The Truth and Lies of Typeface

What’s in a letter?  Do we believe the ideas set in one typeface more than another?  Michael Beirut questions what lies underneath the art and anatomy of typography. “I know in my heart that graphic design is important. Sometimes the fate of nations depend on it, sometimes it’s the missing link between a soft drink brand and Einstein’s… Read more »

Teddy Wayne: The Smell of a Book

Wayne feasts on the pleasures of book sniffing @ McSweeney’s. I know e-readers are all the rage, but I’ll never get one. Call me a Luddite, but there’s something irreplaceable about a printed book: the heft of it in your hands, the striking cover, and, most important to me, its smell. I fondly recall hiding… Read more »

Sebald is brilliantly visual

Rick Poynor considers the images of novelist W. G. Sebald @ Design Observer. W.G. Sebald, who died in a car crash in 2001, is one of the greatest European writers of recent years. His books Vertigo (1990), The Emigrants (1993), The Rings of Saturn (1995) and Austerlitz (2001), all first published in German, defy easy… Read more »