Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A kern-el of truth...

Ah! The kerning on the Casino Jack ads hurts my eyes. Painful. Just a thought...

Tunes for your Tuesday

Some music for you.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sky box

Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han created these installations in Washington state along the border of Canada. As "billboardless billboards," they frame the sky, making art out of nature. Read more about the project here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Teach Parents Tech

TeachParentsTech.org is sheer brilliance. 'Nuff said.

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

In this freezing cold weather (complete with a little bit of snowfall), these snowflakes (made with paper and scissors, like the ones we made in elementary school) remind me of the nice parts of winter. How pretty are they? I think attempting a much more basic version is going on my project list.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Numbers by Hoefler & Frere-Jones

Oh, hello, beautiful Numbers.
The always amazing Hoefler & Frere-Jones designed a package of 15 different number typefaces.

From their site:

For more than a century, typefounders considered numbers separately from the provision of other printing types. Nineteenth century type specimen books often displayed a separate section containing fonts of numbers alone, many of which contained unique features suited to specific kinds of settings. Fonts for tables contained digits designed to a standard width, so that columns would neatly align; those created for calendars contained forms such as "24/31" to accommodate orphan Sundays. The practice of creating specialized number fonts began to disappear at the beginning of the twentieth century, vanishing completely by the dawn of the digital age. But recognizing the usefulness of this practice, H&FJ has revived the tradition with its Numbers series of fonts.

The fonts in the Numbers series take their inspiration not from the history of printing types, but from other kinds of numbering familiar from the modern environment.

Included in the set are: Bayside modeled after ornamental house numbers, Claimcheck inspired by ticket stubs, Delancey from tenement doorways, Depot from vintage railcars, Deuce based on playing cards, Dividend from an antique check writer, Greenback based on U. S. currency, Indicia inspired by rubber stamps, Premium after vintage gas pumps, Prospekt based on Soviet house numbers, Redbird inspired by New York subways, Revenue from cash register receipts, Strasse after European enamel signs, Trafalgar inspired by British monuments, and Valuta after Hungarian banknotes.

Vintage board game

Vintage board game from the 1800's. Swoon.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Open Daybook

The Open Daybook is a calendar/journal/sketchbook. 365 artists contributed to the book, each creating a work of art for his/her assigned day of the year. The rest of the page is left blank, inviting the owner to contribute notes, sketches, or daily schedules. Because there is no year on the book, it can be used year after year as a perpetual calendar until the owner runs out of space. From the website, "As the owner of the book doodles, plans for the future and records the past, a second book is created, a collaboration in which each artist’s day becomes the owner’s day as well." Nice.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Come together

Loving Post Typography's illustration for the Washington Post.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dana Tanamashi

If you haven't seen her work yet, Dana Tanamashi makes really great hand-drawn typography with chalk. Fittingly, she currently works for Louise Fili (one of my design heroes I've mentioned many a time around here).

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lovers' lollipop

One of my favorite comedians, Demetri Martin, now has a site set up where he posts daily drawings. Here's the best one so far:

Color me happy

For a fun little coloring book/music video experience from the lovely Au Revoir Simone, click here.

P.S. Polka dotted cats are much cooler than normal cats.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mr. Po-stampy-head

Speaking of stamps...check out these fun stamps from the UK. The stamps and accompanying stickers allow you to make customized faces and outfits out of the pictures of fruits and vegetables. Genius!

(Via Letter Writers Alliance)

Postage stamp rugs

Postage stamp rugs? Okay...yes, please.

Converse SoHo

How cool is this installation at the new Converse store in SoHo? See more here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010