M.Leddy + design   102

etterheads dig letterheads. Letterhead Steven Heller offers his confessions — with samples.
design  letters  typography 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
NYRB covers
From the Los Angeles Times : Aida Ylanan analyzes the covers of 500 New York Review Books Classics.
books  design 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Mid-century cigarette machine
There are many ways for a movie to hold my interest.
cigarettes  design  film 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Philadelphia Solari
From NPR’s All Things Considered : “Fans of an Iconic Philly Rail Sign Are Rallying to Save It from Retirement.”
design  signa 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Moving to Elgin Park
The creator of an imaginary town has died.
art  design  dowdyworld 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Arrowlock Tag #108
it’s a clever design: “Hook to item — fold arrow head.”
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Cachou Lajaunie
Little French candies. The flavor is kinda ghastly, but the tin’s design is beautiful.
design  France 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
La Posta Fazzio
It was the label that drew me to La Posta Fazzio Malbec. It so happens that the wine is good too. But that label!
Borges  design  wine 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
Judging books by their covers
New York Review Books Classics.
books  design 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Bela sardines
Probably the best sardines I’ve ever had.
design  sardines 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
An interview with Annie Atkins
Maker of graphic props for film, lead graphic designer for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
art  design  film 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Benguiat beatniks
From Zippy, lettering inspired by Ed Benguiat’s Interlock
fonts  design  Zippy 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
“Technocracy Debunked”
An Everyday Science and Mechanics cover, February 1933.
design  dowdyworld  magazines  technology 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Railroad emblems
From Life magazine, 1944.
design  trains 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Ballpark design
From the podcast 99% Invisible, an episode about the design of new ballparks.
baseball  design 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Steven Heller on humility
“When you start out, there are all sorts of things you have to learn, and humility is one of them.”
design  life 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Folk facade
A study for the facade of the Museum of American Folk Art.
art  design  museum 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Fake News, an icon
An icon by Louis Prado, from Noun Project.
design  truth 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Heads up
Whoever designed the posters and their sequence must have put much thought into — and taken much pleasure from — the work.
art  design  museum 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
||: ALL-ONE! :||
The evolution of the Dr. Bronner label from 1973 to 2015.
advertising  design 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Adventures in molded plywood
The Charles and Ray Eames leg splint.
design  Eames 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Red Rose redesign
The new design looks older, flatter, plainer. The tea tag is dowdier too.
design  tea 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
The Comprehensive Storage System Wall Unit, designed by George Nelson, manufactured by Herman Miller.
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Russel Wright’s American Modern
Cooper Hewitt’s Object of the Day: a brochure for Steubenville Pottery’s American Modern dinnerware.
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Rev. Robert Palladino (1932–2016)
Steve Jobs sat in on his calligraphy class.
design  handwriting  Mac  typography 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Goodbye, “M”
First the Metropolitan Museum of Art ended the use of the “M” admission button, and now it’s doing away with the “M” altogether, a beautiful and art-historical “M.”
design  museum 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Tube Benders
A 99% Invisible episode about neon.
design  materialculture 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Repurposeful art deco
Ruth Gerth’s 1931 “Glow Lamp.”
art  design  repurposing 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
iOS 9, uppercase, lowercase
I like the look of the lowercase keyboard, I really do, but switching from lowercase to uppercase via the Shift key is jarring, as I noticed every time I typed a capital letter.
design  iOS 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
The photographer Max Tuohey tours the Trans World Flight Center, aka the TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
design  dowdyworld  photography 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Pencil and paper
Khoi Vinh recently surveyed designers about the tools they use.
design  paper  pencils 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
Eames radios
Experiments in the plywood-molding process.
design  Eames  radio 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Tobias Frere-Jones on cigar-box edging
“Everything is collected by somebody, and I’m grateful for that. Ephemera, the fragile snapshots of everyday design, would be lost without collectors.”
art  design  paper 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
From a title page
A Funk & Wagnalls logo.
art  books  design 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
From The Noun Project
The Noun Project aims to create “a visual language of icons anyone can understand.”
design  words 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
“Operative Potters”
What’s an “operative potter”?
