Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.

The good people at Rizzoli have recently republished an incredible vintage type foundry catalog called Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography. Fans of type, and especially connoisseurs of vintage wood type will absolutely love this beautifully printed time-capsule, which allows us to peer back 150 years into the unique and ornate offerings of William H. Page’s Connecticut wood type foundry. In addition to the wonderful typefaces and classic designs, the original author sampled rather odd words, as specimens of the lettering, such that the text can be viewed as humorous and strange experimental poetry. This edition reproduces all 102 pages of the original book. The hefty hardcover title measures 13 x 9.75 inches, and is sure to impress. [See More]

The Clipse

Here’s a great little animation about how eclipses have “spurred major discoveries about the universe” from NPR’s science youtube channel, Skunk Bear.

HVW8 Reggae

If you’re into reggae vinyl at all, you’ll love the art opening at LA’s HVW8 gallery this Friday. They’ve collaborated with One Love Books to bring In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, the first West Coast solo exhibition of work by iconic and prolific Jamaican illustrator Wilfred Limonious (1949–99). At the same time, they’re opening Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London, which relates to another upcoming title from One Love Books. After researching various reggae LPs and twelve-inches from his record collection, photographer Alex Bartsch has shot fifty sleeves in their original London locations, holding them up at arm’s-length so that they blend in with their surroundings, decades later.

TSOTW: Iced Out

Is Reykjavík in the house? Without a doubt. The weirdos at Stay Weird Forever have been busy staying weird, and now they’re back with another great T-shaped garment for your weird consideration. It says “Iceland” and features the country’s most famous export on it too.

FOOD DESIGN IN ITALY

What’s cooking? If you’re like me – you love Italian food, and you are also keen on design – then this new title from Electa is a total no-brainer, right? What’s not to love about a thorough documentation of all the wonderful ways that Italians have branded, advertised, packaged, and marketed their delicious cuisine over the last century or so? The author, Alberto Bassi, is an associate professor and director of Industrial Design at the University IUAV in Venice (Italy, not SoCal, duh!). The thick paperback tracks no less than 80 beloved Italian food products, from the initial concept through to packing, communication, and advertising. The impressive visual assets within FOOD DESIGN IN ITALY include drawings, posters, magazine ads, stills from T.V. commercials, and more. The lineup is mouthwateringly familiar for the most part, including the likes of Barilla pasta, San Pellegrino water, Campari aperitif, Bacci chocolates, Nutella spread, Illy coffee, and, I’m getting super hungry right now…gotta run. Ciao! [See More]

Frutas Before Putas

Another fun lapel pin design from my talented friend artist/designer Benjie Escobar which is kinda snarky and reps East LA culture nicely. Benjie has coined the new “tacos before vatos” type catchphrase here, and in all honestly it’s probably slightly healthier to go with the frutas anyway. Get it in Benjie’s online store.