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.


TypograFriday: Mostra Nuova


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.

christopher david ryan



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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Holga + another dimension


Is anyone else as crazy excited as we are about the Holga Stereo 3D? Since the experts are all pretty nerdy when it comes to interesting cameras, and since we LOVE stereo-photography applications (like lenticulars and View-Masters), this is right up our collective alley.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Holga, it’s a medium-format camera with a huge cult following, garnered mostly for it’s unabashed unpredictability (light leaks, discoloration, vignetting, questionable exposures), which produces some interesting results. People have been modifying Holgas for a while now to create the stereo effect, but a bona fide Holga-produced version finally made it to the market in late 2008.

I am so getting one. Oh, and there’s a 3D pinhole Holga out there now, too. Swoon.

Furniture finds

copenhagen chair

I’m not in a position to be buying any furniture — we have more stuff than we have room for. But, if I did have a new place to furnish, this chair would be on the top of my list. I first saw The Copenhagen Chair on Bloesem a little while ago, and fell instantly in love. It was designed by Lars Tornøe for Fora Form and recently won the Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council. It comes in a few different woods and colors, but I am really liking the bright pink.

installations that wow me.




These installations by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck are stunning. If only I could fit one of these in my apartment!

jon klassen




One of my new favorite artists, Jon Klassen. I LOVE his use of color, content (lots of nature), and texture.

Etsy Schmetsy: The ties that bind

So, father’s day is coming up and you can’t figure out what to give the guy who has everything? There’s always the safe bet of a tie. (Actually, the hipster ties we’ve rounded up here are probably more suited for your beaux, or yourself, than your dad.)






Credits and lots of commentary after the jump.

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Heather Benning’s Dollhouse

So, I know that many people have already blogged about this (we found it on Famille Summerbelle’s blog, who found it on Design Shimmer), but I am insanely in love with Heather Benning’s life-sized dollhouse from 2007. What’s not to love? Farmhouse? Check! Dollhouse? Check! Canada? Check! The Saskatchewan artist converted an abandoned farmhouse in Manitoba into a full-sized, livable dollhouse. And, oh, how I’d love to live in it.




Oh, and on a doll-related note, a current project of Benning’s is Field Doll, a 12-foot tall mixed-media sculpture of a doll that Benning has carried around with her on her travels.


Enjoy more photos of Benning’s delightful dollhouse after the jump.

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TypograFriday: Rubik’s Cube Font Generator

I thought this was so cool, it just begged to be a second Font-y Friday.

For the assignment, “Produce a visual representation for the word ‘Move’,” Jas Bhachu created a rubber stamp set that can be used in varying combinations to create type. I love the packaging and instruction booklet too.

I wish it were available to purchase, because I really wanted to buy one for Owen (he was always a huge fan of using the letterpress equivalent when setting metal type).






via Design Observer.

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