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The Chef Says Panel Discussion

October 1, 6pm-8pm
New York Public Library, South Court Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Join us for a discussion of chef life—real and imagined—with panelists Nach Waxman and Matt Sartwell (authors of The Chef Says and owners of Kitchen Arts & Letters Bookstore), Daniel Boulud (DANIEL), Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy), Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune), and Lisa Mamounas (Culinary Insiders).

Doors open at 5:30. Click here for directions and more details.

Type Nite took place on the MICA campus in Baltimore on Sept. 22. We celebrated the release of Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton and Abbott Miller: Design and Content by Abbott Miller.

Infographic Designers’ Sketchbooks
Coming in October from Princeton Architectural Press!

Images: 1) Sketch for an infographic on the shopping habits of American men © Laura Cattaneo, 2012. 2) An infographic illustrating the adulteration of olive oil © Nicholas Blachman, 2013. 3) An infographic of the Memo Process app for iPad (in development)
 © Caroline Oh + Young Sang Cho. 4) A series of illustrations and games for The Guardian about trees, recycling and saving energy © Serge Seidlitz, 2012.

Ellen Lupton: Scalable App Icons

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.

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

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

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!

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."

From Grafica Della Strada by graphic designer Louise Fili.

Available September 2014.

Reserve your copy here!

Oculus Book Talk with Michael Bell, Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr., Billie Faircloth, Sylvia Lavin, and George Middleton
July 1, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Center for Architecture
Free for AIA members and students, $10 for non-members

Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering is available now!

Book Talk: Ellen Lupton’s Type on Screen

Strand Books, NYC
June 26, 7:00–8:00pm

Ellen will discuss her new book Type on Screen, the digital-age companion to her bestselling Thinking with Type. Some of her students (and collaborators) from MICA, including Christopher Clark, Javier Lopez, and Young Sun Compton will share their own work!

Join us! Details here.

Book Talk and Signing with John Comazzi
Tuesday, June 24 at 5:30pm
The Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago

In conjunction with the new exhibit Inflected Modernism: The Architecture Photography of Balthazar Korab, John Comazzi will be speaking at the Cliff Dwellers Club. He will sign copies of Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography. This event is free and open to the public.

BuzzFeed celebrates Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton with a What Font Are You? quiz.

Join us in New York City:
Ellen Lupton talks type— 
with Javier Lopez, Chris Clark, and Young Sun Compton
June 26, 7 p.m. / Strand Books
Purchase of Type on Screen or $15 gift card required

The Sea Ranch Audio Walking Tour:
Architecture, Landscape, Intentions

You can now tour The Sea Ranch in Sonoma County, California with an audio guide, written and narrated by Donlyn Lyndon, author of The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place, and Community on the Northern California Coast.

To learn more or to listen to the audio tour (and even take a virtual tour!), visit The Sea Ranch Association website.

Publish Your Photography Book 

Wednesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.
New York Public Library
5th Avenue at 42nd Street in the Berger Forum

Please join us for a presentation by Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson.

Thursday, May 15 at 6:30pm
Annenberg Space for Photography
Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for a presentation by Mary Virginia Swanson.

Publish Your Photography Book, Revised and Updated