Smart Quotes vs. Dumb Quotes

To the typography student I had who once asked, “don’t you think that’s a bit nit-picky?” I say, touché.

This site by Jessica Hiche and this one excerpting Jason Santa Maria’s book, On Web Typography, are super helpful on the how and why regarding all forms of quotation and hyphenation.

Use. Understand. Learn.

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Kern Your Enthusiasm

LOVE this series, check it out!
I just read the Akzidenz Grotesk post by Joe Alterio which ended with this gem:
“Akzidenz-Grotesk is the typographical equivalent of that amazing friend of yours who can make cogent, compelling arguments without ever getting heated or cruel. Typefaces come and go: Akzidenz-Grotesk remains.”
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Found via Design Observer

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Logo vs. Symbol

What’s the difference? FastCo explains.

Logo or logo type literally means “word imprint” in Greek. According to this line of thinking, the only true logos are the ones that contain nothing but stylized letters, representing the literal name of a company like this:

Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 10.07.52 AMAn abstract approach to the visual identity of a company or corporation that would work across all languages would be a universal symbol that abstractly represents their brand such as Apple’s apple:

Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 10.07.42 AMCombine these two and you get something else called a combination mark. These are emblems that use a combination of both words and symbols to represent a company or organization like this:

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Graphic Design Fundamentals July 2014 Student Work

This past July I had the pleasure of teaching Graphic Design Fundamentals once again at Noble Desktop, here is a highlight reel of some of the projects my students turned in.

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Gwendolyn Chambrun

Gwendolyn Chambrun

Nicole Estevez

Nicole Estevez

Paulina Tracz

Paulina Tracz

Richard Huebner

Richard Huebner

Sarah Reznick

Sarah Reznick

Chau Pham

Chau Pham

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Kevan Carroll

Kevan Carroll

Richard Huebner

Richard Huebner

Derek Schimmenti

Derek Schimmenti

Paulina Tracz

Paulina Tracz

Richard Huebner

Richard Huebner

Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard

Paulina Tracz

Paulina Tracz

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USPS redesign

Holy cow. I know I’ve tweeted and posted about this before but if this design comes to fruiting I think my head will explode. How beautiful is this work?! LOVE.

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Infographics Masters

One of my Saturday morning rituals is to go through the Swiss-Miss Friday Links and this morning there was a gem: Accurat. They are the infographics masters. For anyone who recently took my Graphic Design class at Noble Desktop or is just plain interested in infographics check this site out. Seriously amazing work.

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Printed Matter Inspiration

I love design. I love the endless possibilities of color, texture, type and image on the printed page. On It’s Nice That I found some inspiration.

Check out the use of color here:
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And the use of pattern here on the endpages:
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These are from this book:
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And here is a book on cycling (yea!) amazingly called Kings of Pain which really resonates with me at this moment as my legs protest every time I attempt stairs after this week’s intense amount of bike commuting.

Nice cover:
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And the echo of the type on the title page:
SS14-Rapha-Kings-of-Pain-Book-17Is that type metallic? Metallic pantone! Love this.
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And this book, appropriately titled Fantastic by Gina Moreno Valle, has 3-d elements and comes with viewing glasses but I’m kind of enjoying looking at it without the glasses.
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