Piles of Ideas
The only way to get to the good ideas was to trudge through all the obvious and bad ones first.
The only way to get to the good ideas was to trudge through all the obvious and bad ones first.
Humankind is attempting to land a washing-machine-sized bit of science equipment named Philae onto Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko today.
After 36 years of life, I finally get why people run.
A fantastic photo set of vintage Halloween masks and costumes on Flickr. I could look at these all day.
After three years, Pendleton Ward is stepping back to simply be “one of the show’s writers and storyboard artists”.
When I first moved to New York, I remember seeing these little poker chip things in the street and wondering just what the heck they were.
Mike Monteiro drops the other shoe and follows up his amazing book Design Is a Job with something for that special client in your life, You’re My Favorite Client.
I want to share a letter I received from ex-designer, now sheep farmer, Ruth, in reply to my post from a few months back where I wondered what comes next after being a designer.
Liz Danzico on discovering the fringe benefits of saying “no”.
Highlighting work spanning more than five decades, this gorgeous and comprehensive book celebrates the talented and prolific life of Ed Emberley.
Erin Kissane expertly outlines why our gatherings need a code of conduct. If you are a member of the web community, or really any community, this is required reading.
A large kitchen in your average New York apartment is like a mythical beast. You may muse about their existence from time to time, but chances run high that they aren’t real things.
I’ve recently tried just using Twitter less, not engaging as often or as deeply to see if I could somehow keep it around. But not participating feels weird too.
Hot damn! Unimark’s 1970 NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual is being reissued as a full-size book through an exclusive license from the MTA.
Having a deadline helps drive it into my skull repeatedly that writing has less to do with skill, and more to do with showing up.
Tim Ahrens and Shoko Mugikura of Just Another Foundry have released an updated and expanded edition of Size-specific adjustments to type designs.
More articles are focusing on slowing down to not only convey their story, but to set and maintain a mood for the reader.
My book On Web Typography is out! *deep breath*
The Adobe Illustrator Story is a great short documentary with a behind-the-scenes view of how the software came to be.
In the back of my head is always a thought: What will I do when I stop designing websites?
Sasha Sagan, daughter of famed astronomer Carl Sagan, wrote a wonderful piece about her father and how life is both terrifying and exciting.
My grandfather was a carpenter. He built many houses, including his and my grandmother’s, and my family’s home.
I’ve been reading comic books off and on since I was little. There was a time when I thought I’d like to pursue a career in drawing comics.
When I want to find out more about my own work, I ask a question. When someone asks me to look at their work, I ask a question. It’s a silly thing to say, but it took me years to do that.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, so when I travel I often get weird looks when I ask for a glass of wooder, and man do I miss good sawff pressle. Last week The New York Times published a great piece on the unique Philly sound.
Have you ever seen something that someone else made that you just hated? What happened next? Did you rush to Facebook or Twitter to share your disdain with the world?
The New York Times has been doing a great job covering the 2014 Winter Olympics, but also a spectacular job of giving the games a bit more context.
Where does a common language for discourse start? Not just one for us as web designers, but one that will give structure to others who don’t as deeply understand what we do?
Today is National Punctuation Day (it’s totally a thing). To celebrate, I made a single-serving site to spread awareness of a horrible vestige in today’s typography: dumb quotes.
Last week brought another wonderful title to the A Book Apart library, Just Enough Research by Erika Hall.
All signs are pointing to a revamp of iOS being announced at Apple’s WWDC next week, and with it, a lot of speculation around what it might look like.
We’re making a new platform for writer and editors called Editorially. Our goal is to make the very best tool for writers — one that helps you collaborate, and so helps you write better.
Over 7 years and 167 issues later, the time has come for me to step down as creative director for A List Apart.
I had the pleasure of speaking alongside Simon Collison for the New York CreativeMornings chapter last month as part of the Kickstarter benefit to create an archive of every video from every speaker from every chapter.
New from A Book Apart, Karen McGrane’s Content Strategy for Mobile.
It’s with a heavy heart I write that today is my last day at Typekit.
A response to a Branch discussion about the usefulness of baseline grids on the web.
The wonderful folks over at UPPERCASE Magazine invited me to participate in a fun typographic project called Beautiful Bitmaps for their latest issue.
Look ma, I’m on PBS! Or at least the PBS website.
