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The Devaluation of Stock

On Monday, March 2nd, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial average fell under 7,000 for the first time since 1997. NPR had assured me of this as I was packing up for the day. Since I rarely concern myself with the stock market, the numerically sound fact struck me as something that surely related to design,… Read More

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Trashing Your Brand Part I: Penn State University

Plenty has been said over the past few weeks about the Penn State scandal. Although minor compared to the ugly allegations, the damage to the institutional brand is profound, but not often discussed in the media. It’s true that students protested Joe Paterno’s termination, but they weren’t condoning the actions of their beloved coach or the… Read More

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The Building of 24/7 Main

24/7 Main, the blog that Taylor Design built, is here at last. What started as a meeting with Dan Taylor over a year ago has become a reality. It was largely a group effort, but special thanks goes to John Rudolph, who was the mastermind behind the design, as well as Dan Taylor, for keeping… Read More

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Create Jobs for USA

Starbucks has recently launched Create Jobs for USA, a campaign designed to create and sustain jobs across the country, collaborating with GOOD/Corps, a social innovation firm in Los Angeles affiliated with GOOD Magazine. Create Jobs for USA is an initiative to collect funds for job creation through grassroots community businesses. One of the elements of… Read More

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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