Surf video lettering

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Surf video lettering

Some laid back surfing and hand drawn lettering, a perfect combination.

Animated history of typography

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The History of Typography - Animated Short

Not new, but noteworthy and entertaining!

Awesome hand painted motorcycle helmets

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Hand Painted motorcycle helmets by BMD Design

Loving these unique helmet designs by BMD Design, France.

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

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Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Just the other day I found myself thinking charcoal packaging would be a pretty cool design opportunity…

IBM “smarter” billboards

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IBM Smarter Cities billboards

I love the idea of billboards doubling up as seats, shelters and ramps…

Daily Dishonesty

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Daily Dishonesty

Check out these “lovely little lies” typographically documented by NYC designer Lauren Hom and friends on her Daily Dishonesty blog…

Vintage travel posters

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Vintage Travel Posters

Russell Johnston and Megan Jones have been collecting vintage Travel and Ski posters since 1979. The collection was started by Russell’s father Robert W Johnston, a Royal Air Force navigator after the Second World War…

An interview with Darnyill

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Just_a_li..

“My oldest memory of a drawing was a scuba diver when I was 4. It looked good until I had to draw the water which meant scribbling all over it in blue.” Typedeck finds out a little more about a designer from Cape Town called Darnyill…

Friday find: Woodcut Poynder ampersand

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24 Line Poynder Ampersand print

A very cool ampersand print with an interesting story…

Font created for Rio 2016 Olympics

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Rio 2016 font

The essence of passion and transformation is reflected in this font designed specially for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games…

Fresh Nike T-shirt designs

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Nike T-shirt designs by Mats Ottdal

These typographic T-shirt designs by Mats Ottdal may just change my mind about Nike…

Cool wedding invitation inspired by 100 ducks

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Wedding Invitation by Adam Hill

The muted palette, the mix of wiry lettering and ornaments and of course the quirky ducks make this a fun and stylish wedding invitation.

Calligraphic inspiration and upside down Ns

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Calligraphi.ca

Two calligraphy blogs to inspire your hand lettering and the strange phenomenon of the upside down N…

Friday find: Matchbooks

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Vintage matchbooks

We’ve had matchboxes and cigarette packs on here before, so it’s only fitting to add matchbooks to the equation. As Johnny Cash points out, love is a burning flame!

Bloomberg Businessglitch

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Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Glitches are described as “sudden, usually temporary malfunctions or irregularities of equipment” and have been embraced and turned into art, both musically and visually, for at least the last two decades or so. What is it that lends such an aesthetically pleasing quality to electronic error?

Friday find: FontShop Education

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FontShop Education

Joan and Erik Spiekermann’s foundry Fontshop has a very nice collection of typographic education resources available to download for free.

The flipside of old New York Times photos

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Back of picture from NY Times's archive

The New York Times recently launched a Tumblr to share old pictures from their newsroom archive. More exciting than the photos themselves, is the history recorded on the back of each picture.

Chicks & types

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Chicks & Types

What could be more exciting than receiving a mystery package from overseas? Well, I was lucky enough to find one in my mailbox this week, all the way from Florence, Italy…

Hand drawn 2012 calendar

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Hand lettered 2012 calendar

Singapore based agency Relay Room made this calendar. Just looking at it makes my wrist hurt!

Chinese water calligraphy tricycle

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Tricycle Calligraphy

No, you didn’t misread the title, it is as weird as it sounds. Nicholas Hanna built a tricycle that “prints” Chinese characters on the sidewalk as he rides along…

Fast Company’s fantastic new fonts

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New Fast Company fonts

In September 2011 Fast Company introduced three new typefaces to their print publication. Kaiser, Zizou Sans and Zizou Slab were all commissioned as part of a design overhaul.

Vintage Polish packaging

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Vintage Polish packaging

Ok, this is about as random as it gets, but here are a few examples of vintage Polish packaging in the following categories: chocolate and soap…

Snooping web fonts made easy

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WhatFont bookmarklet

Sure, you can find out all you need to know about fonts on a web page by inspecting the code with Firebug or the likes, but the WhatFont bookmarklet makes font snooping super easy.

Friday find: The Grapho-Scope and other forgotten art supplies

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Grapho-Scope

Whether you are old enough to have used a Grapho-Scope, or whether your first introduction to design was Adobe CS5, check out the online Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies curated by Lou Brooks…

Modern hand lettering of India

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Hand painted lettering from India

Two interesting type-related snippets came across my desk this week, both from India: hand drawn movie posters from Bangalore and digital fonts created from the lettering of street painters in Delhi…

Good Google web fonts

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Google web fonts

Having trouble finding the best Google web fonts for your next website design? Chad Mazzola wants to help you out…

Vintage Kodak packaging

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Vintage Kodak packaging

Last night I saw an awesome movie called Super 8 which inspired me to find this old film and camera packaging.

Mysterious calligraphic album from the 1620s

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These beautifully ornate calligraphic letterforms form part of an album entitled “Kalligraphische Schriftvorlagen” (calligraphic writing styles) produced by Johann Hering of Bavaria, Germany in the 1620s. Were they intended for educational use or simply practice […]

Friday find: Nice Type videos

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Nice Type on Vimeo

Look, a channel on Vimeo dedicated to typographic videos! And did you know there are such things as pre-animated typefaces? I learn something new every day…

Cool title screens: The Master Cleanse

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The Master Cleanse title screens

Some clever title screen lettering by Erik Marinovich perfectly captures the mood of this short film.

Telegramme Studio

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Telegramme Studio

London based collaborative studio Telegramme has a nice eclectic mix of posters, signs and illustration work in their portfolio…

Friday find: Book cover graphics

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Daily Book Graphics

Julian Montague of Buffalo, New York started documenting interesting book covers from his collection in February 2009. Three years later (and over 1000 covers later) he is still at it…

Nice site: Cast Iron Design Company

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Cast Iron Design Company

Cast Iron Design Company has not forgotten the reason we designers got all excited about the prospect of web fonts in the first place: the ability to use real fonts for typographic design instead of replacing text with images…

The beauty of beer

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Oh Beautiful Beer

A blog focusing purely on graphic design in the world of beer? I have to admit, I had no idea how much design gets consumed by beer until now!

IBM Film Ribbons by Paul Rand

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Paul Rand IBM packaging

A striking example of Paul Rand’s packaging design work for IBM from the 1960s.

Friday find: Bottle caps

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The Bottle Cap Man

I have always thought of bottle caps as an interesting little canvas and wondered how much attention actually goes into their design, but I had no idea that a passionate community of collectors exists…

Vintage punk rock flyers get swissted

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Swissted

Hey, remember when Jack Black and Mos Def sweded VHS movies in Be Kind Rewind? Well, Swissted is kind of like that, only with punk gig flyers…