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Happy Monday! Brandi Strickland, a multi-media artist, and also one of the two people behind “the paper whistle” site has some really lovely collage pieces that I’m really enjoying. Hope you do too!

Check out Brandi’s flickr site here.
Personal site here.
Company site here.

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TypograFriday: Appetite Engineers

I used to pine over images of self-promotional pieces in design annuals, wondering how one gets one of those. As of this week, I now possess a fantastic one by one of my favorite contemporary designers, Martin Venezky — my first letterpress print that calls out Facebook.

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He’s designed two books recently that are of great interest. One is Mission Muralismo, a celebration of San Francisco murals. There’s a reception around this book Friday November 6 at 6:00 at the deYoung (with many of the artists in attendance.) The other is Finding Frida Kahlo, Barbara Levine’s book of newly unearthed Kahlo work which as it turns out might be forgeries.

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I am totally excited about both books; I know neither is particularly typographic but, Venezky can work the hell out of a two-page spread.

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I first became aware of Venezky’s work from his masterful art direction of the ahead-of-its time Speak Magazine, (which I eulogized when Speak Up closed down) and later took a class on experimental letterpress from him at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Appetite Engineers moved from San Francisco to New York a few years back, and now they’ve moved back. I can’t wait to see his incredible (and still fresh) type collages on MUNI bus shelters again: welcome back Appetite Engineers!

Here’s his previous promotion, which I only wish I had (click for gigantic).
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And here is some more of Appetite Engineer’s fabulous work:
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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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Christiana Couceiro

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While we’re on the subject of modernist collage in the current day, let me give big props to Ms. Christiana Couceiro. I’m not sure where I first saw a link to her stuff at Seven Days, but it looks like art director/design curator superstar Steven Heller caught on too. She made the cover for the last issue of the New York Times Book Review (3.19.09) story on Barthleme and I sincerely doubt it’s the last we’ll be seeing her. Her colors and compositions are remarkable, and she’s both high-modern and refreshingly contemporary at once.

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Some more pics and thoughts after the jump. Bunches more at her site.

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