Val Kildea

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Typography Cheatsheet—A Comprehensive Guide to Smart Quotes, Dashes Other Typographic Characters

A comprehensive guide to using proper typographic characters, including correct grammatical usage.<p><i>Get this</i><p>PDFfor free when you join my monthly email …

Typography

The Colombian army sent a hidden message to hostages inside a pop song

Islamic State (ISIS)

5 tips for making your designs future-proof

I was younger than I can remember when my parents bought our family an Apple IIe computer. When I was 11 I thought Chuck Yeager’s Air Combat was the …

Motorola

10 commandments of web typography

The right fonts can make or break a web design project. To help you get started, we've sourced the 35 greatest free web fonts – but, with all this …

The Wisdom of Deliberate Mistakes

Before the breakup of AT&T’s Bell System, U.S. telephone companies were required to offer service to every household in their regions, no matter how creditworthy. Throughout the United States, there were about 12 million new subscribers each year, with bad debts exceeding $450 million annually. To …

Screwing Up On Purpose: The Beauty of The Deliberate Mistake

Often when faced with a difficult task we make a set of assumptions that dictate our actions. “I’m not good enough to get that client.” Or “I can’t …

Mission Control: A History of the Urban Dashboard

We know what rocket science looks like in the movies: a windowless bunker filled with blinking consoles, swivel chairs, and shirt-sleeved men in …

8 ways the use of colour in branding is evolving

From the street to the supermarket shelf, the use of colour has been a visceral differentiator among brands and logo design. Companies across all …

Monotype's Dan Rhatigan talks type design in illuminating videos

Of all the design disciplines, typography is almost certainly the least sexy. But Dan Rhatigan is one of the people who is able to talk about type in …

Typography

The History of Typography - Animated Short

Typography

Meet Berthold Wolpe, the Designer Behind Faber & Faber’s Distinctive Book Covers

Like many great British stories, this one starts during the war.<p>The publisher Faber & Faber hired a German-Jewish typographer named Berthold Wolpe, …

Typography

Free lipstick Girls!

Being a woman and working in digital<p>I’ve been dilly dallying about whether to write something on this topic for a while now. And it wasn’t until …

Sheryl Sandberg

Honeywell, I’m Home! The Internet of Things and the New Domestic Landscape - Journal #64 April 2015 - e-flux

In 1972, as part of MoMA’s exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” the Radical Design group Superstudio installed a small cubic room with …

Why It's So Hard to Design Arabic Typefaces

Typeface design has a western-normativity problem: for years, most Arabic typefaces have been designed by Latin-language typographers. But Arabic is …

The Mexico City hackers using social gaming as a tool for good

A recent hackathon highlighted a quiet revolution taking place across the capital, where collaborative digital making may be a spur for social change<p>Lee este artículo en español aquí<p>It took 30 days in the spring of 2014 for Alonso Martin to kickstart the role-playing game Heart Forth Alicia …

Why Futurism Has a Cultural Blindspot - Issue 28: 2050

In early 1999, during the halftime of a University of Washington basketball game, a time capsule from 1927 was opened. Among the contents of this …

We chat to Snøhetta about designing banknotes, studio rituals and the problems with civic commissions

Every year, staff from the Snøhetta architecture and design agency assemble in Norway to climb the mountain after which the studio is named. Part …

Feature | Through thick and thin: fashion and type

Typefaces are abstract. Barring letters that have an overt figurative origin (characters made of branches or rope), the domain of typography and …

Viewpoint: How creativity is helped by failure

<b>When it comes to creating a great work of art, practice makes perfect, writes Matthew Syed.</b><p>A design college in the United States has just started a new exhibition about creativity, which will run till January. It is called "Permission to Fail". The curator asked a group of 50 prestigious designers …

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Ray Bradbury on Failure, Why We Hate Work, and the Importance of Love in Creative Endeavors

<i>“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play,”</i> the French writer Chateaubriand is credited with saying. <i>“He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he</i> …

What Children Can Teach Us About Risk, Failure, and Personal Growth

<i>“If I limit myself to knowledge that I consider true beyond doubt,”</i> E.F. Schumacher wrote in his timelessly wonderful <i>A Guide for the Perplexed</i> in 1977, <i>“I minimize the risk of error but I maximize, at the same time, the risk of missing out on what may be the subtlest, most important and most</i> …

Creatives talk us through their blunders, fuckups and failures at Nicer Tuesdays

Blunders, fuckups, gaffes…From the good old days when <i>You’ve Been Framed</i> paid £250 for every clip they showed to joyous Schadenfreude, everyone loves …

Tommy Hilfiger

Essay on the importance of teaching failure

What can we conclude when undergraduates bemoan, "How did anyone ever come up with this stuff?" Although the students might feel confused or …

Good design | About Vitsœ | Vitsœ

Good design at Vitsœ<p>Here at Vitsœ we stand for the inordinate power of good design in everything we do: designing thoughtfully, responsibly and …