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Lubalin Now

By Tom Ran

Published: October 14, 2009 under Design

Lubalin Now

Photo: Cooper Union, Designed by Justin Thomas Kay

From magazines, band logos to Gossip Girl, Avant Garde is probably the most popular font Herb Lubalin designed. Fortunately that’s not all Lubalin is known for, his design contributions from the 60s and 70s have proven to be incredibly influential to contemporary designers and artists. Cooper Union recognizes this and has arranged an exhibition titled “Lubalin Now,” featuring designers that explore the use of illustrative and expressive lettering and typography. Designers from the show include Marian Bantjes, Deanne Cheuk, HunterGatherer, Non-Format, Matt Owens, and of course Herb Lubalin. “Lubalin Now” opens Thursday November 5 with a reception from 6-8pm at the new Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography.

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Mode en Module

By Tom Ran

Published: August 27, 2009 under Design

Detail of <i>Mode en Module</i>

Photo: 010 Publishers

A conversation with a friend over coveted design books on IM yesterday grew into an hour long exchanging of links. From Herb Lubalin to the RAC design guideline, the past three decades has produced some of the most coveted design tomes, but none have been more sought after than Mode en Module. Published in 1997, this monograph covers the career of Dutch design master Wim Crouwel. The cover price was € 29.50 at the time of its release. Well the book has resurfaced on Amazon from an independent seller pricing this bad boy at $1,310.52. You missed the opportunity the first time around because the print run was so low, you’ll miss it this time around because you need to pay rent.

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Otl Aicher

By Tom Ran

Published: July 22, 2009 under Design

Fold out map from the Munich Games

Photo: alphanumeric.

German designer, Otl Aicher was probably best known for his work in creating the entire identity system for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich Germany. Looking through Flickr, you can find an incredible collection of Aicher’s work, ranging from the Games to his projects with Herman Miller. We recommend you to check out alphanumeric.‘s photostream of Aicher ephemera. And if that isn’t enough, someone has archived many of the elements produced for the 1972 Munich Games. A selection of items are for sale including the iconic posters of the different sports.

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Dieter Rams Interview Vitra

By Tom Ran

Published: July 13, 2009 under Design

Dieter Rams in conversation with Gerrit Terstiege

Photo: Vitra

It’s never tiring to read an interview with Dieter Rams. His connection and influence from the Ulm School of Design and Bauhaus gives us a lot of insight into the methodology behind its concepts. Vitra Magazine republishes a conversation with Rams conducted by editor-in-chief of form Magazine, Gerrit Terstiege. More photos of HfG Ulm from ReneSpitz.

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Joe Colombo

By Tom Ran

Published: June 10, 2009 under Design

Joe Colombo, sitting on Universale, Kartell, c. 1966 Ignazia Favata/Studio Joe Colombo, Milan

Photo: Oliviero Toscani

This is Joe Colombo, the pipe smoking, Italian, space age modernist, bad-ass, mostly known for his bold plastic pieces for Kartell. Through his short career (he was only 41 when he died) Colombo developed some of the most memorable designs in lighting, furniture and product design. Though some of his pieces may borderline kitsch, others have stood the test of time, primarily his lighting design for Oluce. I stumbled upon some hi-res photos from a 2008 exhibition at the Kunsthaus Graz featuring some classic images of Colombo and his work. Add these to your blog, tumblr, ffffound, and flickr accounts.

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Alexander Girard and Urban Outfitters

By Tom Ran

Published: May 27, 2009 under Design

Alexander Girard and Urban Outfitters

Photo: Staff

On the heels of House Industries’ collaboration, Urban Outfitters creates a line of pillows, wall hangings and textiles by Alexander Girard. Our friends from enormouschampion, picked up this little brochure outside of ICFF last week featuring some of the designs. Oh Joy reports that the collection is expected to be released in July. More photos after the jump.

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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