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Making the Mac: 20 Vintage Apple Ads

Here, we follow the trail of Apple ads that laid the foundation for the company prior to the bold dancing silhouettes that dominated in the early 2000s.

The End of Print (Again): Why David Carson Still Matters

David Carson came to the fore of visual culture in the early 1990s, solidifying his place in 1995 with the publication of The End of Print: The Grafik Design of David Carson. His frenetic lettering and layouts inspired countless designers to push boundaries and break classical rules, qualities that are still prized today. So...

Carson Redux

The End of Print: The Grafik Design of David Carson by Lewis Blackwell, originally published in 1995 with a revised edition in 2000, is currently available as a spanking new second edition (in hardcover —with the cover design that Carson wanted but was not used for the original edition, printed for the first time—and...

The Fuse Box: Faces of a Typographic Revolution

It’s 1994 and Steve Heller is on a rant about a Fuse magazine font called LushUS. It’s “an abominable typeface. It’s…” “… vernacular carried to an extreme?,” I offer. “Vernacular carried to stupidity,” he replies. “It ain’t funny. There are certain extremes that are unnecessary, or too ingrown. Design for design, and so what?” So...

Roger Black Discusses Future Potential for Type Design

Roger Black is currently embroiled in design disputes … again! At New York’s Type 1987, Roger went head-to-head with Paula Scher over ITC’s version of Garamond. At AIGA’s Miami conference in 1993, during his stint at Esquire, it was him against David “Raygun” Carson, fighting about publication design. But hey, that was way back...