19 March 2008

the history of visual communication

(grandjean's mathematical drawings for his romain du roi)

the history of visual communication is a lovely, fantastically rich site that "attempts to walk you through the long and diverse history of a particular aspect of the human endeavour: the translation of ideas, stories and concepts that are largely textural and/or word based in a visual format." it does a pretty good job (to put it mildly).

it takes a viewer through rocks and caves, ideograms, the alphabet, the printing press, all the way through the computer. AND it's loaded with beautiful images. enjoy!

18 March 2008

michael bierut talks type

a nice little interview with michael bierut, originally with an article by virginia postrel in the atlantic. enjoy!

(and i'll try to be better about posting again, i promise.)