Lace Lettering Magazine Cover
You may have seen a few past posts about the lettering stitchwork of the twin designers Maricor & Maricar. Here is one of their recent projects. I can’t think of a more perfect evolution of the textile twins’ work.
We embroidered lettering for the cover of French magazine Paulette and their Romantique issue. The mood board we were given was lace, white and Virgin Suicides. It was tricky knowing the type would appear against a very light airy image and the first time we’ve had to composite our embroidery onto a photographic image but it turned out well I think.
Covered in characters
Above are a few of the typographically led book cover designs from the David Pearson exhibition, currently on in London.
I love the ‘redacted’ George Orwell, 1984, cover with it’s debossed title under black ink. I was also quite taken with the chilling cover for Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
There’s a week left to go, so if you find yourself in Shoreditch, London before the 28th June, drop in.
David Pearson is an acclaimed British designer, famed for his beautiful series of Penguin book cover designs.
David studied at Central St Martins in London (1999–2002) before taking a job at Penguin Books as text designer and later, cover designer. He left to establish his own studio – Type as Image – in 2007.
David played a key role in the recent re-emergence of Penguin Books through projects such as the multi-million selling Great Ideas series, Penguin by Design and thePopular Classics series. He has won numerous awards for book design, has been listed as one of Britain’s Top 50 Designers by the Guardian and nominated for the Design Museum’s Designer of the Year Award.
I’m transfixed by the level of detail that have gone into these illustrated letters. The little people seem pretty happy in their typographic environments. The designs are from various alphabet projects by Jing Zhang, based in East London.
Hebrew Club Typography
I was keen to show this impressive typographic work by 3rd year visual communication students at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.
As part of a “Type as Image” course, the brief was to create three design formats for past Israeli music venues: an A0 poster, 4 A2 posters and 16 flyers.
With no illustration allowed, the students were pushed to create innovative layout and typographic systems that interpret a wide range of musical genres.
I’m unable to read Hebrew but Senior Lecturer, Nadav Barkan, was kind enough to steer me through some of the great work.
Above work (from top):
Itay Weinstock, Ariel Medina, Tal Mani, Denis Kushnir
Making the invisible visible, with ink and type
After documenting its progress on Twitter for over a month, Laura Hudson’s inky typographic project reached its zenith this weekend. As part of her final degree project, Laura has created a time-lapse film of ink being absorbed into a lettered design to reveal a message about the invisible nature of mental illness.
As a sufferer of depression Laura wanted to highlight a cause she felt passionate and aligned her project with the Time to Change mental health campaign. “The idea is as the ink absorbs it’s physically making the fact visible, raising awareness.”
Inspired by Oscar Diaz’s Ink calendar, she contacted him to ask about paper typed used, but after a slightly cagey response she decided to test out different types of paper herself, finally settling on 300gsm scientific grade blotting paper.
Her lettered design was then laser cut into the paper and suspended in her studio. The ends of the paper structure rested in vials of cyan printer ink and the natural capillary action of the paper drew the pigment up the lettering. The process produced some lovely chromatic bleed effects (as shown).
Laura took time-lapse photos to record the process. In tests the ink moved 15cm in five minutes over a straight line but at the scale of the final design it slowed dramatically after six days, requiring only one photograph every 12 hours to measure its progress. Other challenges also cropped up on the way: “Unfortunately I’ll be pressing the camera shutter for my project. Time lapse is broken so now I’m babysitting!”
After a little ‘encouragement’ with warm water the ink was finally absorbed into the whole piece and the film was completed. Take a look here.
I really like these simple typographic “Patterns by Molly”. Molly Kennedy-Darling is a designer from Portland, Oregon, who is challenging herself to design a new pattern each week, setting a new theme each month. With the bold colours and jolly letter styles, they’d make great wrapping paper for designer gifts.
I like the shapes within shapes used used in these experiments by Ana Gomez Bernaus of California. Inspired in Spanish Mantillas (a veil worn over the head and shoulders).
The final issue of 8 Faces is being printed!
Elliot took these teaser shots at the printers today. Eagle eyed readers might recognise a couple of our high-profile interviewees.
ETA early June.
These wonderful hand-painted globes are by Laura Maxcy, of Mississippi. Each vintage globe is drawn on directly using paint pens and then sprayed with a protective coating.
As someone who’s not a fan of the pastiche quote posters that seem so ubiquitous, I love the connection between the sayings, the lettering and the globes. It’s this combination that gives the otherwise trite captions a twist of wit and whim.
“Although I got my degree in graphic design, I needed a creative outlet that didn’t involve staring at a computer screen all day. I started hand-lettering quotes on vintage landscape prints I found at a thrift store, with which I planned to decorate a room in my house. Instead I decided to list them on Etsy, along with my painted globes. Each of my items are definitely unique and one-of-a-kind.”
This colourful alphabet has been designed for Grey Advertising’s new multinational team based in Singapore. It’s been constructed from the abstract shapes of over one hundred national flags.
These national elements have been broken down and imaginatively rearranged into a limited display typeface (see above animation). Many letters have several alternative characters to represent nations beginning with the same letter.
Although the alphabet currently represents just the 106 countries that the team operates in, according to the designer, Luis Fabra, the font is to be extended to include the other 90 countries. As no country begins with ‘X’ this has been left grey and I’d assume any forthcoming punctuation might use the same shade.
I love the inventiveness of the alphabet and how the flags have been interpreted. As part of a branding system the letters add a nice splash of colour without looking overly garish. It looks particularly good mixed with the silvery grey letters when used for the office signage system.
However, to really claim to to be a “multinational” typeface the next step must surely be to challenge the concept and see how the design might be adapted for Chinese, Devanagari, Arabic or other intentional system used by millions around the world.
Easter Type Combo
I just spotted these ultra vivid posters featuring the innovative typefaces of MuirMcNeil. They are offering a free font with each poster, but you’ve on a few hours left—the offer ends on Tuesday 22 April, 8am (GMT+1).
This London based studio was formed in 2010 by accomplished typographic designers, Paul McNeil and Hamish Muir to explore and develop parametric design systems.