The Golden Secrets of Lettering

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.

Know When To Fold ‘Em

Physics meets the Japanese art of Origami (Paper Folding) when former NASA physicist Robert Lang uses his mastery of paper art to tackle big challenges in exploring space. What an awesome connection between the simple art of folding paper, and the almost incomprehensible task of escaping Earth’s gravity. Fascinating content from Great Big Story.

TSOTW: Sprinkle Me Mane

This week’s T-Shirt Of The Week is this meme-driven wonder from Los Angeles-based brand BTLG. It deftly mashes up the slightly disturbing Instagram phenomenon that is #SaltBae – a chef who lovingly caresses his meats (that is not a dirty joke, btw) and got famous for flamboyantly sprinkling some salt. BTLG have combined that with the equally famous E-40 line, “Sprinkle me, mane.” Get it at Hutch.

Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art

Consensus says Paul Rand (1914-1996) is one of America’s, if not the world’s, most important graphic designers. He famously developed posters, corporate identities, and logos for the likes of IBM, UPS, and ABC. He also taught at Yale for 30 years. The good people at Princeton Architectural Press have just published this new edition of Rand’s critically-acclaimed, and long out-of-print hardcover monograph, which is the best account of his important work. A Designer’s Art includes two hundred illustrations, twenty-seven essays, and a new afterword by Steven Heller. [Read More]

Farewell Obamas

Sad to say it’s President Barack Obama’s last day in office today. Lots of people will be very sad to see him and his lovely family leave, myself included.

Christmas Shopping

Sorry, no time for blogging! Capitalism demands that we work really hard all year so we can afford to buy nice presents for the people we love (instead of say, just hanging out together, you know). And it was good. If you’re in the mood for some obscure reggae t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and things of that nature, I GOT YOU FAM! Ok, back to shopping…