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SEEN AND NOTED · November 13, 2009

think löçãl

Drawing a masthead is a nice change of pace. While a typeface contains hundreds of different glyphs, a masthead is usually just several letters long. You even know what order they go in. In contrast, the parts of a typeface can be assembled in almost any sequence and the letter drawer must plan for that.

There are some folks who delight in obscure letter combinations, archaic diacritic marks, and other linguistic minutiae. And it is important to take care with such details. Sometimes, I also like to just draw though.

I had a great time drawing this masthead for a ...

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NEWS, SEEN AND NOTED · October 28, 2009

New Faces in Washington

Last week the venerable Washington Post unveiled its new design, eight months in the making. More a “tweak” than an extreme makeover, the redesign was accomplished by an in-house team in collaboration with Roger Black and his studio. Charles Apple presents a very thorough review of the newspaper’s structural and design changes on his Visual Editors blog, including ample links to other sources and a PDF of The Post’s own special section detailing the changes.

The obvious change to The Post’s body copy font gets noted in several articles. But some of the more subtle changes in ...

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SEEN AND NOTED · October 20, 2009

moving type!

I sent Brent Barson an email to tell him how much I enjoyed the opening titles for the fifth Typophile Film Festival made by him and his students. It happens to feature Scout and Dispatch but for me that was just a bonus. The animation is really amazing. Barson replied that it turns out Scout and Dispatch were just asking to be cut out of wood, metal, and plexiglass. Who knew? Christian Schwartz’s handsome Farnham also shows up, among others.

Scout also shows up in the inimitable Laurie Rosenwald’s animated chaos. Keep your eyes peeled for Loupot, me ...

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SEEN AND NOTED · June 24, 2009

stencils…

…from trucks, dumpsters, freight trains, and buildings across North America.

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SEEN AND NOTED · March 18, 2008

It was fun while it lasted.

Wired.com gives away all our trade secrets. Oh well...

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