The new Verge

I quite like how the new Verge logo overlaps and intersects featured images. Their refreshed design and intent is described in this post. Not sure about the commingling Tweets and articles, but I applaud experimenting.

Screenshot of a feature on The Verge website for an article about the Apple iPhone 14 Pro. The Verge logo is sideways overlapping the colorful image of the phone with a polka dotted background.

Paul Rand’s Logo Presentation Books

A trove of logo concept books from Rand. Many of these identity studies weren't approved. Still great to peruse.

Spread from a logo presentation for a new Ford logo. A model T in red is part of the composition

The beautiful signage of Comédie-Française

Theater wayfinding inspired by pulleys and ropes which are used to change sets on stage. More photos on CL Design's site

Two circular signs hanging from the ceiling in a very classic theater connected by a rope of light

Visions Not Previously Seen

Barbara “Bobbie” Stauffacher Solomon mixed Swiss graphic design principles with West Coast Pop art stylings, essentially creating supergraphics, and in doing so shaped the history of design. / Revisiting this link for inspiration

Graphic design by Barbara Stuaffacher. Very minimal geometric shapes and san serif type on a white background

Emma Bers

Dig the life and humanity of Emma’s graphic design. Bonus interview on It’s Nice That: If I’m Not Having Fun I Scrap It.

Colorful loose graphic design posters


A digital moodboard organized in chapters, and publish a new one whenever the mood strikes by Joshua Blankenship. For when you need some visual vibes in your #moodscrolling #ffffound

A mood board of cool graphics

Right On! A Documentary on Student Protest

AIGA has a solid deep dive (and video thumbing through pages) of this distilling reports of campus protests. David L. Burke's design keeps the vibe of a zine in a paperback format. It's gorgeous.

Todd Oldham’s Place in the Poconos

As my friend Thor mentioned when sharing this link, "More is more."

An eclectic living room with colorful couch and a dog sitting on the back

Hyundai N Vision 74

I don't think about sports cars too much because I generally couldn't fit in them if I tried, but dang Hyundai's design team is on fire.

A futuristic sports car concept

Rio Carnaval logo generator

It's fun even if you don't speak Portuguese (microphone access is optional) / via Under Consideration’s review

Rio Carnaval logo generator interface

The Ones

CW&T's favorite things based on guiding principles of simplicity, timelessness and long lasting design. / via belong

A hand holds a 10 outlet power strip

10,000 years of branding

Explained in 6 minutes by Debbie Millman. Many favorite moments, including this beautiful stretch: "Branding has become a profound manifestation of the human spirit."

A woman sits in a chair on a white rolling backdrop of paper in front of a library of books

Aaron Draplin Wake & Make Challenge

Closed out a day of computers & zooms & needed to do something & didn't want to think about it. This 5 minute type drawing exercise from Draplin hit the spot. (The thing I made isn't very good.)

handwritten words that spell out "Wake & Make, May 25, 2022 Good Type"

The greatest output of your careers will be relationships

The list of ”10 things I wish every design student knew“ by Cameron Moll holds up incredibly well over time, but also? Works for every profession.

A man in a black jacket stands in front of a classroom

TVA Multifunctional Computer

JK Captain made gorgeous renders of the desktop terminal in the Loki tv series. / via pb

A futuristic render of a retro computer with a circular CRT monitor and lots of colorful physical buttons, wires, knobs, switches and keyboard

2022 Brand New Conference

Mesmerized by the dynamic type. The introduction of variables to typography is opening up some many wonderful doors. But this? This is a Whole. 'Nother. Level. More details about the identity.

expressive parts of letters set in red on a bright teal background

Whimbrel Stamp Alphabet (and font)

Alex Tomlinson developed a font based on a 1940's Bird Lore magazine and a set of stamps to boot.

A bird for each letter of the alphabet illustrated on different stamps

IDCA ’72 Posters Program

Feeling very Helvetica flush left this morning. / simple beauty via Carl Collins

Posters designed with minimalism and helvetica

National Parks Poster

by Steve Wolf Designs. Dig.

