Horn Please: The Decorated Trucks of India

Photographer Dan Eckstein traverses the subcontinent's vast highways, documenting elaborate lorries and their drivers

From the mountainous city of Leh in the north to the palm tree-lined tourist-haven of Kerala in the south, India is a vast nation of rich diversity—whether it’s landscape, language, food or even automobiles. The country’s intricate and ever-growing network of highways is the stage for some of the most elaborately designed and eye-catching trucks in the world. To document the phenomenon, photographer Dan Eckstein …

The Signs of Italy: Grafica della Strada

Louise Fili's decades-strong obsession with the country's diverse typography compiled in a fascinating photo book

It’s something of a rarity for a designer with such a storied career as NYC-based Louise Fili to trace the foundations of her career back to one single memory. The 2014 AIGA Medal-winner and self-described Italophile’s career in book design and food packaging all started on a trip to Italy at age 16 when Fili became transfixed by a billboard for Baci Perugina chocolates. Over …

The Field Guide to Typography

A visual encyclopedia for sign geeks

In “The Field Guide to Typography,” Peter Dawson, co-founder of London-based Grade Design, leads the journey through 125 different typefaces (which is not to be confused with fonts). From the start, the book compares itself to a birdwatching handbook, as both cater to an obsessed minority “who can’t help but observe, classify and identify them.” And Dawson is such an engaging narrator that even typeface …