TypograFriday: Linzie Hunter

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Linzie Hunter‘s handlettered spam subject line series made a lot of buzz in the blogs a year back (and are now available as a postcard book from Chronicle Books) but we’ve recently rediscovered more examples of her awesome lettering. More images and words after the jump.

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TypograFriday: Alida Rosie Sayer

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Whether or not you’ve read Slaughterhouse Five, with its four-dimensional Tralfamadorians who can see every instant of their lives at once, I think we can all appreciate the marvelously interesting dimensional typography Alida Rosie Sayer made using bits of its text.

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A recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, her work is thoughtful and interesting. There’s a short interview with her over at Yatzer. A few more of these Slaughterhouse Five pieces, a design for film titles, a beautifully reconfigured Yellow Pages, plus a of her influences after the jump.

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New cards in our etsy shop!

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Owen and I are really excited that we finally have birthday cards in our shop. We’ve been working on this card for a while and it didn’t seem quite right. But, then we switched it to Owen’s new favorite color scheme, and everything fell into place. The yellow is a lovely, slightly-shimmery metallic ink that looks great in person. Check it out here.

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I was feeling a little uninspired and was clicking links trying to find an interesting and new (to me) blog, and came upon happy mundane. My mood was instantly improved when I saw the post about help. Help is a New York-based company that makes general first aid supplies — bandages, headache medicine, sleep aids, etc. — and makes them seem non-threatening, approachable and even friendly. They have lovely packaging that is compostable; it is made of molded paper pulp and a bio plastic made primarily of corn. Plus, they donate 5% of their profits to charities that help get healthcare for people without. Oh, and you should definitely check out the help, I’m bored section of the site.

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TypograFriday: Misprintedtype

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Ah, grunge typography. Best remembered probably as a fad, a blip in time in the late nineties marked by David Carson making dire predictions about the end of print and the Plazm and Emigre folks mixing scripts and sans and serifs like hothouse flowers. However, grunge typography was not the pet rock of the typographic world: one still sees it in use today. It will continue to flourish wherever the designer wants to indicate a rejection of clean, mechanical modernism – these days the aesthetic has changed a bit from 7evenish grime to 21st century indie-craftiness. The king of the form? Eduardo Recife.

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Lots more after the jump.

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Buttermilk

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We’ve been holding off on posting about Jessica Hische’s awesome lettering because we wanted to see if she would participate in our artist interview series (something that would be much more likely if we actually contacted her). But, with today’s release of her first font Buttermilk, we felt at least a brief mention was in order. It is available at MyFonts for $49 — definitely worth checking out.

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.

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These letterpress prints by Christopher David Ryan are stunning (it’s too bad they are sold out)! Check out his site, where he has an array of interesting work, and an archive of Daily Postings (designs) he worked on in 2008. Impressive stuff.

See more after the jump.

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James Bond redesign

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The new covers for Penguin’s reprints of the James Bond book—designed by Michael Gillette—are really pretty fantastic. I think he did a great job capturing the 60s Bond look. Read more about Gillette’s experience with the redesign here, and buy the books here.

See a few more of the covers after the jump.

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TypograFriday: Newish Sites for Type Lovers

There are tons of websites out there for type fans. Here are three that we’re pretty excited about.

FontStruct

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FontSruct
is a free online modular font creator from FontShop. I haven’t gotten a chance to play around with it yet, but from looking through the gallery, people have created some pretty impressive fonts.

Hype For Type

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Hype for Type
is a relatively new site featuring fonts by independent type designers — sort of like an independent MyFonts. Here is what they have to say about it:

HypeForType is a hotbed of typographic talent. An online type foundry with a difference. A labour of love for founder Alex Haigh. In fact all this and more. It’s for anyone who has a passion for well crafted type, and nothing short of the highest quality. It’s the realisation of a vision to create a type foundry showcasing the best in today’s typographic talent, as well providing a platform for keen eyed creatives to find and buy truly unique, hand-crafted fonts to complement their work. HypeForType has an impressive catalogue of exceptional typefaces created by independent designers available to buy.

Typekit

Typekit isn’t actually live yet, but you can keep up to date with their progess on their blog. Typekit just got funding (from people like the founders of twitter, flickr and wordpress) so they can continue with the development of their service. It sounds like it could be pretty awesome. In very basic terms Typekit is going to help designers to have more control over fonts they use on the web. Click here to read more about what Typekit will be.

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