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friday blinks – 5/11/12

11 May

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Poster series designed in the spirit of public radio
Minneapolis, MN-based illustrator/designer Ross Bruggink illustrated a series of posters based on his four favorite NPR radio shows. Ross has been so kind as to provide said illustrations as high-res, downloadable jpgs. Download. Print. Share. Thanks Ross!
(via Ross Bruggink/twitter)

Aaron Draplin talks with some Young Creative Brits

The Young Creative Council sits down (via Skype) with Mr. DDC himself, Aaron Draplin. Go to art school if you can, work late, and make cool shit. Wise words from a honest, wise man.
(via Aaron Draplin/twitter) (via Young Creative Council/twitter)

NYC in (stop)motion

This amazing look at New York City highlights the fact that this city never sleeps, utilizing crazy stop-motion techniques. Photos/video by Rochester, NY-based Josh Owens.
(via Matt Knisely/twitter) (Josh Owens/twitter)

Fail Better

Very neat, hand-cut paper look illustration video showing how to keeping your nose on the grind stone…again and again and again.
(via Greg Fisk/twitter)

Ferocious Quarterly, Issue 3

Team Ferocious and friends have done it again. No.3: “Be Prepared.” The survival issue is on the presses and looks to be available next Wednesday (5/16) through their website and in stores in June. From the preview, it looks amazing.
(via Ferocious Quarterly/twitter) (via Nate Utesch/twitter)

In other news…
I discovered some designers via twitter this week, two of which just launched new sites. Their collective work is really great. Check them out and follow them on their respective channels.

Chris Rushing: New York City-based designer and illustrator
(via Patrick Macomber/twitter)(via Chris Rushing/twitter)

Brent Couchman: San Francisco, CA-based designer and illustrator
(via Evan Stremke/twitter) (via Brent Couchman/twitter)

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friday blinks – 4/13/12

13 Apr

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

100+ Pictograms
Designer Daniel Bruce has crafted some really slick-looking pictograms for free download/use. Thanks man! Great stuff.
(via Nate Navasca/twitter)

Brian Cummings website
Designer and illustrator Keenan Cummings created a website for his dad, who is a very talented voice actor. I followed the faces as Keenan created them on dribbble (1, 2, 3), and the end result is really awesome. I love how each one of the faces ties into a specific type of voice. Oh, and check out the little flying Brian Cummings twitter bird. Nice touch!
(via Keenan Cummings/dribbble)

Mercedes makes an “invisible” car

(via Mike Metz/twitter)

Edgar Pin-up calendar
No, it’s not what you’re thinking. No scantily-clad ladies here. Just old fashioned-looking photos pared with a magical grid of dates below. WOW.
(via Under Consideration/twitter)

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2012 Sneak Peek
Jeff Finley, founder of WMC Fest, leaks the the speakers and most of the featured designers for this year’s Fest-tivities. It looks like a solid line-up. I really hope I can make it out this year.
(via Jeff Finley/twitter)

In other news…
Austin, TX-based type wizard Simon Walker launched his new site recently. Check it out. It’s totally bad ass.
(via Simon Walker/twitter)

I have decided to switch up the look of friday blinks. I’m going to go through the Pantone book, starting with PMS 100, and include quotes, along with the date and PMS number. Hope you like it.

friday blinks – 3/16/12

16 Mar

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks. Sorry there are only 2 links this week. I’ve been crazy busy lately and haven’t been paying much attention to my twitter feed.

Design Resources for people who design things and then print them
A fantastic resource for print designers.
(via Amelia Liarakos)

Instagram for people who love type
Fontli, a social network for type enthusiasts, accessible through your iPhone, can be used to take, share, and even research the usage of just about any typeface out there. What I find really cool and a great resource/idea is that you can tag it with the font name, designer, or foundry. Only connected to MyFonts, though.
(via Erik Spiekermann/twitter)

Free Font Friday
30 Free Fonts list from DesignModo (via GoMedia/twitter)

friday blinks – 2/3/12

3 Feb

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Icons, icons, and icons
An impressive amount of super high quality icons done by Tim Boelaars.
(via Taylor Pemberton/twitter)

The Office of Nature Blog
Run by designer and illustrator Katherine Patton, this blog is a very nice “collection of neat things.”
(via Mikey Burton/twitter)

New Desks for a new Studio
522 Industries build two beautiful desks for Title Case, the new San Francisco-based studio of Jessica Hische and Erik Marinovich (1/2 of Friends of Type).
(via Jessica Hische/twitter)

The Eye Writer
Artist Tony Quan was diagnosed with ALS, and lost the ability to use almost all of his body, except his eyes and brain. With the help of some crafty friends, he is able to draw and create art again. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get chills from this video.
(via Greg Christman/twitter)

Ira Glass on Storytelling
Nice, short video explaining how creative people go through stages of work.
(via Dave Yakley/twitter)

