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In fact, the 70-year-old doesn’t plan on retiring at all. Consider the following the rules according to Spiekermann, a primer on design, entrepreneurship, business, culture, and aging gracefully, as told through his stories.
Erik Spiekermann insists he’s retired, that his whirlwind schedule and backlog of projects is all just a hobby. One day he’s in his hometown of Berlin, where he’s currently overseeing his experimental letterpress workshop, galerie p98a.The next he’s off to San Francisco, where Edenspiekermann, the digital branding and product company he founded, has an office.

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Then it’s on to Los Angeles for a presentation at the Art Center of Los Angeles, before flying across the country to speak at the Type Directors Club in New York City. He spends the next day in Manhattan – a Saturday – taking meetings beginning at 9:30 a.m. to plan future endeavors, rather than kicking back.

To learn more please visit: Erik Spiekermann: No Free Pitches

No one likes dealing with problems. They force us to take a detour away from what we really want to accomplish while we stop and untangle them. But here’s the thing about problems – they’re the genesis for good ideas. They provide the opening for solutions, which in turn give you a leg up on your career. The stronger your fundamentals and core competencies are, the better position you put yourself in when you make your moves, whether it’s a play for new business or showing how your designs provide value far beyond the aesthetic layer. 

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Admittedly, this is a lofty, nuanced question. And it insinuates that something is broken. Nothing is broken here, but there is always room for improvement. Like, is design too indulgent for its own good? Or maybe designers have trouble conveying their importance to clients? Or there is a lack of diversity within the industry? We gave our subjects free rein to go in whatever direction they deemed to be the most troubling, so you’ll see all of these topics and more covered in the following responses. The feedback provides a chance for self-reflection, to see if you’re guilty of any of them, while also serving as an ongoing checklist to make sure you’re doing everything you can to be at your best.

To learn more please visit: How to fix design – LINK

AIGA Medalist Sean Adams and Norwegian designer and educator Rachel Troye have both had prolific careers in the design and branding industries, running their own successful studios in very different cultures and climates (Adams lives in Los Angeles). In spite of achieving international renown, both have shelved their studios indefinitely to take up the mantle of teaching, Adams at ArtCenter College of Design, and Troye at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, putting personal success to one side in service to the next generation of young creatives.
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While united by all of the above, there are clear differences between their outlooks on education, attitudes towards their current crop of students, and more clearly the geopolitical landscape of their respective nations. What separates U.S. students from their Norwegian counterparts, how robust are the respective creative industries, and just what is the benefit of asking novice designers to make a poster that offends their whole class? Adams and Troye have those compelling answers and more.

To learn more please visit: What Students are Taught – LINK

Pantone announced the latest addition of 112 new colors to the Pantone Graphics line. The new palette, which includes trend-spotting research by the Pantone Color Institute coupled with research from a survey of 200 designers across graphics, packaging, print and web design aims to inspire exploration and creativity in response to new design and societal shifts in the age of digital expression.
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“Color is a visual cue that draws us to establish a connection with our environment and the things we love,” said, Kathryn Shah, VP of Marketing Pantone. “Digital tools have become a prominent part of everyday life, causing a societal shift in the way we communicate. Color breaks through the noise, commanding our attention, conveying a mood or style, and enabling expression of unique identities for individuals and brands alike. That’s what this palette and our new campaign are about – exploring creative expression through endless color.”

Leveraging international trend-spotting intelligence from Pantone Color Institute, the new palette incorporates key design trends across industries, but also serves as an important signifier of new cultural and social influences on the overall movement of color. During product development, Pantone surveyed hundreds of designers across graphics, packaging, print and web design. The findings indicated a desire for more Blushes, Blues and Neutrals.

To learn more please visit: Pantone – LINK

In Design to Grow, a Coca-Cola senior executive shares both the successes and failures of one of the world’s largest companies as it learns to use design to be both agile and big.

In this rare and unprecedented behind-the-scenes look, David Butler and senior Fast Company editor, Linda Tischler, use plain language and easy-to-understand case studies to show how this works at Coca-Cola-and how other companies can use the same approach to grow their business.
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“Big and fast, complex and focused, large scale and agile. These seem like oxymorons in the world of business innovation,” commented Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO. “Using examples from the history of Coca-Cola, David Butler and Linda Tischler show how it is possible to embrace these tensions through the use of design. Reading Design to Grow has caused me to think differently about my company. I am confident it will do the same for how you think about yours.”

