Typeface, The Movie: Get Off Your Computer and See This!

Last night I joined AIGA for the Maine premiere of Typeface, a documentary film from Kartemquin Films, directed by Justine Nagan. The film focuses on Hamilton Wood Type, a wood type foundry, now turned museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Overlaying the detailed examination of Hamilton is a broader look at the importance of a more tactile study of typography. In addition to the locals involved with the Type museum are designers from Chicago and Minneapolis who augment their computer-produced design with letterpress and wood type work. Hamilton Wood Type Museum The Wood Type Museum is housed in the factory that used to be a thriving business. Now, much of the library of wood type is in need of cataloging and the few people who know how to run the equipment are aging quickly. But it looks like a fascinating place and it is open to visitors who are able to touch nearly everything. And, there are also partnerships with several […]


Small Design Firms Are Capable of World Class Design

A recent examination by Fast Company compares large, global design agencies to smaller studios, and there is a lot to like about small firms. …change has arrived and the design world is no longer dominated by large design agencies. … It’s a good change and it is an important change since it’s about the availability of top-notch design to every product or company. What I love about this sentiment is that it means that more businesses in general should be able to afford to work with an experienced graphic design shop and get top-quality design work. In the past, there were so many more obstacles to small business owners than there are today. Old days: the big guys bought lot of advertising and reaped the rewards; the little guys couldn’t afford it. Now: social media is overtaking advertising so anyone can compete. Old days: the big guys had fancy collateral designed and printed; the little guys couldn’t afford it. Now: […]


Cooking Light: The Redesign Ain't Right

I’m a foodie. My husband and I cook nearly all of our meals, we belong to a cooking club, we have way too many cookbooks, and we have subscriptions to three cooking magazines: Eating Well, Cook’s Illustrated, and Cooking Light. Yesterday, Cooking Light arrived in my mailbox with the following call-outs on its cover: “America’s Best-Selling Food Magazine, Now Better Than Ever” and “NEW Fresh Look!” Just the day before, my husband and I had been talking about how much better we liked Eating Well to Cooking Light. Compared to one another, Eating Well is more readable. My husband is not a designer, yet he was able to pick up on the fact that Eating Well is a much better designed publication. The recipes are easier to read, the layout is not jam packed, and the overall quality of the design is just superior. So, I eagerly opened my Cooking Light, anticipating that its layout would now rival Eating Well. […]


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