HOW to see TDC55 & TDC2


[Tracy Smith] Last week at the HOW conference, I saw the Type Directors Club traveling exhibition of the 2009 winners in their two annual competitions. TDC55 is a design competition using type, and TDC2 is a type design competition. Both shows featured an impressive collection of winners – every piece was amazing in its own right, and to see them all together was incredible.

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Michael Bierut interview


[Alyson Kuhn] AIGA Philly hosted a great talk by Michael Bierut back in May. The scheduling gods smiled on me, and I was able to attend Michael’s design double-header… and to write about it the very next day. What I didn’t know back then, was that Craig Schlanser had arranged to interview Michael before the lecture. That interview is now on YouTube for your edification, inspiration, and linkification. Thank you, Craig, for asking a few smart questions, and thank you, Michael, for responding so insightfully.

Elixir Road Trip: Mr. Toad’s Styled Ride


[Alyson Kuhn] At Elixir Design in San Francisco, the summer solstice is the occasion for an annual retreat known as the Elixinox. I, as a frequent Elixir collaborator, am always honored to participate. Last Monday, after our year-in-review, brainstorming session, and lunch… we toured the town. Hop on!

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HOW we meet and tweet now


[Tracy Smith] Alexander Isley’s presentation at the HOW conference was hugely interesting on two levels. Literally as he was talking about what is going on with design today, attendees were tweeting his most “tweetable” points.  A real-time review if you will – which caused more people to flock to the session. Later, I discussed the social media phenom with the conference organizers.

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HOW’d they do that?!


[Tracy Smith] Mohawk Fine Papers is at the HOW Conference in Austin. It is so hot here that if you walk in sandals, you get blisters on the bottoms of your feet, from the heat of the sidewalk. While we were waiting for booth set-up time, we checked out Mellow Johnny’s, the hyper-hip bike shop owned by Lance Armstrong, and then we went kayaking to cool down.

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Guest Post: A Militant Facade


[Craig Schlanser] Given the location of the Philadelphia AIGA’s designer’s resource fair last week – a former navy yard facility – it might seem like we’re on a warpath {not so far-fetched given the city’s “scrappy” reputation}. But before anyone panics, let it be known that the building, decommissioned in the mid-’90s, now serves as the headquarters of possibly the world’s most un-warlike brand: Urban Outfitters Inc.

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