this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yuko Shimizu

YES! DUMBO mural
80 foot wide double murals in DUMBO, Brooklyn were completed in September 2015. The murals were comissined by the DUMBO Improvement District in partnership with Two Trees Management Co. and NYCDOT Urban Art Program. The mural project was in collaborations with Sagmeister & Walsh. I have designed the illustrated side of mirroring double murals that spell “yes!”.  The other side, the graphic typographic mural , designed by Wade Jeffree of S&W, is in the last photo. Both murals were hand painted by Coby Kennedy.

The murals are located just outside of F train York Street station. You can see more progress photos and the map of the exact location here and here
creative director: Stefan Sagmeister, designer: Wade Jeffree
illustrator: Yuko Shimizumural painter: Coby Kennedy

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Katherine Streeter lives in New York City.  Her work  is commissioned and shown globally which includes her collage dolls and mixed media paintings.  She believes that everything processed creatively feeds into the work she does commercially, and she often has too many personal projects mapped out in her sketchbooks. 

Once upon a time, she had a full time job at as the staff illustrator, where she created numerous pieces daily.She was a panelist for the Society of Publication Design speaker series: 'Do it with Illustration: Under the Influence with Today's Most Arresting Illustrators".Also, being one of 25 artists chosen for The American Illustration Time Line exhibit, her work is traveling globally in honour of the 25th anniversary of the annual book.  Prior to this, she was invited into the contemporary illustration exhibit The Fabulous Coloured Pencils of the World,  hosted by Cultural Association Teatrio in Rome, which included 43 women artists from around the world.Some of her clients include:The New York Times,Harpers Magazine,Warner Brothers, and Target,among others. 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

watch this or I'll smack you

Logorama from Marc Altshuler on Vimeo.

face time

typography conference in SanFrancisco

Typography Conference: Transform 

Typography_3 /// AAU

The job will be to create a conference that addresses a pertinent issue facing 
the topic of typography and role designers play when using typography as means 
of communication. 

A conference put on by ATypI. A forum for discussion on the transformation of 
communication and design in the digital age through talks, exercises, experimentations, 
and social events.

With the proliferation of media, we have to question the future of communication. 
It is speculated that in the future, humans will have microchip implants to transfer 
data and communicate with one another. This means that one day, we will no longer 
use printed material, letters, or even proper sentences, and will use only simple 
codes and data readers with highly evolved circuit boards. Circuit boards play an 
avid role in the way we communicate today. They mechanically support and 
electrically connect components using conductive pathways in our radios, 
cellphones, personal computers, and other communication devices. The 
evolution and the future of communication, technology, and design are discussed 
at the three day event. 

Concept: Circuit board, code, data, evolution. 

Friday, September 04, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Design Studio Two - presentation assignment

Design Studio Two 

it's the  ...  "not WHAT YOU KNOW ... BUT, WHO YOU KNOW" assignment 
design two - fall 2015 - Assignment One is a research/design history assignment, which will be assigned, and discussed during our first class.You will need to choose one name or group from the list, by our second class.  So do some research, and choose. First come, first served, so to speak. You'll be giving a Keynote or Powerpoint presentation in class, live, on your choice. The presentations themselves, will commence after mid-term

Walter Gropius
Edgar Brandt
Harley Earl
Alexey Brodovitch
David Carson
The Eames
Art Nouveau
Norman BelGeddes
Lucian Bernard
Bau Magazine
the Arts and Crafts Movement
Weiner Werkstatte
Arne Jacobson
Marcello Nizzoli
Wesley and Sean
Bugatti, Daimler and Benz
Tangerine Studio
Joseph Hofmann
Henry VanDerVelde
Gerrit Reitveld
Erik Speikermann
Saul Bass
Rudy Van derLans
George Jensen
George Nelson
Peter Behrens
Dieter Ram
Georg Kleeman
Richard Sapper
Louis Comfort Tiffany 
Peter Saville
William Morris
the Bauhaus
Hoefler & Frere Jones
Micheal Graves
Marian Bantjes
Victor Horta
Frank Lloyd Wright
Phillipe Starck
Chermayeff & Geismar
Norman Foster
Adrian Frutiger
Alvar Alto
Milton Glaser
Louis Fili
R. Buckminster Fuller
Ed Fella
Eric Gill
A.M. Cassandre
Brad Holland
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Herb Lubalin
Memphis Group
Herbert Mayer
William Van Allen
Marrianne Brandt
Jonathan Ive
Alvin Lustig
Chip Kidd
Paul Rand
Neville Brody
Henry Van deVelde
Charles Rennie Macintosh
April Greiman
Welles Coates
Kurt Schwitters
Michael Beruit
Mid Century Modern
Raymond Lowey
Peter Saville
Robin and Lucienne Day
Wally Olins
Antoni  Gaudi
Frank Gehry
Jules Cheret
Mies van der Rohe
Paul Rand
Ray Gun
Ellen Lupton
Tobias Freres
Joseph Muller Brockmann
Tibor Kalman
Barbara Kruger
Hector Guimard
Seymour Chwast
Pentagram and Push Pin Studios
Aubrey Beardsley
the Dadaists
John Heartfield
Ettore Stottas
Zaha Hadid
the Constructivists
Hector Guimard
Firmin Didot
Jasper Morrison
herbert matter
Christopher Wren
Massimo Vignelli
Bruno Matheson
Victor Horta
Renzo Piano
Alphonse Mucha
Fredric Law Olmstead
Rene Lalique
Johannis Itten
Richard Neutra
Suren Unka - Flee /// Offical Music Video from The Bow on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

fall 2015 - Design Studio One, a first assignment !

design studio one - assignment one !

d is for designers at work in the dark, E is for effort, required from the start .... 
assimilate the following people, it's a design scavenger hunt !

