An Untimely Loss, a Timely Memorial

July 2, 2015


New York’s Morgan Library and Museum is currently exhibiting an original calligraphic manuscript of the preamble of the UN Charter, precisely hand-lettered in French, English, Spanish, and Russian by Hermann Zapf. The master type designer, who was also a typographer and calligrapher, died on June 4 at the age of 96.

Beyond Black and White: The Forgotten History of Color in Silent Movies

June 5, 2015


Archived at Holland’s EYE Filmmuseum, more than 250 still images from early colorized films from as far back as 1895. These stills featured in an eye-popping book, Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema.

Queens of Kings

June 18, 2015

Queens of Kings, directed/edited by Nicolas Heller, takes a raw look at the stimulating and flashy lifestyle of some of Brooklyn’s brightest drag stars. Each episode focuses on the intricate duality of performing in drag and the compelling story of the person behind the makeup.

‘They're Grreeaat!’: The Enduring Charm of Advertising Characters

June 18, 2015


Meet Mr. Product: The Graphic Art of the Advertising Character Volumes 1 and 2 (Insight Editions) by Warren Dotz and Masud Husain, are based on a collection of logos, packaging, and brand spokescharacters the authors acquired over the course of 30 years.

The Dark Side of Design

May 28, 2015


MoMA senior curator, Paola Antonelli and Jamer Hunt, the director of Parsons’ graduate program in transdisciplinary design, curated Design and Violence, a hybrid “exhibition” and critical forum that has been hosted online by MoMA for the last 18 months. The museum published a book of the same title that addresses the impact of design on everything from shooting targets to lethal injection drug cocktails. The project looks specifically at changes that occurred after 2001—a watershed year for the perception of violence in the United States.

A Design Magazine That’s More Than Just Pretty

January 1, 2015


Works that Work (WTW) is a biannual print and online magazine that focuses its attention on consequential design that is rarely or never otherwise reported in design and lifestyle publications. Edited by Amsterdam-based type designer Peter Bilak, who also runs the type foundry and website Typotheque, WTW is concerned with the intentional and unintentional, jerry-rigged and precision-designed “work” that has made an incredible impact somewhere in the world.