Ed Fella

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Words – and Images – on Ed Fella

Ed Fella’s AIGA Medalist profile sums him up succinctly: He’s “one of the most influential designers of the last quarter century.” And now he’s retiring. But having been friends since I first interviewed him for Emigre back in 1993, I figure that “retire” will be more like a change of treads, appropriate for a...

Los Angeles Views "Graphic Design: Now in Production"

At a Hammer Museum panel last month, Willem Henri Lucas introduced himself, Gail Swanlund, and Brian Roettinger as three L.A.-based designers who were about to discuss a current exhibition of contemporary graphic design in which none of them were included. Asking the audience to keep that perspective in mind, Roettinger, SCI-Arc’s former design director,...

Book Review: Characters by Stephen Banham

My blog Blue Pencil has become infamous for no-holds-barred critiques of books. This is not a Blue Pencil takedown. Instead, this is a welcome opportunity to praise a book that is exemplary in nearly all respects. The book in question is Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed through Typography by Stephen Banham (Port Melbourne: Thames &...

Fella Posts

Even if you’ve been fortunate enough to receive Ed Fella’s annual holiday poster, or the occasional package of his exhibition and lecture posters, this book, Ed Fella Documents written by Vincent Tuset-Andres, is a must have. This is a substantial catalog of the exhibit of the same name held from May 21 to August...

The Future of Web Fonts Is Sooner Than It Used To Be

In his opening keynote, Roger Black couldn’t have been more succinct: The future of typography is “all about screen fonts.” So naturally, for  TypeCon 2010′s “The Future is Now” panels, the topic was “Web Fonts.” And for the second half, the stage was packed with 14 typography-related business people. Okay, businessmen. The full session...