Resources for Sustainable Design: Books

Resources for Sustainable Design: Books   By Jeremy Lehrer   It’s intimidating to learn a new aspect of your design practice while navigating a  demanding schedule. Set aside some time every day or every week when you can investigate this …

Peter Buchanan-Smith, Best Made Co.

— Scroll above to see more images PETER BUCHANAN-SMITH in a rarefied world, making elegant lookbooks for Isaac Mizrahi and pared-down packaging for Philip Glass. But his preferred cooking method is very down-to-earth: “The preparation itself is what I love …

University of Reading

— THE MASTER’S IN TYPEFACE DESIGN at the University of Reading has a storied pedigree: It’s based at a school long famous for its strong design program and its emphasis on type and type history. Alumna Nadine Chahine, now the …

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Karel Tiege, Czech Avant-Gardist

One of the best–but least known–avant-gardists of the early 20th century is Karel Tiege, the Czech author, poet, editor, designer, and “new” typographer. While some books of his work exist, the more flush among you may be interested to know …

What is Empathy?

A few weeks back, I judged a competition of web design and information architecture (a topic I feel somewhat under-educated to address). One of the categories under consideration was “empathy.” I guess it’s like the old, more primitive, “user-friendly” concept, …

Set the Tableau, Won’t You?

Who among us has not made a tableau? No, not setting a dining room table, but the artistic variety of tableau. As kids, most of us produced dioramas with dolls or toy soldiers and other bits and pieces of treasured, …

Kill Wilhelm

First there was Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Then Spike Lee directed Miracle at St. Anna. Now, following the new fashion for WWII films, Quentin Tarantino gives us Inglourious Basterds, an homage to the 1978 Italian film …

Orange Peeler Updates

Hip Hip Hurrah!!! Those of you who were so passionate about the Tropicana OJ debacle have scored a victory against the forces of genericism. “The PepsiCo Americas Beverages division of PepsiCo is bowing to public demand and scrapping the changes …

The Creative Scrawl

I was happy to see Rick Valicenti’s recent journal/print project (shown here and above and below), which he titles “Notes To Self.” In 2008, he made more than 575 dense, black sumi ink pieces on 22″ x 30″ Rives BFK …