Forget about Adult Coloring Books, this looks like fun to me.

Sarah Hyndman’s new activity book seeks not only to teach typography skills, but also to educate on the psychology of type as a tool of communication. Why not spend a relaxing afternoon experimenting with type and perhaps finding a new “voice” to express yourself with.

How to Draw Type and Influence People: An Activity Book

The Designer’s Guide to Gestalt Psychology

Perception is as important to design as content is. There are plenty of fun websites devoted to design gone wrong, like the Starbucks delivery truck the spells out “SUCKS” when the door is opened, or the “keming” websites (a tongue in cheek reference to bad kerning). This article on Creative Market helps designers better understand how we humans connect the different objects we see on a layout together and perceive them as one whole.

The Designer’s Guide to Gestalt Psychology

Art & Commerce: A Match Made in Hell

Don’t let the title of this article posted on fool you. Author, Joe Parrish recounts how his agency was forced to redesign their product packaging in the face of commercial realities. The result is a much improved packaging system for the client. 

Design is about communicating clearly to the audience. If the design doesn’t accomplish that goal, it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is, it’s time to change the design.

Read the story here: Art & Commerce: A Match Made in Hell


Is the traditional, printed catalog dead? According to this short article by the US Postal Service, catalogs are alive, well, and in a position to enhance your marketing efforts. Just not in the traditional way you might think when you think of catalogs.

Read the article here: US Postal Service on the future of catalogs

…What Happens When a Monotype Designer Gets Trapped in a Snowstorm with Miles Davis on Repeat…

typetuesday-masqualero-03Sounds like the opening line to joke, but no, this is the story of finding inspiration in whatever the circumstance. Plus the result is a beautiful and somewhat versatile display type named for one of Mile’s compositions.