Typography


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Jan 17

Behind the Stranger Things Title

if you, like many others, are hooked on Netflix’s Stranger Things, you’ll agree with me that besides the show’s great storyline and superb production, its 80s themed opening titles are refreshingly engaging thanks to the perfect combination of nostalgia – think Stephen King, Spielberg, John Carpenter, John Hughes, and a powerful, eerie synthesized track. If you’ve ever wondered who worked on the design or how it came to be, here’s a brief look into the process behind this beauty.
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Oct 16

Barth’s 36 Days of Type

Jordan Coelho, a freelance Graphic and Motion designer residing in France decided to join the 36 Days of Type challenge and animate 36 different explorations for each letter (and numbers) in the alphabet. If you enjoy Type and Motion Graphics, then you’re going to love this series.


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Oct 16

In case you want to update your desktop…

TheeBlog_GBTWwallpaper If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my recent post and are here to get your goodies. If you don’t, well, you can still get them :) So, last Friday I was playing with an acrylic marker and decided to test some lettering after a very long time. Then I realized “why not turn these letters into something I can always carry with me?” so I made a digital version that can be shared. So, if you want it, you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
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Mar 16

90 Minutes. US Soccer Official Typeface.

Like everyone else on the internet, I am sure you saw the new US Soccer crest unveiled yesterday HERE but what many people didn’t notice or know is that not only the logo has changed. A new official typeface called 90 Minutes was also created. In this short video, Tal Leming of Type Supply explains the inspiration and development of this new typeface. #ibelieve


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Jan 16

Raul Alejandro x Hallmark

TheeBlog-RaulAlejandro_Hallmark You may remember my homie Raul Alejandro from an interview back in 2014 (HERE), or you may recognize his work from your IG feed. I’ve always been a fan of Raul’s intricate and inspiring work, and his IG account is one I constantly share with students or type and lettering lovers. Today I am glad and proud to share Raul’s latest project/collaboration, with none other than Hallmark Signature cards. Each card in this new series features Raul’s lovely and signature lettering style, meaning that yes, these are definitely not your grandma’s cards! Check them out at the link below and buy one, or two :) Congrats again, brother!
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Sep 15

New Work: The Branding of Puerto Rico FC

TheeBlog_DiegoGuevara_PuertoRicoFC Whoa! It’s been a long time since my last ‘work’ post (HERE), which luckily is not always a bad thing as it either means it’s been really busy or that my days simply don’t have enough hours. So, to make it up, today I want to share a new project I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks, and that at the risk of sounding like a bad parent choosing between kids, might be my favorite, not only because of its über cool factor, but also because of how it happened, what it represents not only to me as a Designer and soccer/football lover but also to a beautiful island and its energetic, proud and supportive people. Oh, and of course, because I got to meet and work with an amazing client and group of people I can now call friends :) Today I want to share the process behind the design and branding of Carmelo Anthony’s (yup, that NBA Carmelo) Puerto Rico official NASL soccer team, Puerto Rico FC.
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Jul 15

Before there was Photoshop

I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard the famous “in my day…” at least once during our career. But when it comes to Design, there really is a before and after. Particularly when we talk about the difference computers made in this industry. Some of us are too young to even know most of the old tools, and methods. Some of us are the type of masochist – like myself – that would learn and experiment with them out of love for the craft or to learn more about Design. Lynda, in collaboration with Sean Adams, released a video demonstrating what it took to design a simple ad before there was any computers or Adobe applications. If you’re definition of old design tools starts with Adobe CS3, I suggest you check out this video :)


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Jul 15

Alphabet of the Countries

TheeBlog_AlphabetofCountries When it comes to logos and branding, we all have different ideas, preferences and taste… but I believe that most of us can agree that ‘country logos’ are usually not the best – specially those who still think that a cutesy hand/brush rendered wordmark surrounded by 75 colors works. Russian designer Pavel Zertsikel explored a different approach, designing custom lettering logos for different countries while creating a lovely alphabet series. His project Alphabet of the Countries is not finished yet, but as you’ll see after the jump, it’s off to a GREAT start!
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May 15

Pressing On

Pressing On is a documentary examining the relevance of a physical process that is anything but modern. As the individuals who have kept letterpress alive are aging quickly, irreplaceable knowledge and techniques stand in danger of being lost forever. However, there is hope. A dedicated faction of young printers, designers, and hobbyists are on a quest to preserve this art. Pressing On explores the historic culture, the close community, and the remarkable craftsmen who are making letterpress thrive. Luckily, this project has been fully funded through Kickstarter which means we will get to enjoy it soon :) Well done, Internet!


