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Michael Harvey's Life of Letters

I have known Michael Harvey, the British book jacket designer / lettercutter / type designer, for nearly thirty years. And I have known his work for far longer, having first discovered it in Erik Lindegren’s ABC of Lettering and Printing Types (Askim, Sweden: Erik Lindegren Grafisk Studio, 1964–1965, 3 vols.) when I was a...

New York vs. California

After a year and a half of living in San Francisco, I recently moved back to the only place I call home—New York City. It’s been almost four months since I quit my job at Apple, and left the branding/advertising world behind. I like to romanticize my newfound self-employment as if I’m a professional...

The Cutting Folding Edge

I haven’t written in ages, my hands have been literally full, of paper. This last project was one of the most demanding maybe ever; huge, fun and full of learning. The main inspiration would have to be Tahiti Pehrson. I know him from high school and have watched him become one of the most...

Shameless Living

I love looking at how other people live. Given the opportunity, I’d happily walk through neighborhoods at dusk, walking slowly past people’s houses, right when they turn on the lights but haven’t yet closed the curtains, taking a peek into how they had their lives arranged in whatever room I could see. Over at Speak Up, I got to run...

Today's Obsession: Design Process of an NYC Subway Map

Here’s an interesting counterpoint to one of Steven Heller’s pieces at nytimes.com about the design of the New York subway map. While the Heller piece is a good survey of the history of the maps, this is a good from-the-trenches account of what it meant to actually design it. I like this as an...

In Process: Stencil1's Ed Roth

Ed Roth pays attention. Whether it’s twin sets of discarded high heels on the the street that he stops to photograph or a stenciled iron gate on a wall in Vinegar Hill, Roth is always finding hidden treasures in his daily life. It’s these unexpected occurrences that serve as the inspiration for his work...

In a New York State of Mind

I recently took an amazing position with a brand I love to make a product I love, but the wrinkle is that this new position is going to be based in San Francisco, requiring me to move across the country from New York, “big city of dreams,” to the mellow coast. Having to move...