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MoMA’s Summer Campaign Reads Your Mind

What do “bad-tempered chair,” “she-goat” and “skeletons fighting” have in common? In the Museum of Modern Art, New York’s recently launched, infographic-style summer advertising campaign, such phrases colloquially and quickly illustrate the museum’s summer art schedule with exhibits from the likes of industrial designer Ron Arad (creator of his own version of the “Well...

News, 08.03.09

  Marisa Meltzer reviews Shelf Discovery, a book of essays about Young Adult fiction books that are focused primarily on girls:    Each essay has a mix of nostalgia, analysis, memoir, and feminist revision that can make even the guiltiest read feel like it held a vital role in our coming of age. Take...

News, 07.31.09

Over at The New Republic, Jed Perl says that the Met’s “Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages” is one of the most original shows he’s seen in 7 years:    The entire show fits into three galleries, but what galleries they are! [The curator Melanie] Holcomb has gathered books and manuscripts from...

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 aspect of design and learn how you can begin following its principles. Below is...

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 most: selecting wood, chopping wood, making a blazing fire, poking the fire, blowing on...

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 Arabic specialist at Linotype, attributes her success to the school’s curriculum. She says that...

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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 that the rare bookseller Antiquariaat J. A. Vloemans in the Hague is offering Tiege’s...

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, but deeper. So I asked a colleague to explain it more fully and this...

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, found stuff. Tableaux are three dimensional environments–composed assemblages of things–that tell a story, start...