My favourite characters: August
Tumblr is such a vibrant visual feast of experimental and masterly type and lettering. It’s tempting to blog dozens of inspiring typographic images each month but in order to keep things concise, here’s a round-up of projects that have caught my eye this month on tumblr and beyond.
Row by row, starting top left:
Perspective Signage and wayfinding for the Innovation Center in Porto, Portugal, by Claan.
BA Flyer: Bachelor Ausstellung Kommunikationsdesign FH-Mainz, flyer submitted and designed by Marcel Haüsler (2012) for Type Only by Unit Editions.
Skinny Will’s The Letter Dump: “It’s where odd little letterforms can live. If I feel like making a new ‘t’ for whatever the reason, the letter dump can house it”.
Hand-lettered tees by Fair Goods: “We asked four of our favorite type guys —Ale Paul, Neil Summerour, Corey Holms, and Grant Hutchinson— to create a hand-lettered T-shirt for TypeCon 2013”.
Pentagram’s Paula Scher’s identity for Rockaway Beach, painted on the side of the newly rebuilt Concession buildings on Shore Front Parkway.
Mira Schendel's exhibition at the Tate Modern opens on 25th September. The first ever international full-scale survey of her work.
Medusa Font. Ramiro Espinoza’s beautifully presented homage to the 19th Century Catalonian pointed pen.
Typographic miniature golf course by Ollie Willis An analogy of the link between golfing and graphic design — they both require patience, precision and end in frustration or fulfilment!
F “Turn a bad grade into a career in design/engineering/finance” career advice after exam results season by The Prince’s Trust. See the brilliantly executed work on Creative Review.
Valentine’s day idea?
Not only is the lettering beautiful — that split ‘Type’ — but I’m loving the soft indentation on the ‘spongy’ paper and the depth of colour from this scarlet ink.
This limited edition letterpress print might make a nice gift…
OK yes, I just convinced myself and bought one.
Beautiful lettering poster by Ken Barber, printed by The Aesthetic Union. You could buy a copy here and learn more about the process on Ken’s blog post.
After writing about Paul Thurlby’s alphabet letters a few months ago, Paul got in touch and I had the opportunity to ask him to describe some of his lettering work:
The Making Future Magic illustration was a promotional piece for Dentsu London [huge advertising agency, founded in Japan]. They chose a number of illustrators to come up with their own interpretations of the phrase.
Boooom was personal work. I was trying to make the image using the word itself.
Modest Artistic Genius was a self advertisement. Originally, I wanted to just say ‘Artistic Genius’, but I knew I couldn’t get away with that. So, it was just something a bit tongue in cheek that, somehow, putting ‘modest’ in front of such a statement makes it alright, plays it down a little!
Unidentified street art
There is definitely something alluring about this doodle. A snap taken by Stephen Coles in Clerkenwell, London. "Depth, flow, invention, intrigue, likability, its got it all"
3 years later, I keep coming back to this street art I found in London. I still don’t know what it says or how it was made, and I still love it.
Nice ‘P&P’ sign, lit with coloured bulbs. (Taken with Instagram in a Pitcher & Piano pub, London )
Friendly character logo of the furniture company: Actiu (Taken with Instagram at Clerkenwell)
Letterpress poster spotted on Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London.
Old Ampersand woodblock printing
At the St. Bride printing workshops yesterday I had the opportunity to print some wonderful mismatched ampersands from their historic collection using one of their Vandercook Pre-Presses.
Now some of these large woodblocks are well over 100 years old so despite packing out the paper and adjusting for the slight printing height differences, two of the blocks had sunken deeply in the middle leaving a void on the print.
See more on the St. Bride Library “The world’s foremost printing and graphic arts Library”
A colourful, ‘modular’ headline typeface by Studio8 Design. An agency based around the corner from me in Clerkenwell (London).
"A typeface designed for Wired. Used throughout the magazine and iPad app for chapter headers the typeface can be coloured in numerous ways in order to suit the page it sits on."