Bibliofile: Patrick Coyne on books & the Communication Arts library

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Communication Arts is nothing less than a beacon to the design industry. The magazine’s unparalleled relevance and superb presentation are very much to the credit of Patrick Coyne, its editor and designer, a man who is as gracious as he is gifted. Here, he writes about the Communication Arts library and his lifelong reverence for books.

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Look at this Volume of mail!

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Laura Shore recently shouted here about a cool offer in the Decibel, the e-ccasional newsletter from Volume in San Francisco: Send a thank-you note, get a great “SF Sound” poster. Sound fun? It is! Much memorable mail has been sent … and you are not too late to play.

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Abstract expressions for correspondents

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The US Postal Service has just issued some nifty new stamps, a souvenir sheet of 10 abstract expressionist paintings by 10 different 20th-century artists. You can see a list of the artists and artworks here. Next week, Felt & Wire will chat with designer Ethel Kessler, who art directed this innovative issue for the USPS. [AK]

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Design Ignites Change awards grants

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Design Ignites Change, a collaboration between Adobe Youth Voices and Worldstudio, has announced its inaugural 2009 Implementation Award winners. This biannual award program recognizes exceptional proposals for design intended to make the world a better place. Winners receive financial support to realize their visions. [LS]

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In the land of Ampersand

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[Alyson Kuhn] What a nice device the ampersand is. An ampersand can be crisp or curvy or curly … or even curious. An ampersand can save space if you need it to, but it can also beautifully fill space. And, for purposes of this post, I would posit that, of all punctuation marks, ampersands are the dandiest in 3D.

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Project M North: Belfast, Maine

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John Bielenberg has made a career of  “thinking wrong.” He created Project M to inspire young graphic designers, writers, photographers and other creative people to see that their work can have a positive and significant impact on the world.

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