February 2013

Insights on design for social good

Design Ignites Change, the partnership between Adobe and Worldstudio Foundations that supports creative professionals who use design thinking to improve the lives of individuals and communities, is introducing Impact! Sessions, a series of free 30-minute webinars that explore how design-driven ideas for social good are launched. You can still sign up for the first webinar, Friday March 1.

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So god made a designer

Inspired by this year’s most talked-about Super Bowl commercial “God Made a Farmer,” brand identity specialist David Brier created “So God Made a Designer,” a video tribute to designers, which recently debuted on his Fast Company blog. (See video after the jump.) Furthermore »

Adopt-a-Font: Spring cleaning at the RIT Cary Collection

[Alyson Kuhn] You might be thinking, “Why, Y-E-S, I would love to adopt a font. I would give it a great home.” But the gorgeous font of wood type above already has a great home, in the Cary Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “Adopting” in this case means volunteering to clean a font of wood type, giving it some TLC on behalf of RIT.

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SVA students challenge the USPS

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” the USPS moto goes. And that and more was proved with this SVA student experiment that deliberately tried to have mail not reach its destination. Read more about the project here.

Behind the book: The making of Letterpress Now

[Allyson Van Houten] Back in January we shared with you news of the release of Letterpress Now, a how-to guide for letterpress printing. Recently I got to (virtually) sit down with author Jessica C. White and talk about what it’s like to be your own hand model, working with a publisher for the first time, and what’s next.

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Shopping in Paris: My great glassine caper

[Alyson Kuhn] My friend Jean Trabant introduced me to the Société Philatélique Languedocienne many years ago. I happen to like to say Société Philatélique Languedocienne, but you can just think of it as the SPL (which the French pronounce ess-pay-elle). It is my source for French glassine envelopes, and I was in acute need of replenishing my reserves. Things could not have turned out better had I planned ahead, which I emphatically had not.

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