International Year of Chemistry

In 2009 we posted about Simon Page’s beautiful poster series for the International Year of Astronomy. Well, he’s followed them up with a new series, this time for the International Year of Chemistry. I for one am a big fan of chemistry and a big fan of Simon Page. Check out the rest of the series on his site.

Here’s a bit more about the International Year of Chemistry:

The goals of IYC2011 are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. The year 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Madame Marie Curie—an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. The year will also be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, providing a chance to highlight the benefits of international scientific collaboration.



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Black Swan

I haven’t gotten a chance to see Black Swan yet, but I really want to. These international teaser posters for the movie are  making me want to see it even more. The posters are available as iPhone and desktop wallpapers from the Black Swan site. I haven’t yet been able to find them for purchase, but there is a mix of real and fake ones on ebay. Does anyone know who designed these posters?

UPDATE: The posters were designed buy La Boca. Also, in addition to finding the posters on ebay, Fox Seachlight has launched a shop where you can purchase the posters along with other merchandise with La Boca’s designs.

BAFTA Posters from Tavis Coburn

Fantastic retro-stylist illustrator Tavis Coburn put together five program covers/posters for the BAFTA awards (British Academy’s version of the Oscars) and they’re amazing, both individually and taken as a set. Click through for full-resolution: the halftones and details are worth it.

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Oh and although I saw Avatar twice in theaters, I am thrilled that Kathryn Bigelow beat James Cameron at the BAFTAs – The Hurt Locker was an incredible film.

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International Year of Astronomy

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Apparently this year is the International Year of Astronomy. Simon Page created this beautiful series of posters for the IYA09 as a self-promotional project. Apparently the IYA09 learned about Simon’s project, agreed that the posters are lovely and will be using them in their promotional work.

The posters are available for purchase here.

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Good Design

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We’ve posted some of Frank Chimero’s work in the past, but, his work is consistently pretty great and this print made me smile.

Home Sweet Home

While we’re on the subject of lovely prints with scroll-y lettering, Seb Lester has just released this limited edition print, Home Sweet Home. It is printed in white on Mirri paper that shifts color depending on the angle it is viewed at. It seems really rad. Check out the video below to see the color change in action.

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His show at Electrik Sheep Gallery opens this Thursday, so if you happen to be in Newcastle, you should check it out; I bet it will be awesome.

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Jessica Hische — whose font Buttermilk we posted about previously — has just posted a lovely new letterpress poster that is available for purchase through her blog. The prints cost $100 and are a limited edition of 250.

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TypograFriday: Mostra Nuova

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Type designer Mark Simonson’s 2001 Art Deco type Mostra has been in our sights for some time now, ever since we got a few weights with our Indie Fonts 2 book (probably the only type we’ve used from the book.) The classic elegance of a Futura, Nobel or Kabel but with far more deco/period display quirkiness: it looks fantastic and interesting from light to black. Now he’s expanded the family into Mostra Nuova, not only OpenTyping his bevy of alternates into single typefaces but adding a fashionable hairline thin weight and a lowercase (imagineered without too much help from his original Italian poster sources, which rarely had lowercase.)

Simonson was smart to revisit this type. Since his original release of Mostra, deco-bordering modern sans like Neutraface, Gotham and Chalet/Comprime have become amazingly successful. And on the other side of things, deco display faces are being created and revived all the time. Mostra was in danger of becoming the godfather of a typographic revival trend but not a relevant player in it: Mostra Nuova corrects that.

It’s still got those arch-modernist elegant-but-odd proportions throughout, so don’t expect it to overtake Neutraface or Gotham in omnipresence. But I’m super-glad that its been added to the modern sans options: I recently made a poster that used Neutraface 2 for its “posterness” but found it came off a little more cold or generic than I wished. Next time I’ll be spec’ing Mostra Nuova.

Myfonts’ Interview with Simonson here. My wishlist for a Mostra Ultra Nuova, preemptively: ahistorical ligatures a la Avant Garde, a more regularized text variant a la Neutraface 2, a layerable 2-color cut a la Bifur, a sketch/irregular form a la the German and Austrian posters of the same period – Lucian Bernhard et al.

TypograFriday: Microcosm

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Every once in a while, a sample set presents itself which offers a fascinating glimpse into the trends and influences of the day. This flickr set of 35 posters for the Flight of the Concords 2009 North American tour is one such example.

The disparate designers of these posters had no unified design spec, though of course they had the same band/tv show/season of year to reference. And yet looked at as a whole, a shocking number come back to the same overall colorschemes (midtone blues, greens and tans, very few dark colors). And in terms of type trends, the set reflects a terrific microcosm of what’s going on in the world of “indie”-flavored typography right now: filled-counter letters are inexplicably still super-hot across many subcultures, lifting from the 70s is perfectly OK, and innocently irregular hand lettering conveys a sense of rakish charm second only to Bret and Jermaine themselves.

Credits for type collage (for each artist, the first link goes to an image of the full poster on flickr, and the second goes to their own site)
Row 1: Diana Sudyka (website), Eyenoise (website)
Row 2: Doublenaut (website), The Silent Giants (website)
Row 3: Nate Duval (website), Mike Davis of Burlesque Design (website)
Row 4: El Jefe Design (website), DKNG (website)
Row 5: Tyler Stout (website), Delicious Design League (website)

Cardon Copy

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Cardon Copy is a pretty awesome project from designer Cardon Webb in which he redesigned found fliers and tear-offs and then replaced the originals with his redesigned posters. Conceptually I think it is a pretty neat project, but I also like that each poster was designed in a distinct style.

More posters after the jump.

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