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  1. You Are Where You Live
    Essay

    You Are Where You Live

    The ads in the real estate section of the Sunday New York Times are a barometer of perceived need: what we think about when we are at our hungriest, our most grasping, our most insecure. Like the...

    written by: Karrie Jacobs
    02.27.11

  2. Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
    A Great Idea

    Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

    Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.08.11

  3. Yellow Owl Cityscape Stamps
    Product

    Yellow Owl Cityscape Stamps

    I wandered into the Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco this weekend and was pleased to discover this rather winsome little set of stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop. I'm not usually a fan of this...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.21.09

  4. Works by Maira Kalman
    Profiles

    Works by Maira Kalman

    Last week painter and illustrator Maira Kalman was in San Francisco to kick off the Contemporary Jewish Museum's run of her new show Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (Of a Crazy World). I ...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.06.10

  5. Words You Should Know: Building Codes
    Design 101

    Words You Should Know: Building Codes

    Arm yourself with the vocabulary needed to navigate the world of building codes.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

  6. Words You Should Know
    Design 101

    Words You Should Know

    Bid: How much the contractor will charge to build the house. Different than “estimate.” (“Bid” is to “estimate” as “getting wife flowers” is to ...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  7. Windows of Opportunity in UK
    Post

    Windows of Opportunity in UK

    As a product of our financial climate, cities all over the world have been experiencing a surge in one of the most unattractive urban visual blights: empty storefronts. In York, the city has...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    09.14.09

  8. Windows of New York by José Guízar
    Post

    Windows of New York by José Guízar

    Graphic and information designer José Guízar, a New York transplant by way of Mexico, started The Windows of New York, a weekly illustrated series about, yes, the windows of New York. Part ode to...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    02.12.13

  9. Wide White Space
    Event Spotlight

    Wide White Space

    Today the exhibition 'The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space' opens at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco (through February 5). The show, which investigates graphic...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.20.11

  10. Why You Should Send a Thank You Card
    Interviews

    Why You Should Send a Thank You Card

    In the story "To the Letter" in our September 2012 issue, we visited Chandra Greer at Greer, her Chicago shop dedicated to all things paper. A purveyor of stationery, pens, pencils,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Nathan Kirkman
    09.07.12

  11. Why Is Joe Frowning?
    Design 101

    Why Is Joe Frowning?

    So you’ve brought home a bumbling new contractor who’ll turn your Ritz into a wreck. How to avoid it? Read on.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  12. Why Is Jane Smiling?
    Design 101

    Why Is Jane Smiling?

    So you’ve brought home an ebullient new contractor to turn your wreck into the Ritz. How to do it? Read on.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  13. What the Font?
    Post

    What the Font?

    Ever ask yourself, "Is that Arial or Helvetica?" (Or for type snobs, "Is that Helvetica or Helvetica Neue?") Then WhatTheFont may be the iPhone application for you. WhatTheFont...

    written by: David A. Greene
    02.22.09

  14. Wall of Shame
    Design 101

    Wall of Shame

    It started out as a great idea: Do away with wet-plaster wall construction, which required multiple workers taking days or weeks to plaster a house (and weeks or months for the plaster to set). So,...

    03.26.10

  15. Upcoming Auction at LA Modern
    Event Spotlight

    Upcoming Auction at LA Modern

    Original Ettore Sottsass furniture and accessories that were custom designed and built for the late tech pioneer Max Palevsky will hit the auction block March 6th at LA Modern. The Memphis Group...

    written by: Jennifer McKinley
    03.04.11

  16. Typographer Focus: Peter Biľak
    Profiles

    Typographer Focus: Peter Biľak

    The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer Peter Bil’ak, the way language looks is a never-ending exploration.

    written by: Kieran Long
    photos by: Adam Broomberg
    01.26.09

  17. Typeface Designer We Love: Jordan Metcalf
    Post

    Typeface Designer We Love: Jordan Metcalf

    Cape Town, South Africa-based typeface designer and artist Jordan Metcalf has a knack for creating puzzling, intricate algorithms in the form of typefaces. Whether experimenting with personal...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    04.03.13

  18. TWA Air Cargo Poster

    TWA Air Cargo Poster

    Another random find, this is the kind of thing I would be happy to find at a garage sale or flea market. Great colors. Great Typography. Nice.  

    $58.76

  19. Tumblr We Love: TypeToy
    Post

    Tumblr We Love: TypeToy

    One man's inspiration is another's inspiration? TypeToy was created as a personal online reference library with an emphasis in vintage design and typography by Aaron Eiland, a senior designer by...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    03.18.13

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