Tag Archives: print

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 – 8/26/11

26 Aug

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.

Adam Garcia’s sketch blog
Sooooooo good.
(via Jeff Rogers/twitter)

The Noun Project
Very cool icon collection that is a great, free (as far as I can tell) resource for many types of icons.
(via Melanie Flagg)

Inker Linker
Fantastic list of printers (letterpress, offset, digital, screen printers) in various locations with short write-ups about each vendor. An awesome resource that I’m sure will keep growing.
(via Jessica Hische/twitter)

Legacy of Defeat
Decent selection of bad ass typefaces (free and inexpensive)
(via Dylan Moore)

Romania Ephemera
Colorful, great illustrations, and fantastic style. I love old stuff.
(via Steven Heller/twitter)

Ty Mattson

18 May


Ty Mattson is an Irvine, CA-based graphic designer, illustrator, interactive designer, and principal of Mattson Creative. He’s worked with such big-name brands as ABC, Apple, Cartoon Network, Coke, and Discovery Channel. What caught my eye was the series of poster designs he did for the Showtime show Dexter, which if you haven’t seen yet, block off a week or two and get caught up. The time lapse video is a fantastic peek into the mind of Ty Mattson and into the Dexter series. Knowing the meaning behind the illustrated objects makes this series even better. Here’s more about the Dexter posters.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for letterpress and birth announcements. Ty’s design of his son’s birth announcement is spot on. Perfect!

He also runs his business out of an old lima bean processing warehouse built in 1895. It’s really cool how they kept a lot of the old feel of the building and tied it in with the fresh, new materials. Check it out.

Great stuff, Ty. Keep it up and thanks for the inspiration!

(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

Amy Kirby

17 May

Amy Kirby is an NYC-based graphic designer who currently works for Roberts + Langer DDB in NYC. She previously worked at Crispin Porter + Bogusky where she did a mix of huge outdoor signage for Umbro, to t-shirt designs for the CP+B Fishing Tournament. She also runs her own wedding/stationary side business called Milk & Ice Cream. Through Milk & Ice Cream, she did her take on the Royal Wedding invitations, which were full of nice touches that would have made any “normal” bride extremely happy. But, noooooo, the actual invitations were stuffy, boring, and cream-colored. BLAH! Vibrant colors, nice patterns, and a sprinkle of royal imagery is what makes these faux invitations fantastic.

Great stuff, Amy!

John Passafiume

10 May


John Passafiume is a Brooklyn, NY-based graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer who has created some really impressive stuff. He works for Louise Fili in NYC; a logo, packaging, restaurant, and book design specialist, where he has created a book cover for the new Steven Heller/Louis Fili colaboration, Scripts, as well as the always awesome, Blue Q. Although John’s done some outstanding work at his 9-5, the piece that really stands out to me is a hand-lettered wedding invitation for his friends, Alex & Adela.

Before John joined the corporate design world, he spent 700 hours creating a 32 x 40 inch, hand-drawn/typeset masterpiece he calls “(Process).” He said this piece was a kind of backlash against modern design culture and pop culture in general. I’d say so. Hand typesetting a piece of that size and that much small type is crazy, especially since he created this while taking time off from using his computer because of some wrist trouble (carpal tunnel?).

All of that work wasn’t all for naught. John has won such honors as “Best of Student Work” and a Gold Louie at the XXIV Louie Awards in Louisville, a “Best of Show” at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications National Student Show, where he also received a scholarship for typography from Neenah Paper. He also won a trip to New York for the 87th Art Director’s Club of NY Awards, where he was the only student participant to win a “Gold Cube.” Passafiume was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, which is widely known as “the Oscars of the design world,” where he won his category, Print Communications. “(Process)” was also selected to be in Print Magazine‘s 2009 Regional Design Annual, and at the National American Advertising Federation (AAF) Addy Awards in Atlanta, he took home the “Gold Award” and “Special Judge’s Award.” John was honored with The 55th Type Director’s Club Competition’s “Citation of Typographic Excellence” and was selected as “Judge’s Choice.”  The piece has been shown in galleries around the world, including China, Argentina, Ireland and Malaysia, and a design professor in Tokyo has asked for a copy of the piece to show his typography students.

