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As a follow-up to the bestselling Thinking with Type, Ellen Lupton has edited a new primer on typography for the digital age. Type on Screen presents the classic typographic concepts you may already know in the context of printed pages, updated for use on screen-based applications like electronic publications and websites, as well as video and mobile devices. This post excerpts a section on creating scalable app icons for PCs and mobile devices.
A desktop icon for Mac OS may be viewed as small as 16×16px in a sidebar or as large as 1024×1024px in Apple’s flip-through “cover flow” interface. Creating scalable application icons thus demands attention to pixel-perfect detail. Doing it well requires making at least six different versions of the same icon for various display purposes. A Mac OS icon file (ICNS) consists of multiple image files at different sizes, each simplified according to its scale, with more detail possible at larger sizes. The ICNS format supports the following sizes: 16×16, 32×32, 48×48, 128×128, 256×256, 512×512, and 1024×1024px. Begin drawing the icon at the largest size and work your way down to the smaller sizes, redrawing elements as needed. For the sidebar icon, you can eliminate the reference to a folder, as seen in the tiny 16px camera icon below.
Right Draw each size individually, simplifying and adjusting as needed for legibility.
Wrong Simply scaling an icon down creates illegible forms that lack detail and refinement.
Wrong Likewise, scaling an icon up from the smallest size yields odd-looking icons at larger sizes.
Apple’s iOS requires icons in a multitude of sizes for various devices and presentation situations:
512 × 512 px iTunes artwork
114 × 114 px Home screen icon for iPhone Retina Display
72 × 72 px Home screen icon for iPad
58 × 58 px Spotlight and settings icon for iPhone Retina Display
57 × 57 px App store and home screen icon for iPhone / iPad Touch
50 × 50 px iPad Spotlight search results
29 × 29 px Settings icon in iPad and iPhone, and spotlight icon on iPhone
Find more like this in Type on Screen, available now from Princeton Architectural Press.
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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.
From the Daily Telegraph, filmmaker Glen Milner’s beautifully shot vignette of a book being created using traditional printing methods. The book being printed is Suzanne St Albans’ Mango and Mimosa and the printer is Smith-Settle Printers in Leeds, England. Please excuse us for a minute while we swoon.
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A letter from Paul Rand to Ladislav Sutnar, via @michaelbierut.
For more of the master’s acerbic perspective, pick up a copy of Paul Rand: Conversations with Students and be amazed at the quantity and quality of its contents.
The Book of Trees
Lectures by author Manuel Lima
April 24 at 7pm
Strand Books, New York
Free with purchase of the book or Strand giftcard
The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge is available now from Princeton Architectural Press!
Robert Dawson (The Public Library) receives Guggenheim Award
The response to our new book The Public Library has been nothing short of ecstatic. We couldn’t be more proud of the book and its author Robert Dawson, who we are thrilled to report, was just awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Dawson was also just interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR Weekend Edition and the book is popping up everywhere.
Type on Screen:
A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students
Edited by Ellen Lupton
Available May 27
Join us at the Strand, where Steve Powers will sign copies of his book A Love Letter to the City and be interviewed by Sacha Jenkins of Ego Trip magazine — all in celebration of the murals he recently painted on the bookstore’s walls.
Strand Bookstore, Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Steve Powers’ Love Letter, writ large
A hearty congratulations to PAPress author Lois Weinthal who just received the 2014 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Book Award for Toward a New Interior!
It was also a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2011:
"If you are looking for good books on interior design theory, the pickings are quite slim. Lois Weinthals massive 648-page reader redresses this with a carefully curated collection of 48 essays, with texts by Wim Wenders, Le Corbusier, Beatriz Colomina, and (my favorite) Juhani Pallasmaa.”
—Paul Makovsky of Metropolis magazine
A Love Letter to the City by Stephen Powers
Steve’s hand-painted murals cover the walls and roofs and elevated train tracks of cities across the globe, from Brooklyn, Syracuse, and Philadelphia, to Dublin, Belfast, São Paolo, and Johannesburg. See more in the new book, available now!
Did you know: The mural on the cover was painted in Philadelphia the day Michael Jackson died. Do you see Michael Jackson’s name hidden in the fridge magnets?