Unsavory Characters

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Another spooky item for this Halloween. Check out these portraits on Flickr that were created by Veja magazine using typography. [link from BoingBoing via Extensis Web Developer, Doug Henderson]

On a side note, we just had our fun costume contest, and Max Kerning won. 😉

Re-imagined Favorites

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I am a sucker for the remix, the cover version, the result of taking two disparate elements and blending them well. Luckily I am not the only person who enjoys this sort of thing, and those who do are WAY more talented at creating these things than I am, so I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.

* Star Wars + Politics. I love that this even exists, and even more that it came from Ironic Sans, purveyors of the Star Wars font pun I gave you previously. Insipired by Shepard Fairey’s HOPE poster, I present to you A New Hope:

* Hindu Gods + Pop Culture. I found a really nice writeup of this Stuart Rice project to turn Hindu Gods into Pop Culture icons. My favorite so far is Kali:

* Simpsons + Pop Culture. Dean Fraser has a blog called Springfield Punx where he takes random characters and turns them into Simpsons characters. Right now he’s doing a Month of Marvel so you can see his takes on X-Men, and Spider-Man and such, but he’s done Thundercats, Late Night talk show hosts, and more. I love his take on He-Man:

* Style + Pop Culture. Dave Perillo is an illustrator with a definite style I happen to find VERY appealing. He does take commissions, so there are a few of those up, but he also does other images and you can even buy some of his prints. Every image on his blog makes me smile, and since I should really limit my Star Wars links I’ll let you find his Mos Eisley Cantina poster on your own. Instead I’ll post his illustration of The Tenth Doctor:

Enjoy some remixed mashed up stylish art today!


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Just got back from the Create Choas event in Orlando last week. I have a few fun photos of the graffiti wall that I’ll put up later today, but in the meantime, I’d like to share this cool typography video called “Typolution.”

[via MediaDesign]

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I am an absolute nut for this show. I began watching it when it first started (hidden in plain sight on AMC)- and was immediately struck by the art direction of the opening credits. Enthralling. Original. Enviable.

But as you watch the show you notice all the other nuance that defines the era- and one of those things is the typography. Often you will see their type choice chosen for a particular advertising pitch. I noticed a few typefaces last season that looked…too recent to be consistent with the show’s era. Alas, I am not a guru of face recognition on the spot, but someone is….

Mark Simonson wrote a great post on it this week. Kudos to him. Take a look.

And if you love design, type, art, or quality television- you have to give Mad Men a try.

Type aliens, now animated

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Renee Davis created a short animated version of our “Aliens” print ad for Suitcase Fusion. It looks like she created this for a class project. We’ve never had any contact with Renee, but we’d like to say thanks! It definitely fun to see what she did with our source material.

Do you have a cut and paste mash-up of any of our previous advertisements and fliers? Did you happen to do something interesting with your Suitcase 9 boxer shorts? Wait, never mind, strike that last question.

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Curious about which fonts come with Adobe CS4? Adobe Product Manager for Fonts and Global Typography, Thomas Phinney, posted a complete list of the fonts that will be installed with the products after they are released.

Of note is the removal of a number of fonts. Arno Pro, Bickham Script Pro and Garamond Premier Pro that were previously included with CS3 were removed, as well as Bernhard Modern Std and Caflisch Script Pro from InDesign.

Admittedly, the list of included fonts is still fairly long, though it seems unfortunate to remove such a great script font like Bickham Script. I must admit that it’s one of my favorite script faces.

Check out Thomas’ blog, Typblography for the complete list.

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Meetings. I used to work with someone who had this at the bottom of his email: If I had to summarize, in one word, why mankind will never reach its full potential, that word would be “meetings”.

Most people don’t like meetings, even if they can be useful. I have found a couple of people who seem to enjoy them, or at least, they are making a good use of the time they are sitting in the conference room. Sketchy Coworker is one I particularly like since a lot of these involve drawing letters and I think that’s really neat. I have nice handwriting and all, but I know what it looked like last time I tried to hand letter something because I couldn’t find the font to do it for me, and I know those results weren’t pretty. But that was just one person’s set of scribblings, I also enjoyed checking out The First Doodles (Well what else would you call odd little sketches by presidents? Doodle Force One?) and I like seeing what Rick Green is up to as well. He takes commissions you know….