Butler and Tischler use a variety of case studies both inside and outside Coke-including BlackBerry and iPhone, Kodak’s market stumbles, Lego bricks, and illustrate clearly why we need to change how we think about “design”. They tap into current business trends of “disruptive innovation” and the “lean startup” movement, and they elucidate why truly good design goes far beyond eye-catching packaging and colorful commercials.

To learn more please visit: Design to Grow – LINK

Pantone has announced Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015.

“While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

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Marsala for Fashion

Marsala was a hit on the Spring 2015 runways with fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2015; Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Dennis Basso incorporated the hue into their collections. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.

To learn more please visit:  PANTONE – LINK

Art directors are becoming animators. Print designers are becoming web designers. Illustrators are now photographers who also edit and shoot film. Adobe has launched a new campaign, I Am The New Creative, that highlights the work of these new creatives: profiling one creative each day and using their amazing imagery to “take over” every social media channel that touches Adobe’s creative tools and technologies.
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With the Creative Cloud our product teams have removed the barriers to creative expression: Designers can build parallax HTML5 experiences. Illustrators are making EPUBs. Photographers are using their cameras and Adobe technology to become filmmakers. And coders have the tools to make beautiful design.

It’s an amazing and interesting time in our industry; people have the ability to self-express, in any discipline, without boundaries. I Am The New Creative promotes the amazing work our community is producing and marks this moment in time as a movement and a celebration of creativity.

One of the most incredible aspects of this program has been watching creative professionals merge their mediums and their portraits to produce “New Creatives” versions of themselves.

There’s something magical about the compositions. As a designer there’s always a part of me in my work, but to personalize my work in this way, to make my work more representative of me, presents an alternative perspective. All of the artists we’re working with are enjoying this experience and are appreciative of our desire to promote their amazing creative output.

To learn more please visit:  I Am The New Creative – LINK

Signage plays a critical and ubiquitous role in how we orient ourselves within our built environment. Adopting an active and creative role, these supporting graphic markers elicit a deeper exploration of the interiority of a place. These compact icons also double as a strategic branding mechanism, introducing an engaging and memorable component between points A and B.
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Effective and compelling signage achieves a challenging balance between standing out and blending in. Separated into two sections, You Are Here traces some of the world’s most inventive interpretations and applications of wayfinding models today.

To learn more please visit: You Are Here – LINK

Communication Arts magazine has revealed the winners of its 20th annual Interactive competition. Thirty-eight projects were selected by a jury of creative professionals, out of 1,333 entries were submitted to the competition.

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The selected projects will be reproduced in the March/April 2014 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and on the iPad, with more than 45,000 copies distributed worldwide.

To learn more please visit: Communication Arts – LINK

Fritz Kahn was a German doctor, educator, popular science writer, and information graphics pioneer whose brilliant work has all but fallen into oblivion. Chased out of Germany by the Nazis, who banned and burned his books, Kahn emigrated to Palestine, then France, and finally the United States to continue his life’s work.
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Though his achievements were numerous, the most notable was the development of creative visualizations to explain complex scientific ideas. Published on the 125th anniversary of Kahn’s birth and destined to bring his work back into the spotlight, this monograph features more than 350 illustrations with extensive captions, three original texts by Fritz Kahn, a foreword by Steven Heller, and an essay about Kahn’s life and oeuvre.

To learn more please visit: Fritz Kahn – LINK

To observe its 50th anniversary of publishing, GDUSA is presenting selected results all year of a massive poll about who you respect and what you admire.

Last time around, the magazine listed it’s “readers choice” of the most influential graphic designers and firms of the past 50 years.

This time around, GDUSA looks at a selection of the greatest logos of the past half century. Highlights include the CBS eye, the Woolmark and The Rolling Stones logo.

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To learn more please visit: 50th Anniversary Survey – Logos – LINK

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide is a new publication by Aart van Bezooyen and Paula Rache that brings together six months of making new friends, photographing local impressions and collecting materials. Together with almost 60 designers, entrepreneurs and change-makers from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan they are sharing personal experiences, project examples and local culture to inspire and enable a more sustainable future.

