All posts filed under: History

Type Talk interview with Paul Rand and Mario Rampone

On Paul Rand site: There are essentially two kinds of typography: The familiar kind for reading, and the other, simply for viewing, like a painting. Some say that readability is most important. There are really two important things about typography: readability and beauty; both are equally important. However, many readable typefaces are visually offensive. The […]

Michael Bierut interview

[kml_flashembed movie=”″ width=”450″ height=”412″ wmode=”transparent” /] Here is an interview with graphic designer Michael Bierut, where he talks about the evolution of type, the various covers of The Catcher in the Rye, the ugliness of ITC Garamond, and all sorts of other intriguing things. Source: The Atlantic

Style Wars

[kml_flashembed movie=”″ width=”400″ height=”326″ wmode=”transparent” /] And from the previous post, I stumble upon this documentary on New York graffiti circa 1983, Presented by Tony Silver & Henry Chalfant. Check out the Style Wars site also.

Looking for Mr. Gill

Exploring the legacy that Eric Gill, maverick genius of the Arts and Crafts Movement, has left to Ditchling, the early twentieth-century setting for his controversial experiments. This episode is Luke Holland’s personal journey to search for the controversial artist’s legacy on his own back door. The BBC documentary film Looking for Mr Gill is now […]

PROFILE: Piet Zwart

Piet Zwart (Zaandijk, 28 May 1885 – Wassenaar, 24 September 1977) was a Dutch photographer, typographer, and industrial designer. He started his career as an architect and worked for Jan Wils and Berlage. As a designer, Zwart was well known because of his work for both the Nederlandse Kabelfabriek Delft (the Dutch Cable Factory in […]