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."
For me, summer is that most creative and productive of seasons. It's a good 10° in my basement workspace, so it's not tough to head down there and start making stuff. Plus, the long days, good light, and warm weather means you can work outside more, paint dries faster, and everything's just a bit more inspiring.
Screensavers are a tough bit. On the one hand, they're good for your computer, they save energy, and they provided security. On the other, well, it's tough to find an attractive one. One that's simple, not distracting, and doesn't look like, well, the screen saver that came with your operating system.
But don't set it to black just yet. May I suggest installing one of these awesome, mod clock screen savers?
So, this Friday is my birthday. So, for this week's Blow My Mindsday post, I thought I might share my wishlist of stuff I might actually open as a gift. Not all of it, of course, but maybe one or two?
Me, on my first birthday. I still make that face. Often.
Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing by Mike Perry. A collection of contemporary printmaking artists, including Aesthetic Apparatus, Deanne Cheuk, Steven Harrington, Maya Hayuk, Cody Hudson, Jeremyville, Andy Mueller, Rinzen, and Andy Smith, and others and an illustrated how-to section? My birthday heart won't stop beating.
Suzuki Omnichord. I've been looking for an original
I've gone on record before about my general distrust of gender-based gift guides. I find them to be mostly biased, reinforcing the norms that led me to start ManMade in the first place. But, more importantly, and more offensively, they're unimaginative. Yes, men wear t-shirts and have wallets, and play video games, and tend to like gadgets. We know this. Please take it to the next step.
But this fine Father's Day gift guide from Brittany and Jacob at Wantist avoids all the traps. Its inclusive for all types of guys, and provides unique, solid stuff, that anyone might want, including dads. Plus, it's beautifully designed and full of care.
Check it out.
So, apparently, there's a sustainable/local/handmade/ (read: hippie) movement to use dog hair as a legitimate source of yarn, textiles, etc. The Wall Street Journals reports, "For nearly two decades, dog owners craving a memento of a canine buddy...have been able to send hair brushed from their pet to any number of artisans who advertise online that they will spin the piles of fluff into a soft yarn. Some dog-hair spinners have months-long backlogs of orders. The thriving cottage industry was spurred by the publication of a how-to guide titled "Knitting With Dog Hair: Better a Sweater From a Dog You Know and Love Than From a Sheep You'll Never Meet." "
Fascinating, right?! Wanna get more meta? How about dog items made from dog hair on actual dogs!? Like the hat above, or this adorable little guy in a sweater:
At some point today, I snagged a Twitter link to record label Kill Rock Stars' latest free, downloadable sampler, aptly entitled "Best Sampler Ever." It's been blaring for the last hour or so, and it's gotten not one but two volume bumps. So, whatever that means.
Anyway, it's good and you should listen to it.
The team at A Hamburger Today have gathered three iconic, bi-coastal burgers for a showdown: NYC's Shake Shack, California's In-N-Out, and Virginia-founded/multistate chain, Five Guys.
Lost Type Co-Op is a "Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, the first of its kind. Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, originally in a whirlwind 24 hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, Lost Type has blossomed into a full fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world, with its unique model."
So, upon downloading, you're invited to pass along what you can, directly to the designer. If for you that's nothing, you can enter $0 and download for free.
"Virility didn't have a manual -- until now! Whether you rock the wise Fu Manchu or the classic Lumberjack, this book has instructions on the care, growth and grooming of 30 retro and modern 'staches as well as coordinating style tips for non-facial parts."
It's modernism month on Curbly, and to celebrate, we've been working on a collection of modern and mid-century classics silhouette clip art. We've put the finishing touches on it, and they are giving it away to anyone who can use it. It’s a full 25-page PDF or AI document, all royalty-free and available for use.
Feel free to use them in your own craft, art, and design projects. We hope you love them!