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[25 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Advice for Young Designers from Wim Crouwel

‘I’m very jealous of young designers starting out now—on the one hand,’ explains the graphic designer Wim Crouwel. ‘On the other hand, it’s becoming more difficult to find your own way.’ Sage advice from a pioneer in the field. It’s always inspirational to remember where our profession has come from in order to chart its future.

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[8 Mar 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The History of the Book Flickr Set

I’ve recently been spending way too much time over on the History of the Book Flickr set, a collection of some 20,000 photos of initials, ornaments, and type from Royal Library, The Hague, and the Archive of Alkmaar. Its author, Dr. Paul Dijstelberge has scanned thousands of pages from European printed works from the 15th through the 17th century. Illustrated works, type specimens, medical illustrations, and engravings and cataloged by country and century of origin. There are a …

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[23 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Core 77 Cardboard Christmas Challenge

Some fun winnters of Core77.com’s cardboard Christmas competition. Submitters were asked to created Christmas decorations using only cardboard and visitors to the Core77 site were asked to vote on their favorite. The five finalists are pictured above.
1. Maybe Santa Drinks Red Eyes? by bakerscookin
2. 100% recyclable cardboard stocking by Sharee
3. Beer box reindeer head by ASGale
4. Rudolph by paultdesign and
5. Holiday sled by briankuchler.
All five winners will get $100 gift certificates to Core77′s Hand Eye Supply, suitable for ordering the gifts you really wanted to find under the tree this …

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[23 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Paper Artist

Woah, these are seriously awesome.
Jeff Nishinaka is a Los Angeles native paper sculptor who cuts, folds and shapes paper in the least intrusive way to maintain the feel and integrity of paper in creating beautiful three-dimensional paper sculptures. He does illustration work, fine art pieces and even some large-scale installation.
Above is just one of the samples of his work. For more photos and his entire portfolio, visit ww.jeffnishinaka.com.

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[16 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Mediocrity Campaign

Subaru has a cool advertising campaign called Mediocrity. They’ve created a fake car called the 2011 Mediocrity, complete with faux ad campaign and complete website. The video above is the Apple-esque designer interviews, on how they were able to make the car so incredibly mundane. The spoof is honestly what it seems some designers/companies think. The hard-working folks who brought 2011 Mediocrity to life talk about their inspirations for designing it. Darren Tibbits, Charles S. Veit and Marilyn Reiter reveal the level of thinking that went into every detail of …

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[15 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Views of 2011 from 1931

1931 was a long time ago, and few who live today can claim to remember it all too well. Just two years after the stock market crash of 1929, 1931 claimed Herbert Hoover as the President of the United States (which that year had 48 states). Movie monsters were the rage; Bela Lugosi starred in Tod Browning’s Dracula film and Boris Karloff did his star turn in Frankenstein. Cab Calloway recorded the classic “Minnie The Moocher” (and he was 49 years from performing it again in 1980′s The Blues Brothers). …

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[5 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
The Colosseum as Type

What began as a 10-year wedding anniversary to Rome concluded a year later as an artistic endeavor to reimagine the Coliseum with type.

In March 2009, Cameron Moll and his wife, Suzanne, spent several days in Rome to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. This was also a chance to observe in detail the Coliseum, which Cameron had already selected as the next subject in his series of letterpress posters.
Over the course of the next 12 months, the artwork was handcrafted character by character, totaling roughly 250 hours …

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[20 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Web Designers vs. Web Developers

Are you a web designer? A developer? Or a client that’s trying to figure out who’s responsible for doing what at your web design shop? Here’s a great infographic that can help you sort out the hipster creatives from the techerati. Yep. That looks just about perfect. (via Sixrevisions)

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[19 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Linotype: The Movie

With the success of Helvetica: The Movie, and the forthcoming Herbert Matter movie, it would seem natural that someone would create a film about the rise and fall of Linotype. For those who don’t know, Linotype revolutionized the typesetting industry in the 19th century allowing vast amounts of text to be set quickly by a single operator by pushing buttons on a…wait for it…keyboard. Prior to this, printing type was “composed” by picking up individual characters and setting them, one by one, into a letterpress printing press.
By contrast, the Linotype …

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[17 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
For The Geek Typographer

We love typography. We love Star Wars. So what’s not to love about these series of Star Wars inspired typographic posters? Using only typographic elements, the folks over at H-57 have created a series of posters entitled, “May the Force of Typography be With You.” Obviously, they’re just our “type” of thing.