Aart and Paula started the project in 2011 to get a better understanding of the fuzzy concept of sustainability and its role and importance for design. During 184 days, they were exploring a dozen countries to discover sustainable solutions in materials and design worldwide. During their journey they offered inspiring lectures and hands-on workshops to teach and learn about the local issues and practices of designers.

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“The book is a MUST for everybody who considers herself or himself a designer of the future,” commented Zuzanna Skalska, a recognized trend researcher who is one of the first readers. With this book Aart and Paula are bringing together the people, places and things they discovered during their travels to share their experiences. Personal contributions from the designers, entrepreneurs and change-makers they met are combined with local impressions and inspiring items discovered along their way. With designers making skateboards out of bamboo, researchers improving packaging products, children doing green studies in the jungle and surprising ways of (re)using materials, this book is an encouraging sustainable snapshot of what is happening in the world today.

Proceeds from the book will go to the Viva con Agua, a charity organization that supports people with clean drinking water worldwide.

It’s Not Easy Being Green – LINK

American Photography 29 Call For Entries is open to all photographers, art directors, designers, editors, agencies and publishers.

Regarded as the book of record, American Photography is still produced in all its defiant, large-format, luxurious, hard cover glory, offering high visibility and well-deserved recognition.

Submit your best work to be presented in the books, one image per page, and online in The Archive for all the world to see.

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2013.

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American Photography presents the best images in a large-format, beautifully designed, hardcover annual for worldwide distribution. The jury of design and publishing professionals selects photographs from editorial, advertising, books, promotion, posters, video, student and unpublished work.

American Photography 29: Call for Entries – LINK

Starting its 50th year of publishing, Graphic Design USA magazine is celebrating the past, present and future of the graphic design community with an all-industry survey.

“We thought long and hard about how best to use our 50th anniversary as an opportunity honor this talented community,” commented Gordon Kaye, Editor of Graphic Design USA. “We decided that best way to celebrate is to ask readers about their views on some provocative and fun topics because, quite frankly, they know more than we do and we enjoy hearing from them.”

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The survey has already been sent to nearly 50,000 graphics professionals in mid-December. Questions run the gamut from favorite identity programs, packages, magazine and album covers, annual and corporate reports, websites and apps, and other design projects; the revolution in tools and technologies; the clash and complement of print and online media; design education and career issues; the changing role of inhouse design; and what the next 50 years of graphic design may look like.

GDUSA Launches 50th Anniversary Design Community Survey – LINK

Adobe Digital Marketing Summit 2013 will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Palace Convention Center from March 4-8, 2013. The event will convene thousands of marketers, advertisers, publishers, agencies, analysts and developers across industries to explore how to create, measure and optimize digital marketing and advertising experiences, leveraging the Adobe Marketing Cloud to build brand loyalty and secure new customers.
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Keynotes featuring Adobe executives, industry luminaries and analysts will explore the latest trends impacting the digital marketing industry and provide an outlook on what lies ahead. Summit 2013 will also include a customer and partner showcase, opportunities for attendees to connect with Adobe’s digital marketing experts, a Summit Bash with a surprise headliner concert, receptions, and a world-class ski day.

More than 70 breakout sessions featuring leading companies and Adobe digital marketing professionals will delve into analytics and reporting, social media marketing, digital advertising, personalized customer engagement, and maximizing digital marketing investments. Sessions are designed to provide real-world skills development including demos, tips and tricks, and tutorials on how to efficiently use Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions.

Adobe Digital Marketing Summit – LINK

Organized by Communication Arts, Typography Competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering.

The competition is open to any typographic project first printed or produced from September 2011 through September 2012.

Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual.

The deadline for entries September 21, 2012.

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Our juried competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering. Any typographic project first printed or produced from September 2011 through September 2012 is eligible. Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

Communication Arts Typography Competition – LINK

The Avant/Garde Diaries, a digital interview magazine which documents personal views on the avant-garde, has recently interviewed Dawn Goldworm, the Scent Director of the Paris and NYC-based olfactory branding company 12.29. The company produces delicate and strategic elixirs of scents and places them in new contexts, manipulating environmental experiences, conjuring memories, and eliciting behavioral associations.

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Dawn herself is actually synesthetic, which in her case means she sees colors when she thinks of letters, numbers, words, memories, and sounds, and associates colors and textures to smells. “If a brand associates with the color blue and the texture of silk, I can make the scent smell like the color blue and the texture of silk,” she says.

