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Category Archives: In Print

Papyrus (aka I’m Trying to be Ancient and Mysterious, but in Reality, I’m Being A Hack)

Almost as notorious as Comic Sans, Papyrus is another one of those infamous fonts that is reviled by graphic designers and typographers nearly everywhere. While it hasn’t come close to the absolute and utter hatred that Comic Sans has firmly established (although there is a website dedicated to destroying the Papyrus font once and for […]

Comic Sans (aka: Public Enemy #1, How To Fail In Graphic Design, Oh God That Font, Get That Thing Away From Me, Why Your Design Fails In The First Place, etc.)

Yes, yes… I know for my first examination of horrible fonts, choosing this font to pick on is like shooting fish in a barrel. It goes without saying that in the world of graphic design, Comic Sans is an absolute joke; a complete punchline to the testament of horrible typographic selection and design choices, up […]

The Aging Print

Is printed material still relevant in today’s culture, or will it grow into obscurity as the decades goes on?  When is the last time you read a newspaper or magazine?  The internet and new media has made exponential progress during the last decade.  Now it is rare for people to look for news on the […]

Typefaces of the World

This poster was designed as an info graphic explaining the origin of many typefaces. Its combination of complex information with visual appeal make it easy to digest a lot of information very quickly. It works effectively as a poster as well as an informational piece. I find this balance between being visually appealing and interesting […]

Fashion Show Invitations

With fashion week ending in New York and Milan and now moving onto Paris, one thing that they all have in common, besides certain trends, is the coveted invitation letter. Much of the reason to why they’re so valuable to most, is not because of the pass it gives them into the show, but because […]

Intelligent Design

One of the most important aspects of design is the ability to inform. Presentation of information can change the way it is perceived, how it is digested, and how effectively it is communicated. Recently I came across the work of Francesco Franchi for Intelligence in Lifestyle magazine (an Italian Magazine monthly magazine packaged with Il Sole newspaper). The combination […]

So Easy A Caveman Could Do It

American culture is in a do-it yourself craze. There are quick and easy guides to everything under the sun, from sewing on a button to remodeling your house. Ideapaint fits right in with this entrepreneual scene. Essentially, IdeaPaint can create a whiteboard environment wherever your ideas might take form (walls, columns, doors, refrigerators, bathrooms, etc.)—but […]

em Dash

The premiere issue of emDash is a collaboration between students in my design writing and editorial design classes at George Mason University. Much of the content developed out of this class, and some of the shorter pieces appeared here, though most in slightly different form. Hats off to Jamielyn Smith and Teodora Blindu, the editorial/design […]

How Long It Lasts

Giambattistas Bodoni grew up in Italy quite some time ago. He is relavent because he is  highly revered in the typographic world for his contribution to the trade. He was born with the advantage of being raised within a family that was lead by a father and grandfather who were prominant printers of that time. […]

The Shapes Project

Allan McCollum has designed a system to create a unique two-dimensional shape for every person on the planet. Using Adobe Illustrator, McCollum creates small shapes, which he cuts and pastes into larger and larger shapes, keeping track of each assembly to guard against duplication. His system could potentially be used to create 31 billion shapes, […]