Graphic Design

People's Design Award collage

The People’s Design Award Promises a Very Cyborg Future

This year's nominees focus on wearable technology

A new font for Cooper Hewitt

To Redesign a Design Museum Start with the Typeface

The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is renovating and rebranding with a tailor-made typeface

Anyone with a touchscreen can help shape the constantly evolving Universal Typeface.

The Universal Typeface Project Averages the World's Handwriting to Produce an Incredibly Average Font

With your help, ballpoint pioneer BIC aims to create a font as common as their pens

Famed designer Massimo Vignelli

Remembering Massimo Vignelli, the Innovator Who Streamlined Design and Changed the Industry Forever

The famed designer passed away Tuesday at the age of 83

Etsy Product Design: Building the marketplace, global, ongoing.

Cooper-Hewitt Gets Crafty and Honors Etsy with a National Design Award

Other recipients of the National Design Museum's prestigious award include fashionista Narciso Rodriguez and writer Witold Rybcznski

The Paris Metro map, edited.

This Architect Spends His Free Time Reinventing the World’s Subway Maps

The new system is meant to be easy to read and understand, no matter how foreign the place

The Breakfast Burger at Roosevelt’s Tamale Parlor in San Francisco might be an acquired taste for some people. (photo courtesy MINE™)

Come for the Hamburgers, Stay for the Design Criticism

Two San Francisco designers find inspiration in a surprising place and learn that sometimes form follows fast food

When designing the first Macintosh computer, Steve Jobs remembered his calligraphy course at Reed College and built it all into the Mac. "It was the first computer with beautiful typography," said Jobs.

A Tribute to a Great Artist: Steve Jobs

Through mastering calligraphy in college, Jobs learned to think like an artist

Using his own capital, Allen Lane started the Penguin publishing house.  His plan was to sell quality books for the price of a pack of cigarettes.

How the Paperback Novel Changed Popular Literature

Classic writers reached the masses when Penguin paperbacks began publishing great novels for the cost of a pack of cigarettes


Cooper-Hewitt: Doodle 4 Google Contest

Google and Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announce their second annual logo design contest


Pondering the EcoFont

Like any workplace, I get my share of internal junk mail. Workshops, vacancy announcements, blood drives and Weight Watchers sign-ups

Los Angeles-based graphic designer Shepard Fairey.

Shepard Fairey: The Artist Behind the Obama Portrait

A portrait created by a graphic designer ended up becoming the icon for the Obama campaign and an international phenomenon

The book cover of "Zoobiquity" by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Katherine Bowers.

Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd, a graphic designer and author, received a 2007 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for one of his innovative book covers

"Dean of Weird Menace Art" John Newton Howitt's "River of Pain", done in 1934 for Terror Tales, is the only one of his pulp paintings known to survive. The rest were destroyed.

Guys and Molls

Bold, garish and steamy cover images from popular pulp-fiction magazines of the 1930s and '40s have made their way from newsstands to museum walls

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