The “books” are actually tiles printed with sepia-toned photos of bookshelves at a local travel bookstore that ring the room, including the floor, walls and ceiling. In addition to painting unusual surfaces with intriguing patterns — whoa, you’re standing on books! — it gives an Alice in Wonderland-esque sense that the room has been suddenly upended.
From a 1982 book, via Ephemera Assemblyman.
This is oh so true, same with me:
Typography: Typically, I found I could predict the strength of a portfolio based on how well the type was handled on the resume. Type choices, type size, type color (and I’m not talking red/yellow/blue here), and line-length all matter. There’s a dirty little professional secret when looking at student portfolios: we will judge you first by your typography. Why? Because it gives us an idea of how well you can sort information, lets us gauge your attention to detail (widows or orphans?), and helps us understand if you get how to use negative space in layouts. Can you leverage the tension of the edges of the page? Focus on your type. It’s the most important skill a designer can have, besides understanding and gauging the potential and appropriateness of ideas.
I Wonder by the great Marian Bantjes. Preorder now!
I am honored to have lent Marian the tiniest bit of typographic advice that lies somewhere in these 200 pages. Can’t wait to get my copy and find out where.