Dirty Bandits is a Brooklyn-based design firm specializing in typography, lettering and illustration under the creative direction of Annica Lydenberg. As explained on her bio page, Lydenberg is “fueled by her deep obsession with type,” and as a graphic designer, has been paying close attention to typography for many years and focusing on treating letters and words as art.
Dirty Bandits’ client list includes independent record labels, venues, artists and designers, like Blackheart Records (see the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits album packaging design, below), The Ace Hotel, and young adult author, Samantha Schulz. The firm also offers prints for sale, like the 2012 Silly Holidays calendar (shown below).
See examples of amazing typographic work below, and more here.
Above: Painted mural in one of the rooms in New York’s Ace Hotel. “The idea was to do a piece that was New York-centric and also play off of the idea of sleep,” says Lyndenberg. “The typography and layout were designed and then scanned, projected on the wall and painted using sign painter’s OneShot.”
Above: Screen Printed 2012 Calendar of Silly Holidays, including TV Game Show Day, National Yo-Yo Day, Everything You Do Is Right Day and more.
Above: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Greatest Hits packaging. “For the printed materials we wanted to develop something that had an weathered look and feel,” she says. “We used scans of old record covers to get the texture and beat up look of the corners and edges.”
Above: “Samantha Schutz is an author of young adult novels written entirely in verse. Her first book, I Don’t Want to be Crazy, is a memoir about living with anxiety disorder. For Samantha we used all hand drawn type to create a Website design, promotional bookmark and new business card.”
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