This month we explore one of the most important topics in the design vernacular: Color. Nearly every story focuses on color, from Steven Heller’s look at the power of the color red, to Jude Stewart’s survey of color trends, to Stephen Coles’ and Paul Shaw’s primer about creating color effects with layered type. We also showcase the six winners of our Portfolio Review, a competition that rewards designers for their entire body of work. Let their portfolios inspire you to make the most of your own book.
Grids+GuidesDarren Song sews his art, David Bowie gets the typographic treatment, a taste of color for the fall runway, a spool-worthy music video and Gary Baseman’s tribute to coming home
EvolutionSteven Heller takes a colorful look at the split fountain printing method, used on this issue’s cover.
InterviewSkyping with designer and illustrator Noma Bar
InteractionPaul Ford imagines a world of digital imagery where we rely less on generic filters and more on the power of the color wheel.
DialogueSteven Heller talks with color consultant Laura Guido Clark.
StereotypePaul Shaw and Stephen Coles explore the history and modern-day usage of color within layered typography.
ObserverRick Poynor makes a case for reversing the trend of showing more pictures and less text in books written for designers.
Prized PortfoliosThe winners of our Portfolio Review were judged not by one project alone, but for their entire body of work. Take a look at these hardworking portfolios and get advice for building your own book from our panel of high-profile judges.By Karli Petrovic
Color HeroComic book colorists are finally getting their due with credit alongside the writers and line artists they work hand in hand with. Seven-time Eisner Award-winner Dave Stewart shares his work and his process for bringing comics to life with color.By Douglas Wolk
Colorful LanguageIn this essay, we take a look at our culture’s hypocritical love affair with dirty words.By David Barringer
Dialing Up (or Down) the ColorWhere there’s a trend, there’s backlash, derivatives and adaptations. We explore the influences shaping our color choices.By Jude Stewart
Seeing RedSteven Heller offers a brief snapshot of all things red, illustrating why this hot hue is the most powerful of colors.By Steven Heller
Back IssueMartin Fox reflects on Print’s 1969 black-and-white issue.
ReviewsDebbie Millman on the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Color Me
.” exhibit, Claire Lui on “The Last Interview” book series from Melville House, Douglas Wolk on The Strokes’ Comedown Machine album cover and Rachel Swaby on the new “Letterpress” app
The Last WordSeymour Chwast signs off with Pancho Villa.