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LESS BEAUTIFUL

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What’s an eco friendly font, anyway? One that requires less ink when printed, say Grey advertising agency and UK stationery company Ryman, who’ve teamed up to offer “the world’s most beautiful sustainable font” for free. Ryman Eco is a font comprised of a series of lines, as opposed to a solid line, a distinction indecipherable at font sizes up to 10 pt., but purported to save 30% in ink usage. As for what distinguishes Ryman Eco from other ‘green’ fonts, like 2009′s Ecofont, for instance, Grey and type designer Dan Rhatigan claim it requires less ink still, and looks beautiful even when enlarged. No argument here.

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GOING MAD

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Mad Men aims to go out in the period style to which its viewers have become accustomed. The creators of the meticulously Mid-Century-detailed show have enlisted the help of the exalted graphic designer Milton Glaser in creating a poster to advertise Mad Men’s final season. Glaser, of course, is a design god whose most famous creation remains a 1966 poster of you-know-who, that other cultural icon–echoes of which are evident in the flowery psychedelic swirls and instantly recognizable silhouette in this 2014 composition. Still groovy after all these years.

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A CLEAN SINK

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Bulgarian architect Victor Vasilev must have been channeling Donald Judd when he conceived of Kub, his gasp-inducing bathroom sink design. How he manages to get weighty extra-clear glass vessels to slice into–and cantilever from–solid carrera marble (without crashing to the floor in smithereens) is anyone’s guess. And, to be sure, no one would welcome the task of keeping the precious things clean. But if minimalism is what’s called for, Vasilev knows how to deliver–clearly.

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POINT OF SALE

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Screen shot 2014-03-24 at 4.56.42 PMHandbag designer Kate Spade is entering the low-priced multiples art market with a series of 10 limited edition letterpress prints for the collecting, the first being this Exclamation Print, sized at 11×14″ and letterpress printed on matte stock. No word on how limited the edition is, but at $38, typophiles needn’t worry much.

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RED NECKED

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“From Butch Cassidy to Bruce Springsteen, the red bandana is to wardrobes what sawdust is to sawmills, and edges are to ice skates. Designed to offer lifelong service and softness, our red bandana will not only look the part, but in a pinch it’ll make for an ideal tourniquet, a pot holder, protection from the sun & wind, or just a great handkerchief.”

If you’ve got the gumption to resurrect a quintessential piece of Americana from fashion irrelevance, you better do it with romantic flair. Best Made, predictably, has–by putting a starry personal spin on the old red bandana, packaging it in an envelope that’s anything but rough-around-the-edges, and, most calculatingly, whipping up some pitch-perfect copy. Are red bandanas poised to replace the endless parade of hipster hats? We can hope.

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SPRING AWAKENING

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The Finnish design house Marimekko can always be counted on to lift winter-weary spirits with its range of eternally upbeat textile motifs. Here, some of the company’s spring 2014 prints, including (above) a 50th anniversary edition of its famous Unikko poppy, magnified in size this time–as all indelible images deserve to be.

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