TSOTW: Come As You Are

You might already know I have a weakness for musically-inspired t-shirts so perhaps it’s no surprise this week’s T-Shirt Of The Week is by Los Angeles-based brand DRTY, who pay tribute to Kurt Cobain of Nirvana fame on this one.

JUNK TYPE

 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]

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]