Surf video lettering

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

I came across these two unrelated videos. Well, I guess they’re not completely unrelated because both feature some laid back surfing and hand drawn lettering, a perfect combination.

T.C.S.S. Presents: A Doc-umentary

Graphics by Chris Nixon, animated by Zander Van Oldenborgh.
Click here to watch on Vimeo
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TWOTHIRDS in Fall Winter

Edit and lettering by Emil Kozak.
Click here to watch on Vimeo
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But, in case you don’t have six minutes to watch the videos, here are a couple of screen shots:

Surf video lettering

Surf video lettering

Surf video lettering

Surf video lettering

Surf video lettering

Surf video lettering

Surf video lettering

Surf video lettering

Surf video lettering

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

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

I was looking at the small selection of charcoal brands in our local store just the other day thinking charcoal packaging would be a pretty cool design opportunity since it’s a product without pretence. What I mean is you can probably go as bold and colourful as you want without the risk of sacrificing preconceived ideas of style or elegance – it is what it is!

Well, looks like Atomicdust embraced that exact opportunity with their rebrand of Rockwood Charcoal (nice website design too):

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Via: Identity Designed

Cool wedding invitation inspired by 100 ducks

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

I really enjoy this wedding invitation design by Adam Hill, aka Velcrosuit, from Cape Town. The muted palette, the mix of wiry lettering and ornaments and of course the quirky ducks! Apparently over 100 of these guys roam the wedding venue, Babylonstoren estate in the Cape Winelands. They obviously made quite an impression on the  couple.

Wedding Invitation by Adam Hill

Wedding Invitation by Adam Hill

Wedding Invitation by Adam Hill

Wedding Invitation by Adam Hill

Wedding Invitation by Adam Hill

Wedding Invitation by Adam Hill

There’s a lot more great design work in Velcrosuit’s portfolio, so be sure to take a gander. No pun intended since these are ducks, not geese! 😉

Bloomberg Businessglitch

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?

There have always been ghosts in the machine. Random segments of code, that have grouped together to form unexpected protocols. Unanticipated, these free radicals engender questions of free will, creativity, and even the nature of what we might call the soul. – Quote from I, Robot (2004)

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? Maybe it’s the notion that computers are meant to run on pure logic, so when they produce something random or unexpected, our inborn curiosity is awoken. Or maybe we momentarily recognise our own flawed human nature, and it freaks us out just a little. Who knows!

Jennifer Daniel, designer for Bloomberg Businessweek recently reported that their Docucolor 240 conked out whist printing proofs for the magazine. The resulting artworks were posted on Flickr. I remember spending hours as a student, trying to emulate this exact look for my projects!

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Bloomberg Businessweek printer glitch

Chinese water calligraphy tricycle

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…

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. I wouldn’t call it calligraphy as such, but the idea stems from the tradition of older Chinese men painting characters on the ground of parks with long brushes and water.

The video from Jonah Kessel is dated September 2011, but I only discovered it now. Take a look:

Just Because: Tricycle Calligraphy 水书法器 on Vimeo.

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…

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. Just for the sake of typographic curiosity and colour palette inspiration you know…

Chocolate

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Soap

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Via the Collection category on Pan tu nie stał.

Bonus! Vintage Polish public transport tickets:

Vintage Polish travel tickets

The beauty of 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!

When I first came across Oh Beautiful Beer, a blog documenting outstanding graphic design in the world of, well, beer, I couldn’t help but wonder how such a limited category would yield enough material to quench the thirst of a blog.

Clearly I had no idea how much design gets consumed by beer!

Created by Harvey Shepard of Livingston, Texas, this beer design blog is over a year old now. Here are a few of the beautiful beers with some nice typographic touches he has featured:

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

I don’t know about you, but I am now officially thirsty. Check out Oh Beautiful Beer for more.

New Year’s resolutions

To Resolve Project is a good looking collection of New Year’s resolutions by various artists and designers in the form of downloadable wallpapers.

To Resolve Project is a good looking collection of New Year’s resolutions by various artists and designers. Should you find one you wish to make your own, you’re in luck, because and they come in the form of downloadable wallpapers. Curator Chris Streger is inviting everyone to contribute a design to the project and he even has some templates to get you started.

Here are a few of my favourites so far:

To Resolve Project

To Resolve Project

To Resolve Project

To Resolve Project

To Resolve Project

To Resolve Project

To Resolve Project

To Resolve Project

To Resolve Project

100th post and 2011 sign-off

This is Typedeck’s 100th post since launching in June this year – a great milestone and a good time to sign off for 2011. Thanks for all the support and positive feedback so far!