~ introduce yourselves to each of these graphic designers & typographers below -look carefully at their work, learn to recognize their styles, and read about their lives and influences. Many have their own web sites ..

One of the names is intentionally quite jumbled up, others a little miss-spelled, mixed up, all on purpose. If you can decode/deduce who they all are, extra marks ..... ( hint ) She's part of a renowned design couple, and the creative force behind an influential company/magazine specializing one might say in all type of types, or types of type ..... 

this assignment is due second class. current design one students only !to be assigned and discussed during our first class, and not before... you'll see

Friday, August 07, 2015

fall 2015

Monday, August 03, 2015

totally typefaced


Lettering for two editions of a fashion event called Modefabriek in Amsterdam (my fav city) Photography by Philippe Vogelenzang. (See him smile on the right of the last picture)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Penguin reveals its designers’ rejected covers for new Harper Lee novel

check it out ,  note, it's the rejected covers, diabolical ... oh .. and I'm reminded of the infamous Salon des Refusés of 1863

Monday, July 20, 2015

rénovation de la nation

Friday, July 17, 2015

Maestro Massimo Vignelli RIP

Intellectual Elegance 
" We often talk about Intellectual Elegance, not to be confused with the elegance of manners and mores. For me, intellectual elegance is the sublime level of intelligence which has produced all the masterpieces in the history of mankind. It is the elegance we find in Greek statues, in Renaissance paintings, in the sublime writings of Goethe, and many great creative minds. It is the elegance of Architecture of any period, the Music of all times, the clarity of Science through the ages. It is the thread that guides us to the best solution of whatever we do. It is the definitive goal of our minds - the one beyond compromises. It elevates the most humble artifact to a noble stand. Intellectual elegance is also our civic consciousness, our social responsibility, our sense of decency, our way of conceiving Design, our moral imperative. Again, it is not a design style, but the deepest meaning and the essence of Design." Massimo Vignelli

Iconic designer Massimo Vignelli, who sadly died in May after a long illness, didn’t just like to create good design: he was also passionate about sharing its principles, rules, and criteria so others could do the same. His landmark book The Vignelli Canon uses numerous examples to convey applications in practice from product design via signaletics and graphic design to corporate design. And best of all, in 2009, he made it available as a free PDF.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

obituary - Hermann Zapf, font designer

Master of calligraphy who designed some of the world’s 
best-known fonts, such as Palatino & Optimus Prime

Hermann Zapf, who has died aged 96, was a greatly respected figure 
in the world of type, or font, design; while millions of people the world 
over encounter his work daily, he remained largely unknown to the 
wider public.

Yet ever since the 15th century, when Gutenberg began transforming handwritten texts into modular fonts of movable type, the art of font design has been integral to the advance of literacy and civilisation. 

Zapf’s career trajectory was shaped by the invention of the computer.  His first post-war alphabet designs, including Palatino (1948) and Optima (1958), were for hot metal type, but in the 1960s he also began designing fonts and adapting earlier designs for phototypesetting, the first computer-aided form of typesetting. 

Zapf was one of the earliest to predict that computers would both require and make possible digital typefaces. His 1972 Marconi typeface, designed for the world’s first digital typesetting machine, Hell-Digiset, was the first alphabet designed specifically for digital composition. 

Among more than 200 typeface designs in numerous alphabets, Zapf’s Palatino is probably the most widely used post-war design. Adapted for computer software, it features as a core font on every Macintosh computer – along with Zapf Chancery, Zapfino (a cursive self-adjusting calligraphic font that allows the user to type in “joined-up” writing), and Zapf Dingbats, a collection of helpful symbols such as arrows and stars, a precursor of “emoji”. His work is also to be found in all Windows software. Pity the software wasn't equal to its typeface.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

period book labels, evidence of pre-tablet literary life ....

Anyone who handles older books will have come across these small, and sometimes beautiful labels pasted discreetly (more or less) into the endpapers. Booksellers, binders, printers, publishers, importers, and distributors of books used to advertise in this way their part in bringing the book to market. 

Most of the earliest examples shown here, belong to book binders. These were a continuation of binders' earlier practice of sewing into the binding a small ticket with their signature. I always find them fascinating, as if finding a small door or a forensic puzzle, not merely regarding the book, but also its seller,  the city and the time in which the book first lived, and was then passed on to the reader. 

If you look very carefully at them,  and have your wits about you, you will see what I'm on about. A cultivated interest in Typefaces and their origins, will greatly assist all participantalons. sorry ...

An ipad, to the first person who successfully identifies every city and era. ( I'm lying about the ipad, but I will give you a good smack about the head which bloody well should  be just as coveted .. ) good luck  and finally, apologies about the layout, in the bis we call the style a 3 G&T's layout ...