creative mapping

I love seeing the ways in which different artists approach the same theme. The four artists below use the boundaries of maps to create beautiful pieces of art all in distinct styles and media.

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I’ve been admiring these State Maps from Frank Chimero for a while — I first saw them at his shop at 1000 Markets where you can get prints of the individual states (in addition to selling at 1000 Markets, he also works as the interaction designer for the site). You can see see more of his work on his site and if you’d like to learn more about his work and process, there is an extensive interview over on Grain Edit.

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Great typographic City Neighborhood posters by Ork Posters; available both as posters and screenprints in a variety of colorways.

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The World

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Detail from Manhattan, 2007

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Middle East, 2007

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Paris
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I would love to see these amazing typographic map paintings by Paula Scher in person. I have a feeling that the images online don’t really do them justice — the level of detail looks unbelievable. View more maps at Paula Scher’s site and at the Maya Stendhal Gallery.

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I’ve become quite a fan of cut paper recently. Check out this beautiful map of Paris by Famille Summerbelle.
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TypograFriday: fantastic clothing and accessory finds for type lovers

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Row 1:
This Kern ring set from plastique* was the inspiration for this week’s Font-y Friday. These rings are so geeky, but I think they are hysterical. They remind me of the Veer sweatshirt which I have always wanted, but still don’t have.

Owen bought me this Epershand Necklace from Isette during a fit of etsy shopping a few weeks ago. Each time I wear it, I get a ton of compliments on it. (In case you are wondering, ephersand is the Scots and Scotish English word for ampersand).

Row 2:
Lorem Ipsum “Ketchup and Mustard” shirt from The Select Series at Threadless.com. Almost any shirt with this classic greeked text phrase would be a hit with us, but this one is executed perfectly in streams of ketchup and mustard.

In a similar script, with a tagline that gets funnier with each line, there’s also the “My Baseline is lower than yours….much lower…” shirt from Workerman.

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My appreciation of Helvetica has grown hugely since watching Helvetica. Show your love for this classic typeface by wearing this Helvetica Neue Descending tank from typography shop.

Futura Bold necklace from This is Star Jewelry. Owen says, “It’s one cmd-i away from being the perfect accessory to wear to a Barbara Kruger exhibit.”

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The Swash Buckle and Kern Sweatshirt from veer.com; Veer has a bunch of great products for the discerning type nerd — these are just two of our favorites.

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I bought Owen this Personalized Typography T-shirt from Enzyme Press for Christmas last year. It calls out the typographic terminology of your chosen word (baseline, counter, x-height etc) and you can choose from a variety of typefaces, shirt and ink colors.

Great screenprinted Typography shirt from stiksel. Owen bought a handkerchief from her the other day; it’s pretty fantastic too.

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I probably should wait until Font-y Friday to post about this, but John Boardley and Kari Pätilä just launched we love typography, the companion site to John’s blog i love typography. As John says, “It’s like an FFFFound for type-related content, a type-themed delicio.us for the eyes.” So far, it looks pretty awesome.

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TypograFriday: Contemporary Type Abundance

There’s been a trend in the last few years dubbed maximalism. We’re particular fans of how it manifests calligraphically and typographically. Here’s some of the finest, and six words about each:

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Words and pictures both very good.

Marian Bantjes
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We have one; it’s laser-cut awesomeness.

Jessica Hische
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This will be a tshirt soon.

Si Scott
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Pen in hand, makes his mark.

Niels “Shoe” Meulman
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calligraffiti inventor. Yep, how it sounds.

Seb Lester
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Silver on black plike. Pretty rad.

Yulia Brodskaya
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OMG that’s quilling? That’s insane yo.

TypograFriday: Splendid Slabs

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Owen and I are big fans of slab serifs (and clarendons, for those who make the distinction) — they feel simultaneously classic and contemporary, and often feel fresher than a sans serif. Here are a few of our favorites; many of these typefaces are also available at MyFonts which we think is a great site.

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Zapata
— An absurdly extended clarendon that is fun without looking too goofy.

Rosewood — I remember seeing Rosewood Fill (without the circusy outline) for the first time in 1998 and thinking it was awesome. Sadly, since then it has been used to death and we kind of avoid it.

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Archer
— Archer is at the top of our fonts-we-want list. You can see it put to great use all over Martha Stewart’s brand. (It was initially commisioned of H&FJ for Martha Stewart Homes)

Clarendon Text — We bought this cut of Clarendon — which has been regularized a bit to make it work for text — for a book we designed about the Center for Land Use Interpretation‘s residency in Houston. The lovely brown highway signs that mark national parks are set in Clarendon (or were until recently) and it has a good “Texas look,” so it seemed a perfect fit.

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Freight Micro — Previously on top of our fonts-we-want list; now on top of the fonts-we’ve-bought list. The angles on the italics are beautiful and unexpected — and basically just pretty frickin’ awesome.

Apex Serif — The slab serif of the Apex family (Apex Sans, Apex Serif and Apex New), it’s one of our old favorites. Until recently, we felt it was a secret from the world — I guess the party’s over now that Best Buy has started using Apex New on their signage, store circulars and website.

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Girard Slab — The latest slab to draw our attention, it has lots of great ligatures and looks like it would be a lot of fun to work with.

The Serif — Luc de Groot’s superfamily Thesis outdoes all contenders in sheer volume; there’s the original sans, serif and mix, each in eight weights, small caps and italics. Since 2000 he’s contiuned with it, adding some new weights and a mono-spaced version. Quantity aside, The Serif is quite beautiful, and stays so from light to black.

Grain Edit/House Industries giveaway

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Grain Edit, one of my new favorite design blogs has teamed up with one of my favorite font shops, House Industries, for their latest giveaway. The prizes are objects from House’s new line of fonts and products based on the work of Alexander Girard. I’m really liking Girard Slab; it has some awesome ligatures.

I highly recommend heading over to Grain Edit before April 10th to enter.

Vintage paper sample

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Three Potato Four is a great online shop that has a really cool, very well curated mix of design-y and vintage products. On their blog, I ran across this fantastic paper sample from 1966. I love the use of color and am pretty much always a fan of wood type.

Lacey Papercuts

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This cut paper typography by Hina Aoyama is some of the best art I’ve seen in a long time. I love how delicate and intricate her work is. To view more pieces, click here.

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New at our Etsy shop: Mother’s Day Cards

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We’ve just added some new Mother’s Day card to our Etsy shop. We’ve been having a lot of fun with hand-drawn type lately, and while there is a lot going on on the card, but we are pretty happy with the results.

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Click here for a few other Mom’s Day appropriate cards.

Mother’s Day is May 10th (in the US and Canada, at least).

The latest diversion

A great way to waste time while honing your type skills:

Deep Font Challenge

via I Love Typography

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