Hello friends. This is Typedeck’s 100th post since launching in June this year – a great milestone and a good time to sign off for 2011.

Typedeck has given me the opportunity to explore typography in a new and more intensive way than ever before. I have learned a lot in the past few months and best of all is I am applying this learning to my own design work.

Thanks for all the support and positive feedback so far! Have a fantastic festive season and a blessed Christmas.

Here’s to resuming Typedeck in 2012 with new vigour.

– Imar

To end off the year I have just thrown together a few random bits and pieces of interest. Click on the images to visit the source:

A free font based on the style of lettering seen on Cassandre posters:

Typedeck 100th post

Lettering by Astronaut Design:

Typedeck 100th post

From pilllpat’s Flickr photostream:

Typedeck 100th post

Two items from the Flickr photostream of junkyard.dogs:

Typedeck 100th post

Typedeck 100th post

Type specimen poster from a series featuring Changethethought studio’s  favorite typefaces:

Typedeck 100th post

Mattel Electronics Football from Corey Holms’s Flickr photostream:

Typedeck 100th post

Some smokey lettering by Pablo Alfieri:

Typedeck 100th post

Explore Fontdeck’s typographic advent calendar:

Typedeck 100th post

Hot lettering by Studio Muti:

Typedeck 100th post

Editorial illustration by Telegramme Studio via Black Harbour:

Typedeck 100th post

Poster from Evajuliet’s Etsy store:

Typedeck 100th post

LetterMPress app for Mac and iPad:

Typedeck 100th post

Cover design for The New York Times Magazine Photographs:

Typedeck 100th post

Detail from Old Faithful Shop identity design by Ptarmak:

Typedeck 100th post

Time lapse video of Daniel Cassaro’s (Young Jerks) mural for the Ace Hotel in New York via Xheight LA:

Typedeck 100th post

MailChimp’s Voice & Tone styleguide site via Co. Design:

Typedeck 100th post

Detail from the Tom, Dick & Harry identity by Mike McQuade:

Typedeck 100th post

From Kyle Read’s inspiration Tumblr:

Typedeck 100th post

And finally, is there a new Tumblr logo in the works?

Screenshot of their maintenance page:

Typedeck 100th post

Funny letterpress posters stipulate new rules of work

Division of Labor based in Sausalito, California letterpressed these cool posters serving as a reminder of those little unwritten rules your colleagues may have forgotten about…

Division of Labor based in Sausalito, California letterpressed these cool posters serving as a reminder to your coworkers of those little unwritten rules they may have forgotten about…

New rules of work by Division of Labor

There are certainly a few people whom I would love to send this one to for Christmas:

New rules of work by Division of Labor

Via swissmiss.

Industrious coffee and condensed type at Yourstruly

Yourstruly, located on Long Street in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre, is one of my favourite lunch time spots. One thing I enjoy about it is the DIY ethic…

Yourstruly, located on Long Street in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre, is one of my favourite lunch time spots.

One thing I enjoy about it is the DIY ethic: on any given day you can find owner Daniel Holland enthusiastically serving coffee and sandwiches through the hatch, but that’s not all – he also took care of all the graphic design himself, and his dad did the carpentry!

The graphic identity of Yourstruly is quite appropriately anchored by Trade Gothic, which Jason Santa Maria describes as an honest, dependable and industrious typeface with little flourish or fuss.

Next time you’re in Cape Town and find yourself in need of some good coffee and a strong dose of typography, you know where to go.

Yourstruly Cafe, Long Street, Cape Town

Yourstruly Cafe, Long Street, Cape Town

Yourstruly Cafe, Long Street, Cape Town

Yourstruly Cafe, Long Street, Cape Town

Yourstruly Cafe, Long Street, Cape Town

Yourstruly Cafe, Long Street, Cape Town

Yourstruly Cafe, Long Street, Cape Town

Find out a little more about Yourstruly and Daniel on Ilovecoffee.co.za.

Hand drawn skate deck lettering

Looks like we’ll be sticking to the themes of “New York” and “hand lettering” today! The coffee-loving Simon Ålander has been at it again, this time putting pen to skateboard deck…

Looks like we’ll be sticking to the themes of New York and hand lettering today! The coffee-loving Simon Ålander has been at it again, this time putting pen to skateboard deck:

Skateboard deck by Simon Ålander

Skateboard deck by Simon Ålander

Skateboard deck by Simon Ålander

Skateboard deck by Simon Ålander

See the full story on coffeemademedoit.com.

Hand painted wooden wedding signs

These nice wedding signs were hand painted on rugged wooden planks by Brooklyn based agency Mélangerie Inc.

