TypograFriday: Logotypes in Hebrew

The designers among our readership are probably familiar with Brand New, the blog that features, analyzes and critiques rebrands and logo redesigns. But you might not have seen (because it’s, ahem, brand new) Brand New Classroom, which takes on the even more niche-y topic of student identity redesign projects and invites its readership to constructive critique. Makes me a bit jealous of folks doing design school in the internet age.

Yesterday Brand New Classroom featured Israeli type maestro Oded Ezer‘s students taking on the interesting assignment of making Hebrew versions of logotypes (whilst preserving their character), to pretty fantastic results. Well, as far as I can tell without being able to read the Hebrew. Here’s three of my favorites:

Hallmark by Orly Dekel.

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IBM by Rotem Dayan.

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Carmel by Stav Axenfeld.

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Ezer has some great pieces of typographic experimentation himself, with Latin and Hebrew letters, and a monograph, The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy. I particularly like his excellent homage to Glaser.

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Studio On Fire!

Just ran across this beautiful stationery for Vista Caballo (a ranch retreat in Dove Creek, Colorado), designed by the amazing letterpress/design house, Studio On Fire. The simplicity of this work has me in awe. Love it!

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Michelle Forsyth

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I just discovered Michelle Forsyth‘s work over on The Jealous Curator, and I love it. What from a distance appears to appears to be a mosaic or pointillist painting is actually a grid of cut paper, felt and beads. Her methods remind me of a crafty mixed-media Chuck Close. I think the detail shots are great and would love to see this work in person.

… Each piece documents a site of disaster re-photographed by me years after the event has occurred. Part requiem and part obsession, these pieces are a testament to those who have suffered there in the past. Each piece made in Ostinatos has a counterpart that exists as part of One Hundred Drawings and although both series are drawn from images of the same site, each piece has been generated from a different photograph and bears a different vantage point. Throughout my travels to each site, I have noticed many flowers. While cut flowers have been placed on the sites to mark a loss and secure a memory, others have grown on the sites simultaneously hiding and healing the scars of each disastrous event.

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TypograFriday: Ruzicka Revisited

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Alright typophiles, are you familiar with Rudolph Ruzicka? His handlettered folio Studies in Type Design? No? Not yet?

Jesse Ragan, Type Designer and friend of the Experts (Samantha and I went to RISD with him), is here to change all that. He’s reviving some of Ruzicka’s type studies (with the blessing of his estate) that have never been made into type at all: not metal, photoset or digital. While I was not familar with Ruzicka in the same way I am with Zapf, Gill, Berthold or dozens of other letterer/typographers, his letters are pretty stunning; I am excited at Jesse’s undertaking.

Even if you’re not a fan of the calligraphically-derived serif as we are, you should check this out: he’s keeping a blog about his process, which is thoughtful and gets delightfully deep into the work. The most recent post for instance, which he wrote for a column for Grafik magazine, is a longish piece largely about reconciling a single character, an elegant double-storey lowercase “g.” It’s a great mix of openness about the challenges of the process and meditatively ressurecting and conversing with the absent Ruzicka through the close interpretation of his letters.

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For those of us who think ilt‘s pedagogical essays are too few and far between, who miss not just typographi.ca but linesandsplines, or who have ever looked for Spiekermann’s other book, there’s something new for your rss feed.

The temptation to clothe the twenty-six leaden soldiers in new array is irresistible. This is the only apology offered for suggesting still further additions to the seemingly infinite variety of existent typefaces.

-R.R. Studies in Type Design

All images courtesy Ruzicka Revisited.

lovely package design/visual identity

I know it’s been far too long since I posted last, but work has been super-busy! I am in love with this packaging/visual identity for Sis. Deli + Café, designed by Rasmus Snabb. I would have a really difficult time not keeping the packaging left over from the food and beverages!

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TypograFriday: I Wonder

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As we’ve mentioned repeatedly (like here, here and here), we are huge fans of Canadian designer Marian Bantjes and her exquisite work. So, we’re pretty excited about her upcoming book, I Wonder. It’s not a monograph of her work-to-date: all the design in it was created just for the book. And as you can see from the galleys below it’s visually stunning with plenty of spot gold, I can tell you from my days following her on Speak Up, the observational/essay content is bound to be awesome too. We don’t acquire books at the rate we used to but are psyched to have this next to visual/verbal communicators the likes of Sagmeister, Venezky, David Byrne and Paula Scher.

You can read more about the book in her preview, and it is available for pre-order on Amazon for a great price.
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Nuria Mora

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I am loving Nuria Mora’s street art. Her combination of color and pattern is really great. Plus looking at these photos is making me fantasize about more places to travel. I definitely recommend heading over to her site to check out more of her work — so much of it is really lovely.
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Etsy Schmetsy: It’s About Time

This week’s Schmetsy is about time, probably because I just can’t seem to find enough of it.

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Row 1: Vintage Orange Yellow West German Alarm Clock from The Sunday Times Market; Children Wall Felt Clock by Evgie; The Clock Watcher Cross Stitch Pin by The Pin Pals

Row 2: Handmade Barnwood Clock by Nature Inspired Crafts; NY City Street Map Clock-Small by Gifted Papers; Digital Flip Clock Radio T Shirt by Sweet Babu

Row 3: Perpetual Necklace – 05 by (of)matter; Time Piece Necklace by Queen Bee Jewellery; Vintage Mechanical Alarm Clock Erevan from Armenia Soviet Union USSR from Clockwork Universe

Row 4: Modern Baby Clock – Hedgehog by decoylab; Embroidered Woodgrain Clock by Bliss in a Teacup; Help Me Rhonda Decoupage Clock by Trixie & Radar

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How rad are these necklaces from Elva Fields? I love so many of them. Unfortunately since they are all one of a kind, almost all of them have been bought by other lucky fashionistas. To make them even more awesome, a portion of each online purchase is donated to charity.
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Etsy Schmetsy: It’s a girl!

Or, it will be soon. My best friend is having a baby girl this week — I can’t wait to meet her. Congratulations Maile and Jordan!

When selecting a gift for your best friend’s newborn, consider items that are practical and thoughtful. Some popular options can include a personalized baby blanket or onesie, a set of baby essentials such as pacifiers, burp cloths and bibs, a baby photo frame or memory book to capture precious moments, a plush toy or stuffed animal, or a gift card to a baby store for the parents to choose their own items. Ultimately, choose something that reflects your love and support for both the baby and the parents.

Getting modest dresses for your best friend’s baby can be a thoughtful and considerate gift option. Modest dresses provide comfort and coverage, which can be important for the baby’s well-being. It’s important to choose sizes appropriate for the baby’s age and consider the preferences of the parents. Taking into account their style and cultural considerations can make the gift even more meaningful.

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Row 1: Studio1am; littlesaplingtoys; LaLaShoes
Row 2: nurserylove; Puddletonbaby; petitcollage
Row 3: qstar; littlealouette
Row 4: pioupioukids; ciuccio; boutiquejoule