Yellow and black poster with icons for U.S. National Parks

Bjørn Karmann’s Occlusion Grotesque

Typeface carved into the bark of a tree. As the tree grows, it deforms the letters and outputs new design variations, that are captured annually. / via Yewknee

A man sits on a chair in the woods and carves an alphabet into a tree trunk

Noto Emoji

An open-source emoji font in multiple weights (and a single color, even the flags). Jennifer Daniel has the deets and download link.

Rows of single color emoji depicting a chick emerging from egg, unicorn, flower, alien, tire, and pita sandwich

Excel, an overlooked design tool

I've done a pretty good job of making Powerpoint look good, but this is next level stuff. / via Sidebar

An infographic of a circle chart and bar chart

The new Condor livery

Brand New has oodles more images, but Condor has a sneak peek here. I would plan a trip just to be a passenger in one of these planes.

Striped passenger planes

The Empire Stripes Back

Armin Vit’s perspective on the Condor branding refresh is a delight to read. (Requires subscription, but _so_ worth it if you've interest in branding.)

A striped airline flying in blue skies

A great thread about music visualization

Sometimes Twitter's algorithm reveals good things. Like these tweets from Andrew Benson and the replies.

Sheet music visualized as a 3-D structure

The Fox is Black is back

Bobby Solomon had a great blog about creativity and culture that was a favorite destination for many years. It lives again today as a thoughtful and densely awesome newsletter.

A silhouette icon of a fox on a gray background

An open source collection of Design Principles

Collections of guiding thoughts from the likes of John Maeda, Apple, IBM, Fisher Price and 160+ others. A trove. / via @rjkwon

Design Principles set in a san-serif typeface on a yellow background

Swee kombucha packaging by Below

I like to imagine a future where all ingredients are listed like this, but realize it'd be impossible. Lovely work by Below studio. / via @manfredhwf

A bottle of kombucha with a label that breaks out ingredients visually on the label. Pomegranates round out the composition on a light pink backdrop

11 retro coffee makers

Pretty sure my parents had the SEB Model 980, which would look awesome on the counter today. These and more from a book titled ”Soft Electronics“ out in May from Gestalten. / via Sidebar

An orange electric coffee maker with rounded edges

Milwaukee Transit Passes

The Letterform Archive holds about 300 tickets in their collection thanks in part to a donation from type designer Tobias Frere-Jones... and they’re gorgeous.

A beautiful collection of Milwaukee Transit Passes

The inspiration behind the Rivian palette

There's not too much to the story (it's nature!), but dang Rivian has the best color line-up of any vehicle manufacturer.

An soft green electric pickup truck in front at the edge of a forest of trees

Where are all the black designers?

New profiles are being posted throughout Black History Month. I remember having a single class with Noel Mayo at OSU and he exuded passion for design that was inspiring. / A fantastic growing list, via Under Consideration

A thumbnail featuring a black and white photo of fashion designer Zelda Wynn Valdes

A golden age of graphic design

Ahhhh, so all that good government design from the 70's was born from the Federal Graphics Improvement Program / via UnderConsideration's Brand New

Design guidelines with rainbow colors and bold graphics

Emojis: Why We Love Them So Much & What They Mean

Free Zoom event alert: Dan Sinker has a conversation with emoji designer Jennifer Daniel on Thu, February 17.

Jennifer Daniels

Believe blanket

Stunning type design by Valentina Casali / via Jessica Hische

A black and white blanket with ornate type that reads BELIEVE


New type design practice and foundry from Erik Marinovich. Just cruise around the specimens pages to get a solid dose of vibrant type goodness.

A graphic design layout showcasing fonts by NuForm

Bauhaus Typography at 100

Lots of safety protocols in place at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco for this exhibit that runs through April 27, 2022. File under: Wish I was closer!

