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How New York City Developed its Wayfinding Signage

Our City Living issue, due out on newsstands September 10, focuses on design and architecture in urban locales. Here we turn our eye to the challenges of navigating a city and how graphic design can improve the experience, especially when it comes to walkability. As more cities seek to encourage multi-modal transportation—walking, biking, public transit, etc.—the need for good signage to make those activities easier becomes more and more apparent. At its simplest, wayfinding is defined as spatial problem solving—knowing where you are, where you want to go, and the best route to get there. Cartography, or mapmaking, has existed for thousands of years, tracing its roots to cave paintings, but the demands of modern cities and diverse populations call for more than a sign emblazoned with compass rose and a few street names. Today, effective urban maps require layers of information relayed in a clear, consistent, and concise manner so that anyone can quickly assess how to get from point A to point B. The New York Department of Transportation launched its WalkNYC program in the summer of 2013 to "provide a clear visual language and graphic standards that can be universally understood, encourage walking and transit usage by offering quality multi-modal information, and provide consistent information across a broad range of environments in the city." Lauded design firm Pentagram's PentaCityGroup developed the identity. We sent a few queries to Michael Bierut, a graphic designer and partner at the firm, to lean more about the program, what it means for the city's identity, and how technology does and doesn't factor into the program. "I feel strongly that one of the best things about the signs are that you don't need a smart phone to access them: they're right there on the street, as democratic as can be," he says. Read on for more.
August 29, 2013

Graphic Designer We Love: Romualdo Faura

Romualdo Faura is a graphic designer based in Murcia, Spain known for his minimal color palette, flat shapes, simplicity and focus on corporate branding, illustration, editorial and icon design projects. Faura completed his doctoral studies at the University of Murcia on the eduction of ethics in design studies and additionally has taught various subjects such as corporate identity, editorial design, and typography. Clients include Fast Company, BBVA, Observatory of Design and Architecture, LittleCrowd, and the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation Development.
August 11, 2013
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Blogger Focus: Trend Forecast

We asked some of our favorite bloggers what they see in the near future for interiors, graphic design, travel, and more.
August 11, 2013
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Design Bloggers: Where They Work

In our September 2013 issue, we profiled 18 of our favorite design bloggers, sharing their latest discoveries in furniture, graphic design, travel, architecture, and more. With this special report on newsstands now, we went back to these online writers and asked them to send snapshots of their workspaces and tell us a bit about what inspires them. Here, a peek at creative work spaces from around the world, from a coffee shop in Cologne to a desk by the beach in Cape Town.
July 30, 2013
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Kickstarter of the Week: Chineasy

Faced with tens of thousands of characters, someone looking to learn Chinese will be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. Chineasy, a new system to teach people to read the language, to the rescue! Chineasy uses clever illustrations and memorable graphics to help people learn.
July 25, 2013
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Graphic Design: 6 Names to Know Now

Feast your eyes on half a dozen of our favorite movers and shakers in the graphic design world after the jump.
July 22, 2013
Limitations—even in choice of wardrobe—fuel the creative fires of Dutch master Karel Martens. His influential graphic design career spans nearly a half century, and he continues to explore new ground.

Graphic Designers We Love

At Dwell, we love graphic design, and could geek out for hours on fonts, typesetting, and white space! Have a spin through the best modern graphic design we've had in our pages from profiles to the homes of these inspiring creatives.
July 18, 2013
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5 Illustrators We Love Part One

Not only do we rely on a stellar cast of writers and photographers, we also scour the world for the best illustrators to fill our pages with. Here we present six of our favorite doodlers from London to Spain. Stay tuned for Part Two!
July 3, 2013

From A to Z: Typography Illustrations by Jing Zhang

East London-based typographer, illustrator, and designer Jing Zhang revisits the ABCs with her highly detailed 26 lettered collection of the English alphabet.
July 2, 2013
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