Fantastic work, John!

(via Dan Cassaro/twitter)

Ed Nacional

9 May

Ed Nacional is a NYC-based freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer with a cool style. His designs are simple and graphic and have a vintage feel (60s, 70s), sometimes utilizing textures, other times as clean as they come. Ed has done editorial illustration work for Time Magazine, The New York Times, and Money Magazine, all having a clever sense of humor about them. His info graphics are wonderful and smart. When necessary, he’s even used old newspaper or from his collection of neck ties (acquired from his dad, bought at flea markets, or thrift stores, as well as a few brand new ones) to create type. Very cool, Ed!

(via The Live Now Project)

Chris Streger

2 May

Chris Streger is a New York City-based graphic designer, illustrator, and art director who’s super clean style has allowed him to design for Kraft, Nike Golf, Burger King, and Domino’s Pizza. He spends his weekdays working at the legendary Saatchi & Saatchi, NY, designing, concepting, and generally holding-it-down for Toyota. Chris previously worked for heavy-hitters, Crispin Porter + Bogusky. I guess you could say that Chris is pretty damn good.

He also started something called “To Resolve Project.” It was an idea that sprouted from a conversation with his girlfriend, then turned into an open invitation to designers and illustrators everywhere to create an iPhone wallpaper based on their new year’s resolution. He figured since most of us look at our phones (iPhones or not) everyday, why not have it remind you of your (or someone else’s) resolution? Nice idea. Check them out on Chris’ blog.

Another cool thing that Chris has done (and where I stumbled across him and his work) was he illustrated designer and illustrator Jon Ashcroft‘s tweet one day. Here’s the link to dribbble. Awesome stuff.

(via Jon Ashcroft)

Design is Everything is Design

14 Apr

In November of 2010, Josh Higgins started a project with his mentor and teacher Doyald Young, which was to be a gift from the both of them to a mutual friend. Sadly, Doyald passed away before this project was completed. Josh contacted Jessica Hische to see if she would create a beautiful design using the phrase “Design is Everything is Design.” Luckily, she did, then had it letterpressed on 15 x 20  Classic Crest 130 lb Solar White stock, for what I image to be an incredibly beautiful and tactile finished piece*.

The proceeds from the sale of these posters will raise money for a type scholarship in Doyald’s name.

Side story: I had the chance to hear Doyald Young speak when I was fresh out of design school (around 2001). Some friends and I went to a talk he was doing outside of Baltimore. We had a chance to speak with Doyald after his talk and ask him some questions. Being right out of school, talking to someone of his caliber was pretty awesome. He had a few books for sale at his table, two of which I was interested in buying, but I didn’t have enough cash. Trustingly, Doyald told me to take them and send a check to him later. He gave me his business card and wished us luck in the design field. I was touched that someone would trust a complete stranger to send them a fair sum of money (around $100 if I recall correctly). I will never forget that as long as I live.

*As I finished typing this, the remaining few posters were sold. I’m glad I snagged one before they were all gone.

(via Jessica Hische)

Vicki Young

12 Apr

Vicki Young, a multidisciplinary designer living and working in London, gives her top ten tips for starting your own business. I’d say this is good advice for anyone in the design field. I especially like #9 and #10. There is “no place for negativity” and “anything is possible.”

Vicki also has some nice work, proven by her 2010 Baby Pencil, a D&AD student award. Check it out.

(via D&AD)

Mark Weaver

7 Apr

Mark Weaver is an Atlanta, GA-based freelance graphic designer and illustrator who’s style I’d call vintage sci-fi futurism. He has done design/illustration jobs for a bunch of printed periodicals, including The New York Times, WIRED Magazine, Fast Company Magazine, and The Washington Post. I love Mark’s color usage for all of his pieces.

In 2009, he also did a design-a-day project he called “Make Something Cool Every Day,” which is something I tried for a little while. I did it for 2 days. Apparently I suck and Mark rules. 170 > 2.

Good stuff, man.