Take a look at John Madere’s eye-popping “Portraits of Design”

[Alyson Kuhn] What is this book? Look, Chip, look. You are in this book! Chip Kidd is ogling a series of 10 photographs of prominent designers — including Kidd himself. Who else is in the book? How can you get one? Read on.

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Sonnenzimmer’s poster shines for STA

We recently featured the Society of Typographic Arts (STA) Archive10 competition, complete with a memorable identity created by our friends at Grip Design. Now take a look at this Archive10 celebration poster created by two more of our favorite artists — Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi of Chicago studio Sonnenzimmer.

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The letter A: As articulated on assorted Alysonian artifacts, avec anecdotes

[Alyson Kuhn] I don’t collect A‘s per se, but I have a friend who does. His name is Antonio Alcalá, and his design firm is called Studio A, in Alexandria, Va. Next week, I will show you some amusing and amazing 3D A‘s from his collection. Right now, I will show you some A’s on paper from my ARKive. A-OK?

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As much a process as a place: Inside Werner Design Werks

[Sharon Werner] It’s been 20 years and three studio spaces since the start of Werner Design Werks, but oddly the description of our office hasn’t really changed: A scuffed-up brick building with no real style, in a decidedly not posh neighborhood, with little clue from the exterior that this is a design studio.

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F&W Shop: A collection we crave

From time to time Mohawk invites friends to curate special collections at our shop. We love this month’s collection—we never knew we had so many beautiful reds, whites and blues until Kristen Magee from Paper Crave handpicked a few of her faves for us. Take a look at the Paper Crave Collection. We also love her words. Thank you, Kristen. [PW]

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Bastille dainties: The many faces of Marianne

[Alyson Kuhn] Today is Bastille Day, and I am serving tiny morsels of French philately. When I think of classic French first names, Françoise, Brigitte and Marie-Claire come right to mind. But it is the name Marianne that symbolizes liberté, égalité, fraternité. Since the mid-1940s, Marianne has been depicted on French postage stamps designed by a range of artists and engravers — only one of them a woman, Eve Luquet. The sheet above, issued in 1997, is Luquet’s design.

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