Remember the show, Will & Grace? Aside from two of my all-time favorite TV characters, Karen Walker (aka Anastasia Beaverhausen) and Beverley Leslie, the thing that most stood out to me was the episode in which they showed the inside of Grace’s apartment. Her character was an interior designer, and this was not what you’d expect from someone in her line of work. Art and decorative objects were still in boxes. The floors were bare. The storyline was that she was so busy making other people’s spaces perfect, that she never got around to her own space.
I’m reminded of Grace and her neglected apartment every time we open a job to update the website of “a certain agency which shall remain nameless,” just to realize six months later that we haven’t gotten around to it. We’re fortunate to be busy designing other people’s websites that we aren’t able to spend time on our own.
When I realize the blog hasn’t been updated since the 90s, I tell myself that we’re too busy. Then, I advise a client, “Don’t put up a blog or social media account and neglect it. That’s worse than not having one at all.”
It’s a new year. We’re motivated, energized - and holding ourselves accountable to regularly updating our blog and our website (check out the new creative we’ve just added to our portfolio!). It’s right here in black and white – this won’t be the last post of 2015. How could we deprive our friends in cyberspace of our musings about life, design
This is not a modern logo. It is actually a colophon ( a printer’s mark added to a book to show who printed it—so it is actually a kind of logo if you want to debate the issue). It dates back to the incunabula period of typography and printing—so before 1500. It was designed by one of the great, early type designers, Nicolas Jenson, as the symbol of the Society of Venetian Printers in or around 1481. Jenson, who was actually French, made his home in Venice, which had become the premier printing center of Europe before the turn of the century, taking over from Mainz, Germany, the home of Gutenberg. We owe the Venetians a debt of gratitude for this because they influenced the look of our current letterforms—which they based upon Roman and Carolingian models—instead of the dark and almost unreadable blackletter favored by the Germans. Thank you, Nicolas.
John Foster posts “Accidental Mysteries” on the Design Observer site (designobserver.com). He recently posted some images from a 17th Century German book on calligraphy entitled (I kid you not): The Proper Art of Writing: A Compilation of All Sorts of Capital or Initial Letters of German, Latin and Italian Fonts from Different Masters of the Noble Art of Writing. Or as it is known in German: Kunstrichtige Schreibart allerhand Versalie[n] oder AnfangsBuchstabe[n] der teütschen, lateinischen und italianischen Schrifften aus unterschiedlichen Meistern der edlen Schreibkunst zusammen getragen. Yikes! Where does that fit in the Dewey Decimal System?
The images are quite striking and I have posted a couple here. For more go to: http://observatory.designobserver.com/feature/accidental-mysteries-030313/37723/
My dear friend, Steve Casella, started taping interviews with some of his fellow designers and has issued them as audio podcasts via iTunes—for free; always a good thing. One of the interviews includes illustrator and mighty fine, fine artist, Larry Moore, and yours truly. Our interview—more like a weird conversation with microphones on— has been posted today. If anyone is interested, or has no exterior life, here is the iTunes link:
There are several other podcasts in the series, all of which I am sure are more interesting than mine (although Larry is great). Tim Fisher and Chris Robb talk about their early days together; the guys at Lure talk shop and Julio Lima may, or may not, explain his obsession with the color orange. If you are interested in design and want to hear what some of Orlando’s finest have to say about it, in a very conversational way, subscribe to the podcast.
I feel proud to be included with some of our local heavyweights… even though I know Steve was just throwing me a bone because I’ve paid for lunch once or twice.