Awesome Posters, Amazing Work

I think Studio Sarp Sozdinler’s work is so kick ass. I found this on It’s Nice That where the little article sent me to his website and I just kind of freaked out.

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Embroidered Typography

This post on the recently redesigned Design Observer website is fascinating. I love this not only because of the creative use of typography but because I secretly love embroidery and poetry and linens of all sorts and the work shown in this post somehow captures all of that.

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I Heart Bookplates

Not enough people use bookplates these days. I remember the first set I got and happily placed into all of my favorite books. There was a picture of Garfield the cat clutching a set of books and under him were the words, “These are mine” and a line under that where I wrote my name in my best bubbly handwriting. Thankfully my tastes have changed a bit but my love for bookplates has not. On Design*Sponge there is a nice post about The British Library’s Flicker page (oh my god. try not to waste your whole day on this amazing site)  and this freebee!

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Fantastic and Inspiring Logos

I found this post today on It’s Nice That. It’s a round up of some of the best logo designs from this year so far. A lot of these are redesigns and while they are all beautiful (except for the Pay Pal one, I’m going to have to disagree with them on that logo) each logo is versatile and effective getting the job done while also looking good doing it.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.07.34 AM Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.07.49 AM Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.07.57 AMI highly recommend watching the short video on the Penguin/Random House logo and their imprints, very well done. I’ve also commented before on the logo redesign for the Jewish Museum but I seriously cannot get enough, it’s THAT good.

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Day in the Life

Over on one of my favorite design blogs, Design*Sponge, there is a “Day in the Life” piece on one of my favorite artists/letterers, Dana Tanamachi who will have a book (!) out soon on DIY type which I can’t wait to buy!

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Cool Type!

For Free! One of the best parts of being a teacher is when I get to learn something new from a student. Last night during my graphic design class at Noble Desktop I saw one of my students looking at some great type and I asked her what site she was on. She was looking at the typeface, Canter, on the website fontfabric.com.

Score! I just spent way too long checking out and downloading so much good stuff on this site it’s a little embarrassing. I can’t help myself though, I’m a sucker for a nice slab serif like Aleo and an even bigger sucker for wood typeish sans serifs like Canter and Bebas. My new favorite though (and I’m not sure how or when I’ll get a chance to use it) is Multicolore . . . so. much. fun.

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Leaving San Francisco

Walking through San Francisco airport on our way back to New York I held up my family to take pictures (sorry for all the reflections) of this handmade printing press.

IMG_2508 IMG_2509 IMG_2511That quote is so beautiful and succinct, exactly what I stumble over myself to try and say when I introduce typography to my students or to anyone who asks me, “what is typography anyway?”

This press was created by Shawn Hibmacronan who is a sculptor based in California. Here are some more pictures of the press taken from his website.

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