Department of Design

Curated by Timoni West.

Primarily focused on product design, technology, cognitive psychology, and the brain. Also—pretty pictures, sometimes moving.


Posts about Typography
August 27th, 2014
October 28th, 2013

Effect of Colored Light on Colored Objects, from “On the Typography of Flight-Deck Documentation,” NASA Contractor Report #177605, 1992.

October 12th, 2012

Sangrail, a poem written by František Střížovský. Illustrated by Břetislav Štorm , via josefskrhola on Flickr.

October 10th, 2011


Test your typographic kerning skills:

October 9th, 2011


16 Pixels for body copy. Anything less is a costly mistake.

As a farsighted web designer who routinely bumps up the text size on every single website, I beseech you, fellow designers, check out this article, or Wilson Miner’s excellent article on the subject, Relative Readability.

August 22nd, 2011

Stanton & Company, by OCD | The Original Champions of Design. This is one of the most perfectly kerned bits of type I’ve ever seen.

August 8th, 2011

Unused Rand logo for Ford, via :: Identity

June 23rd, 2011

That means Gotham went from a print-based library that included 7,520 individual characters (known as glyphs) to a web version that counted 47,778. That’s almost seven times as large as the original, and each one has to be carefully designed to operate at any size and a range of weight.

At the same time, the quality assurance process — testing each glyph in different circumstances to make sure it works properly — went from 74 individual tests for print through to 210 steps for the web. In total, the team at Hoefler & Frere-Jones had to commit to more than 90 million individual operations in order to make their foundry web-compatible.

June 17th, 2011
June 4th, 2011
March 1st, 2010

Still from The Secret of Kells, 2010.

This movie looks amazing.

October 10th, 2009

FOT:040, digitized by Dennis, via Friends of Type

October 5th, 2009

@jasonbentley just asked me if typewriters always had monospaced fonts. I didn’t know, but thought it was an interesting question.

Here’s a memo written on the first real typewriter, the Sholes & Glidden Type Writer. It uses a sans-serif typeface!

(Image via the Office Museum.)

October 1st, 2009

Copy for Remington Lektronic II ad, Life Magazine, 1964.