The Swiss Invasion

Gary Hustwit’s stunning feature-length documentary film, Helvetica (2007), uses the omnipresent font as a lens through which it examines contemporary visual culture and how typeface is used, aesthetically, spatially, and culturally, to impart shape and character to urban environments. In addition to commemorating the typeface’s 50th anniversary, Hustwit segues into a discussion with a number of acclaimed designers about their work, their creative… Read more →

Clearly a Designer

Massimo Vignelli decoded and untangled the web of NYC’s subway system in the summer of 1972. His astonishing ability to create clarity from chaos was unsurpassed. He introduced the European streamlined, modernist, minimal aesthetic to the American design community – and forever changed the landscape of graphic design. Born in Milan, Italy in 1931, he studied art and architecture and worked… Read more →

Designing the UK’s Digital Economy

A new independent report published by the Design Commission warns that the UK’s digital economy will not fulfil its social or economic potential without a concerted focus on design. Amongst 17 recommendations, the report calls upon government to nurture the design and digital technology sectors on a local level, stressing the importance of growing these sectors outside of London. The… Read more →

Mr Wright is Right

For more than 70 years, Frank Lloyd Wright showed his countrymen new ways to build their homes and see the world around them. He created some of the most monumental, and some of the most intimate spaces in America. He designed everything: banks and resorts, office buildings and churches, a filling station and a synagogue, a beer garden and an… Read more →