Vintage Foundry & Print Shops

March 26th, 2010 at 2:09 am

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Found these gorgeous old promotional materials for some ancient type foundries and print shops. They are so detailed and ornate, to think it was all hand made back then is amazing! The designers back then did have some analog assistance though, the machine illustrated in the last image is a curving machine, used to make brass rules to get those perfect curves, and this was before Si Scott!

Also, the H. Berthold card is legendary! The foundry established by Hermann Berthold in Berlin. Responsable for Helvetica’s forefather, Akzidenz-Grotesk. They were also responsable for reviving such heavy weights (and i don’t mean bold / oblique ) as Garamond, Caslon, Baskerville, and Bodoni.

Found via: sheaff-ephemera.com

Still Kickin’

March 15th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

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I know this blog has been super quiet lately, but it certainly hasn’t been out of laziness. I’ve been ultra busy with my new position at the almighty R/GA in NYC (responsible for the genius Nike + campaign). I’ve been hired to work on their Nike account, which has been very fun. Tons of great talent here, very inspiring, i’m going to make some posts introducing some of the talent soon. A few of the designers I work with here have been contributing to Typcut, which has been on fire lately, the pieces above I did recently.

Gil Scott-Heron’s “Me And The Devil”

January 15th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

After 15 years since his last release, a wicked new video and song By the legendary Gil Scott-Heron, off his new album I’m New Here.

From Toy To King

January 5th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

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From Toy to King from kreisone on Vimeo.

Really well put together typographic animation about how to become a writer. What is also nice is that each letter is hand drawn and then vectorized.

Paroxysm Of Thought

January 5th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

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Some late night scribbling with my roommate. More on Flickr.

David Ope

January 4th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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The work of David Ope, found via Kervin Brissaeux’s blog.

Supersymmetry

December 14th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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In particle physics, supersymmetry (often abbreviated SUSY) is a symmetry that relates elementary particles of one spin to other particles that differ by half a unit of spin and are known assuperpartners. In a theory with unbroken supersymmetry, for every type of boson there exists a corresponding type of fermion with the same mass and internal quantum numbers, and vice-versa.

I’ll just look at this pretty picture.

Wassily Kandinsky

December 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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Kandinsky, a russian artist, who was a design instructor at The Bauhaus. His work is so energetic. A simple Google image search is quite inspiring

BNE 12.10.09 NYC

December 9th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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BNE 12.10.09 from ANIMALnewyork.com on Vimeo.

One of the most prolific and mysterious graffiti artists of the last decade, BNE; whom you’ve more than likely seen his super adhesive stickers somewhere in the world, is having his first exhibition tomorrow in NYC. Sponsored by the online zine ANIMAL and the ad agency Mother.

Some consider his tag to over shadow many major global brands. A real lesson in branding.

The Original Hipster

December 2nd, 2009 at 6:11 pm

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I recently stumbled upon these striking photos by NYC photographer Julia Chesky. The model’s name is Chris, and even though he would be considered homeless by most, Mercer street has been his home for several decades. Chris really has too much style to look like your average homless person, his charm necklaces are amazing. The second photo reminds me very much of Alan Watts.

Julia Chesky runs a photo blog that catalogues the city’s many intricate window displays known as Modelizing . She has titled this project the “Original Hipster”, based on a children’s book published in the mid 1960′s called the “The Pushcart War“; a story about the conflict between pushcart peddlers and delivery trucks in New York City.