McSweeney’s No. 13 and the Revenge of the Nerds

“The McSweeneyís phenomenon is a force to be reckoned with in American graphic design. It began as ñ and still is ñ an online journal with an admirably

“The McSweeneyís phenomenon is a force to be reckoned with in American graphic design. It began as ñ and still is ñ an online journal with an admirably understated visual presentation: while website designers worked themselves into grand mal seizures of hyperactivity in the late twentieth century, McSweeneys.net never abandoned its plain vanilla format. But it was when founder Dave Eggers moved into the world of conventional publishing with McSweeneyís Quarterly Concern that the design world took notice. Simultaneously intricate and restrained, the dense-packed all-Garamond pages of the Quarterly refracted Victorian foppishness through a prism of ironic cool, and provoked Andrew Blauvelt to take to the pages of Eye to proclaim the arrival of a new movement: Complex Simplicity.”


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Date:
November 24, 2016
Author:
XPLANE