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.”
I’ve seen this ‘wonder wall’ before and now I’m passing it every day in sunny Surry Hills, Sydney. It’s by street artist, Numskull.
Love the ‘GO’!
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
Homage to William Morris
This was obviously a labour of love. An ornamental poster by hungarian designer, Boglárka Nádi. The type used has been customised from Black Swan by John Bomparte to be connected into the pattern-work.
Did you spot the birds and rabbits between the floral motifs?
I had to reblog this gorgeous hand-paint lettering. Acrylic ink on plywood by New York based, Lucas Sharp.
Great colours and unlike the endless scourge of ‘dumb’ quote posters (a random quote in some nice lettering), here the design enhances the sentiment.
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!
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.
Vector Paris by Tim Paza May
Psst…calligraphy class notes
To prepare for a move from London to Sydney, I’m going through my plan chest and book shelves, full typographic and lettering ephemera, and decide what stays and what comes with me (mostly with me it seems!). So you might an eclectic mix of photos over the coming days.
For those of you that were interested in Seb Lester’s recent guest post on calligraphy, I thought these might be useful. I was given these worksheets during the Calligraphy workshop with Andreas Frohloff, during Type London (Places 2011). I posted a couple of photos at the time of his class and wonderful antique pen collection, here & here.
The sheet is quite handy for referring to how the shapes of latin letters are constructed. They are of course in German, so if anyone fancies translating in the comments, go for it!
Global Circus Lettering
The above shots are from Eine’s latest graffiti lettering, dubbed “Tenderloin”, painted in London, Berlin and Denver, CO.
See more of Ben Eine’s work on Type Worship, here, here & here.
Photos: Ben Fuchs, BirdMan, EineSigns
Laid-back Lettering, revisited
A year ago this week I interviewed Mary Kate McDevitt, a letterer living in Brooklyn. Following-up, I noticed plenty of new work over on her site.
You can clearly see her relaxed, informal style has really solidified in these examples together with a vintage colour palette, which I really like.
If you missed the interview take a look here.