Using well-chosen and hand-sized type to convey cartographic relationships has been quite the trend over the last few years. I believe ORK posters were the front runners, and their work continues to be amazing.
But I love this fresh, reduced approach from Orange… read more
Recently, Elsie thrifted an awesome vintage paint-by-numbers landscape. Which is pretty awesome in itself, though maybe just a tad too kitschy. So, she transformed it into a text-based stunner featuring a song lyric from one her favorite bands with barely any… read more
Over the holiday break, I spent most of my free time in my basement workshop, learning to use my new planer, and raiding my DVD library. (I hardly buy them anymore, but have a hefty collection from my days of working of the video store in college). One afternoon, I put in The Royal Tenenbaums, and saw something I'd never spied before: the abundance of the typeface Futura. It's on the poster, sure, and in the credits, but there it was on the school bus:
For contemporary crafters, the old script-y, serif-y cross stitch alphabets simply won't do. So, Tamara Maynes has created the Helvetica Cross Stitch kit, an A-to-Z cross stitch design chart that allows you to incorporate the Swiss school classic and the world's most popular typeface into your handmade… read more
Helvetica, the world's most popular typeface, will always do what it promises - convey written information that seemlessly blends into its environment. Think about it - in the American Apparel logo, it looks engaging and sexy, and on the Wal-Mart facade, it's soulless and trashy.
As Indra Kupferschmid, co-author of Helvetica Forever puts it "Helvetica is often described as the tasteless white rice among typefaces: satisfies easily, cheap and fast. But the good thing is, you can take the design into different directions with the sauce and side dishes (the typefaces you pair with Helvetica).”
Kupferschmid has written this excellent how-to for FontShop, which shares how to use Helvetica (or another neo-Grotesque) in contrast to transitional or… read more