A ManMade Twitter follower just sent me a link to this great Etsy shop, Maiden Voyage, who sell tongue-in-cheek graphic illustrations inspired by humorously outdated notions of manly things.
The team describes their brand,
The term "maiden voyage" conjures up images of massive floating zeppelins, prop driven planes and towering ships embarking on their initial journeys. With these vessels came adventurers and their desires to discover the unknown. Their expeditions were retold in countless enchanting tales. More often than not, recounts of these stories became embellished, adding to their mystery and intrigue.
It is this mixture of truth
Designer Dan Gneiding has released "Dude," a new "reverse contrast" typeface, inspired by country music legends: "Whiskey drinking, train hopping, fist fighting, hard loving, prison breaking, men and women, who poured their hearts out in song."
One of my favorite design and illustration studios, Invisible Creature, recently took on their biggest project to date...literally: a 100'x30' mural on a new wall at the Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle.
Art and inspiration blog Fuel Your Creativity argues,
For the masses, the internet is both a valuable resource, and possibly the source of a design epidemic. People have flooded the internet looking for design content, and while you might not need to learn the basics before attempting a stellar gradient in Photoshop, there will come a point where this style is left behind and a new style reaches popularity. The fact is, the fundamentals of design will never change. They are the glue that holds the design industry together and to reach success, we need to learn these from the very beginning.
And with that, they offer a minimalist introduction to those basic fundamentals: The Lost Principles of Design
The notion of "auteur theory" maintains that the film should be the result of the director's creative vision, and that the final film should represent a voice "distinct enough to shine through all kinds of studio interference and through the collective process."
The auteur touches everything from the set and costume design to the music and, among the best (or most obsessive?), the typefaces used in the title sequence.
Whether or not you buy into the Wes Anderson universe, you can't fault it for being incomplete. The Royal Tenenbaums is full of details, including a series of books and magazine covers featuring the literary and highly-published characters. Criterion recently released full images of each of the covers featured in the films.
Duluth, Minnesota-based artist and designer Matthew Olin has created a series of typographic superhero posters for his MFA thesis exhibition, Some Type of Hero. Comic book heroes and villians are constructed from shapes from a family of type - Spiderman from script faces, or Batman from sans serifs.
The Janka hardness scale indicates the relative hardness of a given species of wood. It ranges from 22 pounds-force to over 5000 lbf, determined by
Pop Chart Labs, who make cool, highly organized graphic posters about nearly everything ManMakers like, have released their latest effort, "The Triple Distilled Diagram of Alcohols," a "A boozy chart of every variety of alcohol, from fermented concoctions