Category Archives: typography

homelessfonts.org

How clever is this? This is a beautiful and moving piece of work for the homeless in Spain, turning their handwriting typically only used to write on cardboard for donations, into new fonts that can be bought online by brands and agencies around the world. The film speaks for itself, and you can buy the fonts here.

The funds collected through the website will be used to finance the work of Arrels Foundation for the homeless people in Barcelona.

Type cast

All designers love type, so for some inspiration I thought I’d share some amazing typographic ‘shadow art’. These pieces are from a range of artists who cleverly cast light onto their sculptures to create amazing shadow effects (in these cases they form words). Enjoy!

Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens:

Shadow Artist Kumi Yamashita:

Graphic artist Áron Jancsó:

Shadow sculpter Tobias Rehberger:

Yours in typography,

Anya

Heaven Devoid of Stars

It’s just about impossible to imagine a world without movable type. That very sentiment is set in ink in this new print collaboration with Stefan Hattenbach. An extravagant screen-print of gold, white, and black inks on beautiful red Plike paper.

I couldn’t think of a better Christmas gift for myself….ahhh, I mean your loved one.

Buy it here at ilovetypography.com

Yours in typography,
Tanya

A bit of Japanese inspiration

I recently visited Japan and came across these striking posters in a subway station. I believe the posters were part of a campaign promoting the Tōhoku region as a place to visit. This is the region including Sendai, that has recently been effected by natural disasters and in typical Japan style, they are getting straight back to business!

The campaign caught my eye because it incorporates some timeless graphic design principles, taking inspiration from Bauhaus designers like Wassily Kandinsky. It focusses on simplicity, limiting the amount of text and the number of colours for maximum impact. The posters use striking angles, directing the eye and creating a dramatic effect.

The campaign was applied to various posters, ads and flags in transport stations throughout Japan.

設計のあなた

Anya

 

 

The handlettered logo

Somewhere on my travels around the internet last week I stumbled upon this website showcasing the hand-lettered logos from now defunct US department store chains.

I adore the modern script that you can imagine being in the 50s and 60s and not out of place on the next series of Mad Men.

GOLDSMITH’S Memphis, TN. (1946) Founded in 1870, converted to Macy’s in 2005. The logo was designed by Margaret Grace, an employee of the store’s advertising department at the time. The script logo was used in all signage and advertising until the mid-90s, when an all-lower case sans serif font was used.

SAGE ALLEN Hartford, CT. (1970s)
DIAMOND’S Cleveland, OH. Founded in 1860, converted to Dillard’s in 1992.
McALPIN’S Cincinnati, OH Founded in 1852 as Ellis, McAlpin & Co. All McAlpin’s stores were converted to the Dillard’s in 1998.

(Images via Annyas)

Yours in logos,

Justine.

A manifesto for business

Clare Lancaster’s manifesto may be labeled as a manifesto for “Women in Business”, but it really is applicable for everyone in business and everyday life.

 

Clare says: “It’s a collection of words to live by for women who want to make their own path.”

You can download your copy to use as a desktop or to print out to place on your wall for daily inspiration here. If you like this design by Clare she is also about to launch stevie and three, where you will be able to order customisable typographic posters online that will be designed, made to order and printed in London (where Clare now lives). Visit Stevie & Three to be kept up to date on the launch.

What are your words to do business by? What drives you each day?

Yours in words to live by,

Justine.

Get your chalk out!

I am always a sucker for good old hand-drawn typography, but hand-drawn typography on a blackboard is just another level of amazement.
Seeing as my blackboard writing skills were clearly tragic when I worked at a school, Dana Tanamachi is my new idol. Take a look at some of her work!

DT Flourish Finished

 

tanamachi target alphabet decals

tanamachi target home sign

 

 

 

If you want to see more, take a look at her website here.

For the Typography Lovers!

 

a-type-chair

Who needs a Gas lift, reclining, Ergonomic, posturepedic, support chair when you have these AWESOME Typography Chairs! Spell your name, your initials, and you could even play a sneaky game of ABC Musical Chairs!

Furniture inspired by typography is another trend that the Dutch showed to the world late last year. ABChairs is a series of 26 typographic chairs that were presented during Dutch Design week, 2010. 
It’s an alphabet to sit on and a series of chairs to form words with. Designed by graphic designer Roeland Otten, he described himself as “working with a conceptual approach in different fields of art and design, from graphic design to new media and video, from product design to art in public space and events”.

Thanks to using of rotational moulding of LDPE plastic during their manufacture these chairs are quite lightweight, fragile and sustainable for outdoors use. At the moment these chairs can be bought only by request. Smaller size ABChairs for kids would also be available very soon. Keep a lookout online or email him on him@roelandotten.com to find out more!

a-z-type-chair

 

Yours in typography,
Angela Purdy
(on behalf of Amber)

Semi-Permanent Hits Brisbane This Friday

 

Are you one of the lucky ones to score a ticket to Semi-Permanent in Brisbane this Friday? I hope so, because this year’s conference is looking pretty awesome and tickets are sold out!

Every year in 8 cities across the world Semi-Permanent showcases the best in graphic design, film, fine art, illustration, web design, interactive design, photography, visual effects, animation, graffiti, motion graphics, stop motion, architecture, and much more. This year the Brisbane line up includes: T-World, Toby Dixon, Gemma O’Brien, Supervixen, Sam Leach, Reg Mombassa, Kelly Thompson and Webuyyourkids. It’s always an amazing and inspiring day held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

There’s always a couple of side events, so if you’re free make sure you get down to the:

– Etcc Exhibition from 6-9pm at Sh00ting Gallery (105 Bowen Street, Spring Hill) featuring Anthony Lister, RINZEN, Sebastian Moody
– Webuyyourkids – John Carpenter Exhibition from 6pm at Nine Lives Gallery (5F Winn St, Fortitude Valley)
– Semi-Permanent After Party from 7-11pm at Nine Lives Gallery (5F Winn St, Fortitude Valley)

A few of us from Brio Group will be there so make sure you come and say hi!

Yours in inspiration,
Janet

Typographers Dream

fontbook one

fontbook two

“Designers, type enthusiasts and people who love to explore the world of typography, better take a seat before hearing – FontBook, the most complete reference guide of typography in the world, is now available as an App for iPad!”

– Halex Pereira for MacMagazine Brazil (translated from Portuguese)

As if I didn’t need yet another reason to go out and buy myself an iPad (yes I’m proud to say, I am a big Apple fan). When the iPad came out I told myself that I didn’t need one. I felt it was just a glorified iPhone and I already had one of those, but month by month my mind is being changed and now with exciting Apps, like this one on offer from FontBook, I find myself jealous of those who already have one, perhaps it’ll have to be a Christmas present from Santa this year!

This great App delivers 620,000 font specimens – 19 times more than the printed FontBook 4, which only had 32,000. You can use this app to look up and view fonts by typeface name, typeface classification, designer name, foundry name, year or publication, or by similarity of design. This App is like a designers dream, especially those in love with typography. What better tool do you need to flick through and preview thousands and thousands of typefaces.

Check it out or download it for yourself at http://fontbook.com/

Yours in typography,
Dawn