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February 21, 2019 - Comments Off on Monthly Fascination: February ’19

Monthly Fascination: February ’19

It's been a long winter. I've had some personal stuff going on, and life has been pretty full with things that aren't necessarily writing. As a result, I've let the posts slip on this site. This is fine in the grand scheme of things, but I do think that doing this thing is a helpful muscle for me to keep flexing. They're a reminder to think about design and creativity outside the constraints of my day-to-day life. With that in mind, I'm back at it.

A couple of other updates: I published the post that I had started but didn't finish back in October of 2018. Here it is if you're interested. I also finally let go of a few things, worked through some logistics, and got my newsletter going. It'll probably be a month endeavor, similar to this, but focused on a wide lens than design. If that's your thing, there's a sign-up form here.


With the dramatic disruption happening in the device space, the topic of type legibility seems to come up every few years. Up to this point, practitioners have relied on anecdotal evidence or best practices when designing for legibility. The Centre Visibility Design has taken on the task of researching what actually makes type more readable. At least, we have some real evidence.


A motion design studio based in Cape Town, okalpha has both a stunning body of work and an amazing site. I suggest that you spend a good amount of time with both.

Break Maiden

Purveyors of that current style of branding rooted in the vernacular of pseudo-naive Americana, the folks at Break Maiden are masters of the form. Even though I’ve moved away from brand design in my daily practice, I still have a lot of appreciation for the people that do it well. Check out all the work for some stellar examples.

February 18, 2019 - Comments Off on Monthly Fascination: October ’18

Monthly Fascination: October ’18

(I had this saved to my drafts folder, but never actually published it. Here it is, better way late than never. I've got another post queued up for February links that I'll post later this week. I'm not going to edit it, but I didn't end up getting the newsletter together for this post, which is why I delayed it. I've got it going now, and will be sending out the first issue this week as well.)

A couple quick items of house-keeping before we jump straight into it: the first thing is that this is the first month that a post in the Monthly Fascination series will be accompanied by an issue of my all new newsletter. Christened "Frequent Fascination" to tie it into this series, as well as lean into my love of alliteration, it will consist of a list mix of content from this post as well as a few other things that other may find interesting. It's the first time that I've tried to do something like this and I'm interested to see how it goes. If you're interested, you can sign up here. Secondly, I'd love to hear some feedback on these posts. Are they worth while? Does the format work? Should they be more…or less? Whatever you think, drop me a line.

The three links that really caught my attention this week all coincidentally had to do with the idea of created space. Two relate to created space that we build around ourselves, and the last with the identity that we build around that space.

Brand Design for Pedro Salmerón, Architect by Buenaventura

I was really drawn the simplicity and flexibility of this system for the architect Pedro Salmerón. Speaking from experience, it's such a challenge to create identities for creative practitioners of any sort. Consisting of basic rectangles and 45 degree slashes to structure space, with subdued textures and a very neutral palette to round everything out. The designers at Buenaventura did an excellent job creating something interesting that also lets the architect's work take center stage.

A Map of Every Building in America by the NY Times

A fascinating project. Maps that don't answer questions, but instead suggest them. The thing that really sticks out to me is the interplay between humans trying to structure the environment and also being structured by it at the same time.

An Algorithmically-Derived Personal National Flag

With our global culture increasingly dominated by nationalistic fascists, the discussion of what ties out together as country(wo)men has never been more important. What if we didn't pledge unwavering allegiance to symbols that come laden with centuries of burden? A project by the Puerto Rican design firm Muuaaa suggests that maybe we should find strength in our own beliefs and symbolism. Leaning on a system that generates flags from a subset of an individual's choosing, the studio created a way for people to walk away with their own national identity.

That's it for this month. I hope that you found some of these tidbits stimulating, or at least interesting. Let me know either way, and thanks for your time.