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Friday Variety

Let’s take a look at what’s going on in other parts of the world.

- In Italy: Fabrizio Schiavi Design.

- In Berlin (and California): Erik Spiekermann.

- In London: Why Not Associates.

- In Netherlands: Studio Dumbar.

- In Netherlands. Again: Underware.

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PUBLISHED ON Jan.31.2003 BY Armin
kev’s comment is:

Is that the same erik spiekermann who designed 2 of my favorite fonts as well as wrote "stop stealing sheep.." as well as work at MetaDesign? because that site just this side of useless.

On Jan.31.2003 at 10:06 AM
Armin’s comment is:

I'm sorry Kev This section is empty at the moment.

On Jan.31.2003 at 10:20 AM
anthony’s comment is:

How did you choose these 5? They seem strangely rough around the edges, admittedly they have slightly different sensibilities than us here in the new world but these feel... I guess a little stale and old to me. Are we moving web deign in a more useful user centered direction than the EU at the moment? Or is it just a matter of taste, since design house web sites have never been to most user friendly. Studio Bumbar gives my screen feedback.

On Jan.31.2003 at 10:21 AM
Jon’s comment is:

Does Meta still exist? I find it odd that Spiekermann's links section wouldn't include a link to Meta. Plus, I couldn't seem to get the Metadesign.com site to load.

On Jan.31.2003 at 10:22 AM
Armin’s comment is:

>How did you choose these 5?

Honestly? they were the ones I had in my bookmarks. And I think they are interesting. Not great or good. Interesting. I think Fabrizio's site is the best of all those.

On Jan.31.2003 at 10:25 AM
d’s comment is:

I like how Spiekerman can be a freelancer across three countries. I thought I was cool for having clients in two - but thats because I just moved from one of the countries.

Most freelancers I know are pushing for work in the same state.

And yes... interesting selection Armin.

Perhaps I could point you to Dean Allen's post yesterday on Allen Lane's acquisition of Tschichold to become Penguin's typographic director.


On Jan.31.2003 at 10:44 AM
Armin’s comment is:


Yeah, saw it yesterday. Interesting stuff. Tschichold also designed penguin's logo:

I wanna be a typographic director.

On Jan.31.2003 at 10:48 AM
Michael’s comment is:

I thought the Underware site was nice n' easy. I loved seeing the rough sketches of their typefaces in contrast to their final digital forms. Sauna is hot!

Magnus Rakeng's site used to have some great ones too. I can't seem to find them on the site anymore. What happened Magnus?

On Jan.31.2003 at 11:13 AM
Sam’s comment is:

Thanks, D--I added this to my post today about the new Penguin cover design.

Pretty lively day yesterday at typografi.ca...

On Jan.31.2003 at 11:44 AM
magnus’s comment is:

michael. sorry. what happened was that i started my own company. i will include some of the funstuff when we relaunch the site.


On Jan.31.2003 at 11:49 AM
Sam’s comment is:

Welcome to Our Site...Entire Site: London Design Collective.

Warning to Armin: Contains BuroDestruct-style haute design. Proceed at your own risk...

But they're the folks who made the original (so they say) world's smallest site. You WILL love the tiny site! LOVE IT, I say!

On Jan.31.2003 at 12:02 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>I loved seeing the rough sketches of their typefaces.

Gabriel Martinez Meave has some really nice sketches too. Check out the "KTF future releases" section.

On Jan.31.2003 at 12:04 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>Warning to Armin: Contains BuroDestruct-style haute design.

Get off my back I say!

Guimp is so cute I want to eat it up with a spoon.

On Jan.31.2003 at 12:09 PM
Sam’s comment is:

he he he, i know, it's true. here's the other one:


read about it on Metafilter

On Jan.31.2003 at 12:26 PM
Jon’s comment is:

Guimp is so cute

That tiny pacman is ridiculous, and yet I played several rounds of it...

On Jan.31.2003 at 01:26 PM
Michael’s comment is:

> i will include some of the funstuff when we relaunch the site.

Very good. Let us know when we can have a look.

Nice KTF sketches too.

On Jan.31.2003 at 03:08 PM