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

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…

American designer and illustrator Lou Brooks (born 1944 in Pennsylvania) has been in the game longer than most. You know the little Monopoly guy in the top hat? Lou drew that. He witnessed the entire digital revolution and as such, remembers using tools and materials most of us spring chickens have never even heard of.

Whether you are old enough to have used a Grapho-Scope, Shading Film, Non-Repro Blue Pencils and Letraset, or whether your first introduction to design was Adobe CS5, check out the online Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies curated by Lou himself. It will either fill you with nostalgia or puzzlement!

A few examples from the museum’s Artifacts Gallery:

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Found via CreativePro.

Friday find: Book cover 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…

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!

Here are a few, but this is only scratching the surface:

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Daily Book Graphics

Visit the Daily Book Graphics project by Julian Montague for more. Found via ISO50.

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:

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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:

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Some smokey lettering by Pablo Alfieri:

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Explore Fontdeck’s typographic advent calendar:

Typedeck 100th post

Hot lettering by Studio Muti:

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Editorial illustration by Telegramme Studio via Black Harbour:

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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:

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

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From Kyle Read’s inspiration Tumblr:

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

Screenshot of their maintenance page:

Typedeck 100th post

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

Friday find: Flight thru Instruments, 1945

How awesome is this rare military flight manual from 1945? That front cover couldn’t be more perfect.

An excerpt from the foreword:

The pilot who cannot fly through instruments, therefore, consigns himself and his plane to a part time job and places both in the premodern era where usefulness was limited by the amount of daylight and visibility.

Flight thru Instruments, 1945

Flight thru Instruments, 1945

Flight thru Instruments, 1945

Via: Prof. Michael Stoll’s Flickr

Wish list: Explorations in Typography / Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting

This beautiful typographic reference book with its yellow gilded edges looks like an absolute must-have.

This beautiful typographic reference book with its yellow gilded edges looks like an absolute must-have.

With Explorations in Typography Carolina de Bartolo guides the reader through 24 chapters each exploring different typesetting techniques. Read Patrick Barber’s review for a more thorough account of what to expect from the book.

Explorations in Typography by Carolina de Bartolo

Explorations in Typography by Carolina de Bartolo

Explorations in Typography by Carolina de Bartolo

Explorations in Typography by Carolina de Bartolo

Carolina took two years to complete the book, but what makes it all the more impressive is that this San Francisco based lecturer went the DIY route and published it herself. After finding that the idea was a hard sell for traditional publishers, she had to figure things out as she went along and eventually founded her own publishing company.

Explorations in Typography’s website is certainly worth a visit too. Using a range of web fonts from Typekit, the home page offers an interactive experience in exploring typesetting techniques, each with annotations explaining the merits of the resulting layout.

Wish list: TypoShirt One

TypoShirt One claims to be the first book to focus exclusively on typography in t-shirt design and features over 1700 designs from around the world, covering independent artists to global brands.

T-shirts seem like one of those things that have just always been around, yet the truth is they only claimed their rightful place as a popular wardrobe item around 50 years ago!

TypoShirt One claims to be the first book to focus exclusively on typography in t-shirt design and features over 1700 designs from around the world, covering independent artists to global brands. Compiled by Magma Brand Design in Karlsruhe, Germany and published by Index Book in Barcelona, it looks like a must-have for any type / t-shirt enthusiast.

TypoShirt One

TypoShirt One

TypoShirt One

TypoShirt One

TypoShirt One

TypoShirt One

TypoShirt One

TypoShirt One
Jon Contino featured
TypoShirt One
Emil Kozak featured

Via: Emil Kozak.