Dawn considers her ability a blessing. In “The Scent of Colours: An Artist’s Blessing” she discusses the concept of using a common element or sense to interpret another, and discusses how she applies her synesthesia to create olfactory experiences.

The Avant/Garde Diaries – LINK

“Logos are a part of our everyday visual landscape, but few of us take the time to examine the thought and design that went into these symbols. Utilizing a silent vocabulary of colors, shapes, and typography, logo designers give a visual identity to companies, communicating personality and values to the consumer. From cave painting and mosaics, to modern agencies and freelance graphic designers, artists through the years have been rendering the complex down to the simple to communicate ideas to the world.”

The Art of Logo Design – VIDEO

BBMG has recently released a new white paper titled “Disrupt & Delight: Five Principles for Sustainable Brand Innovation.” The booklet leverages BBMG’s recent experience helping clients embed sustainability into the branding and marketing functions to create shared value.

In addition to sharing best practices, it offers a robust, multi-dimensional framework for defining sustainable brand innovation.

Our world today is defined by more scarcity, complexity and speed, as well as more creativity, innovation and participation.

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Against this backdrop of “radical contradiction,” the booklet explores several fundamental and exciting questions: How might we design new business models driven by more than just consumption? How might we re-invent whole systems in ways that make the limits of the status quo obsolete? How might we create more happiness and a better quality of life for more people even as our economy shifts to meet nature’s limits?

Disrupt & Delight illustrates how some of today’s most forward-thinking brands are addressing these challenges.

Disrupt & Delight – Link

Advertising Age is inviting young creatives from all over the world to design a global-themed cover for Ad Age’s June 11 issue, and will award the winner a free trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The Global Cover Contest celebrates the global issue Ad Age publishes each June, which focuses on the international advertising and marketing scene, innovative marketers and their strategies, and how brands connect with consumers around the world.

Ad Age is seeking cover ideas from creatives 30 or younger. Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2012.

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Design a cover for Ad Age’s Global Issue! This means creating a cover for the print edition of the publication.

The winner of Ad Age’s third annual Global Cover Contest will also win a free trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In the spirt of Cannes’ own “Young Lions” competition, Ad Age’s Global Cover Contest is open to creatives aged 30 and under. The idea is to inspire young creatives to join in important industry gatherings and help elevate the careers of those who are still junior in the business (and probably wouldn’t get a paid trip to Cannes yet!).

“Advertising Age 2012 Global Cover Design Contest – Link”

Memories will look at the thoughts and experiences of individuals who have survived cancer, as well as those of people who have lost loved ones. There will be ten stories inside, each looking at one person’s recollection of a particular day in the struggle against cancer. For each of these ‘memories’ a dozen leading artists, illustrators and designers will be creating their own visual response through their art. Two further stories will go ‘open brief’ and we’ll be inviting creatives worldwide to make their own images to accompany the text. The best submissions will go into the book.

That makes for 12 touching stories, and 144 smashing pieces of artwork.

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Under one roof you can access help with information, benefits advice, psychological support both individually and in groups, courses and stress reducing strategies. You don’t have to make an appointment, or be referred and everything we offer is free of charge.

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Enter the most prestigious design competition for interactive media, the Communication Arts Interactive Design Competition. Any interactive project created for digital distribution on the World Wide Web, handheld device, CD-ROM or interactive kiosk is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative panel of distinguished programmers, interface designers and creative directors, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Interactive Annual and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

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Founded in 1959, Communication Arts is the premier source of inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication.

Click here for more information about the competition.

‘Typography Sketchbooks’ — the new book by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico (Thames & Hudson), is page after page of stunning and inspiring sketchbook images from 118 of the world’s leading typographers and graphic designers. The sketchbooks reveal the designers’ creative process — in-progress designs, scribbles and sketches, research, typographic experiments, word-image and logo designs.

Typography Sketchbooks image-focussed design showcases the work to maximum effect, with just the right balance of accompanying informative text about the designers’ creative process, their design philosophies, inspirations, techniques and influences.

