I was recently looking through the portfolio of graphic artist Neil Stevens and saw his retro-style posters for the different Tour de France stages. As a keen cyclist in and around London, these really appealed to me. The lettering based compositions successfully mix a number of historical graphic styles all hinging around the ’50s looking cyclist.
I spoke to Neil about the typefaces used. The chunky numbers used as the main character in 1, 4 & 5 (together with their ‘2012’s) are Pompadour and numeral only typeface by Andy Mangold, inspired by Rockabilly hair. The uppercase typeface, with the horizontal spurs through the middle, is Haymaker, They are both available from the Lost Type Co-op, a fascinating ‘pay-what-you-want’ foundry. The outline type (“2012” in no.7) is Post Office, a free font.
"In some posters I customised Haymaker a little by placing key lines within the font so at times it looks a little different. This was just to add a bit more of a ‘display’ element to it."
Neil is based in St Albans and London in the UK. These 2012 Tour prints have featured in The Sunday Telegraph, Esquire, Cycle Plus, Cycle Active, Sport Magazine and Phaidon.com and are available to purchase.
Letters from Porto
These vibrant montages have been created by Andrew Howard, Graphic Designer and course leader of the MA in Communication Design at ESAD, Portugal
Andrew introduced the study of typography to the curriculum at ESAD and challenged his students to walk the streets and record the typography and lettering from the world around them. This successful and valuable research exercise has now spread to other design facilities.
These prints, the result of Andrew’s own visual research and photography and show how beautiful this record of lettering can be when curated thoughtfully. There are some fantastic examples in this collection gathered together over a decade.
Letters from Porto by Andrew Howard, 2013, Portugal
A nice montage of artwork by photographer and artist Leah Flores as featured on the Fab.com in the UK.
Each is a mix of inspiring phrases etched on her stills.
“I grew up in the forest surrounded by tall mountains and sparkly lakes. I am inspired by the insane beauty of the world around us. I hope that when you look at my art, it will be a reminder to get outside—go have an adventure!”
Here is a selection of letters commissioned from 26 artists, illustrators and typographers for an exhibition at the ‘He Made She Made’ gallery in Sydney last week.
Organised and curated by Rosita Rawnsley-Mason, the exhibition was produced on behalf of Australian, non-profit organisation, the Dandelion Support Network. They match-up quality second-hand baby equipment for those less fortunate. Where necessary volunteers will repair and clean items before passing them on to families whose children might otherwise go without.
You can purchase prints and support what sounds like a fantastic cause.
New prints by House Industries: Worthe Numerals collection
I saw these limited edition prints on Maison Alice, recently founded by German art director, Alice Hoffman. Currently living in Switzerland, she set-up the online store after realizing that her passion for illustration could be channeled into a digital venture.
”All day long I am searching for cool illustrations: old or new, coloured or black and white, 3D or linedrawed, on paper or on textile, in advertising or on bookcovers, on packaging or on the street, for children or adults, from China or from TImbuktu. Doesn’t matter. Through all theses different styles and influences I get my everyday inspiration.”
I’m transfixed by illuminated signage generally and now here’s an illustration of the same by New York designer, Jeff Rogers.
Ampersands, ampersands and more ampersands
Ligature, Loop and Stem, “Creators and curators of ﬁne typography-related products” was set up in 2009 by Scott Boms and Luke Dorny to celebrating type, and create designs that delight other designers.
They have produced a number of limited edition, typographic prints (mostly sold out), including these badges (buttons) shown above.
Each ampersand has been selective for its distinct personality. The featured typefaces are; Priori Serif, Perla, Cooper Black, Los Niches, Schmutz, Mostra, United, Fette Fraktur, Tribute & Shag.
The 36 ampersands shown below is printed on matt balck stock in metallic silver and glossy transparent inks, and bear a hand pressed LL&S wax seal.
Seb Lester’s “Peace” Print Launch @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, September 1st, 2011
On the back of my last post about Seb Lester: some large scale reproductions of his work are on show in London’s East Central, tomorrow. It’s not far from me, so may try to drop by.
Lovely prints from House Industries. Various artists.
As Unstrung Studio says, would make great presents