It's my favorite material to work with, hands down. I love the way it makes my car smell when I bring it home from the lumberyard. I love that it goes from a roughly-textured square to any shape I can imagine, and unbelievably smooth when you sand it.
But the best part? Seeing the full character of the grain come through during that last step - finishing the wood with stain or oil. Not until you rub that rag over the surface does the wood truly come alive.
I'm a total sucker for vintage-inspired, "alternative" movie posters that are created by honest-to-goodness designers that are fans of the films, not to sell tickets. When I look at these, I start to have a little more understanding for why sci-fi and fantasy fans do things like create elaborate costumes and fan fiction. It's a way to giving one's skills to participate
"Your Logo is Not Hardcore" is a new Tumblr blog that seems to have noticed a curious trend in graphic design - namely, that there are a whole lotta logos with Xs in them. Like, a whole lot, and many of them brands and organizations dedicated to men's interests and products.
Boston-based graphic artist and designer Matther DiVito has created these fantastic geometric animations that remind me of the little production studio tags at the end of the education TV shows we watched as kids in the 80s - like the end of 3-2-1 Contact or those "The More You Know" bits from Saturday morning.
British design collection Dorothy introduce the "Film Map" - a collection of over 900 film titles organized in the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map.
Stock image site Shutterstock offers a helpful and in-depth tutorial for creating a realistic letter press effect on your digital images using Photoshop. I've seen several of these over the past few years, and this is, by far, the most effective and paper-texture like tutorial yet. It even has a technique for making embossed, non-inked designs, one of the hallmarks of great letterpress prints.
Jackie, you and I are on the same page. That page being: some things are way more than just the sum of their parts. And in this case, those parts are two of our very favorites: type and sandwiches.
Typewiches is a new project by Jackie Ngo, a "hungry lady, who loves Sandwiches,
These days, with home prototyping and laser cutters widely available, artists are using these new tools to come up with all kinds of custom, stylish projects.
But it's still awesome whenever someone figures out how to make some that looks machine-cut complicated, but is actually done at home with simple tools and techniques. Like this "type" rug, which, while looking awesome and loopily abstract, actually says, "type."
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London will be here before we know it. And I cannot wait! This is actually the second time that the Games have been hosted in London. The first time was in 1948. The world has changed a lot in 64 years, of course, and so has graphic design. It's fascinating to look at the logos for each of the Olympic Games and observe the changes in the world of design. So, here's a history of the Olympic logos from London 1948 to London 2012.
Pop Chart Lab, the Brooklyn-based design studio that seems to have the ability to look into my subconcious and design posters about everything I'm remotely interested in, now offers "The Alphabet of Typography," a Futura-based exploration of what makes great letters.
For those of you not planning a summer getaway this season, consider these humorous, vintage-style "travel posters" for lazy people, or for those who take their breaks at home. They seek to inspire you to check out the exotic locales and activities...of your own house.
Over the last few years, there's been a significant movement to provide a diversity of content for men, and ManMade is excited to be a part of it. One of the biggest outcomes has been all the fantastic men's style and clothing sites that have popped up, provided solid advice, great deals, and tips for dressing like you know what you're doing.
But of course, keeping up with all of them is quite a task, so complex created a flowchart to help you pick just the right ones for you, so you can get the kind of advice and inspiration you're looking for.
Earlier this month, the New Jersey Nets moved to the new Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, New York, and got a brand new logo by partial owner, Jay-Z. The logo is a basic black-and-white treatment, with the shield motif, basketball, and team name from the previous incarnation reduced to a two-dimensional plane inspired by old public transporation signs. It wasn't super well-recieved by professional designers, who explain, "the logo family is technically worthless and embarrassing.