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Newsletter #2

A curated content about design, in some way or another. And some music too.

Greetings subscriber.

I am overwhelmed by the great reception the newsletter has had. About 500 people have subscribed and that gives me joy but also much more responsibility.

From the first moment, the objective of this newsletter is to share knowledge, without commercial objectives and with the aim to create community.

The situation that we are living as a society at the moment is not easy and I think that is when we precisely have to be more united and enjoy the profession that we have chosen. As the great designer and one of the founders of Pentagram, Alan Fletcher said, "Design is not a thing you do. It's a way of life."

It's a time of adaptation, of learning more than ever and of testing ourselves as professionals. And I am convinced that it will make us stronger. It's not the first crisis we have experienced and unfortunately, it will not be the last.

I hope you are in good health (physical and mental) and that we can meet again soon. Online meeting is a good solution but not the best. I miss meeting friends and talking about design at PlayRestart with attendees. Hopefully, these events will come back after the summer.

Regards.

—Wences

Modern Graphic Designer
Elaine Lustig Cohen

During the 1950s and 60s a small group of graphic designers sought to integrate ideas from European modernism into the context of American printed media. Among these pioneering modernists was Elaine Lustig Cohen (b. 1927), whose work is a little-known episode in the history of graphic design.

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6,500+ book recommendations
Good Books. Books recommended by successful people

Here you'll discover what the world's most successful people are reading and recommending. People like Debbie Millman, Jessica Hische, Frank Chimero, Mike Shinoda or LeBron James, Seth Godin, Zooey Deschanel, Woody Harrelson among others.

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A seemingly silly gesture is done for the sake of safety
Why Japan’s Rail Workers Can’t Stop Pointing at Things

Train conductors, drivers and station staff play an important role in the safe and efficient operation of the lines; a key aspect of which is the variety of physical gestures and vocal calls that they perform while undertaking their duties. While these might strike visitors as silly, the movements and shouts are a Japanese-innovated industrial safety method known as pointing-and-calling; a system that reduces workplace errors by up to 85 percent.

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The A-Z Guide To AI
Making sense of artificial intelligence

This beginner’s A-Z guide is a collaboration between the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and Google, intended to break a complex area of computer science down into entry-level explanations that will help anyone get their bearings and understand the basics.

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The city's finest creatives have turned out for the mega campaign hoping to clarify communications around the crisis
Milton Glaser and Paula Scher among the graphic designers making PSA posters for New York’s billboards

A huge campaign by New York gallery Poster House and Print magazine is bringing together some of the finest and best known graphic designers from the city, to help communicate messaging during the Covid-10 crisis more clearly.

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A Swiss-born American Photographer & Graphic Designer. Official Site
Herbert Matter

Herbert Matter (April 25, 1907 – May 8, 1984) was a Swiss-born American photographer and graphic designer known for his pioneering use of photomontage in commercial art. The designer's innovative and experimental work helped shape the vocabulary of 20th-century graphic design.

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McDonald’s almost overhauled its packaging and signage back in 1973
McDonald’s rejected designs from the ’70s could have completely changed the way the fast-food chain looks today

We’re all familiar with the classic golden arches that signify McDonald’s cheap burgers and salty fries. But if one design agency had its way back in 1973, the restaurant’s logo and packaging would have looked completely different than it does today.

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The fonts, the experiment, the semantics
TwoPoints.Net on their latest bespoke collaboration with Nike

Just some months after the studio’s viral typographic hit for ESPN magazine’s NEXT -TwoPoints.Net and ESPN have an ongoing partnership that delivers ever since the bespoke typeface for NFL issue, followed by an NBA issue and another on the Olympic Games-, the creatives continue to translate sports stories into typography in their latest collaboration with Nike Europe.

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The Nine Club with Chris Roberts
Spike Jonze Interview

Spike Jonze discusses growing up on the East Coast, how shooting BMX lead him into skateboarding, starting "Dirt" magazine with Andy Jenkins, moving to LA, filming his first video for World Industries "Rubbish Heap", what it was like filming Blind "Video Days", how he got into making music videos for bands like Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, The Pharcyde, Weezer and so many more, starting Girl Skateboards with Rick Howard, Mike Carroll & Megan Baltimore, Winning an Academy Award for his movie "Her" starring Joaquin Phoenix, car trouble in SF filming "Goldfish", Blowing shit up for the Lakai video "Fully Flared" and much more!

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New Typography by Florian Karsten
FK Grotesk Neue

FK Grotesk Neue is a down-to-earth sans-serif typeface inspired by swiss typography titans Helvetica and Univers. Despite clear references to the iconic shapes of the flowing lowercase “a” or the uppercase “R”, FK Grotesk Neue represents a contemporary, more mechanic and rigid approach to the neo-grotesque genre. Lower contrast, rather geometric outlines and wider proportions (courtesy of FK Grotesk) make the typeface a unique addition to the large group of common-looking utilitarian typefaces.

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Multiball
Wiretap for Netflix 🎬
Type Study Buddy 🖥
Design is fine. History is mine 📔
Tribute to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 🎵
The Visual World of Blue Note Records: The History 🎺
Padawanes 👩‍🏫

That's all folks!

Hope you like it. If you have any suggestion to improve this newsletter please don't hesitate to contact me. Some did it with the first one and I really appreciate that. Stay healthy!

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