Then there are those who draw professionally, so I guess if they are drawing in a meeting it is probably not considered doodling since it’s work, right? I like seeing what Mitch Breitweiser (professional comic book artist) is up to, he usually posts his “warmup” sketch each day (he does some amazing Captain America work if that’s your sort of thing), and of course Drawn! the animation blog. All those people doodling in meanings are probably just doing extra work!

I’ve professed my doodly animation love in the past and I want to make sure I’m not missing out. Who else should I be checking out for doodles and other assorted sketchy treats?

Design Goes Mainstream

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I saw a post over at the How Design Blog which asked a question I don’t feel qualified to answer, but I think is a valid question: Is it me, or is there a lot of design humor floating around the interwebs these days?*

I don’t feel qualified because between all my non-work time spent online and the work time I spend looking at design blogs I think I see a lot more design related bits on the Web than most people do. So if you are someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time prowling design blogs for cool things, are you seeing more of them online?

I think I’ve seen more offline as well, there’s that commercial where the woman pulls a faucet out of her bag and says “design a house around this”, that Font Conference video I saw everywhere, and the attention Obama’s campaign font got, not to mention the blog I linked to is the blog for a documentary about a FONT and it got a fair amount of attention on release (not just from us).

Are people really becoming more aware of design and how it affects them? I know I am but I know part of it is from talking to designers a lot and going to conferences where I am surrounded by creative people. Is it really something to take notice of, or is it just that the circle of design-y folks is really that big?

*That post linked to a video that I embedded below. It made me chuckle. Enjoy.

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When we went looking for a typography artist to work on this project for us (code word: SKIN)- there were many to choose from. Today I introduce you to the artwork of Greg Lamarche.

Greg took a very interesting path to artistic greatness. A native New Yorker, Greg started in the art world as a graffiti artist and eventually (20 years or so later) turned his life-long pack rat tendencies into a unique career of collage art. He has a heavy focused on letterforms, making him a great choice for a type-oriented project for type lovers (like us).

Greg designed this spectacular typography piece that we quickly produced into a limited edition laptop skin.

How do you get one of these wonders? It is free with any Suitcase purchase. But only until they’re gone.

Why not add some ART to your WORK? Go HERE.

(In the ‘timing is everything’ category- you can see more of Greg’s handiwork featured in the August 2008 issue of PRINT magazine.)

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Cover of The Imagineering Way For my entire life (except a couple of years there at the beginning) I have been an avid reader. When I got my Palm Vx in 2000/2001 I spent more hours and recharges than I can count reading book after book-some were old favorites (Lord of the Rings) and some were brand new (Harry Potter). In fact you can pretty much always count on asking me what I’m reading and getting at least two answers. Since I just happened to finish this book recently, I thought I’d let you all know about it.

Titled “The Imagineering Way: Ideas To Ignite Your Creativity” and having an author credit of “The Imagineers” I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Plus it’s an adorable little book, a bit taller than a pint glass and a bit wider than my iPhone. Here’s the description on the back:

Q: How many Imagineers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Does it have to be a lightbulb?

Approach every day of your life with a new perspective. Don’t just think outside of the box-throw the box away!

I read this book as a wannabe Imagineer, I think it would be just like a lot of jobs with a lot of work and deadlines, but I think the payoff is a bit bigger. I can help you get your computer running, but Imagineers built Star Tours! It’s all scale, I suppose. Anyway, back to the book!

Not just a lecture in paperback form, this book is a series of short contributions from various Imagineers. Some are notes on napkins, some are lists of things, and some are stories about their time at WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering), and almost all of them have a tidbit you can take with you. Those which stuck with me: A legendary Imagineer became a pen pal with someone who eventually got an internship as an Imagineer later on and got to work with him, how a team overcame the challenge of management saying “I don’t think you can do it” in redecorating a stark and plain cafeteria, being very nervous as the “new kid”, valuing (and sometimes de-valuing) ideas, and a few specific stories about particular facets of the park.

One thing that really struck me about this book was how a lot of what people wrote wasn’t specific to working at WDI and could be applied to a lot of situations. I mean, yeah, there’s some Disney particulars, but if that isn’t your thing you’ll still enjoy it.

I’ve seen this book on Amazon and a couple other booksellers, I got mine at Disneyland for 10 or 11 dollars, so I know there are a number of places you can get it. (: I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to shake things up whether it’s personally or professionally. I have applied a few of the ideas to some of my personal projects and so far the results are good so I’m going to stick with it!

Have you read any good books lately? I’m always looking for more!

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