DYSFUNCTIONAL TYPE FAMILIES


If you’re a designer and you don’t like Steven Heller then you might be in the wrong profession. Yesterday he tackled typefaces. Enjoy the snippet. Type fashions come and go, but the Western alphabet and Arabic numerals are here to stay. Correspondence lettering schools were for a long time, during the 20th century, the keepers … Continue reading

Orée du Bois brings Belgium wine to the table


Look at this label. It’s well-done branding like this that makes it hard to swallow wineries going to tap. It’s sleek and simple like many other good Belgian designs. The type and color palettes are appropriately limited. There is a single typeface using a thinner, probably book, weight and the highlights are bold and in … Continue reading

Cryin’ to Beat the Band: Dick Clark passes at age 82


Iconic radio and television host Dick Clark passed away this week as a result of heart complications. While I am only familiar with the man from his New Year’s Eve shows it was Clark who revolutionized American Rock’n’Roll. As a former rock deejay I am much indebted to him for bringing the music to the … Continue reading

Word as Image


Because its too nasty out do anything outside today this week’s Friday Fun is a typographic challenge: turn a word into an image. Here are some examples from the creators of the book Word as Image. Word as Image – YouTube.

Baked typefaces warm the heart, stomach


In the wake of the chocolate, candy, cupcake, and fruit in a red wine reduction sauce induced sugar coma over Valentine’s Day I bring this edition of Friday Fun. Hope you enjoy, and now I’m headed to the gym. That sounds so weird to type. I’m going to run, and not to work out. That … Continue reading

Painter Kureshi creates type by hand


Todays edition of Friday fun features the digitalization of hand painted letters. Design ‘historians’ are documenting and archiving the text, most of which is as simple as street signs and India’s equivalent of a billboard. All of this must done on a tight timescale as the paintings fade or the buildings come down. via Painter … Continue reading

‪’The Help’ takes a hard look on society, softens hearts


On the surface this movie will look like a chick flick, but if its anything like the book it will about so much more. Today’s post is all about identity and branding, but not in the way I usually mean the term. Set in the 1960s Mississippi the story evolves around ‘Skeeter’ Phelan and her interest … Continue reading

Harajuku Performance


This week’s edition of Friday fun sees a superbly illustrated video on type design. It fascinates me as to how they blended the letterforms together to create the shapes. I nearly always like it when a designer employs text as image, because it takes quite a bit of practice to assemble type in such a … Continue reading

Z is for Ziggurat


Today’s post comes in a little late, but for good reason. It’s been so rainy today I haven’t ben able to shoot the pictures until now. Take a look at my metalsmithing final I turned in this week. We established last month that I’m more like to use a font from the Hoefler type foundry … Continue reading

From Scratch Design constructs creative clutter


Welcome to the first named edition of local legends! From now one I’m going to incorporate one project from peers, colleauges, or just plain competition located within the Birmingham metro area. There’s a lot more to this town’s art, design or media scenes and its about time someone showcased it! Unofficially the first edition can … Continue reading

Philadelphia loves Hoefler


There’s a only few things I’m really picky about when it comes to good website design: navigation and clarity. Visitphilly.com has both. The rotating banner photos do a great job of bringing a user in immediately, and it does a nice job of displaying the city highlights. After all, a visitor bureau website is hardly … Continue reading

Dispelling the Rumor Mill


I’ve come to expect nothing short of zany from French Paper Co.’s alliance with Charles S. Anderson. This new promotional is no exception. With a nod to American Pop artist Roy Liechtenstein and his sucessor Raymond Pettibon, CSA Design sets up a mailer campaign to demonstrate the paper company’s commitment to the environment. In a … Continue reading

Mississippi St. Lecture Series: Jessica Hische


Mississippi State Univerity Associate Professor Jude Landry tied for the Best in Offset category win. I kept telling myself that this poster looked familiar. Its on French’s blog for being on Hot Fudge, and the 2010 Print Regional Design Annual featured another of Landry’s posters. Despite my flair for bright, bold colors I really love this print. … Continue reading

Great Gatsby Business Card Print


What do you get when you combine one of the ‘Great American Novels’ with one of Philly’s finest shops? Certainly no fluke. Here’s a look at For Print Only’s Best of Show winner. This self-roclaimed “Mom & Pop design shop” may feel like old school Americana but the work they present is fresh and modern … Continue reading

‘Hellvetica’ sheds new light on the classic font


What do you get when combine stop-motion photography, flames and a typography assignment? 

Don’t cry over Split Milk


This project was designed to generate environmentally friendly milk cartons for the Earth Fare supermarket. It was constructed from French’s Smart White series and features a revolving cow complete with the Earth Fare slogan. The three varieties are neapolitan: chocolate (left), strawberry (center), and vanilla (right). Each carton also features a statistic on calcium deficiency … Continue reading