My university kept a strict curriculum of design history courses paired with courses devoted to the study of typography. Our program was closely allied to the Bauhaus and as a result I drank in a large gulp of the work of Herber Matter. His work was a distinct influence of several of my fellow students so I was thrilled to uncover via the ever-great Grain Edit that there will soon be a documentary released about his work. Hopefully a documentary about the great Herbert Bayer will soon follow.
You can watch a preview above and read the entire post about the making of the documentary and it’s release over at Grain Edit.
Here is a nice little title piece for the upcoming 99% conference for 2012. Art direction by Behance’s Matias Corea, animation by Hugh Gran.
The Fonbureau has put up a nice little micro-site (ugh that term still makes me cringe from my time spent in advertising) for their latest font Neue Haas Grotesk. It’s a genuinely well made typeface that will definitely prove useful. I am picking up a copy myself.
“My name is Jonathan Lax (also known as YONIL) and i am an illustrator and a graphic designer born 1982 in Holon (That’s a city in Israel).
I graduated with honors from the Department of Visual Communication at the Holon Institute of Technology H.I.T. This happened in 2009.
My main influences are urbanism, cities, music posters, album covers and street arts. I believe that the essence of every artwork is its basic idea, so I would usually devote a great deal of time for an idea to emerge.
I currently live and work in Tel-Aviv, Israel.”
Polish designer Peter Tarka has a flair for type as image and it’s a flair that takes typography off the page and into the dimensional realm.
Chris Thornley is Raid 71 and he has a very interesting portfolio featuring some fun personal film posters as well as some excellent typography.
Ill Studio has launched a new and in many ways even more strange and eccentric portfolio of work. They have noted that they’d like to make a bit of a departure from their older works and move toward the new direction they have taken.
Somerville, Massachusetts based studio Oat Creative is doing some air tight branding work with an old school eastern seaboard flair. Think yachts, fishing, good beer and finely-tuned typography and you should start to find the groove.
“Chris Burnett is a graphic designer from Los Angeles. He is currently a BFA3 design student at California Institute of the Arts.”
Chris sent me this really cool mailer a month or 2 back and I was really impressed by how considered the final print piece was. He’s got a real flair for typography or ‘type as image’ as I like to call it and he’s going to be a wanted man the minute he sets foot outside the Cal Arts campus. I’d keep an eye on him if I were you.
If you are a fan of ‘type as image’ then you have to have heard of or should at least be following the work of Luke Lucas. If you haven’t then it’s time to get familiar as he recently updated his personal portfolio.
Alexander Wright (Modovisual), designed the exclusive type face ‘Alicia‘ for HypeForType. It’s a complex, slightly retro and ready-for-press typeface that will immediately demand recognition upon use.
There are some pretty kick ass 3D illustrations in the portfolio of Rizon Parein not the least of which includes a seriously awesome set of poster concepts for last year’s thriller Drive.
Whoah, there is some highly original work happening in the artistic portfolio of Minjeong An. When I first saw the work above I was stopped in my tracks and ended up having to spend a little extra time just taking it in.
“Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer mike joyce, owner of stereotype design in new york city. Drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters. Each design is set in berthold akzidenz grotesk medium, all lowercase. Many of these posters are now available for sale in three different sizes at print-process. Every single one of these shows actually happened.”
This is a way awesome project that deserves the attention it’s been getting, I just wish I had thought of it first. There are some great layouts represented and it would be nice to see a big set of these on a wall. I’d imagine the experience of witnessing them in print is a totally different experience than taking them in as clever little thumbnails online.
Maddison Graphic has updated recently with some cracking clean design work and some minimal illustration. They were kind enough to send us a great little mailer last year and we have been following their work since.
The Bases Loaded Series is a set of hand-generated banners that explore the relationship between type and image. The designes themselves narrate milestones and key figures in America’s favorite Pastime, Baseball. All banners measure 26″x40″ and are screen printed onto wool felt with a 1″ felt border.
The Foundry Collective is a new print, illustration and branding shop that caught our eye here in Denver. They have a unique throwback style and an amazing eye and hand at type and illustration. We were super excited to discover that they call Denver home and hope they help us keep raising the bar here.
I have been there before but somehow stumbled again today on the work of illustrator/designer AJ Dimarucot and was once again impressed by his work and style. It appears there are some new things in his book too that weren’t there the last time I dropped in. I am loving his free-wheeling style when it comes to type.