Thank you, Eric Heiman! For the lovely mention on SFMOMA's blog.
Paul Shaw Letter Design
Paul Shaw's explanation of who wrote what in the Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design. Thank you for giving my entries an author, Paul!
Scott Bom's Reading List
Thank you for including Chasing the Perfect, Scott--
2+3D Magazine for iPad
the excellent Polish Design Quarterly
If you're thinking about grad school but don't want to uproot family, home and job, think about the MFA in Graphic Design at VCFA.
Laine Nooney's blog
I am so delighted by these kind words that I had to put this up. Laine is evidently using my book "Chasing the Perfect" in a design history class she teaches. Thank you, Laine.
Big News on the Natalia Website Front
All beautiful relationships come to an end, and it is with a sigh that I break the news: This, my much-maligned yet incredibly easy-to-use Authors Guild website template-- a template that has shared life's ups and downs with me since the year 2008-- will soon vanish, replaced by a snazzy new template.
It is a conscious uncoupling. Nothing at all like our unconscious coupling, which was-- as so many relationships are-- first a marriage of convenience, then a hard-to-break habit. We've grown apart. I want the dazzle of white space and adventure. They prefer colors and frames.
We shall continue on as close friends. The Authors Guild is a wonderful writer's rights organization to which I plan always to belong. And we shall miss Abigail and Hector, its lovely web team. But we're moving the operation to Squarespace.
Goodbye to the blue banner and weird type mash-up! Hello to a Student Page that doesn't read backwards, and to a blog that has five tags, rather than 1000. The big change-over is scheduled for later in the month. We just wanted to give you some time to adjust.
Matthew Monk gives a lovely introduction to semiotics here in what may be his first YouTube video. Can't wait for the next one! I'll expect dancing.
“I want to know what things are for, how they work, what they can or should be made of, before I even begin to think what they should look like. ” Jonathan Ive
“Only when the design fails does it draw attention to itself; when it succeeds, it's invisible.”
--John D. Berry
2.6 John D. Berry-- type historian, writer and typographer, Honorary President of ATypI and former editor of U&lc-- dropped by the History of Vis Com class yesterday to watch the History Mashup Board Free-for-all and give us some inside information on type design and designers. Thank you, John, for your lovely additions to the class--the welcome mat is always out for you.
"Design is an essential activity that can better human life, if it embraces the larger ideas of what it means to be human on Earth." --Susan Szenasy
1.28 Susan Szenasy, Executive Editor of Metropolis Magazine, dropped in to review the Design for Social Change charrette projects and somehow wove design thinking, fleeing the Hungarian Revolution, the beauty of stocking forms, and a thought or two on personal ethics into a wonderful hour. Thank you, Susan!
The Albany Carousel
lions, tigers...at least one bear
Design is not just the province of thin people in Vans sitting in potato chip chairs.
The Albany carousel project is a real break for those of us who spend most of our time at a keyboard. Since I happened to be visiting friends in town, I went by the Project, and was welcomed in by the master carver, who took time to show me around and tell how he manages to get such good work out of a host of volunteers. If you are in Corvallis, Oregon, Albany is just a few minutes away, and it is worth the trip to see how well they are taking care of their 1850's downtown, where the Carousel project is located. Oh, to buy one of those well-maintained buildings, and create a huge, gorgeous complex of studios, shops and offices... nearby the Carousel, of course!