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Lara McCormick

Lara McCormick grew up in Berkeley, CA. She has an MA in design from the School of Visual Arts and completed Cooper Union's Type program. She is currently the chair of graphic design at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

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Playing with Type: Words with Friends

With the weather turning toward warm and spring-like, we are all itching to get outside and play.

Topics: Color, Design Reference, Handmade, Layouts, Pattern & Palette, Random, Type

Playing With Type: Modular Alphabets

Experimenting with type by creating it from a single geometric element is a great introduction for learning about the structure of letterforms.

Topics: Professional Development, Self-Promotion, Type

Playing With Type: Love for Sale

Annica Lydenberg is the chief creative at Dirty Bandits.

Topics: Handmade, Profiles, Type

Playing With Type: For the Love of Wood Type

I have been fortunate enough to have many talented people in my life who've influenced the way I look at, practice, and teach design.

Topics: Handmade, Interactive Design, Studio Secrets, Type

Playing With Type: Manipulating Type

Working with type is one of the great joys of being a designer.

Topics: Handmade, Type

Playing With Type: Photolettering

Photo-Lettering is film-based display type, widely used by designers from 1936 until the arrival of desktop publishing.

Topics: Professional Development, Type

Playing With Type: Giant Cross Stitch

Cross-stitch is counted thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled pattern are used to form a picture.

Topics: Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Random, Type

Playing With Type: Signage Appreciation

Wherever I travel I take pictures of signage.

Topics: Environmental Design, Random, Type

Playing with Type: The Face Behind the Type: Wisdom Script

I discoverd Wisdom Script a year and a half ago via the Lost Type Co-op (a wonderful font foundry with a 'pay what you can' price model).

Topics: Profiles, Type

Playing With Type: Lucky Numbers

What could be better than a big fat juicy number 2 set in Clarendon Bold? I love any opportunity to incorporate numbers into a design.

Topics: Random, Type

Playing With Type: Recontextualizing Helvetica

Calling all Helvetica lovers! Today's challenge: Create a one-word type specimen with three-dimensional materials.

Topics: Handmade, Type

Playing With Type: Using Found Type

Using Found Type If you love typography, you probably collect lettersforms you've found.

Topics: Handmade, Random, Type

Playing With Type: Lettering 101

Hand lettering is the art of drawing letters.

Topics: Handmade, Professional Development, Random, Studio Secrets, Type

Playing With Type: Chalkboard Lettering

In case you haven't noticed lately, lettering on chalkboards is all the rage.

Topics: Handmade, Type

Playing With Type: Type Constructions

Challenge: Create a typographic construction that communicates a theme and message creatively.

Topics: Handmade, Type

Playing With Type: Ampersand Love

I don't know a designer that doesn't love the juiciest of glyphs, the ampersand.

Topics: Design Reference, Handmade, Type

Playing With Type: Signage Revival

Signage of the past often has some of the most unique typography, especially when compared to their modern counterparts.

Topics: Handmade, Random, Type

Playing With Type: Light Up Your Type

Challenge: Work with friends to create letters out of light.

Topics: Handmade, Random, Type

Playing With Type: #founddailyreminders

If something catches my eye and helps me to think a little different, even for a second, it's a daily reminder.

Topics: Handmade, Random, Type

Playing With Type: Talking Objects

I love when I see type on objects, beyond signage.

Topics: Handmade, Type

Playing With Type: Be Optimistic

As an educator, I'm often blessed with students that just "get it.

Topics: Handmade, Layouts, Random, Self-Promotion, Type

Playing With Type: Betterpress

Who isn't in love with Letterpress? Is there a way to recreate this process with new materials? "Johannes Gutenberg always sounded like the name of a cheese.

Topics: Professional Development, Random, Type

Playing With Type: Text in the City

In any densley populated urban area, words are everywhere.

Topics: Color, Design Reference, Layouts, Type

Playing with Type: Personal Ransom Notes

In design, the ransom note effect is the result of using an excessive number of juxtaposed typefaces.

Topics: Random, Type

Playing with Type: What Type Are You?

I go to the store to get a pack of gum.

Topics: Design Reference, Professional Development, Type