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Textured Type

I can’t believe that a year has shot past since I met up with Bobby Evans to talk about his highly recognisable poster work and how his much imitated vintage style developed. This week sees the launch of his studio’s reincarnation as Telegramme Paper Co. which maintains its emphasis on screen printed designs and gig posters but has now expanded to include home wares, custom wedding invites and hand-painted signs.

Kate Brighouse has joined Telegramme and the pair’s shared passion for vintage and mid-Century illustration style looks to be very complimentary.

The new designs continue their masterful use of retro colour palettes and ‘off-register’, textured illustration style. I’m of course drawn to the more typographic designs. I think the blend of customised typefaces, textures and imaginative themes still set the bar for this type of Illustration work. 

“With a joint love of fine paper goods and the lost joy of sending and receiving post, Bobby & Kate run the Award Winning Telegramme Paper Co. from their studio in North London.”

Lagom Magazine Launches

I’m pleased to announce that the long-awaited Lagom magazine has finally launched. Many of the team from 8 Faces magazine have been involved in the creation of this new title and it’s been lovingly put together by Sam and Elliot Jay Stocks. 

Lagom is a publication about people making a living from their passions, and pastime activities that offer inspiration Borrowing the Swedish word that represents having just the right amount of something, our bi-annual magazine features those who achieve a sense of balance in their everyday and professional lives.

I’m proud to have written and article in this first edition (about type and lettering, would you believe), and also featured in the debut issue is Erik Spiekermann and a plethora of other people telling their stories of how they earn a living by doing what they love.

Lagom is printed on thick, uncoated stock, with a foil-blocked cover — 128 pages of inspiration that you’ll want to keep on your bookshelf.

Where to buy: You can buy Lagom directly from the website (they ship internationally) and it is stocked in shops all over the world. See the stockists.

Jessica Svendsen Interview

I was recently poring over some of the typographic posters for the Yale School of Architecture, a series that Michael Bierut has been designing since 1998. On some of the recent designs I noticed another name appearing in the credits: Jessica Svendsen. Looking further I saw the work on Jessica’s site… and wow! I got in touch and to find out more.

What did you do leading up to working at Pentagram?

Before joining Pentagram, I spent eight years studying and working at Yale University. I first received a BA in English Literature and then a MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art. Within a week after commencement, I moved to New York and started working for Michael Bierut.

How long have you been there and what have been the highlights so far?

I have been a designer at Pentagram for a year and a half. Since I first arrived, I have been fortunate to design the Yale School of Architecture posters with Michael. As a student, I admired and avidly collected the poster series—I managed to collect over forty posters during my tenure there—so I am still dumbfounded and thrilled that I now design the series.

Is there a usual process you follow when starting a new design project?

My process is content-driven, so I eagerly respond to projects where I can geekily engage with the content. For these projects, design is interpretive. It is analyzing the content, distilling an idea or concept, and then making it visual. While I gravitate toward projects that are deeply referential, that are embedded with layers of meaning, I ultimately become preoccupied with the affective qualities of the visual form or typography. 

In terms of format, I am drawn to projects that function at a display scale (from a poster to a physical installation) and that play with sequence (from a film to a website).

What is like working with Michael Bierut at Pentagram?

Michael is one of the best bosses in the profession, and he is the real reason why I am working at Pentagram. He is a master at crafting persuasive strategy, sequencing a narrative arch, and communicating ideas. Given his encyclopaedic knowledge, it is remarkable to watch him empathize with any given project or client. 

Michael also generously trusts each of the designers on his team. Typically, each designer is independently responsible for their own client list, which means one designer may oversee an entire project from conceptualization to execution. Consequently, the design process is exceptionally efficient and each designer has a deep ownership of the work. The structure allows us to each engage with different types of clients, and to navigate and adapt the design across a wide range of formats. 

What does the future hold for you?

Purely virtual work. Designing a physical space. Directing a film. 

Image credits: Jessica Svendsen, Michael Bierut and Pentagram.

Alphabet post by Dribbble

Today Dribbble got in touch with me to say that they had posted one of my shots along with a number of other Type and Lettering examples. They’ve collected together this beautifully presented sample of designs below, I feel lucky to be included.
Type:
imageAnders by Tom Anders

imageRidewell by Kostas Bartsokas


imageGood News Sans by Kyle Wayne Benson


image In-progress typeface by Jamie Clarke (That’s me!)


imageUni Sans by Fontfabric


imageNITRO by Hoefler & Co.


