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The Word From The Streets Is… Noramoji

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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The city is a typeface jungle, and three Japanese friends venture far and wide to find and recreate the most unique specimens. Scouring the streets for noramoji – or “stray text” – Rintaro Shimohama, Naoki Nishimura and Shinya Wakaoka locate quirky letterforms on charming corner stores, retro barber shops, and old-school local haunts. Analyzing the shape, scale, and weight of the letters they encounter, they then create a full digital set of characters that capture the distinct personalities of the found text. [Read more...]

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1500 Days of Hand Lettering and Illustration From Chris Piascik

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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In 2007, Chris Piascik challenged himself to make a drawing a day, and he hasn’t stopped yet. Amassing a significant body of work, Piascik just completed his 1,500th daily drawing earlier this month. His witty illustrations, well-executed patterns, and often irreverent hand-lettering pieces are bold in both coloring and statement. [Read more...]

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#Filtered: Creative Coffee Drawings By Ben Blake

Thursday 11.07.2013 , Posted by

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Coffee enthusiast Ben Blake proves that Instagram is not a filter’s single origin. On his charming website, Blake uses cone filters–the humble backbones behind your morning brew–as palettes for spirited illustrations celebrating coffee culture. Each illustration is a pen-and-ink ode to a specific roaster, brew, coffeehouse, or speciality coffee experience, many finishing with smooth flourishes and caffeinated exclamation marks. As his drawings range from rich, overflowing landscapes to simple typographic logos, they cleverly pair bold tasting notes with beautiful written ones. [Read more...]

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Inky Intelligence: Smart, Handsome Hand-Lettering

Monday 09.30.2013 , Posted by

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Artist Sean McCabe proves that the Micron is mightier than the sword with his striking letterforms. Based out of San Antonio, Texas, this life-long typographer specializes in luscious hand-inked letters that speak bold words of wisdom.  [Read more...]

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Cartography Typography: Chicago Poster Company Maps Cities, Lakes, And A Few Human Organs

Friday 09.20.2013 , Posted by

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Starting with her design of a Chicago map hanging on her living room wall, Jenny Beorkrem wondered if other people might also want to hang the poster on their wall. Working a day job as a graphic designer, Beorkrem began Ork Posters with just a few sales on Etsy.  She learned to screenprint, produced more posters, and then some blog writers started to take notice. This spike of interest gave her reason to expand her offerings and create more designs. Since its beginning in 2007, Ork Posters now offers 26 maps – with the Bronx just added this past August. Although Ork Posters has scaled up to accommodate the number of orders, they are still printed locally in Chicago.  [Read more...]

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Locks of Lettering: Human Hair Typography by Monique Goossens

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

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If you have long hair like me, hair balls in the shower drain and garbage can after cleaning out the brush are a common occurrence. In this clever series, designer Monique Goossens transforms those commonly overlooked hairballs into typography. She shapes the clumps of hair into letters and leaves stray hairs radiating off of each one so that its material is obvious. The Amsterdam based artist studied Interior Design and Styling at Academie Artemis and became interested in the relationship between photography and design, so she continued her studies at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. [Read more...]

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The Storied Evolution of the Star Wars Logo

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to movie logos (or franchises for that matter) there are few as iconic as the now classic Star Wars trilogy… but how well do we really know the design behind that logo? As it turns out, the famously “spacy” typography featured in the now familiar logo wasn’t finalized on all print media until a while after the first movies release, and some early versions slipped through becoming quite familiar in their own right. [Read more...]

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BMD Design Serves Up Tasty Retro Typography

Sunday 07.07.2013 , Posted by

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With an aged patina of motor oil and the healthy scent of flaming exhaust wafting through the air, BMD Design out of Bordeaux France has some vintage influenced designs that will get any motorhead or rummage sale enthusiasts mouth drooling. Forget about digital perfection, this is the hand-made, home-spun article and the rubbed off paint is there to prove it. BMD has made a name for itself with old-school iconography and well organized flourishes of typography… it’s a style often attempted but rarely executed with such deft skill. [Read more...]

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Sharp Graphic Design from Shanghai

Saturday 06.22.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re looking for unique design inspiration, you won’t do much better than the work of Tang Shipeng. This Shanghai-based freelance graphic designer/typographer is producing some wonderfully versatile work, all with an eastern aesthetic that can be highly refreshing to weary western eyes. From his posters, to his books and typefaces, each and every example is a study in clean minimalist design. [Read more...]

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Sam Winston’s Elemental Typography at the V&A

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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Created specifically to participate in the upcoming V&A exhibition ‘Memory Palace’ in London, these fantastic new creations from artist Sam Winston have much thought rising from their sleek surfaces. His body of work features much that reinterprets the written word, making him a perfect fit for the new show that revolves around artistic, graphic and typographic interpretations of a section of a text from author Hari Kunzru written specifically for the multi-artist show. The passage Winston was tasked with interpreting was focused on “mankind’s worship of the periodic table.” To realize his vision, he chose to combine the scientific processes of modern chemistry with the imagery of sacred eastern geometry, realizing them through three fascinating metal panels. [Read more...]

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