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The R that didn’t make it.
I’ve been working on a lettering and typography project following on from my Exmouth Print. One the drop caps or illustrated initials that I need to illustrate is an fun ‘R’. I took inspiration loosely from the lettering on the iconic ‘Golden Gallopers’ carousel on Brighton Pier. While the gorgeous hand-painted lettering on the ride has a jaunty, seaside feel, I needed something a bit more ‘typographic’ but keeping that flamboyant style. Unfortunately the one above isn’t going to work in the overall design but I thought you might like to see it. High-res

The R that didn’t make it.

I’ve been working on a lettering and typography project following on from my Exmouth Print. One the drop caps or illustrated initials that I need to illustrate is an fun ‘R’. I took inspiration loosely from the lettering on the iconic Golden Gallopers carousel on Brighton Pier. While the gorgeous hand-painted lettering on the ride has a jaunty, seaside feel, I needed something a bit more ‘typographic’ but keeping that flamboyant style. Unfortunately the one above isn’t going to work in the overall design but I thought you might like to see it.

wOW! Illuminations
The design of this type specification has hugely inspired me over the last few years. The black and fluorescent decorations on the initials feel embossed with an almost flock texture. I love the positive/negative capitals and look at the way the pattern surrounding the O opens to allow the T close. It manages to look both antique and modern.
Unfortunately this rather blurry photo is all I have. In the past I took a more lackadaisical approach to note taking, and have no record of the specimen’s title. I was shown the book by the previous librarian of St. Brides. On a recent return trip I tried to find the book but with the largest collection of specimens in the world, and a change in librarians, the search was futile. High-res

wOW! Illuminations

The design of this type specification has hugely inspired me over the last few years. The black and fluorescent decorations on the initials feel embossed with an almost flock texture. I love the positive/negative capitals and look at the way the pattern surrounding the O opens to allow the T close. It manages to look both antique and modern.

Unfortunately this rather blurry photo is all I have. In the past I took a more lackadaisical approach to note taking, and have no record of the specimen’s title. I was shown the book by the previous librarian of St. Brides. On a recent return trip I tried to find the book but with the largest collection of specimens in the world, and a change in librarians, the search was futile.

Typo Tomorrow

Typo San francisco starts tomorrow (10-11th April). Numerous names from the type world will be speaking including our own Elliot Jay Stocks. He’ll be joined by; Dan Rhatigan of Monotype, Gemma O’Brien from Sydney and Sibylle Hagmann. The facilitators include Erik Spiekermann, and Stephen Coles.

This year’s theme, “Rhythm,” explores the cadence of the creative process, the underlying tempo of inspiration, and the beats of the design experience. - See more.

Here Be Monsters

I noticed this wonderful Icelandic project of illustrated type inspired by medieval maps featuring fantastical sea creatures. 

Design by Reykjavík based Stella Björg, these decorated capitals remind me of the Victorian illustrations I’ve written about recently. I love that several of the creatures appear to be based on specific Icelandic mythical beasts, as named at the bottom of the print. I also really like the print colours and flecked paper that gives the final work its antique look.

My “Here Be Monsters” illustrated letters started from the simple idea of writing “MONSTER” but having finished it just didn’t seem like there was much left to complete the alphabet. I was in no hurry to complete it, so very slowly monstrous letters got added and finally there appeared a complete alphabet. - Stella Björg

Daft Type

These Daft Punk merchandise ads do a great job of mimicking ads from the ’70s. The layouts, colours and type all evoke the decades’ graphic style.

Above, you can see one of their latest ads alongside a Coke ad from 1970. (The very same ad that Michael Bierut describes in the Helvetica film: “It’s the real thing. Period! Coke. Period! In Helvetica. Period! Any questions? Of course not. Drink Coke. Period! Simple.”)

The typeface chosen for the 2014 ad appears to be Kabel Black or Geometric 231 Heavy and while it’s no Helvetica, I think it does a much better job in this instance.

3D Printable Type

I know there are designers working on typefaces that are optimised for 3D printing but this alphabet, by Loren Kulesus of Brooklyn, is something else entirely.

“The design uses 1mm wall thicknesses which seem to print very nicely on all 3d printers, and the simple and iterative appearance mimics heat sinks.”

Look at that ‘o’ made by joining two blocks! Very imaginative.

Type Anatomy
I think this print was produced a couple of years ago but I saw again the other day and thought it might be useful to post here.
The attractive Alphabet of Type is more of a type anatomy infographic. Each letter models a specific typographic structure together with the correct nomenclature; ears, loops, links, tittles, hooks, spines, tails, ligatures, and more. Produced by Patrick Mulligan and Ben Gibson. High-res

Type Anatomy

I think this print was produced a couple of years ago but I saw again the other day and thought it might be useful to post here.

The attractive Alphabet of Type is more of a type anatomy infographic. Each letter models a specific typographic structure together with the correct nomenclature; ears, loops, links, tittles, hooks, spines, tails, ligatures, and more. Produced by Patrick Mulligan and Ben Gibson.

Fresh Alphabet

Although, I just posted an alphabet of lettering, I saw this slick set by Jose Ramirez and Ben Negrete and had to share more.

The pair run the FreshStudio together and are challenging themselve to publish a new original design per day on their blog, Design365, throughout 2014. Sounds easy enough—until clients, families and life-in-general need your time—but duo have kept the quality high so far.

February was DropCaps and now March is city nicknames. They’re on Tumblr, go take a look.