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May 15

Lovely type music video by Husbands

TheeBlog-Husbands_Dream Remember the days when networks like the old MTV or The BOX actually cared and played music videos? I mean, who didn’t get inspired by a Michael Jackson, or Biggie video? Well, that ain’t happening no more. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean recording and visual artists out there stopped caring. Cauboyz is a french design team who designed a lovely music video for Husbands’ “Dream”, featuring crafted neon type. Yup, it is as good as it sounds. Check out the music video and the behind the scenes after the jump!
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Apr 15

A day with Jessica Hische

If you are a Type geek or a Designer, chances are you know who Jessica Hische is. For those of you not familiar with her work yet, this is a great way to meet her and discover her lovely work and impressive client roster including Starbucks, Target, Wes Anderson, The Wall Street Journal, MailChimp, and many more. Now that I’ve got you interested, get to know Jessica a little bit more thanks to this great video by the cool Like Knows Like folks.


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Feb 15

Notes to Myself

TheeBlog-NotestoMyself This one is for all you type and lettering lovers. I recently discover the great work of Australian designer and illustrator Luke Choice – specially his lettering project called “Notes to Myself” and had to share it. This series of typographic experiments based on random notes features interesting styles and colors that I am sure will inspire you. I mean, if you’re going to pin or post quotes around your office, make sure they are as cool as these. Enjoy them after the jump!
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Feb 15

FITC Tokyo 2015. Chaos & Control.

TheeBlog_FITCtokyo Branding a conference is always a tough task. But branding a creative conference is a monumental task. Not only because you’ll have thousands of designers analyzing and disecting each piece – for good or bad – but because the concept and execution bar has been set really, really high. FITC is one of the few conferences that constantly delivers beautiful concepts through collaborations with great artists around the world, and as usual, they have outdone themselves this year with the release of the new FITC Tokyo conference branding. But as if the beautiful design was not enough, the recently launched opening titles, created by a team of superstars including Ash Thorp, Andrew Hawryluk, Michael Rigley, Albert Omoss, Chris Bjerre, Alasdair Willson, Nicolas Girard, Franck Deron – Yup, talk about a badass dream team – is one that will make you feel warm inside, fall in love even more with type+animation, and make you want to book your trip to Tokyo. Motiongrapher interviewed these great artists about their experience and online collaboration, and here are some of my favorite excerpts.
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Jan 15

Portrait of a Letterpress Printer

William Amer is a letterpress printer and instructor based in New South Wales, Australia who learned the beautiful art and craft of letterpress at a very young age when his father moved to Australia in 1955. What’s even better, he still operates his amazing machinery and teaches the craft to young students in order to keep this art alive. The great folks at Of Two Lands visited William and produced a lovely short documentary that will surely inspire you and make you smile. Enjoy!


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Nov 14

TheeBlog Q&A Sessions: Raul Alejandro

TheeBlog_RaulAlejandro-Draw_ul It is no secret that I am a huge Type and Lettering geek. And as such, I make a point to always follow or connect with artists I admire and whose work continually inspire me. Raul Alejandro, also known as Draw_ul online is one of these artists, and since I’ve known him for a while, I invited him for a fun interview I want to share today. I’ve been connected with Raul via Instagram for a couple of years, and we’ve always exchanged messages or emails about his work, inspiration, and this interview as I’ve always wanted to share his work, his story and his impressive evolution as a lettering artist. If you are a Type geek like us, and even if you’re not, I am sure you will enjoy this interview and fall in love with his work. Enjoy!
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Sep 14

Chicago Bound!

TheeBlog-Chicago_Bean As most of you probably know already from my latest interview with Armin Vit (HERE), I am on my way to Chicago for this year’s Brand New Conference (hope to meet some of you there!) , so there won’t be any posts this week :( But it’s not all sad news. Make sure to check Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as I will be sharing photos, behind the scenes, and talks by some amazingly talented speakers I can’t wait to meet. See you on ‘the social media’.


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Sep 14

Live the Language. 50 Years.

