Using well-chosen and hand-sized type to convey cartographic relationships has been quite the trend over the last few years. I believe ORK posters were the front runners, and their work continues to be amazing.
But I love this fresh, reduced approach from Orange & Park.
CMYK is the four-color subtractive offset printing process, with the letters refering to the colors used - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black). Open up most home inkjet printers, and you'll see it in action.
Artist Evelin Kasikov recreates the process with embroidery thread, using color halftoning to amazing effect.
At first glance, this latest entry from PopChartLabs seems like more of the same...methodically organized, reductionist interpretations of popular media. I mean, how many haircuts can there be, really, beside Travis Bickle, Hedwig, and any iteration of Pam Grier in the 70s?
Turns out, a lot. And, yeah maybe, it is quite similar to other work, but who cares? It's pretty awesome.
Stocklogos.com reviews the histories of famous logos, and imagines what they might look like in the future. Some, like the Starbucks above, notes the evolution of the design, which seeems to just be continuously zoomed in with each update. Others are a commentary on the company's performance and presence in its field, as when the ubiquitous Google just becomes search:
It's a match for the ages. Accessibility to powerful digital creative tools, exposure to amazing design inspiration, and a generation raised on pop culture have produced the inevitable - thoughtful, and better designed posters for beloved contemporary films thataren't intended to sell tickets, but honor the film and be beautiful as original works of art.
Not only does this go in my "Why didn't I think of that?" file, it belongs at the very top. I've often made cool, mod places for birds to hang out (like this contemporary birdhouse, a more complex mid-century modern one, and this minimalist bird feeder). I love making stuff with a bold, typographic punch, and I certainly have all the tools and knowhow to pull these off.
Hundreds of books have been written about each subject in Milan-based design agency H-57's minimalist pictogram posters, but there's something equally striking about how the vintage graphic imagery can convey the lives of characters as diverse as Marie Antoinette to Jesus to Michael Jackson.
I know, I know...it's still August. School has just started, and the sun is still out for more than a measely eight hours.
And yet, the slow descent into the end of the year has begun. The world has already begun to talk about fall and its morph into the holiday season. Events are already being planned for 2012, and you need a place to put them.
Thankfully, the 2012 calendar season has begun.
'Member when you were a kid, and you were about to go on a road trip or had to get your tonsils out, and you got those activity books from the grocery store magazine section with puzzles and word searches?
And, remember how when you're an adult, and the thought on going on a trip is so awesome, that you still head to the magazine section and get those activity books, just cause it feels like vacation?
Well, magazine section no more, my friends, cause I've spotted this awesome collection of design and typeography-themed activity books for creative types.
Graphic designer Tymn Armstrong has created FauxGo, a collection of "fake logos," a "symbol or other small design created to represent a fictional company or organization that exists only on film."
Noodlor offers this free and helpful graphic guide to understanding type.
This section on choosing a typeface based on the message you want to convey is particularly helpful:
Veer, an awesome stock photography and illustration site for designers, offers these free desktop, iPhone, and iPad desktop that reimagine vintage drive-in B-movies with the language of typography.
Even if you're not a graphic designer, you interact with letterforms all day long. You read, certainly: newspapers, webpages, work documents, signage, advertisements. You use type in your emails, on your blog, at your job, in your art projects. So, "whether you’re a professional designer, recreational type-nerd, or casual lover of the fine letterform, typography is one of design’s most delightful frontiers, an odd medley of timeless traditions and timely evolution in the face of technological progress."
Maria Popova gathers ten essential books on typography, "ranging from the practical to the philosophical to the plain pretty."