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Ellen Lupton: Design Writing Research: Links

High-quality fonts from the industry leader in graphics software

Earthquakes and Aftershocks
Exhibition of posters produced at by CalArts Graphic Design Program, 1986-2004.

Designer Jos Buivenga offers some of his beautiful fonts for free.
The original underground type foundry

Enschedé Font Foundry
Select typefaces by Dutch designers

Exljbris (Jos Buivenga)
Beautiful free typefaces from an independent designer in the Netherlands.
Prime source for typefaces created all over the world, including many independent designers and small type companies as well as bigger ones like Adobe and FontFont.

House Industries
These fonts draw on the best and worst aspects of pop culture
Useful site for buying and identifying many different fonts
Encyclopedic clearing house for all manner of fonts
Web site of MICA's best and baddest alums, Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals

One of the early grunge font houses of the 1990s, and still kicking
Contemporary typefaces from Spain
The type foundry of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones
Type foundry and info-packed blog of Peter Bilak, creator of Fedra and more

Writing + News

43 Folders
Productivity madness for life hackers and other efficiency mavens

AIGA Voice
The voice of America's premiere design organization

Architect's Newpaper
The news and gossip in NYC

Cooper-Hewitt Museum
See what's happening at the world's premiere design museum

Core 77
The essential news site for design, with an emphasis on industrial and product design.

Learn CSS
Great tutorial and info on CSS.

Debbie Millman
These weekly podcast interviews with graphic designers are a terrific resource.
Design news portal from the Powerhouse Museum in Australia
The high-brow design blog

This blog is run by Grace Bonney, a Brooklyn-based freelance design writer who has a great eye for eye candy--girly but edgy graphics created by designers from around the world.

Edward Bottone
Excellent site for food writing and special recipes.

Ideas On Ideas
Blog for "communication designers" and "brand strategists" created by smashLAB.
Web site created by Dave Eggers and co

Media Bistro
News, courses, and resources for journalists and designers in the media world

Music as Metaphor
This web site is by Michelle Qureshi, composer and guitarist. Beautiful music; interesting articles.
Portal to new media art

Roger Parker
Tips and tricks for the working designer

The original design blog

Studio Resource Inc.
This is excellent consortium, created by design author Kimberly Elam, provides access to published and self-published text books by Kimberly and invites other college-level design educators to publish the results of their teaching.

Ideas, news, and inspiration from in the D.I.Y. and crafting sphere
Portal to the world of typographic research

Snappy blog on what's up, down, in, and out in the design world

Supplies + Services

Bar coasters: Absorbent Ink
This is where I get all my coasters printed

Button Making Machines
The source for industrial-quality button making machines in many sizes. (My size is 1.25 inches.)

Cellophane envelopes
Everything looks shiny and new when it's wrapped in cellophane

Coastal Printworks screenprinting
Museum-quality screen-printing; the best in the land

Consolidated Plastics
The place to go for plastic jugs, buckets, mats, and whatnot

Create for Less
Cute site with good deals on crafter's supplies

Curtain rail: Kirsh Architrack
This recommended by Andrew Blauvelt.

Curtain Track: flexible
We've used this in several projects in our house. It's best to conceal the track itself with a valance, but the functionality is incredible. Smooth movement...

Country Curtains
Most of the merchandise is corny, but the hardware is well-priced and standard items like sheers come in many useful variations.

Curtains: Cable rods
Nice hardware; 16' span. Designed to be installed on facing walls or inside window jam.

Curtains: cable system from PBteen
Deluxe set has 75 feet of wire, 6 brackets, and 4 t-bars. Doesn't seem to have a turnbuckle.

Curtains: cable system from UMBRA
Sleek wall-mounted hardware; 108 inches with support in middle. It is tightened with an allen wrench. Also available from

Curtains: drapery arms/portier
These allow curtains to swing away from a door or window.

Curtains: Kirsch Ripplefold from Kirsch
This is the manufacturer's web site. Excellent info with detailed fabrication notes. Intimidating!

curtains: Ripplefold by M&T Drapes
Ripplefold system explained. This company has a very extensive line of curtain rods and systems. Hardcore.

Curtains: Ripplefold system
Ripplefold is a system with a track, snaps, and tape.

Curtains: wide selection of tracks
Looking for curtain tracks, mostly hospital-styel...

Curtains: wire system
Helpful info from Apartment Therapy.

Curtains: wire system from West Elm
Simple, pretty hardware; no tensioning device.

Design within Reach
The source for modern production furniture

Cellophane sleeves
Everything looks shiny and new when packed in a cellophane envelope. Tasty.

The Fleece Lady sells discount fleece in lots of colors and patterns, perfect for making stuffed animals.

HP Brochure Paper
Good inkjet paper.

HP Presentation Paper
Heavyweight injket paper for double-sided printing.

It's a big country; someone has to furnish it

In-A-Rush screenprint/embroidery
One-stop shopping for signs, embroidery, and silkscreening.

Ink Refills
For Canon Pixma MP830
Blank and printed labels.

Letterpress by Peter Fraterdeus
This excellent printing service prints via polymer plate. Print runs from 100 to 100K.

Overnight Prints
Good for very short-run jobs. Recommended by Julia Lupton.

Paper: Kate's Paperie
A little precious (for the wedding crowd), but a useful source for luxe paper and supplies

Paper: Print Icon
Best store in NYC for paper
Ugly pre-printed forms, but some good stuff, all printer-compatible
Cheap, royalty-free images.
Cheap, royalty-free images.

Postcards: Ad Graphics
Good on-line printer; handy interface, easy to work with, useful sizes

Postcards: Modern Postcard
The original on-line postcard company

Print Gocco
While supplies last, the desktop screenprinting system

Print on Canvas
Recommended by Danielle Davis.

Restaurant napkins
Best price on restaurant napkins you'll never have to iron

Retro Modern
Where to find modern production furniture from various manufacturers

Ripped Sheets labels, stickers
Commercial site offering laser- and ink-jet-printable materials (such as printable foils, fabrics, and adhesive surfaces), ideal for making labels

Print and publish your own book; no minimum order

T-shirts, wholesale
Great supplier of wholesale t-shirts, including American Apparel.

T-shirts: Cafe Press
Make your own customized t-shirts and other products; no minimum order

T-shirts: Wholesale American Apparel
The best source for American Apparel shirts, wholesale. Amazing prices, beautiful product.

Colored Masking Tape
Need colored tape? This is the source.

V-Neck apron
Great style, great price; a sexy apron for everyone

Xyron sticker-maker supplies
Get supplies for all your Xyron adhesive machines

Zipper Purses
A lot of people ask me where I get the little canvas purses. Here's the source! Not bad at $9.55 a dozen, from