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U&lc Magazine Lives On

U&lc (Upper and Lower Case) magazine, edited and designed by Herb Lubalin, was published by the International Typeface Corporation (ITC) in 1973 and ran until 1999. It featured a range of illustration, cartoons and type design from notable designers and artists. As a young designer, it is always great to have these influences to reference, which… Read More

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A Day in the Life of a Star Wars Imperial Army Soldier

Swedish photographer Kristina Alexanderson created an interesting challenge for herself 332 days ago: take a picture every day for a year of Star Wars stormtroopers—new and old—in a variety of daily life activities. Using only the action figures, tiny props, and cleverly, a LEGO figurine as a child stormtrooper, Alexanderson images sweetly humanize these not-so-nice… Read More

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Going the Extra Mile

Too often, designers take the easy way out. We Photoshop images, use pre-made textures, make things look like “this” without actually being “this.” It’s not as if we mean to be phonies, but a shortage of time, energy, and resources forces one to take the quickest, most efficient route. Usually it leads us straight to… Read More

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Georgia and Verdana Go Pro

After what seems like decades (in internet time anyway), two of the most prominently used web-safe fonts have finally expanded their families. Not only do Georgia Pro and Verdana Pro offer Light, Semibold, Black, and even condensed versions, but Webtype has also been so bold as to create Small Caps, oldstyle figures, and other OpenType… Read More

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Point Judith Compositions

I have been visiting Point Judith, Rhode Island since I was an infant and I return each summer with my family. Yes, it is known for the Block Island Ferry and great clam chowder shacks, but it’s also a true working fishing town. In fact, Point Judith is one of New England’s few remaining deep-sea fishing ports.… Read More

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Someday, Iceland. Someday.

I have a mild to medium obsession with all things related to the homeland of Björk. It is a country of extreme contrasts—a place where fire and ice co-exist, where the Aurora Borealis meets summer’s midnight sun. It is next on my list of far away lands to visit and things like this breathtaking time-lapse… Read More

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Six Steps to Successfully Partnering With an Illustrator

I can’t draw. Well, that’s not entirely true. At least not the way I once could and certainly not the way an illustrator can. Developing a style, a methodology, a great idea and bringing it to fruition takes a lot of passion and talent. And patience. That’s why I’m happy to partner with someone from… Read More

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Everything is a Remix

“The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths.” So begins part three of Kirby Ferguson’s “Everything is a Remix” series, which explores the acts of creation: copy, transform and combine. The elements of creativity are set with notable examples and historical context. Take a look and learn why Ferguson argues that “creativity… Read More

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The Ten Commandments of Dieter Rams

The day after the Brand New Conference in San Francisco, I visited the SFMOMA with my friend Earl Gee and we enjoyed the special exhibit of Dieter Rams. The famous German industrial designer’s ten principles for good design are timeless: (1) Good design is innovative, (2) Good design makes a product useful, (3) Good design… Read More