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Articles by Stacey Kole

Talent, discipline, and creativity just might constitute a triple threat in the world of design; and if it does, 21-year-old Peter Tarka easily meets the definition. Each month, the ambitious Poland-based creative produces a collection...
It’s long been thought that Arial is to Helvetica what the ugly step sister is to Cinderella. Helvetica was designed in Germany in the 1950s to compete with Akzidenz Grotesk; Arial was designed in America in the early 1980s, believed by many...
It may be a project at work you just can’t get a handle on, or an important decision you can’t seem to make; but regardless of the situation, everyone can relate to the feeling of being stuck. Luckily, there’s Unstuck — a free iPad app...
First it was the Capulets versus the Montagues; then it was Coke versus Pepsi; and the latest epic battle? Serif versus sans-serif, of course. Lucky for us, the crew at UrbanFonts has produced a nifty infographic to help clarify the age-old...
Human beings are masters at strategically building walls to hide our innermost selves. But what would happen if those metaphorical barriers were suddenly see-through, effectually forcing us to bare our souls for the world to see? In her series...
All work and no play, allegedly, makes Jack a dull boy. And advertisers seem to agree; globally, major brands seem more interested in making us laugh than selling a product; and for good reason: humor is one of the best ice-breakers. If a brand...
If world leaders were more like-minded, perhaps the elusive goal of world peace might be more attainable. But while international harmony remains a utopian dream for now, French photographer Philippe Petremant is doing his part to inch us...
When I was in middle school, I took a sign language class. At the time, it struck me as interesting that some words and letters looked exactly like the thing being described, while others seemingly had no relation. That’s why I’m intrigued...
As a writer, I’m particularly drawn to typographic art. Perhaps it’s because the combination of word and art speaks to both the left brain and the right brain — and therein lies the magic. Designer Ji Lee’s book entitled Word as Image...
The Rorschach test is the most widely used projective psychological test, designed to assess and identify personality structures. But while photographer Traci Griffin’s brilliant new series titled “Mirrors” bears some resemblance...
While Generation Y may be too young to remember, there was a time in the 70s and 80s when the coolest gadgetry was inevitably “Made in Japan” — especially a series of 35 mm SLR cameras that set the industry standard. When the design consultancy...
Sometimes we become so preoccupied with what can be animated, Photoshopped, and otherwise digitally produced that we lose sight of the fact that often the most awe-inspiring beauty is right in front of us. Or, in this case, right below us. French...
Fonts can become synonymous with brands. Picture, for example, "Yahoo", "Disney", or the masthead for "The New York Times"; in each case, the brand and the typeface are virtually interchangeable. With this in mind, a team of designers isn’t...
If a company’s branding materials should seek to leave a mark, then Austrian design studio Bureau Rabensteiner has more than met the challenge with a recent client project. Using thermo-sensitive black ink, these visionary creatives...