Rise and Sprawl by Hans Ibelings and Partisans
"Toronto's skyline has literally come to resemble a series of nondescript columnar extrusions, much like the ones that characterize a Microsoft Excel grid. Effectively, we are building
spreadsheets in the sky
Labov's 6 Basic Elements of Storytelling
Classifying and delineating story patterns is a vast field of study, but one of the most influential theories was written in 1972 by socioli...
Here We Aren't, So Quickly
Jonathan Safran Foer's contribution to the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" fiction issue published last summer is hypnotic an...
Facebook's squarish, sans serif, gothic-inspired font is a customized version of a type called Klavika, developed in 2004 by a designer...
Barbara Kruger & Futura Bold Oblique
American collage artist Barbara Kruger is internationally famous for superimposing messages in Futura Bold Oblique font on pre-existing ph...
Rob Pruitt's "101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself"
This conceptual art installation currently lives in Venice at the Palazzo Grassi. It's exquisite to read. Rob Pruitt is a New York art...
The Martini Method
The Martini Method is named after an anecdote about the novelist Anthony Burgess (Clockwork Orange). Burgess was a very productive write...
Highway Gothic and Other Iconic Typefaces
The font most commonly used on road signs and highways in Canada and the U.S. is FHWA Series E Modified . This is a sans-serif font infor...
Numerical Madness by Gideon Lewis-Kraus
"... one of the counterintuitive things about life is that the more securely you can tolerate unpredictability, the more spontaneo...
B.S. Johnson's Novel in a Box
In 1968, British writer B.S. Johnson (above) published a novel called The Unfortunates , with chapters of the story inserted at random in a...
Memories of my Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right styl...