Archive for November, 2009

6 Panel Book From Graphic Design 1

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

I believe this was the last project from my Graphic Design 1 class back in the Community College days. I was young, naive, and knew pretty much nothing about typography. I think Goudy Stout was my favorite font at the time, but I’ve since matured.

Anyway, here are the details:
1. No computers! Couldn’t touch em during the semester.
2. Use two different magazines to combine an image with text.
3. 6 square panels including cover.
4. Black and white only.
5. Only tools were photocopier, xacto knife, and rubber cement.

My best guess is that each individual panel needs to convey the message (in this case, love) as well as when all six are combined. I’ll be the first to admit my craftsmanship needed improvement. I was a freshman, give me a break!

The 6 panel book:
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panelbook5

panelbook6

- Randy

Guess the Fonts! 1955 Telephone Directory

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

telephone

My parents keep everything. So, I wasn’t shocked when I saw a 1955 telephone directory in their living room the other day. I love finding genuine things from the period. Mad Men is great and all, but these things aren’t retro inspired, thet are legit. And, I like things that weren’t designy (sp?). It’s a phone book that shows that these types that are thought of as modern and wonderful today, were, really just the types they used. Obviously they were modern types, and that was conscience, but I love the mix of 19th and 20th century on the same page. And, you gotta love 50s illustration.
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alphabeasties and other Amazing Types

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

My copy of alphabeasties and other Amazing Types came in today. A big thank you to the good sir over at Grain Edit for letting me know about the book. Each letter of the alphabet is made into an animal using just one letter. For example, a hippopotamus is made up of h’s.

Loving everything about this book, including:
1. the funnest copyright page I’ve ever seen.
2. some pages have fold-outs like the aligator.
3. along with a big animal on each page, there are also little drawings like a fence of f’s.
4. grass is made of the word grass written over and over again.
5. guessing which font was used for each animal…there is a key at the end.

This was the kinda stuff I really enjoyed early on in the graphic design program. Playing around with letterforms and such. Say what you want, this is much more than a children’s book. It’s fun for grown ups like me who love type.

Thank you designers: Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss of Werner Design Werks, Inc. I will be following your work for now on. By the way, Sharon and Sarah, Clarendon is one of my favorite typefaces, too.

Check out some photos of the book:
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Buy a copy. It’s worth it.

- Randy