Good Advice Sticks

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As a tape lover, I’m pretty excited about this Good Advice tape from Swiss Legacy. It features advice from Adrian Shaughnessy, Tony Brook, Wim Crouwel, Michael C. Place, Ben Stott, Mark Farrow, Storm Thorgerson, Daniel Eatock and Hamish Muir, and was designed by James Greenfield. It is available for purchase here.

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Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische

B oy, do we love Jessica Hische. Our copy of her gorgeous alphabet print is being matted right now at Cheap Pete’s. We’re excited for her that she is setting off on her own and leaving Louise Fili, but equally psyched that Cardon Webb (of Cardon Copy) is filling her shoes.

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C reative and prolific, Ms. Hische’s newest side venture is the sort of thing that we definitely support. Daily Drop Cap not only features a beautiful letter every day, but also the html to make it a drop cap and the creative commons license on how to use it. So, don’t be surprised if occasionally our posts start getting all Book of Kells on ya.

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nd,  it is a brand new project — she’s only up to “C”— so you can pretty much be the first on your block to use it. Yes, this last paragraph was just an excuse to use the “A” — I promise we’ll never use three drop caps in a post again. That’s just gaudy, people.

TypograFriday: Effin’ copperplate

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We’re happy to announce our second ever birthday card is now available in our Etsy shop. It’s Gocco-printed in bronze and light blue ink on black duplex paper (white on the inside) or chipboard or special limited quantity on pale aqua and reads Happy Effin’ Birthday.

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The message and ornaments are hand-lettered in a Victorian-era style of calligraphy called copperplate. I spent much of the summer learning it, and now know it well enough to make very pretty letters — heck, I’m nearly ready for the marathon challenge of addressing wedding invitations. But, I wrote this about halfway through the class — we wanted it to have of imperfections and downright mistakes so that your birthday recipient won’t squint at it and say, “oh is that Kuenstler Script?”

More information on copperplate, the class I took and some fonts after the jump.
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MOR Cosmetics

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Lovely packaging by MOR cosmetics.

TypograFriday: Taschen’s Type 1

We’re type geeks for sure. But, then there are the Jonathan Hoeflers and Robert Lees of the world, who collect type sample books from centuries past and trade anecdotes about the quirkiness of the editions. Now, with Taschen’s help, we can aspire to join their elite level of type-geekery.

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Type. A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Vol. 1 reproduces over a thousand pages from type specimens 1628 – 1900 (volume 2 will cover 20th century specimens). And it comes not with a CD, but with an account code to download high res scans from the originals, not printing-rosette’d reproductions. They are fantastic. Oh and the book is gorgeously hefty, matte-paged, and printed with spot-gold accents.

More pictures and type-talk after the jump.

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Dois Tempos

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A while back we posted about the Vai Com Deus, the amazing typographic facade done by R2 Design in Portugal. Well, it looks like R2 has done it again, but this time it’s newspaper headlines set in Neutra Slab with the addition of photo-luminescent ink. I think prefer the white-on-white color scheme of Vai Com Deus, but Dois Tempos looks pretty rad too. View more images of Dois Tempos here, or go to Portugal and see it for yourself before January 31, 2010.

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Photos by Fernando Guerra

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TypograFriday: five font games

Like type, but have have some free time on your hands? Long ago we introduced you to the great diversion, the Deep font game. Here’s five more.

The Rather Difficult Font Game. Hosted by iLT, lovely design and no time limit unlike the Deep game, this one is font-snobbery’s teatime test. There’s also an app store version.

Is it Ariel or Helvetica. Font ID test with only two fonts; shames you into learning the differences.

Ariel vs Helvetica When you tire of identifying the distinction, it’s time to move on to the streetfighter-style brawling game between the rival sans.

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Cheese or Font. Sort of a one-note joke but I was surprised by how many I’d never heard of and guessed wrong on.fontgame_cheese

KERN for iPhone/iPod touch. Like Tetris meets The Eyeballing Game with letters. I know a few experts who’d love this… if it weren’t so close to what they’ve spent a zillion hours getting paid to do.

TypograFriday: Tania Alvarez

Tania Alvarez is from Mexico City but studied in Montreal. She put together these astonishingly delicate, organic vector art alphabet systems. The first sample is from “Fabric” which wraps its vector tatters about a bodoni-esque hairline frame. The second is from “Overseas,” where the tatters themselves make the letterforms.

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One more of each after the jump. Lots more through the links.

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Tattooday

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I am loving Thomas Brodahl’s project Tattooday. I have always been  a fan of typographic tattoos, but have yet to come  up with something that I’d like to have permanantly on my skin. I think this might be the perfect solution.

Every day I’m gonna draw/write a saying or lyric or phrase on my arm. Document it here. They will be like temporary tattoos. Hopefully the sayings will stick in my mind if I look at them all day. Maybe the meaning of the words will also sink into my body, along with the ink.

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Typografimonday: Canadatype sale!

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Attention loyal readers; one of the most prolific foundries around is having a spectacular half off everything sale for one day only this Monday. Get em while the US dollar’s worth somethin! Ten of our favorites after the jump.

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