Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story
Publisher: (Limited edition) Blue Pencil Editions (2008), MIT Press, Hardback
Author: Paul Shaw
Design: Paul Shaw and Abby Goldstein
Reviewed by: Alex Cameron
It is hard not to simply gush about Paul Shaw’s Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story. For a life-student and consumer of design history and culture publications, it ticks so many boxes that to ‘merely’ enjoy it is really quite easy. While there has been much said about Helvetica+ since its publication in 2011, readers might wonder why a review, so late in the day is worthwhile. Like all good design books, each time one returns to it new things seem to come to the fore. But more important than this, I believe there have been some important omissions in the discussions and reviews since the publication of the MIT Press edition.
Rarely Seen, Elaborate Art from Tzarist & Soviet RussiaNever mind the quality of goods themselves, or that you could not find them in stores anyway – some advertising posters from Tzarist and Soviet Russia featured outstanding graphic design, quite prized by collectors today. Here is a collection of unique and rarely-seen posters, serving as a commentary on troubled era and a deeply surreal consumer culture in pre-revolutionary and communist Russia.Posters before the Revolution -
Full of “Art Nouveau” design elements, often a visual treat in itself, these sophisticated posters advertised no less sophisticated products, some of a very fine quality. The select few who could afford to buy, could truly engage in a world-class Victorian luxury.
Yes. It’s back. We’ve been away for a hell of a long time. But we are no less relevant.
We are back with Coin. The only card you’ll ever need. A concept that pretty much does away with the wallet. Travelling light. That’s the name of the game these days. Making our lives easier; rationalising everything; distilling it down to its very essence.
The following alphabet charts were gathered from the portfolios of artists, photographers
and design students around the world. Credits are noted where known. To date, this is the most
comprehensive compilation of alphabets ever collected – we hope you enjoy the overflowing
creativity featured within these alphabet charts as much as we did. Enjoy the candy
What they don’t teach you at school!
Pretty soon there is going to be knowledge gap that we are going to have a big problem filling. Whether you want to be a doctor, a farmer, work in travel, creative, government or finance; any job for that matter, will need to involve software.
All children should be taught coding. It will be as vital as being able to write in the next 15 years. Those that have the skills will be the rockstars, the magicians if you will. Buy it isn’t difficult to learn. IN fact it is easy. Watch the video; sign up for a set of free courses. I did so yesterday learning html code and have just completed my 40th lesson. They only take a few minutes. What I know today rather than yesterday is staggering in itself. I went to codeacademy.com and registered. You can choose for yourself. Want your kids to learn? Go to code.org the not for profit agency looking to get all of the nations coding. They incidentally put together the great video you’ve just watched. HAPPY CODING!
I know what a fan a lot of you are for Gary Vaynerchuk’s content and there is little to be had online. Here however is a good slug of Gary. 50+ minutes of him.