Different StrokesHow a small but growing number of “creative programmers” are changing the face of type.BY EMILY KINGEverybody Loves Rea IrvinAn accomplished illustrator, man-about-town, and ace designer, The New Yorker’s first art editor made the magazine typeface immortal.BY EMILY GORDON
Symphonic ScriptsArtist Mouneer El Shaarani is devoted to reviving and modernizing Arabic calligraphy—an art form that he thinks is largely misunderstood.BY ROANNE BELLThe Last RunSeventy years, three newspapers, three states, multiple languages, hot type, cold type, longtime pressmen, and one mighty press.PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT BY CHRISTOPHER PAYNE
Good Type Gone BadSeven type designers tell us what it’s like to see their fonts in unexpected contexts.INTRODUCTION BY MONICA RAČIĆ
Party GamesAncient script, traditional motifs, cuddly cartoon characters—the Beijing Olympics’ iconography is carefully calculated, and in China, it’s everywhere.BY ADAM MINTER
All of a PieceLetters—thousands and thousands of them—form the bedrock of the graffiti, commercial, and fine art of Greg Lamarche. BY CALEB NEELON
Death, Be Not StaidHow personal should a final resting place be? Two memorial designers talk about the brave new world of headstone carving.BY STEVEN HELLER
CONTRIBUTORS Where we’re calling from.
LETTERSA Lord & Taylor model reminisces.
F.O.B. The Britney Spears Factor, Chicago posters, Bodoni’s ghost, the many faces of T, and more.
SHELF LIFEDevilish design, mass appear, K-Y—oh my!
MONOLOGUEThe Law of the Letter Typography has long been a powerful tool in the shaping of nations. BY JOHN EMERSONOBSERVERCounter PointsA ’70s debate between two masters illuminates the necessity of a little friction in design.BY RICK POYNOR DIALOGUEAaron Rose, co-director and producer, Beautiful Losers. BY STEVEN HELLER
IN PRINTVol. 18/no.1 In a 1964 issue, Jan Tschichold revealed why he abandoned modernist sans serifs.BY MARTIN FOXDESKTOPOpen Range The future of OpenType.BY ANDREI MICHAEL HERASIMCHUK Plus: Fontstruct, and Linotype’s flashback.
BOOKS1000 Music Graphics, by Stoltze Design; Cover Art By: New Music Graphics, by Adrian Shaughnessy; Art of Modern Rock Mini #2: Poster Girls, by Dennis King; Silent Pictures, by Pat GrahamREVIEW BY AARON BRITTHall of Best Knowledge, by Ray FenwickREVIEW BY BILL KARTALOPOULOS
Signage and Wayfinding Design: A Complete Guide to Creating Environmental Graphic Design Systems, by Chris Calori; Signage Systems & Information Graphics: A Professional Sourcebook, by Andreas UebeleREVIEW BY ALISSA WALKERKirby: King of Comics, by Mark EvanierREVIEW BY STEVEN BROWER
TYPEStereotypesCrass ethnic type has a revealing history and, surprisingly, serves a purpose.BY PAUL SHAWEND PRODUCTBox Seats
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