TheeBlog-LivetheLanguage_50Years If you know me well, or if you’ve taken one of my classes, you know how important good Type is for me and what a sucker I am for anything that involves beautiful typography. EF launched a series of Type videos called ‘Live the language‘ a couple of years ago, and we enjoyed them (HERE and HERE). Yesterday, I received a message from Hedvig at EF, sharing their latest video… and it is as lovely as the previous ones. Although, it saddened me to see that after the 90s, Typography has not have a truly iconic look like previous decades. The Type drops at the 90s mark, and then all we get is a generic text bubble :(
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Sep 14

A day with Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh is a New York City designer, art director and illustrator. She is a partner at design studio Sagmeister & Walsh and her work has won numerous global design awards constantly inspires designers and students around the world – what really matters ;) This lovely documentary features some of Jessica’s work, story, and daily routine, including her latest personal project ‘40 days of dating’.


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Sep 14

Reasons to be Creative – Opening Titles

The always inspiring folks at From Form have created a sweet new masterpiece, this time for Reasons to be Creative 2014. Their ability to use everyday objects or materials to create beautiful and unique videos is remarkable and refreshing. Not to mention their dedication, passion and attention to even the smallest detail. If you are in London make sure you check out this conference!


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Aug 14

Secrets of a Signwriter

Sign painting is an art form with a long and rich history. For many years, storefronts, murals, banners, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. Unfortunately, technology and ‘faster/cheaper’ methods of printing took over this field, forcing many talented artists to retire. Fortunately, videos like John Mayer’s Album artwork or films like Sign Painters have successfully documented the skill, love, and appreciation for quality and craftsmanship that makes this trade so unique and captivating. Today, I want to share a moving portrait about one of the last original signwriters in Wales. Enjoy.


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Aug 14

Coffee + Lettering by Rob Draper

TheeBlog_RobDraper One of the many things I love about Type/Lettering is its flexibility and range. While most designers or letterers have their signature style or method, there are many who constantly explore different materials and mediums. This is the case of the beautiful lettering work of Rob Draper, a talented UK based freelance designer, artist, illustrator and typographer. Rob uses coffee cups as canvases for his intricate letters and illustrations, giving the pieces a lovely new perspective. Check out some of his work after the jump!
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Jul 14

World Cup x Nike Typography

TheeBlog_WorldCupTypography The World Cup is not only a football tournament. It is also a massive marketing circus in which brands compete for attention and supremacy (and by brands I mean Adidas and Nike). As ‘visual people’ we’re always checking and comparing jerseys, but this time, there’s something else to focus on, Typography! I was telling friends how much I enjoyed the Netherlands kit and Type, and recently I found out why I liked it so much. It was created by Wim Crouwel. I knew about Neville Brody’s involvement in the England kit, but I was not aware of Wim Crouwel’s work for the Dutch team… This great interview by the folks at DesignBoom featuring Stu McArthur, design director at NIKE, explains these collaborations and the Design process. Check out the interview HERE
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Jun 14

Animography

TheeBlog-Animography When it comes to animating Type, there’s a plethora of techniques and unique styles – and they are all great! There’s something special and captivating about seeing how people interpret letters, and how many ways of bringing them to life exist. If you enjoy seeing animated letters like I do, then you will love this new site. Animography.net is a webshop/typefoundry that provides motion designers, video-editors and others in the field of the moving image with high quality customizable, scalable, animated typefaces.
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May 14

Beautiful Book Covers by Mike Mahle

TheeBlog-BookCovers_MikeMahle You know that old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I say Why not?. As a Designer, I proudly consider myself a visual judger, specially when it comes to items I want to purchase, read or wear. For the record, know that I am not talking about people. In that case, if she looks like a wslut, chances are, she is a slut. But we can talk about that some other time… Back to the point. Book cover design is one of the oldest forms of Design and today I want to share a collection of new covers combining great illustrations with lovely Typography, designed by Mike Mahle for Rock Paper Books featuring classics like Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, and The Art of War. And keep on judgin’!
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May 14

Self Initiated: Daren Newman

When it comes to Lettering and Typography, there are so many talented and inspiring artists that it becomes difficult to choose what to post sometimes (don’t worry, they’re all going up!) Today I want to share the beautiful work of Daren Newman through a short film which covers his history, inspirations and process. It also features some snippets of exclusive new work for Leicacraft.com Enjoy!