A museum with typography from Bauhaus on display

Kumiko Amp Cabinet

Gorgeous results from this young man in Oregon. Great woodworking and video production all around. / Fun link from Tom

A wooden guitar amp with Kumiko grill

Mike & Maaike’s Windowseat

While watching Station Eleven I noticed these chairs in the airport. I've always thought the design striking.

A stylized chair and ottoman that creates a somehwat private space

How Brian Lovin’s site works

Whoa. This is densely awesome. A personal website that operates somewhat like an OS. Thoroughly engaging and inspiring.

A screenshot of a personal website

The Year in Type

I Love Typography looks back at some of the highlights of 2021, including typefaces, profiles, inspiration and then some. / via Sidebar

Three race cars are illustrated to show off custom typefaces

The art and Design of Nolan Pelletier

Fonts In Use showcased a recent album design by Nolan and his site is filled with delightful illustrations and details abound!

An illustration of a cat with vibrant yellow and pinks

101 Best Book Covers from 2021

Literary Hub picks their favorites and it was a joy to scroll through. My goal in 2022 is to read books. / via Rachel Kwon

A collection of book cover designs from the year 2021

Porsche posters (1961–1969)

These posters catch a vibe. Baby, are you coming for the ride? (The ride, the ride, the ride)

a 1963 Porsche GT poster featuring a black and white image of a car and type

I want candy

Specifically this Duluth Candy because of the sweet job Studio MPLS did for their brand and packaging! / via Under Consideration

Two candy bars with a very designed package

Fonts Knowledge

Elliott Jay Stocks on helping build a library of materials and guides to help folks understand, explore and choose type with purpose. A great resources from the Google Fonts Team.

Various typographic symbols

Cartridge font

Inspired by old video game labels, Cartridge is a new display sans-serif that evokes quintessential 80s vibes - by Dan Cederholm

Colorful type showcasing a retro font called Cartridge

Risolve Studio

Print and design studio run by husband and wife team Sebastian and Lyndsey Burke. They do everything from prints to books/zines. Filing away for later!

Up close detail of Riso printing

Le Puzz

A new brand of puzzles that capture a vibe. Keen packaging to boot. / via UnderConsideration's BrandNew

A puzzle of matchbooks

The Melting Face Emoji

Made possible by Jennifer Daniel and Neil Cohn

A melting smiling emoji

Languages of the World

7,102 languages represented in this infographic by Alberto Lucas Lopez. / via Caterina Fake

Infographic of languages around the world

Notes IPA

Beer with a removable guitar pick and cans that illustrate chords. Neato. / via UnderConsideration

A can of beer with guitar pick

What is Queer Typography?

An excellent looking small batch Risograph zine supporting the Queer.Archive.Work organization. / / via & by @soulellis

A zine about queer typography set in bright colors

The evolution of the Pride flag

It's starting to get so busy that a rethink is in order, but the concept of evolving a symbol to serve greater understanding is solid.

A flag made with many colorful stripes

More details on the Playdate

Like many, I'm super anticipating the release of this little yellow console. More details released today include the game editor, font editor, the first batch of games, a dock and more.

A yellow handheld videogame system

Cognitive Bias and the Design Process

I'm making note of this article by Jon Yablonski for a few reasons: Bringing awareness to the design process. Plus also? His post and website are quite lovely in layout and presentation across the board.

graphic patterns in black and white

Stop Trying to Design Everything

Jennifer Daniel posted a link to this talk from a while back and I started playing it off to the side of my screen and then I was smiling so much I just made it full screen and watched the whole 24 minutes and 59 seconds.

Creative titles arranged haphazardly connected by lines and arrows

Yoni Alter’s Perpetual Calendar

Well this is gorgeous. / via Fonts In Use

A very colorful and beautiful perpetual calendar

The work of Rafael Serra

Porto based type and lettering artist. Some super fun retro logo explorations on their insta / via Rachel

retro m&m's logo with nice colorful dots

Casa dos Sobreiros, Portugal

The "Cork trees house" by TRAMA arquitetos is quite lovely. I'm making a vision board for dream homes. / via Heike

Modern house design with clean lines and a pool