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How the Design-y Puzzle Came to Rule Quarantine

Welcome to Spotted, Eye on Design’s column that turns an eye on the styles and graphic trends you’re seeing everywhere. What are you seeing? Gone are the days of laboring over 1,000 pieces of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night;” in their place is a new breed of  the jigsaw puzzle, which has undergone a major rebrand thanks to direct-to-consumer companies promising...

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Lektorat’s Bold Strokes and Sharp Cuts Give Headlines a Jolt of Assertive Style

Name: Lektorat Designer: Florian Fecher Foundry: TypeTogether Release Date: October 2020 Back Story: Many a design student dreams of producing a senior year project that might evolve into a professional future. Fecher, a German graphic designer, calligrapher, letterer, typographer, and writer, found a way for his student work to reach a wider audience beyond professors and classmates. He first developed Lektorat under...

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The Dual Album Design of Kendrick Lamar’s Major Label Debut Offers a Glimpse Into an Alternative Future

In 2012, good kid, m.A.A.d city brought hip hop’s finest new storyteller to the attention of the masses. Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut tells the story of a kid growing up in Compton, Los Angeles, circumnavigating the pitfalls of gang life, whether by accident or design. The cover art meanwhile provides two stories, perhaps offering us a glimpse into an...

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The Rare Cursive Typeface That Actually Recreates the Feel of Handwritten Script

Name: Carta Nueva Designer: My-Lan Thuong Foundry: Sharp Type Release Date: November 2020 Back Story: Type history 101: once upon a time, beautiful cursive handwriting was a fact of life. In the 19th and early 20th century, the grade-school taught Spencerian script (and its simplified cousin, the Palmer method) ensured that the ephemera of daily existence—a handwritten receipt from your plumber,...

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ATypl President Carolina Laudon on Teaching Typography in the Instagram Age

Carolina Laudon is a Swedish typographer and type designer living in Gothenburg. Laudon studied Fine Art in Painting (Gerlesborgsskolan), earned her Master’s Degree in Graphic Design (University of Gothenburg), then followed that up studying Book History, Intellectual Properties, and Digital Information (Lund University), Practical Design Research and Compulsory Higher Education Teacher Training (Linnaeus University), and Writing as an Artistic Tool,...

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As Social Media Reshapes Branding, Retail Stores Become More Like Sponsored Content

In 2001, students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, under the direction of architect Rem Koolhaas, published The Harvard Guide to Shopping, a wide-ranging survey of the spaces, techniques, and ideologies embedded in contemporary retail experiences. Moving from early village markets to the first arcades, then into malls and airports, they argue that shopping has infiltrated every aspect of...