Herb Lubalin

A mark of respect

The new identity for the World Trade Center is the latest in a series of recent WTC marks that look forward as well as back

Twin Peaks: titles of the strangest type

Twenty six years after it first aired on television, David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks is to return to screens in 2016. A video announcement enthralled Twitter earlier today, with many welcoming the return of the show’s puzzling plotlines, surreal characters and haunting soundtrack. For me, what added to the strangeness of the original show was the jarring type that opened each episode – and it, too, looks set to reappear

Bagging a piece of design history

Whilst I was waiting for my morning train the other day, I spotted a lady with a very special bag. I have always loved this Alan Fletcher-designed logo, since first seeing it nearly thirty years ago. It seems to me a kind of miracle that this bag was on my station platform

Word power

The late, great Massimo Vignelli valued meaning, simplicity and restraint, ensuring that his work had lasting qualities

Monotype Century: win an Alan Kitching print

As part of AIGA’s centennial celebrations, Monotype has curated a show featuring 100 years of type in design. The exhibition features five letterpress posters by Alan Kitching honouring some of design’s great names. We have two to give away

Manual Labour

Manuals 1 is the first comprehensively illustrated book on design manuals, featuring examples from the 1960s to the early 1980s; a period often regarded as the golden age of identity design. Published by Unit Editions, it is introduced by Adrian Shaughnessy and an edited version of his essay, exploring why these weighty objects still hold […]

Type: new faces, projects and events

The first of a monthly pick of new type faces, projects and events, including an interactive installation in Amsterdam, a new font family from Commercial Type and a website inviting developers to create animated letters using only code.

Mapping New York’s design community

New York creative agency Athletics and the Cooper Union’s Herb Lubalin Study Centre are launching an exhibition mapping New York’s graphic design community, inspired by urban planner Kevin Lynch’s 1960 study The Image of the City.

Type Only

Type Only, the forthcoming book from Unit Editions, looks at contemporary graphic design that relies solely on typography, unsupported by illustration or photography, to get its message across. In his essay for the book, CR’s Mark Sinclair explores the roots of a design technique which has been reinvigorated by a new generation of practitioners. Here, alongside an edited version of his text, we feature some of the radical type-based projects selected for inclusion in the book

Dotting the i,k,n

Designing the identity for a John Lewis range of clothing for all the family involves debates around colour, type and whether dots can be too ‘umlaut-y’

Artworker

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