Never Use Futura

I’m really enjoying this irreverently titled new paperback from the good people at Princeton Architectural Press. Never Use Futura, by Douglas Thomas, is an incredibly thorough exploration and investigation of Futura, a bold alternative to the perhaps equally popular (and equally divisive) Helvetica. In short, it puts Futura in social and historical context. It begins with the birth of the typeface, and explores many examples of its eclectic popularity throughout modern history. Strangely, nearly as many “bad” institutions and groups have employed these letters as “good” ones have – with some surprising examples at either ends of that spectrum. There is also a look at typefaces that are similar to Futura, and finally, typefaces that were born out of Futura. Aside from being quite fascinating in subject, I found the design and layout, also handled by Douglas Thomas, to be absolutely beautiful – another reason why Never Use Futura is easy to pick up and surprisingly hard to put down. Read More

Chip Kidd: Book Two

I thought I’d start 2018 by making some time to sit with this impressive new title from Rizzoli New York. CHIP KIDD: BOOK TWO: WORK 2007-2017 covers the last decade of work from a talented and accomplished artist and designer; Chip Kidd, creator of countless book covers, movie posters, and graphic novels too. Since he’s partly so well-known for his (literally) outstanding book designs, such as the cover for Haruki Murakami’s recent-ish novel 1Q84, it stands to reason that this monograph also boasts an eye-catching and impressive cover design. Speaking of Murakami, he’s one of my absolute favorite novelists ever and this title features an essay of his. Murakami just is just one of many impressive novelists who Kidd has designed covers for: John Updike, David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, and Elie Wiesel are also on the list. [See More]

TSOTW: Stranger Tings

Brace yourself for some shameless self-pluggery. This week’s T-Shirt Of The Week is from my brand Selector and it’s inspired by one of my favorite TV shows (or, Internet shows, technically), Stranger Things, a Netflix Originals series, in its second season this year. Admittedly, this is perhaps not the most thorough design from a conceptual standpoint, but it is timely, and fun, and those are important aspects of T-shirt culture too. Plus the series really is excellent.

Aqui No Mas

The talented homie LA-based artist Benjie Escobar is taking his art to Texas for the first time, with his new exhibition Aqui No Mas opening at Presa House Gallery at 7pm this Saturday. He’s set to unveil a new body his trademark black & white “lowbrow” work; all ink on paper. The theme of Benjie’s latest work focuses on repurposing, reimagining, and updating iconic Chicano & Latino characters in new ways, and his own unique typography; inspired by low rider art and tattoos. Don’t miss out on the exclusive Flash Sheet print which will be available in the gallery. Presa House will also exhibit new work by artists Sabrina Alfaro and Gilbert Martine.

TSOTW: Outernational

This week’s T-Shirt Of The Week is this outdoorsy graphic tee from Selector, now available on black. I didn’t think it would work well on black, an enthusiastic customer really pushed for it, and it ended up looking really great. Teamwork.

TSOTW: L.A. Taco

The Dodgers are doing really well this season, which means we get a million new Dodgers tees, in celebration. This one really stands out from the crowd – artwork by my friend Benjie Escobar. Available at Hutch, who have a great series of Dodgers-inspired T-shaped heat right now.

Electronic Type

I really like this alphabet by Vinicius Araùjo, a/k/a VA Designer. Each letter is constructed with elements from an iconic piece of electronics design, such as this T, inspired by a Technics turntable. Via Fubiz.