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Signs of the Autostrada

Steven Heller points out the graphic design details on road signs found along the Autostrada of Italy. Buckle up, and come along for the ride.

RDA Selects: Starting a Conversation About Stopping Gun Violence

We’re running selected projects from the 2012 Regional Design Annual along with quotes from their designers. To submit work for the 2013 RDA, click hereā€”the early-bird deadline is February 1. Warning Signs campaign by Y&R Chicago (Chicago): Bob Winter (chief creative officer); Evan Thompson (associate creative director/writer); Richard Fischer (associate creative director/designer); Illinois Council...

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 &...

Paris Signage

The amount of visual beauty one can absorb while strolling the streets of Paris is hard to fathom. When not distracted by the fashionable women, perfectly groomed gardens or intricate architectural details, my eyes are drawn like magnets to the endless collection of signage which sits like a hand-selected little hat atop each doorway...

San Francisco Signs

Lots of the bodegas around San Francisco have these really amazing typographic signs hanging out front. I like the swirls and curls that many of them incorporate both in the shape and the ornamentation. Many of these signs have neon lights. Too bad they don’t light up anymore. I bet they’d look pretty awesome...