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 …

The Object of My Affection

The objects of my affection as a designer are designed things. The objects of Gary Hustwit’s obsession are objects. They are also the theme of his latest film devoted to industrial design, Objectified, which will have its New York City …