entire book was dummied up. I would produce one dummy a week. …

The Intimate Side of Type

Tooting My Own Horn Department: Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico (designed by Ashley Olsson) is now published by Thames and Hudson (UK) and Princeton Architectural Press (USA), as well as in French and Italian editions. This companion …

Mid-Century Modernism on Display

The folks at Kind Company, Greg D’Onofrio and Patricia Belen, instigators and designers of the Alvin Lustig archive website, have also conceived a site designed to make the design connoisseur ecstatic with delight. It is an online museum/gallery and retail …

Book Designers: Eleven Happy Men

A long awaited book about printing, printers and type by type historian Jerry Kelly is ready to be devoured. The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century (Cary Graphic Arts Press, RIT Press) highlights the work of eleven essential …

True Blood: Designers as Vampires

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a fiction that mashes together the “great emancipator” and a supernatural savior, is the latest entry in the current vampire craze. The novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and movie directed by Timur Bekmambetov is in the latter’s …

Race to Be the First Beetle

Do you think the Smart Car is so smart? Think again. It is one in a long line of minimalist vehicles. A new book, Voiture Minimum: Le Corbusier and the Automobile explores the famed “less is more” Modern architect’s involvement …