Ethel Kessler expresses on new Abstract Expressionist stamps


[Alyson Kuhn] Ethel Kessler is the art director for the Abstract Expressionist stamps issued by the USPS a couple of weeks ago. The stamps are making quite a splash, in the post office and in the press. I asked Kessler about the design considerations behind this über-innovative sheet, in which ten original artworks are depicted proportionally on variously-sized stamps.

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Studio Insider: Cummings & Good

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A powerful sense of place imbues the practice of Peter Good and Jan Cummings with creative energy. One glimpse of their surroundings in Chester, Conn., gives insights into why their graphic design work, whether for Fortune 500 or local clients, is both personal and timeless. In this installment of our continuing Studio Insider series, they talk about how their studio informs their love of fashion and great graphic design.

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Twitter at SXSW: A whodunnit?

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At Felt & Wire we use Twitter with admiration, if not abandon. You may recall that Twitter got a huge boost a few years ago by being widely adopted at the South by Southwest Festival. This year, the lesson that no tool is perfect for all jobs seems to be behind the flurry of interest that followed the latest SXSW Twitter news: Twitter employees passing out paper business cards emblazoned with its cute, fluttery logo.

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p.s. Typewriting springs eternal


[Alyson Kuhn] My collection of typewriter ephemera is eclectic — its margins are self-releasing. It’s also delightfully portable, as distinguished from my typewriters themselves, which are profoundly not. My most recent acquisitions are jewels in the corona of my typing life.

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Sketchbook: Ethan Bodnar’s ideas come to life on paper


In this series where artists share their journals, we are pleased to present Ethan Bodnar’s sketchbook thoughts and images. Ethan Bodnar is already establishing a voice in the design world while studying at the Hartford Art School. He is the author of the book Creative Grab Bag and presented on the future of education at the 2009 AIGA Make/Think conference.

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The Font Game app arrives for iPhone

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Now type freaks won’t find themselves far from their beloved letterforms, even when they’re alone with the phone. Newly available at iTunes is The Font Game, an app for iPhone and iPod Touch, which challenges players to identify 30 fonts, with the final score taking into account overall time.

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