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In Emily Spivack’s altogether fantastic storytelling project Worn Stories, Piper Kerman writes about the vintage suit she wore at her final court appearance and sentencing, a key moment in her memoir-turned-TV-hit Orange Is the New Black:

As your case wends through the system, you barely speak in court; the prosecutor and defense attorney do most of the talking. Unlike 80 percent of criminal defendants, I could afford to hire a lawyer, and I was lucky that he was a very good and experienced one. He had advocated long and hard with the prosecutor on my behalf, and then the day came where his work and my case would be decided by the judge, a Reagan appointee to the federal bench.Most criminal defendants wear whatever they are given by their attorney or family to their sentencing ; a lot of people are too poor to afford bail, and so they have been wearing jailhouse orange for many months before ever getting their day in court. I was much more fortunate; when I flew to Chicago to be sentenced to prison, I had three choices of court attire in my suitcase. A cadet-blue pantsuit, a very severe navy coatdress, and a wild card I had packed at the last minute: a vintage fifties pencil-skirt suit I had bought on eBay, in a coffee and cream tweed with a subtle sky blue check. It looked like something a Hitchcock heroine would have worn.“That’s the one,” said my lawyer, pointing to the skirt suit. “We want the judge to be reminded of his own daughter or niece or neighbor when he looks at you.”For someone standing for judgment, the importance of being seen as a complete human being, someone who is more than just the contents of the file folders that rest on the bench in front of His or Her Honor, cannot be overstated.

More fantastic wearable memoirs curated by Spivack here.

explore-blog:

In Emily Spivack’s altogether fantastic storytelling project Worn Stories, Piper Kerman writes about the vintage suit she wore at her final court appearance and sentencing, a key moment in her memoir-turned-TV-hit Orange Is the New Black:

As your case wends through the system, you barely speak in court; the prosecutor and defense attorney do most of the talking. Unlike 80 percent of criminal defendants, I could afford to hire a lawyer, and I was lucky that he was a very good and experienced one. He had advocated long and hard with the prosecutor on my behalf, and then the day came where his work and my case would be decided by the judge, a Reagan appointee to the federal bench.

Most criminal defendants wear whatever they are given by their attorney or family to their sentencing ; a lot of people are too poor to afford bail, and so they have been wearing jailhouse orange for many months before ever getting their day in court. I was much more fortunate; when I flew to Chicago to be sentenced to prison, I had three choices of court attire in my suitcase. A cadet-blue pantsuit, a very severe navy coatdress, and a wild card I had packed at the last minute: a vintage fifties pencil-skirt suit I had bought on eBay, in a coffee and cream tweed with a subtle sky blue check. It looked like something a Hitchcock heroine would have worn.

“That’s the one,” said my lawyer, pointing to the skirt suit. “We want the judge to be reminded of his own daughter or niece or neighbor when he looks at you.”

For someone standing for judgment, the importance of being seen as a complete human being, someone who is more than just the contents of the file folders that rest on the bench in front of His or Her Honor, cannot be overstated.

More fantastic wearable memoirs curated by Spivack here.

Keep Fresh, Stay Rad

New from our Friends of Type – a super cool box of 100 typographically fabulous postcards! Includes nice little Q&A booklet with the designers.

Creatures of the night!

Our new book Nocturne is garnering some praise – hit these links to see more: Slate, New Scientist, DiscoverMagazine.com, NBC News.com, FastCompany.com, Parade.com, Publishers Weekly.

From top to bottom:
Serval, Spiny Mouse, Indian Flying Fox, Tarantula, River Otter

Get the book here!

Louise Fili in Conversation with Debbie Millman
Sept. 17, 6-8pm
New York Public Library, South Court Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Louise Fili will present on her favorite Italian signs, the inspiration for her own design style. Afterward, she will be interviewed by Design Matters’ Debbie Millman, take questions from the audience, and autograph copies of Grafica della Strada: The Signs of Italy

Louise Fili exhibiton at the ADC

Elegantissima: The Exhibit opened this Wednesday, September 10th at the Art Directors Club. The show was designed by Kevin O’Callaghan and displays four decades of Louise Fili’s work, all set within beautifully crafted and themed room environments. 

Be sure to see the exhibit before it ends on September 19th (the ADC is located at 106 West 29th Street, NYC) and discover more of Louise’s fine work in Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili (2012). 

Raffle: ‘Type on Screen’ by Ellen Lupton and ‘Abbott Miller: Design and Content’

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Enter your email address to win a copy of Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton and Abbott Miller: Design and Content for your school library (or a school library of your choice), plus a $100 Princeton Architectural Press gift certificate for yourself.

Type Nite (w/ Ellen Lupton & Abbott Miller)
Sept. 22, 6:30pm
MICA, Brown Center, Falvey Hall
Baltimore

MFA in Graphic Design faculty members Ellen Lupton, Abbott Miller, and type designer Tal Leming, along with special guests, will showcase new typefaces under development; explore type at work on page, on screen, and the built environment; and celebrate the release of Lupton’s new book, Type on Screen, and Miller’s new book, Abbott Miller: Design and Content. On-site and on-line book signings will follow the program.

If you are not in Baltimore: Pre-order your book(s) at the MICA Bookstore website and receive 20% off. You will have the opportunity to fill out how you would like your book(s) inscribed. The author(s) will sign your book(s) and the store will mail them to you. Include your Twitter handle and we’ll tweet a photo of the author(s) signing your book(s)! Following the autographing session with attendees, the authors will take questions from remote fans via Twitter. Use the Twitter hash-tag #TypeNite when you tweet your question, and don’t forget to follow #TypeNite on Twitter to experience the whole event!

Worn Stories arrives next week! is available now!

What significance do these garments have for Andy Spade (top), David Carr (middle), and Rosanne Cash (bottom)? Find out in Worn Stories, a collection of sartorial memoirs (by Emily Spivack), published by PAPress.

"It is important to use your hands, this is what distinguishes you from a cow or a computer operator" —Paul Rand
From Paul Rand: Conversations with Students, published by PAPress in 2008. Today marks the 100th Birthday of Mr. Rand!

"It is important to use your hands, this is what distinguishes you from a cow or a computer operator" —Paul Rand

From Paul Rand: Conversations with Students, published by PAPress in 2008. Today marks the 100th Birthday of Mr. Rand!

Malo from 1973-1980 Larry from 1974-1981

From Terminal Bar by Sheldon Nadelman and Stefan Nadelman, available October 2014. Reserve a copy here!

left: Malo from 1973–1981
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right: Larry from 1974–1981
"Larry lived on the Lower East Side. He drank beer."

Last Call for Entries: ‘Pamphlet Architecture 35’
Time is running out to enter the 2014 Pamphlet Architecture competition! The deadline for entries is Friday, August 4th. For more information and submission guidelines please visit pamphletarchitecture.org.

Last Call for Entries: ‘Pamphlet Architecture 35’

Time is running out to enter the 2014 Pamphlet Architecture competition! The deadline for entries is Friday, August 4th. For more information and submission guidelines please visit pamphletarchitecture.org.

At Strand Books in NYC on June 26, 2014, Ellen Lupton and her students from MICA spoke about the book they wrote, Type on Screen: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students, available now from Princeton Architectural Press. 

From Grafica Della Strada by graphic designer Louise Fili.

Available September 2014.

Reserve your copy here!

Three fun and summery designs from Pattern Box, a postcard box curated by the Textile Arts Center, released in 2013 by PAPress.