The Big Screen Behind You Part I

You stand in the front looking out at glazed-over eyes. Behind you, your PowerPoint slides. You are an instructor in a big auditorium or a boss at a meeting. Perhaps the eyes before you are not fogged at all, but riveted to little glowing rectangles held in hands. Everybody gets so much information all day long…

Letterform Basics for Writers

When grapefruits were 5 cents and oranges a penny, grocers hand printed their own signs and they did well. They just wrote: "APPLES DELICIOUS 4 LB 25¢" and they sold apples. Union Leader, 7-Up, Beech Nut, Copenhagen Cigars, and Model Tobacco (the advertisers) thought the letterforms were just fine, even though the advertisers had their own…

Design-It-Yourself and the Possibility of Uncolonized Minds

D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself, Ellen Lupton, editor. As drawing, painting, theater, dance, and music classes have disappeared from many American schools and so too from our homework-help sessions, some parents wonder where our children will begin to learn how and why to make something beautiful and meaningful. Everyone is a scientist/engineer now, everyone is a writer,…