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The Provocative and Prescient Work of Archie Boston Jr.

When Archie Boston Jr., the nationally recognized art director, designer, educator, and author, talks about graphic design, he also talks about God, ethics, activism, race, and legacy—though he doesn’t use that last word when speaking about his career. Boston’s legacy isn’t one that lives in the future, though it will; it’s one that thrives today in the expanding voices of...

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The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois Repackaged as a Typeface

Name: VTC Du Bois Designer: Tré Seals Foundry: Vocal Type Release date: June 2021 Back Story: For Tré Seals, history and cultural representation inform his typography. From the  Anti-Apartheid Movement to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, his studio, Vocal Type, confronts the racial and gender disparities of our past as a means to create typographical forms. Seals’ latest font, Du...

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When Did the Book Become a Brand?

If you see someone walking down the sidewalk in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wearing, say, well-worn Doc Martens and a canary yellow bucket hat emblazoned with the title of Sally Rooney’s new novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, what do you think of them? Maybe you will not think anything because you don’t know what “Beautiful World, Where Are You” means. Or...

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Cheryl D. Miller Forged the Path Towards a More Inclusive Design Industry

Cheryl Holmes Miller is a graphic designer—a statement that’s true but not sufficient. Miller is also an advocate and activist. She’s a writer, educator, and researcher; a fighter, a theologian, and a survivor. More than that—Miller is a legacy.   Miller’s legacy is as much the visual impact of her work as it is her forthright critique of an industry that...

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Adelbrook, a Font Where 15th- and 21st-Century Type Styles Collide

Name: Adelbrook Designer: Philip Lammert Foundry: Vibrant Types Release Date:  July 2021 Back Story: Hamburg-based type designer Philip Lammert finds contradictions a favorite source of inspiration, and set out to create a contemporary serif typeface with a debt to 15th-century Humanist styles that would not be a Humanist style in itself. To pull off this balancing act, Lammert endowed Adelbrook with...

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IBM Perfected the Art of the Anti-corporate Corporate Poster

During the mid-twentieth century, perhaps no other American company exemplified technological achievement, business acumen, and good design better than IBM. Major advancements in data processing and mainframe computing brought forth an unprecedented investment in R&D within the company that provided a space for design to flourish. External consultant and director of design Eliot Noyes convinced IBM president Thomas J. Watson...

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Do Gender-Neutral Pronouns Need Their Own Glyphs?

As gender-neutral pronouns become more commonplace in spoken language, they haven’t yet found a secure perch in written text. With the growing embrace of fluid and nonbinary gender identities in Western culture, is it time to introduce a new character on our keyboards? Plenty has been written and debated on the perceived visual gendering of typefaces (big/heavy = masculine, curly/decorative/light...

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The Rise of Semi-automated Illustration

For as long as non-designers have needed to create design-centric work, there have been tools and services that help them get around hiring a professional. Need a resume? Use the template on Google Docs. Want to make a deck for your big presentation? You can use Canva, whose users mockup presentations, posters, and social media posts using the service’s templated...

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All the World’s a Stage for the Dramatic Daggers of this Shakespeare-Inspired Typeface Family

Name: Arras Designer: Barrett Reid-Maroney Release Date: August 2021  Back Story: “Suit the action to the word, the word to the action,” Shakespeare wrote in Act three of Hamlet. In the case of Arras, a new typeface from designer Barrett Reid-Maroney, the typography wears a suit of its own inspiration. While completing his Master’s in English literature concentrating on book...