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Contributors include both world-renowned and up-and-coming talents: Ivan Chermayeff, Carlos Segura, Milton Glaser, Maira Kalman,Bob Aulfudish and Matthew Carter (US); Javier Mariscal and Patrick Thomas (Spain); Erik Spiekermann and Viktor Nübel (Germany);Peter Bilak and Enkeling (the Netherlands); and Jean Baptiste Levée (France), to name just few.

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Making Great Illustration examines the work of some of the world’s best illustrators, with images of their artwork, photographic portraits and shots of their studios, it lifts the lid on the generally hidden processes involved in the creation of illustration from concept to finished work. The book covers a wide range of illustrative practice looking at both the conceptual and practical approaches of this huge variety of artists, and since each one has been interviewed face to face it uniquely offers a special glimpse into their world and thinking not found elsewhere.

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Making Great Illustration has ten sections, covering a wide range of work from design and advertising, political illustration, children’s books, surface pattern and fashion illustration through to graphic novels and reportage illustration.

Amongst the many artists included are: Javier Mariscal, Marian Bantjes, Alex Trochut, Quentin Blake, Dave Mckean, Yuko Shimizu, David Downton, Kitty Crowther (winner of the Astrid Lindgren Award 2010), Matthew Cook, Laura Carlin and Ronald Searle. Chapters are also introduced by internationally recognised clients, agents and museum curators within each field, offering some interesting additional perspectives on illustration.

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To learn more specifically about Dave McKean please click here.

Type Navigator: The Independent Foundries Handbook is a useful current overview for designers, consultants, agencies, and their customers of modernfonts, independent foundries, and innovative type designers.

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In the past, there were only a few specialists worldwide who worked intensively with typography. Since the introduction of digital fonts and their dissemination via the internet, typography has gained a new significance. More and more designers are creating fonts for a variety of applications. Simultaneously, more and more of these designers are founding type foundries to sell their fonts themselves. Supply and demand in this area have been growing considerably for years.

Type Navigator: The Independent Foundries Handbook

The 2012 International Design Awards are open. HOW will spotlight winning work from around the globe, and one Best of Show winner will get prominent coverage in the magazine and a free trip to the 2012 HOW Design Conference (plus a brag-worthy trophy). And, it will be showcased in a newly created HOW International Design Awards website that will be seen by people all over the world. Show your peers, your friends and your clients what you’ve got.

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Read the submission guidelines and enter your work.

Extended Deadline: September 22, 2011

View previous International Design Competition winners in the Design Awards Gallery

The world of visual culture shares one powerful influencer: color.

Find out from some of the most fascinating thinkers in fashion, film, design, theater, photography, food and more how to harness the power of color to move audiences, move products, and move the world.

This first-of-its-kind event will bring the top creative thinkers and experts in visual culture together to reveal their passion for color, their processes, and their ideas on how color connects us all.

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Experience color like never before

You’ll be part of lively discussions about color’s often-overlooked impact on society, politics, branding, and our everyday lives. You’ll explore color trends, get your hands dirty with dyes and swatches, test your color perception, and leave with color literally under your fingernails. And you’ll uncover a storehouse of color inspiration to use in your next creative project.

Rockport is committed to providing useful and inspirational reference content for working designers, students, and educators. The core of our program focuses on the graphic arts but we also offer content for architects, fashion designers, and general design reference.

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Since the very nature of graphic design is to make information persuasive through visual representation, our books are visually complex in their presentation. This app fully preserves and respects this design complexity, supporting both portrait and landscape presentation with a full suite of features to enhance the reading experience. Browse our collection of more than 150 ebooks, download free previews, and then purchase and download instantly using your iTunes account.

We are delighted to be able offer iPad users our great Rockport design references as close to their intended form as possible—minus the paper and ink. Enjoy!

Rockport Books iPad App

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Just My Type is a book of stories about fonts. It examines how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. It explains why we are still influenced by type choices made more than 500 years ago, and why the T in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters. It profiles the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, as well as people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook.

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The book is about that pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers, and typefaces became something we realized we all have an opinion about. And beyond all this, the book reveals what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world – and what your choice of font says about you.

Our juried competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering.
Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual and on, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

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2012 Typography Jury
Richard Kegler, founder/lead designer, P22 type foundry, Buffalo, NY
Erik Spiekermann, creative director/managing partner, Edenspiekermann, Berlin, Germany
Tiffany Wardle, typographer/graphic designer, Typegirl, San Jose, CA

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