In Tokyo for the first ever POW! WOW! Japan this week, we were exploring Shibuya and Harajuku and stumbled across the current Usugrow exhibition Organic Contrast. Needless to say, it was incredible. I’ve been a fan for years and years, and I still am. The exhibition was located in the Diesel Art Gallery and runs until November 5th. Since Usugrow is a participant in the first POW! WOW! here, it was a very nice coincidence. [See More]
Outside the Box: Hand-Drawn Packaging from Around the World by Gail Anderson is a new paperback title from Princeton Architectural Press, which explores the resurgence of hand-drawn packaging in this computer-driven era. She is a former Senior Art Director at Rolling Stone. Her beautifully laid-out monograph documents countless examples of hand-drawn designs, sorted into four main categories: DIY, Art, Craft, and Artisanal Lettering. [Read More]
Check out this short video from Toyota USA about the recent CRYPTIK mural for the Special Olympics right here in LA. Gives you a small sense of why CRYPTIK is in fact, “the greatest” when it comes to doing beautiful/meaningful murals and also at being an excellent human.
If you’re interested in type and you’re lucky enough to be in or around NYC this week, check out this Type Nite NYC event at Strand Books on Thursday evening. The all-star line-up includes accomplished typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones, book designer Peter Mendelsund, and Pentagram partner Abbott Miller. The talk will be moderated by Ellen Lupton, co-author of Graphic Design: The New Basics, 2nd Edition and many other great design titles, several of which I’ve reviewed here. If you’re not in NYC you can still order a signed copy of the latest edition of Graphic Design: The New Basics. Hit the link for more details.