Sean Adams | Evidence

Fake News: Blow Up






Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

Episode 69: Fixes and Facelifts

Fixing American democracy, Snøhetta’s plan for Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building, Internetting With Amanda Hess, Synoptical History of the Civil War...
Michael Bierut | Essays

Everything I Know About Design I Learned from The Sopranos

After eight years, 86 episodes, and untold quantities of gobbagool, The Sopranos finished its run on HBO. And this is what we’ve learned, from a design point of view....
Steven Heller | Typography

Typefaces: The New Plaster Casts

A typographic homage to Ladislav Sutnar....
Michael Bierut + Jessica Helfand | Audio

S3E7: Liz Danzico

Liz Danzico is creative director for NPR, where she guides both visual design and user experience....
Debbie Millman | Audio

Kenny Fries

Debbie Millman talks to writer Kenny Fries about living with, and writing about disability....
Maya P. Lim | Reviews

Never Use Futura

It could have been Never Use Comic Sans. Or Never Use Arial. Or—dare I write it?—Never Use Helvetica. Instead, Douglas Thomas chose Futura....
Michael Bierut | Essays

I Love the 80s

Miami Vice: the quintessential postmodern design artifact, in all its glory and all its disgrace....
Lilly Smith | Essays

For She Should Run, Politics Today are all About the Brand

Lesley Stordahl, Creative Director at CBX, explains how the design agency worked with non-profit group She Should Run to develop their brand and set strategies to meet lofty goals (like getting 250,000 women to run for elected office by 2030). “For women, we need to continually design knowing that a woman needs to see herself reflected there—see that it’s not just a man’s game.”...


Observed | November 17

Discovering a mid-century design powerhouse through her recipes. [BV]

Vaughan Oliver’s work is a treasure store of rare and precious specimens. Now, there’s a book celebrating it. [BV]

Universal beauty is an old and compelling idea. Our species, however, is marked not by a particular aesthetic preference, but by the multiple paths of creativity itself. [BV]


Observed | November 16

Womens’ anatomy as ... design trend? [JH]

Google’s Ivy Ross on design and intuition. [JH]

Love Design Matters with Debbie Millman? Become a founding member today! [BV]

Good Design for a Bad World. [JH]

This ridiculous flowchart design has to be intentional, right? [BV]


Observed | November 15

Partners in design, at NYU. [JH]

Seventy years of Ferrari. More here. [JH]

The end of civilization as we know it: Israeli branding bots! [JH]

The questions just keep coming: should we teach facial recognition technology about race? [BV]


Observed | November 14

An in-depth look at nation branding. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]

Harvard Business Review, yet again, extols the virtues of empathy. Herewith, your friendly community reminder that our understanding of empathy tends to be flawed. [JH]

The blandification of graphic design. (Or, why you should just hire a good designer.) [JH]


Observed | November 13

German graphic design: a new book traces its rich visual, political, and cultural history. [JH]

How does 3D printing connect to real estate in Africa? A visualization of interconnected global issues. [BV]

Picasso bled his women for art. [MPL]

Do cities have colors? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | November 10

It’s almost five o’clock, right? Judging beer by its cover, an oral history of craft beer label design. [BV]

The lowly pencil: “still much loved amongst the creative heroes of our generation.” [BV]

Book design inspires more than just readers—finding decorating ideas on the cover of a book. [BV]


Observed | November 09

The things we design to make cities more livable also help prevent terror attacks. [BV]

What happens when a designer spends a year channeling his energy–and skill set–into local politics. [BV]

How design can help an aging population through technology and personalization. [BV]


Observed | November 08

Designers and architects have signed the first Montreal Design Declaration, setting out ambitions for tackling world issues. [BV]

The birth, life, and death of old Penn Station. [BV]

Using photography to envisage how people with a rare genetic condition called achromatopsia see the world. [BV]

A look inside the design process with Lynn Buckley, a book cover designer at Penguin Random House. [BV]


Observed | November 07

Could good data design help make sense of the government’s fear of data and the crisis of the times? [BV]



Jobs | November 17