The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Artwork & Album Cover
Aug19

The Making of John Mayer’s ‘Born & Raised’ Artwork & Album Cover

Very few designs have impacted me as much as Dave Smith’s work on John Mayer’s “Born & Raised” album cover. At first glance, I was immediately reminded of early century ephemera and a craft that I thought was history. High-quality, ornamental, handcrafted typography and sign writing is still alive thanks to exquisite craftsman such as Smith. What impacted me the most was the amount of man-hours that must have been put in to...

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Showcase of Physical Typography For Your Inspiration
Jul08

Showcase of Physical Typography For Your Inspiration

When looking for fresh typography inspiration what do you usually do? Do you browse websites like DaFont or Lost Type looking for the latest free typefaces? Do you search Google or Behance for inspiration? These are some great ways to get inspired but we urge you to remember physical typography. Sometimes designs take on a whole new life when applied to the real world. For example, when a typeface gets applied to a neon sign the...

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Typography Tuesday: LA Times Magazine’s “50″ Features Vintage Type from Garment Labels, Poker Chips, Movie Titles & More
Apr10

Typography Tuesday: LA Times Magazine’s “50″ Features Vintage Type from Garment Labels, Poker Chips, Movie Titles & More

Vintage typography fans, check out an amazing design series curated by Los Angeles Times Magazine, simply titled “50″ which highlights photo galleries of obscure objects like 50 Vogue Records, 50 Vintage Beer Cans, 50 Vegas Chips and 50 Vintage Garment Labels (shown below). Publishing the best clips from television and movie title sequences, the 50 Main Titles list is broken into three parts and by decade Part 1: 1950-69,...

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Entertainment Design Wed: ‘Newsweek’ Planning a Retro ‘Mad Men’-Themed Issue
Jan25

Entertainment Design Wed: ‘Newsweek’ Planning a Retro ‘Mad Men’-Themed Issue

Newsweek is paying homage to 1960s graphic design in its upcoming March issue, from the typography and layout to the advertising, to promote the fifth season of AMC’s award-winning Mad Men series, according to Ad Age. The Mad Men-themed issue, scheduled for March 19, will include a feature on the role of advertising in U.S. culture and a cover story on the series– a drama surrounding intriguing fictional advertising pros during the...

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Typography Tuesday: Packaging & Brand Identity Design for Meat Enthusiasts by Helms Workshop
Jan24

Typography Tuesday: Packaging & Brand Identity Design for Meat Enthusiasts by Helms Workshop

Brand identity systems for burgers, bars and beverages always seems to be ripe with examples of effective typography, as demonstrated by creative firm, Helms Workshop. We discovered Helms Workshop’s work in Communication Arts‘ 2012 Typography Annual, (another great source for typography inspiration), and were inspired by the packaging, logo and brand identity designs of the Austin, Texas-based firm. Handling corporate...

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New Portfolio: Exquisite Typography, Logos and Branding by FIDM Graphic Design Grad, Jayson Cainguitan
Sep27

New Portfolio: Exquisite Typography, Logos and Branding by FIDM Graphic Design Grad, Jayson Cainguitan

It’s clear from his portfolio that minimalism and vintage typography-driven design have inspired Jayson Cainguitan, a recent graduate from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Graphic Design/Branding program. The small design details make Cainguitan’s portfolio memorable, and his brand identity systems remarkably believable. Check out his illustrations, logos, packaging, branding, website and iPhone...

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