When I read this Designer Spotlight on type designer Frederic Goudy it made me remember again just how much I like him.
Symbolsets are semantic symbol fonts that replace words with icons via OpenType ligature support.
Story rules, as told by one Pixar story artist.
Hillman Curtis, artist, designer, filmmaker, Brooklynite, bicyclist, friend, and explorer passed away last week at the young age of 51.
New from A Book Apart, Mike Monteiro’s Design Is a Job.
I’ve been reading comic books since I was a kid, and now the new iPad has quickly become my primary means for reading them.
Paper is a new drawing app for the iPad from FiftyThree.
Stamen has released some beautiful alternative takes on map tiles.
Kickstarter expects to provide more funding to the arts than NEA.
One of the best annual wrap-ups returns after a hiatus in 2009-10, Our Favorite Typefaces, from Typographica. Welcome back!
The latest issue of A List Apart is one of my favorites in recent memory, and has three articles you can’t miss.
I generally avoid lists and New Year’s resolutions, but Mike Monteiro issues a rallying cry so poignant we all need to listen.
The fine folks at Made by Hand made a cheery promo video for those lovely designy temporary tattoo people at Tattly.
Does our definition of what a book is need to change?
Wow, Little Printer from BERG is such a stellar little example of making something simple and fun.
These upcoming Kafka covers by Peter Mendelsund are really lovely. These beautiful stark shapes and colors make them unexpected, but also totally on the mark.
The second film in the Made by Hand series, The Knife Maker, focuses on Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn.
A lovely gallery of Chevy speedometer designs over the years.
The hidden movements and melodies of street tiles.
My love affair with candy has been lifelong, and while each year I seem to have a new favorite, there’s one variable that unites them all—they are not chocolate. by Jessica Hische
Just in case you were under the impression that type design or typography are easy.
I grew up in Ireland, the home of Halloween. by Jeremy Keith
We just launched something over at Typekit that we’ve been working on for some time, a brand new interface for browsing our type library.
We’re very excited to release not one, but two, new A Book Apart titles today.
One of the best iOS apps around gets a great big update. Instapaper 4.0 is out!
It’s January of 1979 and we’re sitting inside the Plymouth Fury outside an AM/PM Mini Market in North Philadelphia. by Mike Monteiro
The site of Gavin Rothery, the visual effects supervisor from the excellent 2009 film Moon, is my new favorite blog.
One Minnesota Lake. One Logo. Every day.
Stephen Doyle’s beautiful type illusions from this past weekend’s New York Times Magazine.
Last week I went to Brimfield, Massachusetts, home of the largest flea market in New England. Here are some photos from the trip.
Made by Hand is a short film series celebrating the people who makes things by hand — sustainably, locally, and with a love for their craft.
The origin of the high five is as mysterious as it is timeless. “So I reached up and hit his hand. It seemed like the thing to do.”
Wood Type Revival seeks to acquire and release ten fonts of rare historic wood type representing faces that are not available in the world of digital typography.
Beautiful lettering from old fire insurance maps, courtesy of Christian Annyas. Totally not boring, I promise.
Golden Grid System, a folding grid for responsive design. Take it apart, steal the parts that you like, and adapt them to your own way of working.
In episode 2 of the PBS documentary series Off Book they take a look at the importance of typography.
This year marks my site’s tenth birthday online, so I’m celebrating with a new design incarnation. Number five is alive! (Sorry)
Check out some of this gorgeous work from Toronto illustrator, Jacqui Oakley.
Lovely new Vintage series covers for Oliver Sacks designed in-house by Cardon Webb.
There’s strong evidence that Times New Roman wasn’t designed by Stanley Morison, but by William Starling Burgess, a wooden boat designer from Boston.
About Face, a new article series I’m writing over at the Typekit Blog where we’ll look at the details behind a typeface and try to crack what makes it special.
A fantastic visual game of telephone from Everynone (in Collaboration with WNYC’s Radiolab & NPR). Shut off everything for three minutes and just watch.
An undulating landscape of 65,000 CDs by architect Clémence Eliard and artist Elise Morin.
Tattly, designy temporary tattoos from Swissmiss and friends. These are so hot.
Video info graphic (infovideo?) documenting the final game of the 122nd Edition of the Wimbledon Championships Men’s Final between tennis giants Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Very clever.
Jason Santa Maria is a graphic designer living and working in sunny Brooklyn, NY. Furthermore