imageBrix Sans by Hannes von Döhren & Livius F. Dietzel/HVD Fonts


imageArkiv by Timo Kuilder


imageMulti Headline Black Italic by Laura Meseguer


imageRetiro by Jean François Porchez (Typofonderie)


imageCompanion League by Gumpita Rahayu


imageShelley by DJ Sherman


imageAmsterdam Superstar by David A. Slaager (Fonts of Chaos)


imageAmpleSoft by Aakash Soneri


imageVoltage by Laura Worthington


Lettering:


imageLet It Roll by Jillian Adel


imageTypeLimited 001, part of Joseph Alessio's TypeLimited project


imageThe Brush Letter by Ken Barber


imageJust Have Fun! by Scott Biersack


imageCaptain Josh Hill by Claire Coullon


imageSomeThing unused by JC Deserve


imageHumble Pie Type by Danielle Evans


image 
Will Letter For Lunch by Lauren Hom


imagePractice Makes Perfect by Becca Clason


imageKingdom by David Grimes


imageWonderful Rejects by Melissa Ginsiorsky


imagebuncha hand drawn words by Lauri Johnston


imageSmooth by Jessica Libby


imagefull by Frances MacLeod


image Guilty Pleasures by Anna Ropalo


imageWednesday by Stephanie Schlim


imageSalvage Press printer’s mark by Signal Type Foundry


imageRegular Display weights finished by Neil Summerour


imageHandlettered Logotypes 3 by Mateusz Witczak


Coaches’ Picks


imageChalk Lettering by Valentina Badeanu

Uninspiring Posters

As an amusing antidote to the sickly sweet inspirational type posters that seem so ubiquitous London based letterer, Linzie Hunter, has created this poster set that celebrates the mundane.

Linzie’s lettering featured on this blog a year ago. Take a look at her playful lettering here

Creative Covers

This Frankenstein, book cover is right up my street and quite inspirational for the work I’m doing at the moment. It’s was design a few years ago by Maciej Ratajki, a designer based in Warsaw, Poland.

For me, everything works well together. The composition with triple use of the ‘n’,  the play of scale with the author’s name and the ‘i’ nested within the large characters, and the blackletter typeface.
My only reservation is the detailed loop on the ‘a’ which is a little distracting when combined with the scale of smaller type. I’d have been tempted to redraw the top of it.

Spotted over on http://typeverything.com/

Bike Badges

Collecting these would be a great hobby for someone interested in both type and bikes.

Self proclaimed ‘bike geek’ Jeffery Conner is certainly into the latter. A professor from Michigan, USA, Jeff’s been collecting bicycle head badges since 2000, starting with just three badges, his collection grew to over 800 in just 36 months. The slightly curved badges come from all over the world and Jeff has found almost every letter of the alphabet (he was just missing Q & X according to this article

“There are symbols of freedom and speed – with wings and birds abounding – and also a debt to heraldic animals (serpents, lions and eagles, in particular), with ideas of strength and precision also conveyed in the designs.”

Last year London design agency, Carter Wong, produced a book collecting some of their favourite badges as a self-initiated project.

Imaging one of these flying in front of your trusty wheels!

Autumnal Paris

I like the style of this illustrated type, by student, Tim Paza May, in Brazil. Although the theme is Paris, I’m picking up some Arts and Crafts influences in the style (the pinwheels, patterns and colours).

Created as part of a vector illustration course where students were asked to pick a word and work around its theme. Quite appropriate colours as Europe moves into September and summer begins to end.

Via betype:

Vector Paris by Tim Paza May

London Loop
I spotted this fun motion graphic over on Herbert Frost’s blog, who translated the German calligraphy notes that I posted yesterday (thanks again Herbert!)
The above animation, by Al Boardman, is part of a longer 100 second film called ‘8 Great things to do in London’. The British designer’s blog is full of cool little animations, some for fun, some part of wider projects.
What is equally impressive is his achievements as a rock climber and mountaineer:

Al has summitted several previously unclimbed mountains. One of which is in Central Asia and, in an interview with the BBC, revealed that he was naming the peak after his grandmother. The rest of Al’s family are still waiting for him to make more first ascents and to name the peaks after them, which is awkward.
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London Loop

I spotted this fun motion graphic over on Herbert Frost’s blog, who translated the German calligraphy notes that I posted yesterday (thanks again Herbert!)

The above animation, by Al Boardman, is part of a longer 100 second film called ‘8 Great things to do in London’. The British designer’s blog is full of cool little animations, some for fun, some part of wider projects.

What is equally impressive is his achievements as a rock climber and mountaineer:

Al has summitted several previously unclimbed mountains. One of which is in Central Asia and, in an interview with the BBC, revealed that he was naming the peak after his grandmother. The rest of Al’s family are still waiting for him to make more first ascents and to name the peaks after them, which is awkward.

(via herbertfrost)