Numbers in the City
These are just fantastic. Huge aluminium numerals, brightly painted, and each on its own plinth, all on display in the centre of London.
Numbers 1-0 is a piece by Robert Indiana, originally created in the early ’80s. This version is on display as part of Sculpture in the City 2013 where 10 installations are on view around the City of London (you know, the city within London), including Indiana’s more well-known piece, LOVE.
I took these pictures this morning on Lime street, a side road between the famous Lloyds building and other modern, steels and glass structures. Each number is really vibrant setting the usually grey street alight with colour.
A friend just linked me to these sculptures by Mike Smoller, based in Austin, Texas. Made with overlapping plastic and glass; I’m loving the translucent shapes.
Tracy Kendall, bespoke wallpaper maker was exhibiting at the Clerkenwell Design Week earlier this year and I was reminded of her work when I spotted one of the above pictures.
The top images show lettering stitched into the wall covering and features passages from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The news print design is a bespoke wallpaper from reproduced newspaper cuttings (I love the way they curl out), and the bottom images shows their newspaper type on a silver background.
Draw a letter a day
Andrew Herzog, a designer from Minneapolis, is currently running a 26 day project collecting and exhibiting hand-drawn letters by anyone eager to draw one.
Participants draw the “Letter of the Day” and submit their drawings, all from one easy interface. It’s quite different from the ‘letter battles’ style sites, such as Type Fight, Alphabout and AlphaBattle: Each letter must be drawn in one take (no undos!).
I like the simply way there are displayed together. I asked Andrew more about the idea behind the project:
“I was also inspired by the documentary ‘Le mystere Picasso
” which gives an amazing look into the methodology of the way Picasso drew. He draws with no regrets and endless inspiration as he melds one form into another without erasing or starting over. I also really liked the idea of creating a project where people were simply given the chance to draw and share. No erasing, just exploration.”
Today is letter ‘M’—Go draw one!
…more Spooky lettering
An eire ‘A’ by the Sydney based LikeMindedStudio, who seem to have a bit of a thing for skulls and the macabre. Modelled using selective laser sintering (SLS), called Typaholics Anonymous. Via the fantastic twentysixtypes.
Some spooky designs that have oozed across my screen today.
LOVE in London
A version of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture is on display in London. I cycled past this 10ft tall, pop art monument in the city at the weekend it’s position on the corner of 99 Bishopsgate, the site of the 1993 IRA bomb. It was originally designed as a Christmas card for MoMA in 1964 and later a sculpture in 1970.
Our penultimate issue! Adorned with a beautiful, laser-cut cover that reveals portions of the artwork on the page beneath, our seventh and penultimate issue features interviews with design and typography legends Michael Bierut, Tomas Brousil, Georg Salden, Hannes Von Döhren, Phil Baines, Ken Barber, and Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko of Emigre.
8 Faces #7 also includes essays from Christopher Murphy and Typekit’s Bram Stein, and a foreword written by Adrian Shaughnessy.
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8 Faces #7 cover artwork sneak peek
We thought we’d give you a sneak peek of the new issue’s cover artwork, which uses laser-cutting to reveal a secondary cover beneath the first one.
We’ve miraculously recreated this awesome effect with a future facing technology: the Animated GIF
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The penultimate issue of 8 Faces will be available this Friday
That’s right, type lovers: There are only two more issues to go and the seventh and penultimate issue of our highly collectable magazine will be available to order from 8faces.com this Friday at 4pm BST.
This issue features interviews with design and typography legends:
Michael Bierut, Tomas Brousil, Georg Salden, Hannes Von Döhren, Phil Baines, Ken Barber, and Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko of Emigre.
We’ve also got essays from Christopher Murphy and Typekit’s Bram Stein, and a foreword written by Adrian Shaughnessy.
The cover will feature laser-cut artwork to form a double-cover peep show affair. I’ll be revealing more over the next couple of days so stay tuned.
Colourful Tree Signage
I love this freehand painted wooden shop sign. I spotted it locally on Exmouth Market (Clerkenwell, London) and it belongs to the independent boutique, Family Tree, named because of its products (including “curious objects”, as seen above) are made by their friends and their families.