A look at the sketchbook of the woman who “gave computing a human face”

Susan Kare: You may never have heard of her, but anyone who’s used a computer should thank her. Here’s a link to a blog that provides some really interesting background.


Amplifying Creative Communities

It’s easy to be a little cynical about this kind of thing, but Amplify Creative Communities is a pretty interesting and timely idea …

Graduate students and faculty affiliated with Parsons’ Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab interviewed leaders from 30 different community organizations about socially innovative solutions to urban problems, from community gardening to alternative transportation.

The idea of the project is to “amplify” good ideas and lessons from these activists’ hard work. It’s chock full of ambitious and timely goals, like helping people “learn how to create successful alternatives to the standard commercial and government services.”

Adobe acquires Typekit

Just announced. This, from the comments on the Typkit blog, captures my feelings …

Great move for Adobe & the Typekit founders, that’s how capitalism works – congrats! But for the font consumer – I’m not so sure.

Nike logo turns 40

From Printmag.com

“Then one day Phil asked me if I wanted to work on a shoe stripe,” Davidson recalled. The only advice she received was to “Make the stripe supportive of the shoe.” Davidson came up with half a dozen options. None of the options “captivated anyone” so it came down to “which was the least awful.”

Old school

Article in the New York Times about the resurgence of hand-painted signs, New Bohemia Signs, and a pretty cool sounding exposition in San Francisco.

 Andres Guerrero, proprietor of Guerrero Gallery, used the word “authentic” in describing the exhibition’s appeal — noting as well that fans of sign painting run the gamut from graffiti enthusiasts to typography nerds.

“We could all use Photoshop all day and make letters,” Mr. Guerrero said. “Yet there’s this element of hand — your style, how you control things.”

Very nice infographic

Medicalbillingandcoding.org (I know, sounds exciting) has a very well designed infographic on their site. It’s really well done, and the actual information is pretty interesting.

The world’s best-designed newspaper

It’s from Portugal. Don’t know if it’s the best, but I do agree with The Society of News Design …


The publication has a steady grid structure, type and color palette that create a strong platform for difference and surprise. The grid and space look effortless. But there is more complexity than it first appears.