Another treasure on the web, this time it’s a database full of Russian futurists books from the beginning of the 20th century. Lots of typographic experiments going on back then. But don’t judge the book by its beautiful cover, have a look inside as well! I can’t get enough of this.
Wood type letter E from an ad in the October 20, 1883 issue of the newspaper
Trade card (detail)
Advertising cover, 1897
Carpets trade card, 1882
Chicago Weekly News advertising cover (detail), 1880s
Boston Albany Railroad logo, 1900
Northwestern stamp works advertising cover (back)
Dick Sheaff collects postal history, trade cards, marbled paper, early letterpress printing, billheads, stamps, trade cards, broadsides, tickets, etcetera collectively termed Ephemera. The term is used for transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Luckily Sheaff makes sure these things are preserved and set up a database. Thus far he created an impressive collection of vintage ads and early letterpress printings.
What a treasure this site!
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz by Roel & Job Wouters
"Job and Gradus (4) are both ambitious concerning letters. Spontanious jam sessions in our studio inspired us to make this film about the fun of drawing letters."
Get your type drawing on! TypeCooker is a tool for generating type-drawing exercises. The set of randomly given rules or parameters forces you to think outside familiar typographic areas. This assignment is being used in type classes at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Hague. We just got our very first recipe below, I might show some sketches later. You can generate your own recipe andcook sketch your own letter!
Pol Solsona continues to show us that Comic Sans can be beautiful if used right. About a month ago I stumbled upon his project and now he has some new work up. With his project Fuck Stereotypes he turns the dogma surrounding Comis Sans upside down and tries to find the true value of the plaged type. He has a tumblr now for your following convenience :)
A while ago I posted the black book of Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman from the eighties, but since the eighties ‘Shoe’ put a little calli in graffiti and thus Calligraffiti was born. He describes it as traditional handwriting with a metropolitan attitude. Watch the video and see how it’s done!. And really: check his site, it’s freaking fantastic what he can do with ink or paint or markers or a parallel pen or a piece of plastic…
There are 3 new short films in the Live the Language series. Albin Holmqvist is the one responsible for the lovely typography and there’s a strong team of talented creatives behind these movies led by director Gustav Johansson. He shot those with .. wait for it.. yes a Canon 5d of course! I
want need one plus I need to go to Syndey, it will be good for my mental well-being :).
Fuck Stereotypes is a typographic experiment by Pol Solsona. He tries to find the true value of comic sans. I think it’s quite beautiful what he created thus far, but as I understand the project is still in progress, I’m curious what will come next.
Pol Solsona is a Catalan graphic designer & art director based in Helsinki, Finland.
Ever wondered who did the lettering on all those LP’s in the eighties? It’s Michael Manoogia, since the late 1960s he handcrafted letterings for dozens of clients in the music and entertainment industry. Above are some sketches from some of his famous typographic logos. I’m loving the fatburger sketches, almost makes me wanna grab a burger. I wouldn’t go as far as to put on a Kenny Rogers record though ;).
There’s an insightful interview with Manoogia over at the so much pile up blog.