US road signs ditch new font for old

The Verge reports on changes to road signs in the USA: Unless you’re a typography buff, you might not have noticed the new font that’s been popping up on highway signs over the past decade. It’s called Clearview and it’s been around since 2004. For much of its life, researchers (including its designer, Meeker & […]

The graphic and furniture design of Robin Day

Better known for designing the seating for the Royal Festival Hall in 1951 and his invention of the polypropylene stacking chair in 1963, Robin Day OBE was also an accomplished graphic designer. A self-taught one at that: “Though my father had no formal training in graphics,” says Day’s daughter Paula, “from an early age he […]

UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer’s Guide To The Tech Industry | Co.Design | business + design

Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer. Design-related roles exist in a range of areas from industrial design (cars, furniture) to print (magazines, […]

Masters of the Small Canvas: icon designers

Ever since Susan Kare’s 8-bit designs graced the first Macintosh screens in 1984, icon design, like digital typography, has been an important if unglamorous niche in the software business. The 2008 debut of Apple’s App Store created “a sea change in our industry,” says Gedeon Maheux, co-founder of Iconfactory, a large design studio in Greensboro, […]

What graphic designers think about the Google logo

Google’s seen a lot of changes recently, and the latest came yesterday, when the tech company surprised everyone with their new logo. In one of the biggest changes since 1999, Google’s new logo uses a simpler sans-serif typeface. The new logo had to work well in constrained spaces and maintain consistency across many products, the […]

Designers Tackle George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words

Have you ever wondered how famed Mac designer Susan Kare might go about designing a pair of pixel art tits, or how ornery ad legend Milton Glaser might handle a design brief that simply read “cocksucker?” Now you can find out, thanks to a new booster pack for the popular party game Cards Against Humanity, […]