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Books, Design and Culture

April 23, 2015
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Chris Ware: Beyond the Cover

Juxtapoz contributing editor Kristin Farr talks to Chris Ware, the magazine’s May 2015 cover artist, for their Beyond the Cover site: Beyond setting a very specific mood, tone or feeling of a time of day or era, color in my … Continue reading

April 22, 2015
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Paula Scher: Ephemeral or Indelible?

This is wonderful stuff:  designer Paula Scher discusses the different kinds of ink she has used throughout her career at Creative Mornings New York:

April 20, 2015
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Salman Rushdie and Adult-YA Crossovers

The cover of the US edition of Salman Rushdie’s first adult novel in seven years. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (Random House, September 2015), was revealed on Buzzfeed last week. While the cover itself is perfectly fine, the most remarkable thing about … Continue reading

April 16, 2015
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Françoise Mouly on Voice

Grace Bello interviews the always interesting Françoise Mouly, art director of The New Yorker and founder of Toon Books, for Guernica: I know what I respond to is a voice. A voice is not just a stylistic thing, but it … Continue reading

April 10, 2015
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Inside Marion Deuchars Studio

D&AD visits Marion Deuchars in her studio to talk about her work and creating hand-lettered signs for Judging Week 2015:

April 9, 2015
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“I am not one of those designers who are eager to expand the role of a graphic designer”

More wisdom from designer Michael Bierut, this time in an interview with Dave Benton for Behance’s 99U: I have to admit I don’t like working on projects where I sense that the cosmetic side of design is meant to be … Continue reading

April 8, 2015
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Observer Editions: Abbott Miller

The first in a new series of video interviews with people making books, Pentagram partner Abbott Miller talks to Design Observer about his recent monograph Abbott Miller: Design & Content: And this is just a reminder to myself as much … Continue reading

April 7, 2015
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Alan Kitching’s A-Z of Letterpress

I just received an advance copy of Alan Kitching’s A-Z of Letterpress from UK publisher Laurence King, and it really is a lovely little book for type and letterpress enthusiasts. The accordion-playing Kitching has featured on the blog before of course, but over the course of his career he has … Continue reading

April 6, 2015
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Book Covers of Note April 2015

Never mind that still feels like some crazy never-ending winter in Toronto, it’s (allegedly) April so here are a few new and recent covers that have caught my eye in the past month… American Warlord by Johnny Dwyer; design by Oliver Munday (Knopf … Continue reading

March 31, 2015
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The Great Discontent: Michael Bierut

The Great Discontent has a really interesting (and long) interview with Michael Bierut about his career in graphic design: The reason I love graphic design is because it’s a way to get paid to learn new things. For example, let’s … Continue reading

March 30, 2015
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Studio Visit with Milton Glaser

The New York Times T Magazine visits designer Milton Glaser, co-founder of New York magazine and Push Pin Studios, in his studio:

March 26, 2015
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Mad Men: The Shock of the Pretty

Another overdue link from my ‘longreads’ bookmarks, The Hollywood Reporter talks to the cast and crew of Mad Men about the early days of the show now that it is about to come an end: Christina Wayne (former senior vp scripted programming, … Continue reading

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