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A Design Archive That Gets Back to the Basics

A year into the pandemic, many of us are longing to do what once might have seemed mundane: leaf through the design section at the library, walk maskless through the galleries of a museum, or just spend a quiet afternoon at a local bookstore. For Valery Marier, a Toronto-based graphic design student in her final semester at the York/Sheridan Program...

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Outward, A Dense Black Maze of Type Built to Document Adventures

Name: Outward Designer: Raoul Audouin Foundry: Velvetyne Release Date: March 2021 Back Story: When Amsterdam-raised graphic designer Raoul Audouin moved to Paris in 2016, he biked to different suburbs every weekend to buy second-hand furnishings for his new home. Finding the city hostile to cyclists, the designer improvised his own routes and discovered incredible buildings, squares, parks and neighborhoods forgotten...

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Educator David Jon Walker on Transitioning Between Communities Without Losing a Sense of Self

David Jon Walker is an assistant professor of graphic design at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, as well as principal of Rhealistic Design, a small design consultancy that specializes in special events for nonprofits and partners with small minority marketing agencies to help build their portfolios. He’s also one of 12 designers featured in Black, Brown + Latinx...

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Is It Art, or Is It Type? What We Learn When Language is Built, Not Written

One of my favorite pieces by the artist Shannon Ebner is ASTER/SK R/SK R/SK, a work that comprises four flickering light boxes spelling out ASTER/SK over two lines. Each letter is made out of cinderblocks arranged on a gridded pegboard and photographed; the light behind them flashes in a choreographed sequence, illuminating over time the piece’s repetitious title. The modular...

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Designer, Educator + Publisher Kathleen Sleboda on Online Archives and Plural Narratives

Kathleen Sleboda’s work traverses disciplines, often involving acts of making, curating, collaborating, and documenting. Sleboda has been teaching at the University of Connecticut since 2020, and at Rhode Island School of Design since 2017, where she co-designed the stand-out course Newly Formed with her partner and frequent collaborator, Christopher. Sleboda is a principal of Gluekit, where her collages and illustrations...

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A Contemporary Ming-style Typeface That Shares an Aura of Ancient Chinese Letterforms

At the beginning of 2021, type designer and typographer Julius Hui launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ku Mincho, a Ming-style typeface he began concepting six years ago. The initial goal of four million NTD (a little under $150,000) was reached in only a few hours. To date, he’s raised more than five times that amount—indicating both an excitement and a...

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Is It Time to Move on From Big Tech’s Colorful Corporate Mascots?

In 2018, the musician and writer Claire L. Evans began cataloguing examples of an increasingly ubiquitous style of editorial illustration she calls “Corporate Memphis,” a winking reference to the vibrant, patterned abstraction popularized by the Memphis Group in the 1980s. By now you know the style: A woman whooshes past on tiny white roller skates, a periwinkle leg twice the...