This Friday, LA’s own HVW8 Gallery opens Fower Plower, an exhibition of new paintings by accomplished New York-based artist Mark Gonzales. “The Gonz” is also well known for being a pro-skateboarder, considered one of the most important street skaterboarders of all time. The HVW8 spot on Melrose will no doubt be packed during the opening from 6 – 10pm.
Junk Type: Typography – Lettering – Badges – Logos by Bill Rose, is new from Universe Publishing this month. The author is a Minneapolis-based photographer, whose work focuses on documenting vintage Americana, such as neon signs and industrial objects, through his website Recapturist. He puts his unique skill set to work here, capturing incredible examples of postwar American typography and design, by scouring junkyards, yard sales, antique stores, and all the other places that modern-day treasure hunters look to find little bits of vintage magic. He presents 400 images, which tell a visual story through the distinct typography, icons, badges, and branding of America’s industrial heritage. This is an invaluable design/inspiration trip down memory lane, peppered with beautiful Art Deco style fonts, incredible handmade cursive lettering, early industrial logos, eventually moving into cleaner graphic logos of the ’60s. Without the work of Bill Rose, some of these memories might be lost. [Read More]
If you’re in the mood to try a triglyph, you’re in luck, as talented Los Angeles-based artist Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) has just launched a new print series of 3-character word prints, including MOM, right in time for Mother’s Day. You can also commission your own 3-character words, initials, area codes on your choice of any background color. Available now in Mark’s online shop.
If you’ve been itching to try your hand at lettering, then The Golden Secrets of Lettering: Letter Design from First Sketch to Final Artwork by custom lettering & typography master Martina Flor would be an ideal starting place. The lovely new hardcover title from Princeton Architectural Press includes easy-to-understand instructions and guidelines, covers a wide array of tools and techniques, with beautiful examples of hand sketches, and over 300 illustrations in all. Flor deftly demonstrates how to transform these initial lettering concepts and handdrawn sketches into incredible works of digital lettering. And then, the Berlin-based career lettering artist explains how these creations can be sold and published, with tips on things like showcasing and pricing your work, and how to handle feedback. It’s a pleasure to flip through, admire the beautiful letterforms, and get inspired. This would make an incredible gift for any aspiring typographers.
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