In a video interview with The Atlantic, Michael Bierut talks about typography, including Stanley Kubrick’s favorite font, the cover design of The Catcher in the Rye, and the link between phototypesetting and Free Love.
The interview accompanies an article about typography by Virginia Postrel in this month’s issue.
Justus Oehler’s wine label design for Message on the Bottle, organised by OnDesign Studio for this year’s Hamburg Design Festival, has been featured in Marie Claire (Italy), Creativ Verpacken and will feature in the February edition of Novum.
The Message on the Bottle exhibition will go on a tour of European design festivals in 2008.
German language readers can find comment on Justus Oehler’s recent talk for MCAD, Design with humour, humanity and passion on the organisation’s website. To navigate to the page, simply click on the ‘Open House Lectures’ icon and follow the links to Justus’ talk.
In a front page article about the trend of using shopping bags as portable fashion, the New York Times slips a bag over the head of the “renowned graphic artist” who redesigned the Saks Fifth Avenue packaging. In a comparison with other luxury retailers, Saks comes out on top for giving its formerly “battleship gray bags a sleeker, black-and-white look and more durable feel.” The artist in question, renowned or not, is never identified.
Frame has featured the award-winning trade fair exhibit Lorenzo Apicella designed for Sonance in its December issue. Inspired by the company’s mark, also designed by Pentagram, the article calls the design “as ingenious as it is eye-catching.”
Harry Pearce’s Burma poster has been adopted as a placard by activists in the recent international street protests against the current situation in the country.
The poster, designed in 2006 for an event organised by the New York-based charity Witness to raise awareness about human rights violations in Burma, has been appearing in news footage of the protests held in cities from Bangkok to New York.
The Montauk residence designed by James Biber and his team is featured in the October issue of Architectural Record. (Online with slideshow and audio interview with Biber.) Jane Kolleeny writes: “The elusive boundaries between the buildings and outdoor spaces pay tribute to the Case Study House program. Here, the architect considered not only his design’s visual impact, but how it would engage other senses, as well. In particular, he wanted the residential compound to embrace nature by capturing the omnipresent sound of the ocean. As Biber describes it, ‘The house is like a vessel for listening to the sea.’”
Back to the future: DJ Stout contributes the High Priority illustration in this week’s issue of New York magazine.