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Bierut On Modern Typesetting For Designers: Like Having “As Much Sex As They Wanted”

No! No, no, no, no! What are you crazy? Of course you cannot read Virginia Postrel‘s article about type in this month’s Atlantic online! Are you out of your mind?

But what you can do is watch a video of Michael Bierut (looking adorable, especially during that opening stroll) talkin’ type to accompany this mysterious piece about “a revolution in typeface design.” And we swear to god, Bierut makes a comparison between photo typesetting and birth control that we’re pretty sure is unprintable here. It’s no “It’s The Real Thing. Period. Coke. Period. Any Questions? Of Course Not.” But it’ll do.

The article opens (we say it opens but that’s so ironic since the opening is really all we have to work with here) by describing the artistry of Bierut’s type-only Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design (designed by Abbott Miller):

Yet the book is a graphic extravaganza. Each of the 79 essays is set in a different typeface, ranging in age from Bembo, designed in 1495, to Flama, created in 2006. This profusion of typefaces would have been inconceivable when Bierut, 50, was starting out as a graphic designer. ‘I’m not sure in 1982 I could have come up with 79 different text fonts,’ he says.”

You can also read this interview with Gary Hustwit, which Postrel conducted by phone, so she probably didn’t get to see Hustwit throw up in his mouth a little after being asked for the 1,456th time the only question that any interviewer has ever opened with: “Why make a film about a typeface?”

Now. Luckily for you, friends, we are trained in the ways of magic, allowing us to conjure up this top secret no-registration-required link to the story in full. However, like all magic, there’s a catch. That link will expire in three days. Use your powers wisely.

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“Design Matters” Season Five Schedule Announced

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Effervescent host (and quite the hostess as well) Debbie Millman has leaked the new season of “Design Matters” to UnBeige first, kicking off January 18 with our Man of the Year, Chip Kidd. Graphic designers, writers, illustrators, authors, scientists, editors, a Nobel Prize winner and many, many UnBeige favorites will be featured on the show, which, incidentally, was voted a “favorite podcast” on PSFK’s IF Marketing Podcast survey. Tune in every Friday at 3pm to hear these fine voices:

January 18: Chip Kidd
January 25: Eric Kandel
February 1: Kurt Andersen
February 8: Vaughan Oliver
February 15: Jonah Lehrer
February 22: Petrula Vrontikis
February 29: Stefan Bucher
March 7: Laurie Rosenwald
March 14: Jeffrey Zeldman
March 28: Abbott Miller
April 11: Robynne Raye
April 18: All Music Show with DJ and Designer Michael Hodgson
April 25: Lawrence Weiner

Full bios for each guest can be found below.

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New York Times Neglects to Credit Abbott Miller More Than 2wice

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And we thought it was just the NY Times art critics who were forgetful. A dance critic (who shall remain nameless, per our policy) writes a long and positive review of the book Green World: Merce Cunningham, praising Katherine Wolkoff‘s photographs and their “handsome” layout. But the writer fails to mention that a living, breathing person not only decided how all those photos would fit together most handsomely, but actually does this kind of thing for different art-related themes twice a year.

What really kills us is this opening paragraph:

The choreographer Merce Cunningham is not to be seen in the pages of the handsome new photography book Green World: Merce Cunningham. And for more than half its pages, neither are his dancers.

And throughout this entire review, neither is designer Abbott Miller.

Live From the Shake Shack, It Might Be Michael Bierut

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It’s time to pull up a chair and gather ’round the computer for a little Must See TV, as we spy on those lucky enough to get a proper invitation to Michael Bierut‘s book release party at the legendary Shake Shack. We are now going live to the Shack Cam to get a glimpse of the design stars in attendance.

According to the “Shacksomphere”, it’s a balmy 90 degrees in Madison Square Park, with winds out of the south at 15 mph, but the resolution on the Shack Cam is little blurrier than we’d expec–oh my god, there’s Paula Scher! Oh, that’s just some girl eating a burger. Anyway, it sounds like it’s gonna be one heck of a–dude, I swear I see Michael Bierut! Oh, nope, that’s a chick. But that is totally Abbott Miller! No, wait, that’s some guy digging in the trash can.

Michael Bierut Ready to Shake Up the Shake Shack

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We have, at this very moment, been paid a visit by our friendly neighborhood UPS delivery man, who came bearing gifts in the form of the yellow beauty you see above: Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut. As far as we can tell, designer Abbott Miller set each of these 79 essays in a different typeface, so after you read the thing a whole other level of entertainment can be found by puzzling over why each one was chosen especially for that topic. We also were wondering how Bierut was going to handle including the hyperlinks from his adapted Design Observer essays, but there is a succinct little appendix in the back that includes background and links for each piece. It’s a nice touch.

And we absolutely love this news: The day the book is published, there will apparently be a party at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (just a hop, skip and a jump from Pentagram’s office, mind you). And get this: The Shack’s got a camera planted atop its delicious self so even those not in NYC can raise a Fluffer Nutter concrete along with the rest of the well-wishers. Stay tuned for details so you can tune in, too.

We Like-a MICA

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We couldn’t pass up this lovely new identity, seeing as it’s not only for great designers, it’s also by a great designer. The Maryland Institute College of Art got the update you see above courtesy of Abbott Miller. We especially love this version because these patterns remind us of a classy men’s suit, but there are all kinds of cool reasons behind Miller’s choices, which are rooted in the history of the Baltimore neighborhood. We’re sure at least one person at MICA loves it–Miller’s wife Ellen Lupton just so happens to be the director of the MFA program there.

See more of MICA in action on their website and at Pentagram’s blog.

Decoding AIGA NY’s Body/Language

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When not moonlighting as an UnBeige contributor, Lindsay Ballant is an art director at Print, where she’s filed a review of Body/Language, the one-day fashion and graphic design conference hosted by AIGA NY.

We like the sheer variety of content, from street art-meets-entrepreneurialism to the raconteurish history of fashion mags–Abbott Miller‘s critique of couture logos seems like it was absolutely hilarious–and although Isaac Mizrahi kept his hands to himself, he delivered at least one juicy quote that helped us remember why we love him so:

“I think you should be able to judge smart people for looking bad like you judge dumb people for not being smart.”

Mizrahi and Millman Are Speaking Our Body/Language

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Well, it’s just about the most fabulous idea for a conference that we never thought of. Body/Language, coordinated by the cool kids at AIGA NY, stitches together the oft-coordinating worlds of fashion and graphic design. The stylish Ms. Millman presides, with appearances by Andy Spade, Abbott Miller, Ruth Ansel and many others, including our favorite off-the-cuff designer, Sir Isaac Mizrahi:

“On his passion for the graphic design of fashion”

Uh oh. Debbie, during that tete-a-tete, watch out!