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An Exhibition of Unrealized Designs Documents the Year That Could Have Been

“We had the first lockdown on the 13th of March, and I think I sent both posters to print on the 11th,” Zurich-based independent designer Dorothee Dähler says, recalling last spring’s shutdown. Hoping to save her designs for Lucerne’s Museum of History and for an exhibition space in the neighboring village of Emmen, Dähler created stickers listing later opening dates,...

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A Very Niche, Very Logical Font Inspired by Vintage Typewriters + Python Script

Name: Logic Monospace Designer: Jeremy Mickel Foundry: MCKL Release Date: Fall 2020 Back Story: Mixing technical precision, typewriter fetishization, and “renaissance flair,” according to its creators, Logic Monospace/Monoscript takes in a number of reference points, including midcentury typewriter fonts (such as IBM Selectric’s Advocate and that old familiar system font, Courier), slab serifs like Stephenson Blake’s Scarab and the very...

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The People’s Graphic Design Archive Is Rethinking How We Talk About Design History

In July 2020, Briar Levit, a professor of graphic design at Portland State University, uploaded an early 20th century sign for an ice delivery business to the online archive of typography, Fonts In Use. Yellowed and battered with age, the sign for “John Finnegan Ice” used five distinct typefaces, which the community helped identify along with a probable geographic location...

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Designer + Educator J. Dakota Brown Is Untangling the Relationship Between Design and Labor

J. Dakota Brown studied graphic design at North Carolina State University and critical theory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently completing a PhD in the Rhetoric and Public Culture Program in the School of Communication at Northwestern University, where his primary research focuses on typography as contextualized by historical transformations in labor, technology, and...

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A Subtle Sci-Fi Font For Not-Quite-Everyday Use

Name: Sagittarius Designer: Jonathan Hoefler Foundry: Hoefler&Co Release Date: 2021 Back Story: A few years ago, Jonathan Hoefler was working on Peristyle when he started noticing some unexpected stylistic quirks. “I kept getting this kind of vaguely sci-fi vibe from it, and I couldn’t figure out where it came from,” he says. There was something about the typeface’s art-deco influence...

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Porto’s São João National Theater Offers a Lesson in Design as Public Service

The design process is always the result of a negotiation. Design for and from a theater is no exception, reaching the public in the form of posters, booklets and pressbooks, newspapers, postcards and a variety of digital formats on social media. Yet the end result—the finished work—obscures that process, hiding the interpersonal relations, tensions, mistakes, improvisations, research, randomness, planning and...

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Why Chromeo’s Juliet Records Commissioned Their Own Corporate Typeface

Dave 1 and P-Thugg of Chromeo, the guys behind Juliet Records, love typefaces so much they commissioned their own. Juliet Grotesk, the label’s new official typeface, is a Swiss/German face designed by Matter Of. The typeface embodies the traits that gives the style its reputation: efficient, versatile, straightforward. It features a playful approach to weight distribution, bowl shapes, tail endings,...

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Go Ahead and Judge Natural Wine by Its Label

You can spot a natural wine before you taste it: a hazy, jewel-toned color fills a clear bottle with a child-like illustration sprawled across the front. Sometimes there’s a playful visual metaphor—a lightning bolt, perhaps. Or maybe there’s barely anything to it at all. Like its muddled viticultural definition, natural wine labels take many forms, but almost all of them...