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Phaidon book gathers together 500 of the most iconic graphic designs of all time

The Ingenious Way TV Logos Were Made Before Computers

A recent photo posted online revealed a fascinating history of the lengths TV stations would go to for dynamic logos.<p>Today, incorporating physical objects into digital design is a way to create a unique aesthetic or a new perspective on a project. For example, to design the icons for Google’s …

The First Six Books of The Elements of Euclid (1847)

Related Content<p>The wonderful imagery documenting Alexander Graham Bell’s experiments with tetrahedral kites….more<p>Collection of stellated and uniform …

Type Terms

Type Terms is the perfect tool for designers to learn the basics of typographic terminology. If you are new to typography or here to refresh your …

Typography

The 10 wardrobe essentials that every man should own

Men's Fashion

11 Outdated Style Rules You Should Break

As we get older, it gets harder to rebel. Spray painting anti-war slogans seems messy, you can’t really function without that morning cup of …

Men's Fashion

Jarvis Cocker: 'People fall in love with an illusion, something that’s never existed'

For his first album in eight years, the former Pulp frontman was inspired by legendary LA hotel, Chateau Marmont. He discusses his fascination with Hollywood, his fears for France - and his desire to retreat<p>Once described as “arguably the fifth most famous man in Britain”, Jarvis Cocker knows more …

Episode #116: Variable Fonts

Variable fonts are coming. How will it change the web design and development process? Tim Brown and Bram Stein explain how variable fonts will work …

Typography

OpenType at Work | Standard Ligatures

The introduction of the OpenType font format at the turn of the millennium took digital typefaces to an unprecedented level of sophistication. …

Typography

How wit and humour make for strong graphic design ideas

<i>It goes without saying that graphic design isn’t graphic design without an idea. Whether it’s ideas that simplify, sell or seduce, graphic design</i> …

How Apple Helped Democratize Typography In The ’90s

In 1989, Apple hired Thomas Rickner to do something revolutionary: put print-quality typefaces on every computer.<p>When Thomas Rickner decided he wanted to be a type designer after a lecture on the history of Baskerville at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the mid-1980s, his typography …

Creative angst: a guide to getting over creative block, imposter syndrome and fear of the blank page

Creative angst, writer’s block, imposter syndrome: whatever you want to call it, the business of making original work can sometimes be a struggle. …

Menswear’s New Shopping Playbook

If your idea of buying menswear is browsing your go-to website or hitting Saks, you’re missing the deals true experts score. A bit of coaching can get you into the game<p>BACK IN THE 1970s, if a man wanted a new topcoat, he had but one road to take: a visit to his local department store—or maybe a …

eCommerce

The New Line of Affordable Dress Shirts You Need to Know

The Tie Bar now has your whole upper half covered.<p>For several years now, Chicago-based brand The Tie Bar has been a stalwart in the realm of affordable neckwear, pocket squares, and tie bars. And now, thanks to its never-ending quest to clothe your upper half, you can add dress shirts to that …

Men's Fashion

Baden Baden review – delightful, dreamlike retreat into the past

Salomé Richard beguiles as a young woman who drives back to her hometown after being humiliated at work<p>A very smart film from a very smart first-time feature director. Written and directed by 32-year-old Rachel Lang, Baden Baden has an easy swing, deceptively simple visual compositions and …

Laurence King on how "anti-digital" design is reshaping publishing

<i>A quarter of a century ago Laurence King founded a publishing house, and since then so much has changed. Now, on the company’s anniversary, Laurence</i> …

Bananas get anthropomorphised in Julian Frost’s brilliant animation

Melbourne-based animator and illustrator Julian Frost brings the humble banana to life in a series of anthropomorphic sketches. In various scenes the …

Digitization and The Loss of Iconography

Just as the work of writers relies on the universality of a dictionary, the work of designers depends on widespread, shared understanding of the …

Christine and the Queens: 'I just want to shatter everything'

She has stormed the 2016 charts and ruled the festival season. Héloïse Letissier, aka Christine and the Queens, talks pop, pansexuality - and the power of the alter ego<p>In a noisy brasserie in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, Héloïse Letissier leans in and wonders whether to ask for menus or await …

Kendrick Lamar

FontShop

In the end we’ve counted six or more values that have an effect on everything else. Each parameter is interlinked with the others; resulting in a …

Hidden codex may reveal secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest

Hi-tech imaging has revealed exceptionally rare manuscript overlaid by 16th-century deerhide document held at Oxford University<p>One of the rarest manuscripts in the world has been revealed hidden beneath the pages of an equally rare but later Mexican codex, thanks to hi-tech imaging techniques.<p>The …

The Second Act Of The World’s Most Controversial Car Designer

Chris Bangle was the most infamous car designer during his 17-year tenure at BMW. Now, he’s drawing cartoons in the Italian countryside.<p>Over the 17 years that Chris Bangle served as head of design at BMW, he became in equal measure one of the most famous and one of the most loathed designers …

Khakis Vs. Chinos: What’s the Difference?

<i>Settling the khakis vs. chinos debate once and for all</i><p>Khakis and chinos are terms that often get used interchangeably – only they aren’t the same …

Men's Fashion

What Do Designers Have To Do With Sexism, Plagiarism + Colonialism?

YOU ARE PRIVILEGED, begins the introductory essay of Ruben Paters <i>The Politics of Design,</i>in big, shouty caps<i></i>which seems like a surefireway to turnoff …

Feminism

Peter Lindbergh: ‘I don’t retouch anything’

The photographer who created the supermodels talks to Tamsin Blanchard on the eve of his exhibition<p>Flying into Rotterdam as the early mist hangs over the seemingly endless docks, it strikes me that this is an appropriate location in which to meet the photographer Peter Lindbergh. This is the man …

Pedro Almodóvar: ‘Nobody sings. There’s no humour. I just wanted restraint’

The director has limited himself to ‘pure drama’ for his 20th movie. Here he talks about Brexit, the vanished freedom of the 1980s, and his need for solitude<p>Is Pedro Almodóvar getting more respectable? You might say so. When the international film scene first caught up with the Spanish …

Alice Munro

Sunset Boulevard: what Billy Wilder's satire really tells us about Hollywood

The scathing black comedy offers up bitterness and grotesquery but also a revealing, and complicated, look at the end of the silent era<p>“Without me there wouldn’t <i>be</i> any Paramount Studios,” declares Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s black comedy Sunset Boulevard (1950). Former silent …

10 New Design Books You Need To Read Before Summer Ends

From coffee-table tomes to glossy monographs–and one of the most talked about comics this year.<p>It’s late July: School is out, the heat is oppressive, and summer vacation-brain is imminent. It’s a great time to catch up on your reading, and luckily there are plenty of new books out this summer for …