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There’s no question about it… love and relationships are complex. In the spirit of ‘a picture being worth a thousand words’, I think this lovely illustration by Richard Mcguire for a 2010 June edition of The New Yorker speaks quite profoundly on the subject. It’s also a beautiful cover. Vive l’editorial!

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For those of us living in colder northern climates (particularly in the winter), a warm vacation feels like a serious luxury and escape. I do, however, find the extreme contrast in climates and even lifestyle which goes along with such a vacation to be almost surreal to the point that, upon returning home, we wonder if it really happened. Taken on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

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It’s not often that I promote work from big international studios but this case study in particular by Paula Scher of Pentagram NYC is an exceptional example of what design and more specifically typography can do for a brand. The Public Theater project is one of the seminal graphic design projects in recent history (1994 – present). This past year, Paula Scher has transformed the lobby and maintained the brand through and through. Nice one.

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Really loving the latest identity for the Whitney Museum of American Art. It is unconventional and apparently high maintenance, probably requiring a very comprehensive brand standards manual and a skilled designer to execute any further applications for the museum. Although some may see this identity as frivolous and limiting, I think these are trivial excuses which should not stifle a great creative concept such as this one. What I like the best is how the ‘W’ is able to change shape to fit different applications and uses, very much like a good museum, designed to host all different art installations. Design by: Experimental Jetset

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Curatorial practice has always been a point of fascination for me. I recently stumbled upon the blog
of Stephanie Gonot
and was blown away by her images and assembly of things to create in many cases, very graphic and interesting expressions of art.

One image posted on her blog belongs to Thomas Prior. I love how the (soap?) islands in the puddle look so much like typography. Also the tones and space between the characters makes for a really beautiful image. For my type students, this is a great example of how natural forms can also create cohesion. These letters all look like they belong to the same typeface.

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