dowdyworld  design 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
An Erik Spiekermann poster
“Start reading. Stop Googling.”
art  design  reading  signage 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Old Grote
“Our Grote medicine cabinet is now gone, along with our other bathroom fixtures. Goodbye, old Grote. Goodbye, inside-cabinet-door labels.”
design  dowdyworld 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Protecting the Chuck
Converse All Stars in court.
october 2014 by M.Leddy
Tobias Frere-Jones’s blog
Tobias Frere-Jones’s eponymous blog is a thing of beauty.
design  objects  typography 
september 2014 by M.Leddy
Color dictionaries
“Designed to give people around the world a common vocabulary to describe the colors of everything from rocks and flowers to stars, birds, and postage stamps.”
design  dictionary 
june 2014 by M.Leddy
Little inspection slips from new clothes. Four languages, two to a side, 1 5/8" x 2 1/8".
may 2014 by M.Leddy
Cooper-Hewitt’s Object of the Day.
design  dowdyworld  supplies 
april 2014 by M.Leddy
“Warner’s” Trade Mark Super 8
If my name were Warner, I’d trademark it and write it that way too.
advertising  design  tools 
april 2014 by M.Leddy
Lifetyme Mixed Grass Seed
“I know that the first day of spring isn’t necessarily the best day to sow grass seed, but it is a good day to post something about grass seed.”
advertising  design  spring 
march 2014 by M.Leddy
The Princess telephone
“Soft, curvy, and biomorphic,” and designed by Henry Dreyfuss.
design  telephone 
march 2014 by M.Leddy
A VLC replacement icon
Better than the traffic cone.
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Why are barns painted red?
The industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss offers many answers.
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Henry Dreyfuss on survival forms
An argument for the skeuomorph: “By embodying a familiar pattern in an otherwise wholly new and possibly radical form, we can make the unusual acceptable to many people who would otherwise reject it.”
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Canned Heat and Cooper-Hewitt
Cooper-Hewitt’s Object of the Day today: a 1968 concert poster for Canned Heat at the Fillmore West.
art  CannedHeat  design  music 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
The Polaroid Swinger
Cooper-Hewitt’s Object of the Day.
december 2013 by M.Leddy
The Honeywell Round
The Honeywell thermostat, a Cooper-Hewitt Object of the Day.
design  technology 
october 2013 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
An update to a post about book designer Guy Fleming.
books  design  typography 
september 2013 by M.Leddy
Folle stapler
Suddenly my staplers seem — well, inadequate.
design  stapler 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
The model 500
Henry Dreyfuss’s telephone.
design  telephone 
march 2013 by M.Leddy
Orange manual art
New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual.
design  orange 
february 2013 by M.Leddy
Bernhard’s cat
Lucian Bernhard, creator of the Cat’s Paw logo and much more.
advertising  art  design  typography 
january 2013 by M.Leddy
The new Blogger interface on the iPad
The new Blogger interface is better than it was: one now can at least edit existing posts on an iPad. But it’s difficult to see this barely readable text as an improvement. It’s difficult to see this text at all.
Blogger  design 
september 2012 by M.Leddy
Bravo to the publisher who thought it fitting to give a lovely bouquet of letters and punctuation marks to a textbook.
books  design  typography 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
Doyald Young, Logotype Designer
“To learn to draw a letter well takes a lot of time. I’ve been drawing letters since 1948, and I’m still learning how to draw.”
design  pencils  typography 
february 2012 by M.Leddy
Executive Suite
Executive Suite (dir. Robert Wise, 1954) tells the story of the battle for the presidency of an American furniture company, the Tredway Corporation.
design  Eames  film 
january 2012 by M.Leddy
Eameses on PBS tonight
“Check your local listings.”
design  Eames 
december 2011 by M.Leddy
Antique Packaging
Antique Packaging is a book of photographs of old cardboard boxes.
art  design 
april 2011 by M.Leddy
IBEW logo
“It’s the juxtaposition of crackling electricity and proper attire that gets me.”
art  design  labor 
february 2011 by M.Leddy
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