These nice wedding signs were hand painted on rugged wooden planks by Brooklyn based agency Mélangerie Inc.

Hand painted signs by Mélangerie Inc.

Hand painted signs by Mélangerie Inc.

Hand painted signs by Mélangerie Inc.

Hand painted signs by Mélangerie Inc.

Hand painted signs by Mélangerie Inc.

See more of their work Mélangerie Inc.’s Flickr. Found via Art of the Menu.

Stranger Than Fiction title sequence

Stranger Than Fiction title sequence

I remember watching this unusual (for him) Will Ferrell film back in 2006 and being spellbound by the title sequence. If you enjoy the combination of movies and nice typography, there is little doubt that you would have checked out Art of the Titlea compendium and leading web resource of film and television title design from around the world.

The opening titles for Stranger Than Fiction were designed by Kansas City based MK12.

If the video below does not load, see the Stranger Than Fiction title sequence here.

Friday find: Architecture in Helsinki poster

Great gig poster designed by Curtis Lynn Jinkins from Austin, Texas. What I enjoy most about it is the interesting balance…

Great gig poster designed by Curtis Lynn Jinkins from Austin, Texas. What I enjoy most about it is the interesting balance: even though the abstract graphic dominates the majority of the space, the composition would be nothing without the carefully considered typography.

Architecture in Helsinki poster

Architecture in Helsinki poster

Video game title screens from the good old days

Title Scream hosts a very impressive collection of 16- and 8-bit game graphics. A nostalgic little trip down memory lane for some, an education for the rest!

I’m not sure how long Title Scream has been around, but everyone and their dog was tweeting about it today. This pixelicious site hosts a very impressive collection of 16- and 8-bit game graphics. Curated by Cameron Askin of Wellington, New Zealand, Title Scream offers a nostalgic little trip down memory lane for some and an education for the rest! Here’s a little appetizer:

Title Scream

Title Scream

Title Scream

Title Scream

Title Scream

Title Scream

Title Scream

Title Scream

Striking event branding by Your Friends

Oslo based agency Your Friends designed this identity and promotional material in 2009 for the Norwegian design seminar Edit.

Oslo based agency Your Friends designed this identity and promotional material in 2009 for the Norwegian design seminar Edit. They have a very complicated explanation about the thinking behind the design on their site:

The concept and idea is based on the theme effect. An effect is regarded as a concluded result, and can be used as a base for directions chosen while developing. The overall idea was to research a form of “study” on the effect of design, in which the seminars target-group took part in the process of building the identity.

I really like the overall cohesive effect (no pun intended) of the branding, it has a bit of a David Carson flavour:

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

Identity and promotional material for the norwegian design-seminar Edit 09.effect

See more in the Your Friends Flickr stream.

Meticulous handcrafted type by Happycentro

I love these elaborate typographic creations by Italian agency Happycentro. The fact that these were done by hand, instead of simulating the textures, shapes and lighting in Photoshop, is awesome!

I love these elaborate typographic creations by Italian agency Happycentro. The fact that these were done by hand, instead of simulating the textures, shapes and lighting in Photoshop, is awesome. What strikes me is how the illustrations look okay in isolation, but they only really come to life on the pages of the magazine as part of the layout!

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Handcrafted type by Happycentro

Via koikoikoi.

A typographic experiment called The Phraseology Project

Everyone knows practice makes perfect, so to hone his typography skills Drew Melton from Michigan launched The Phraseology Project earlier this year.

Everyone knows practice makes perfect, so to hone his typography skills Drew Melton from Michigan launched The Phraseology Project earlier this year. Visitors to the site are invited to submit a word or phrase of under 30 characters, which Drew and his comrades then interpret creatively.

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

The Phraseology Project

Screen prints of selected Praseology works are available for purchase.

P.S. Thanks, Nadia for alerting me to this cool project!

Friday find: Rejected book covers

These lovely art book covers were designed in 2007 by Barcelona based Klas Ernflo. Unfortunately they were rejected by the publisher…

These lovely art book covers were designed in 2007 by Barcelona based Klas Ernflo. Unfortunately they were rejected by the publisher, but such is the life of a graphic designer! Klas doesn’t say what font he used, but the lettering looks like it may be based on a Modern typeface with some custom tweaks.

Rejected book covers by Klas Ernflo

Rejected book covers by Klas Ernflo

Rejected book covers by Klas Ernflo

Rejected book covers by Klas Ernflo

Rejected book covers by Klas Ernflo

Rejected book covers by Klas Ernflo

Random type #001

Just a couple of bits and pieces I found, thrown together into one post.

Just a couple of bits and pieces I found, thrown together into one post.

1. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea opening titles

A university project by Ivan Maximov made with Canon 5D Mark II and Adobe After Effects.

2. Stationery for Frank’s Moments & Drinks

Frank’s Moments & Drinks

Frank’s Moments & Drinks

Designed by EstudioFbdi in Buenos Aires. Via: Lovely Stationery.

3. Kinfolk Bicycle Co.

Kinfolk Bicycle Co.

Love this little detail on Kinfolk’s handcrafted frames!

Rad poster: I never finish anythi

Now here’s a poster I can relate to much more than pretending I know how to keep calm and carry on!

Now here’s a poster I can relate to much more than pretending I know how to keep calm and carry on! Connecticut based Ross Moody designs and screen prints awesome things in his living room under the banner of “55 Hi’s”. These puppies are printed by hand on French Kraft using environmentally friendly materials which means that no two are exactly alike.

I never finish anythi poster by 55 Hi's

I never finish anythi poster by 55 Hi's

I never finish anythi poster by 55 Hi's

Place your order for “I never finish anythi” at 55 Hi’s.

The humble sales receipt redesigned

Why are till slips so boring? Berg London rethinks the potential of this common, yet overlooked item.

Have you ever thought about the fact that a cash register is a connected device forming part of a world-wide data network? In this regard it is much like your computer or smartphone. Why then, is the output of this device, the common till slip, so… boring?

That is exactly what London based design consultancy Berg thought when Icon Magazine challenged them to rethink an everyday object of their choice.

We think the humble receipt could be something like a paper “app” and be valuable in small and playful ways. – Berg

The result of their exploration is a personalised info-rich little document straight from that uncomfortable place where low tech and high tech collide.

Berg London rethink the till slip

Berg London rethink the till slip

Via: Co.Design

Crisp type from Studio8 Design

This lovely crisp three dimensional typeface Studio8 Design created for Wired Magazine UK has been receiving some well deserved attention, but this London-based design team is certainly not a one-trick-pony…

This lovely crisp three dimensional typeface Studio8 Design created for Wired Magazine UK has been receiving some well deserved attention, but this London-based team is certainly not a one-trick-pony. Scroll down and take a look at the handsome work they have done for Elephant Magazine and Blazingword.

Wired Magazine Typeface by Studio8 Design

Wired Magazine Typeface by Studio8 Design

Wired Magazine Typeface by Studio8 Design

Wired Magazine Typeface by Studio8 Design

Elephant Magazine type by Studio8 Design

Elephant Magazine type by Studio8 Design

Elephant Magazine type by Studio8 Design

Elephant Magazine type by Studio8 Design

Blazingword typeface by Studio8 Design

Blazingword typeface by Studio8 Design

A heavy metal poster three generations in the making

A striking poster designed by Cincinnati based designer Tom Davie of studiotwentysix2.

A striking poster designed by Cincinnati based designer Tom Davie of studiotwentysix2. The description is quite entertaining too:

This poster is three generations in the making. My grandfather was thrifty and savvy enough to collect hundreds of pieces of discarded metal, my father was wise enough not to throw the rusted metal away, and yours truly, for picking through it, not getting tetanus, and visually arranging it.

Heavy Metal poster by Tom Davie

Fruita Blanch

I really enjoy the look of Catalonian family business Fruita Blanch. The new fresh minimal identity was designed by Barcelona based studio Atipus. They even developed a custom font used across the board. My favourite aspect is how the labels have been designed to reveal as much of the jar content as possible. Sometimes less really is more.

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Via: Identity Designed

The world’s first open source weapon

A fascinating video infographic about Stuxnet, the world’s first weapon built entirely from code.

A fascinating video infographic about Stuxnet, the world’s first weapon built entirely from code. The motion graphics were designed by Sydney-based Patrick Clair. Take a look, I even spotted some Avant Garde ligatures making an appearance…

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus

Found via ISO50.

Asperger East Anglia identity

The Click is a design consultancy based in Norwich, England. They recently developed a striking, crisp typographic visual identity for Asperger East Anglia.

The Click is a design consultancy based in Norwich, England. They recently developed a new visual identity for Asperger East Anglia, a charity dedicated to offering information and assistance to those who suffer from Asperger syndrome.

The result is a striking, crisp typographic solution.

Central to this is the letter ‘A’, initial of Asperger, from which the frank, literal title of each product extends – A Note, A Letter, A Message.

Asperger East Anglia visual identity

Asperger East Anglia visual identity

Asperger East Anglia visual identity

Asperger East Anglia visual identity

Asperger East Anglia visual identity

Asperger East Anglia visual identity

Via: Identity Designed