Important cultural works get saved, documented, and written about. But do they paint an accurate picture of history?
I Love Typography’s John Boardley with what I very much hope is The Last Word on Helvetica.
Something old and something new. Two books shaping how we approach responsive design.
Dave Addey is at it again with another well documented and thoroughly enjoyable piece on the typography from the film Alien.
The only way to get to the good ideas was to trudge through all the obvious and bad ones first.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
New from A Book Apart, Mike Monteiro’s Design Is a Job.
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.
A lovely gallery of Chevy speedometer designs over the years.
Just in case you were under the impression that type design or typography are easy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Philadelphia, PA. Furthermore