The Elements – Molecules, Atoms and Quarks – of Style
The cipher shared by great poets and the best brand namers is essentially that the littlest things mean the most.
Cars: Pixar Falls for Intelligent Design
: Pixar's greatest misstep in design, and perhaps film in general.
Behind the Zines
A review of the book Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture
published by Gestalten.
Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design
When the Museum of Modern Art decided, at the beginning of this year, to expand its purview and include typefaces, it was a moment of celebration. However, the feeling of elation quickly gave way to puzzlement.
Down in the Trenches with Kenneth FitzGerald
Adrian Shaughnessy reviews of Kenneth FitzGerald’s new book Volume: Writing on Graphic Design, Music, Art and Culture
How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Eameses?
Alexandra Lange reviews the book The Story of Eames Furniture
, by Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart (Gestalten, 2010).
Boom Goes Pop
Mark Lamster reviews Irma Boom's book, Irma Boom — Biography in Books
It's the 16th Ed. of the Chicago Manual of Style and I Feel Fine
Michael Erard reviews the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
Viva The Villain: A Review of Despicable Me
In an age in which last week’s Bernie Madoff is next week’s BP oil spill, villains are no longer the stuff of fiction. So when a really juicy fictional
villain comes along — let alone two — it’s time to go to the movies.
Edward Koren in Retrospect
Essay on The New Yorker
cartoonist Edward Koren.
Rome's MAXXI: Force Field as Field Space
The MAXXI center in Rome opens with a glorious, international exhibition and showcases a building that is likely to be as controversial — and as celebrated — as its designer.
New Meaning at ICFF
A review of the 2010 International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
The Maddening, Rewarding World of Design People
Most design people I know — don’t feel guilt over knowing what is priceless and what is junk. The film Please Give also thinks they know what it is worth.
Home Is the Sailor, Home from the Sea
In 1943, Margaret Wise Brown, the children’s book author signed a contract with Harper & Brothers to publish The Fathers Are Coming Home
What Am I Doing Here? Tall Buildings and High Anxiety in Las Vegas
I spent three days in a new entertainment complex, CityCenter, in Las Vegas. What follows is a diary of my experience in that time.
Big Book, Small Reward
Among the trends I’d like to see disappear in this new decade is the trend of obscenely fat monographs.
Eric J. Herboth
The Bauhaus at MoMA
The upcoming Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity” is the first update since “Bauhaus 1919–1928,” MoMA’s first, last and only comprehensive examination of the school.
This End Up: Renzo Piano's Modern Wing
Julie Lasky reviews the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing.
Olive Drab: BKLYN DESIGNS 2009
Ernest Beck reviews Brooklyn Designs 2009.
Back to the Garden
Report by Julie Lasky about the 2009 International Furniture Fair in Milan.
Curious Case of the Better Adaptation
Now that I am comfortably “well-read” in my twenties with a Master’s in modern English Literature tucked into my back pocket, I can’t help but notice that every movie I have seen lately — and every movie that I want to see — has independently stood as a work of print before being reincarnated into movie form.
Barney Bubbles: Optics and Semantics
The intricately reflexive nature of his work made Barney Bubbles a true original in his time. No previous British designer had produced graphic communications this playful, personal, dense with allusion, or tricksy. Bubbles was a postmodernist before this new category of graphic design had been identified and defined, and he is as significant an innovator as his American contemporary April Greiman.
The Brooklyn Children's Museum
The Brooklyn Children's Museum is hardly subtle in its attempt to please the Toys "R" Us crowd.
Breakdowns: A Review
Steven Heller reviews Art Spiegelman’s Breakdowns
, his first anthology of autobiographical and experimental comics were originally published in 1978. Thirty years later, a new edition, Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist As A Young %@(#!
, is finally out.
Two Lines Align
After seeing the Fella and McFetridge show, in its context — in California, in LA, in the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall — it occurs to me that this was also a show about the trajectories of modernism, specifically, the trajectories of American modernism...