Free Font Friday
Archive by Slava Kirilenko (via Hannes Beer/twitter)

In other news…
If you didn’t see yesterday, I made a post about my trip to two of Roanoke’s print shops, Press Press Merch and Appalachia Press. Ad2 Roanoke was behind this great lunchtime tour. Check it out if you haven’t already.

friday blinks – 1/27/12

27 Jan

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Behind the Scenes look at Treasure Island for iPad
Matt Cruickshank takes a look back through his process of illustrating Treasure Island for the iPad by Space Dog Books. I got the book and started checking it out with my 3 year-old son. We’ve been having a lot of fun with it. What a wonderful experience.
(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

Aesthetic Apparatus Kickstart a kick-ass typeface
The Minneapolis-based design/poster rock stars are at it again. This time, designing a slick, bevelled typeface, which was featured on their wildly-popular “Yes, We’re/Sorry, We’re” vinyl signs. Go on, you know you want to back this project and support the AA guys in their global graphic design domination. This project has been 100%+ backed, so you have a few more days to get a good deal on some other goodies.
(via Aesthetic Apparatus/twitter)

The Scamihorn’s Christmas Card
The super-talented illustrator and designer Aaron Scamihorn created a tasty holiday card.
(via Riley Cran/twitter)

A Hundred Monkeys Glider
Designed by Mikey Burton, letterpress printed by The Cranky Pressman. Awesome detail, and all in 2-color. Very impressive!
(via Mikey Burton/twitter)

How Pencils are Made
I love the show How It’s Made, and what an interesting process.
(via UCDA/twitter)

FREE FONT FR-FR-FRIDAY
Static by Slava Kirilenko (via Hannes Beer/twitter)
Woodshop, handmade by the generous and super-talented Nick Slater (via Nick Slater/twitter)

In other news…
I saw a great quote on twitter from Denver-based designer Scott Hill:
“Not allowing employees to claim their work, discouraging outside design work, and brow-beating is the design of old. Respect your employees.”
Amen, brother. The aforementioned scenario sounds a lot like my previous employer. Glad I (and others I worked with) moved on.

friday blinks – 7/22/11

22 Jul

Here is a list of sites I’ve come across throughout the week that I think are worth sharing. I call it friday blinks:

If M.C. Escher was a type designer, Designed by Marc Böttler
The 2-D/3-D mix is crazy.
(via Chank Diesel/twitter)

Genoa Travel Poster process by Jude Landry
This is really cool, especially if you are a fan of
(via Mikey Burton/twitter)

Gigantic SVA tile mosaic by John Passafiume and Dana Tanamachi
This is freaking amazing. I really want to go to NYC to check this out in person.
(via Jessica Hische/twitter)

RBNo2 font, free light and light alternative weights
Nice and free.
(via Hannes Beer/twitter)

Plastic Spoon poster by Max Temkin
Smart. simple, and sold out.
(via Rachel DeLauder, writer/editor, co-worker, good friend)

In other news…

I got drafted on Dribbble by the very talented and smart Tymn Armstrong about a month ago. I finally was able to get some stuff done that I thought was decent enough and posted three shots. Check it out.

friday blinks – 7/15/11

15 Jul

Here is a list of sites I’ve come across throughout the week that I think are worth sharing. I call it friday blinks:

Symbolism breakdown of Jon Ashcroft’s Momentus Project Piece
A fantastic view into the very sharp mind of Jon Ashcroft and his Momentus Project submission.
(via Jon Ashcroft/twitter)

Process in 140
Great way to share your process, albeit a 140 character limit.
(via Modea/twitter)

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Typography
A-mazing.
(via Chank Diesel/twitter)

Sapling Press’ “Dear Blank” cards
So witty. So great.
(via Chris Gustin, writer extrodinare)

Weston font by Pavel Pavlov for FontFabric
Very nice headline typeface and it’s free.
(via Hannes Beer/twitter)

In other news…

Matt Stevens’ Max100: The Book Project was fully funded earlier this week! Big congrats to Matt and all of the work he put into this project. I can’t wait to see the book. Oh, and you have a week left to add some money and get some great stuff in return.

The Momentus Project, created and curated by Evan Stremke, is in full swing. Check out the absolutely fantastic illustration work so far.

nice and free typefaces

20 Apr

Type rules everything around me, TREAM. Get the serif…ehh, nevermind.

Some typefaces are really nice, but expensive. Then, there are ones that are free but are meh. But sometimes you have the illusive ” nice AND free” typeface. Here are some I’ve discovered lately:

Condensed Milk by Chank Co.

Broken Dreams by Chank Co.

Muncie by the Lost Type Co-op

A collection of really nice, opentype typefaces from the League of Moveable Type

25 high-quality typefaces from Smashing Magazine

Revival typeface set from Igino Marini