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When Tight Was Right

In the '70s, tight type closely nestled together was the way. Steven Heller revisits this close kerning in "Tyght Type" and still believes in snug type.

Press Kits To The Moon

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Scott Kosofsky has digitized a most extensive collection of Apollo 11 contractor press kits.

La Vie Sentimentale

On a few occasions I worked with Belgian-born illustrator Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005). Folon’s career went from making illustrations for Esquire, The New Yorker, The New York Times and Time in the Sixties to designing posters for Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the United Nations, and in 1989, he created the logo used to commemorate the bicentennial...

Cassandre’s Most Eclectic Typeface

AM Cassandre was the master of French advertising design. He was also an experimental type design par excellence. In 1929, Charles Peignot, director of the French type foundry Deberny & Peignot, sponsored Cassandre’s experimental new display typeface called Bifur. Its complex mélange of fat and thin lines and crossbars was a shock to the...

art nouveau music

Art Nouveau Music

Steven Heller presents sheet music published in Italy during the fin de siecle in the Art Nouveau style, noting its type and motif is typical for the era.