Category Archives: Coolio

Kinetic Type awesomeness: Dot Dot Dot

Another type post, but this one is for kinetic typography, something that I’ve been in love with since I saw the V Kinetic Type Piece:

This one is actually in response to a user review posted about an online rpg game.  The review is read by a friend of the artist (well done btw) and the type and V/O marry perfectly to each other.  Lot’s of fun, happy Friday!

Inspiring Hand Lettering

I’m obsessed with all things type right now and I came across a link to a youtube video on the Ministry of Type blog showing one man’s process for a hand lettering a title/credit for an album.  I’m in awe and of course want to run before I can walk.  Though it was enough of an inspiration to finally teach myself cursive  😉

WANTED: Penguin 75

I’ve been in enamored with Penguin since I was little and used to peruse them in the local bookstore.  Even as I child I appreciated the simplicity of their designs and, of course, the penguin which has, to this day, a sophisticated playfulness that draws you in.  The book Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary (the Good, the Bad…) takes an in depth look at 75 of some of Penguin’s most successful books and includes interviews with not only the writers but the designers as well (yea!).

Below is a taste of what’s included.  This is definitely making my Xmas list.

Darren Haggar, Art Director:
One of the many beige covers that didn’t get approved in paperback. This was originally meant to be a total repackage from the hardcover, but nothing seemed to work. After months of pursuing alternative ideas – even commissioning a photo shoot (which I thought went really well) – I like to think the publisher took pity on me and went back to the hardcover design, tweaking the colors (removing the beige).

Moustafa Bayoumi, Author:
At first, the Arabic was all wrong. Needless to say, it didn’t endear me to the design. The text on the cover read from left to right, but Arabic is written from right to left. Arabic is cursive, as if the letters are holding hands in a chain, but here the letters were all separated, like lonely people afraid even to look at each other. And it took a while to realise this was supposed to be my book’s title in my mother tongue. The translation was entirely literal, the equivalent of the bad English found on signs in distant countries: Please don’t leave your values unattended.

Movember: Mo’ Charity

I was strolling around over at Creative Review and came across this wonderful  little project from Huw David,

“During Movember (the month formerly known as November) the Huw David Design team once again will be growing Mo’s (moustaches). That’s right we’ll be putting the Mo back on the face of male fashion in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity and we need your support.”

It’s nice to see the little guys not only making an effort but also getting attention.  Too often, especially in the last 10yrs or so, small causes or cases are overlooked by the media as well as the individual.  But I’ve seen a resurgence in people going to extra mile and the internet has truly become a useful and successful tool to promote large, small, local, or global issues.

Take Aidan’s story, the beginning is something that we’ve seen before.  Continue reading

Having a Jill Scott Day

She just makes everything better.  Can’t wait till I get tv back so I can catch up on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.  Here’s some of my favorites songs of hers.

This one isn’t Jill Scott but it’s on the same Pandora playlist 😉  Michael Franti and Spearhead

Studio Love, Studio on Fire

I’ve come across Studio on Fire’s blog Beast Pieces before and remember being impressed by whatever post I happened to stumble upon.  However, I didn’t actually take the time to go through the blog till today and well I was kinda blown away.  Not only is their work always some shade of spectacular they really do know their business back to front and include amazing little articles whether you’re a novice and need an intro to the letterpress world, or if you’re getting started and need something like this one which tells you what to do if you pulled a print on your top sheet.  Or you can just poor through pages of amazing work like those below.

I haven’t been to Minneapolis since I graduated high school (too fricking cold) but I’m now seriously considering just so I can attend one of their parties.

Oh, and you can beat sesame street, this was on their blog too.

NYC love