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Mar 14, 2017

Free Download: Dozens of Old Wood Type Alphabets

created at: 10/21/2013

Type foundry Hoefler & Co. recently tweeted a link to this

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May 03, 2016

How to: Make Your Own DIY Large-Scale Graphic Wall Art

Chalkboard Wall DIY

We love a bold, graphic wall treatment - whether type-based, a mural, or ever-changing chalkboard design.

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May 20, 2015

The 10 Commandments of Typography

The first rule of typography is never use Comic Sans. The second rule of typography is NEVER USE COMIC SANS.      

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Jan 22, 2015

Design Inspiration: We Love Antique Typewriters

Blickensderfer Typewriter

Once upon a time the typewriter was as beautiful as the words it pounded out. Take a look at these exceptional examples of beautiful antiques that put our current tech to shame.  

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Oct 07, 2014

How to: Make a Faux Vintage Industrial Metal Sign

created at: 10/06/2014

As much as we love the warm feel of wood textures, sometimes the cool touch of metal is the way to go. Industrial and modern, metal signs offer stark lines and muted colors that tend to fit well hanging in any masculine space.

But, metal can be feisty to work with and requires complex equipment, so it's not always a great  weekend DIY project for the uninitiated

But! Making these letters and shapes out of wood then finishing with a

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Sep 19, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make DIY Modern House Numbers

I know it's a little cliche and HGTV-y, and like "man cave," I've vowed to try to avoid the phrase "curb appeal," at all costs, but...for real, switching out your house numbers can totally change how you feel about the entrance to your home.    

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Aug 27, 2014

DIY Typographic Clamps

You know those internet things where everything you love gets summed up in one place? This is one of those for me...

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Mar 27, 2014

How to: Make Custom 3D Paper Letters

If you've been in the craft store during the last few years, you've seen the walls of chipboard or basswood letters. Which are cool, except for one thing: the typefaces are, at best, limited, and at worse...awful. (Curlz MT?!?!) 

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Feb 04, 2014

The Typography of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"

created at: 02/04/2014"Typeset in the Future" is a new blog by Dave Addey that's "dedicated to fonts in sci-fi." For his inaugural post, he sets about dissecting the type in (what Chris thinks is) the greatest science fiction film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Released in 1968, the film represents breakthroughs in both set design and typography, of which it takes full advantage.  

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Jun 24, 2013

______ as______: Food Idioms Recreated as Edible Typography

Designer Christine Kawasaki-Chan recently embarked on this clever project: a collection of food idioms recreated in dish-based type. 

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May 06, 2013

A Stop-Motion History of Typography

created at: 05/06/2013Graphic designer and media-maker Ben Barrett-Forest made this excellent animated video detailing the history of typography. It's plenty educational, and all kinds of fun to watch:    

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Jan 02, 2013

How to: Make DIY Papercut Alphabet Art

It's seriously cold outside...nearing zero degrees with the wind chill, and the air is full of that ice blastiness that's bouncing off the fourteen or so inches of snow that's covering everything, and has no plans to disappear.It's that sort of day when you look around your home for what you need, cause there's no way you're going outside. Hit up your pantry for stuff to make for dinner, watch that DVD you bought six years ago and still haven't unwrapped, and check your supply stash for materials to make a rainy...err snowy day project.

Like this clever torn paper typography. Inspired by a piece by designer Konstatin Datz, Finnish artist Riikka created this papercut typographic poster from twenty six squares of kraft paper, and a bit of posterboard. 

Little DIY Projects for Rainy Days [Weekday Carnival]

 

 

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Oct 25, 2012

A Typographic Film Alphabet

Artist and designer Meagan Hyland has just completed her six month project, "Meagan's Movie Alphabet," an A-to-Z collection cinematic-themed typography. You know..."H is for High Fidelity" with a themed letter, and so forth.  

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Sep 17, 2012

10 Famous Filmmakers and Their Favorite Typefaces

created at: 09/17/2012

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.  

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Aug 21, 2012

Typographic Superhero Posters

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.  

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Jul 16, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Typographic Rug

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."  

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Jun 20, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: June 20, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 06/20/2012

The More I Arty created original cocktail recipes to match each character from The Avengers film.  

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Mar 01, 2012

Ice Typography

Canadian artist Nicole Dextras has created an amazing series of three-dimensional words fabricated by hand in ice. The installations, "speak to how the viewer’s gaze frames and informs the landscape. The installations have varied from 8-foot high ice letters on the Yukon River to 18-inch high letters set in downtown Toronto." 

The letters are then left to let the temperature of the space to affect their meaning, altering their scope through the melting process.

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Feb 29, 2012

Him Her: A Relationship in Type

created at: 02/29/2012

Creative director Nessim Higson and animator/editor Joe Fleming have created Him Her, a delightful short filmabout the importance of communication in relationships.

The pair use simple kinetic typography and a sparse set of words to

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Dec 06, 2011

The Chromatic Typewriter Prints Colors with Its Keys

Artist Tyree Callahan hacked into a Underwood Standard typewriter from 1937 to create this absolutely amazing piece, dubbed the Chromatic Typewriter. The "typebars" are replaced with ink pads, and the keys given a corresponding color. From the duo of tones on each key, it looks like the artist even preserved the "shift" option.

As a scultpture, it's plenty striking, but the piece actually works to create original "paintings" by typing on the keys:  

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