Archive for the ‘Illustration’ Category

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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You gotta know how to get there. In style.

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Having a cool fiancée means I get a lot of say in the overall look of pretty much all of the wedding related things. For the most part it’s me saying “no” to a lot of ornamentation and yes to simple and traditional. Honestly, I’m pretty lucky that she has a similar aesthetic. Or, at least, also enjoys mine. Which means I get to use a lot of Futura!

I think I enjoyed making these directions the most. The goal for the invitation packet was to try and capture the feeling of the ’60s but keep it updated and modern – not to look like a prop from Mad Men. The invitations, reply cards, and directions are all printed on ivory colored paper or cardstock which adds to the old effect but is still in the tradition of wedding invitations created today. I’m happy with the results.

Guess the Fonts! 1955 Telephone Directory

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


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.

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:





Buy a copy. It’s worth it.

- Randy

Puffin Book and Illustrations

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Came across a Puffin Books logo from 1988. I knew it had to be a part of Penguin Books just from the oval ring around the puffin. Love the consistancy within divisions of this publishing company. This was on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


At first I thought this was Clarendon, which initially caught my attention. Then I tried Century, but the serifs were too thick. Thanks to WhatTheFont, this is actually Craw Modern Regular. Interesting, huh? Book was written by this guy in 1964. Love the upturned leg of the R.


The illustrations in this book are, to say the least, creepy. Is the style appropriate for this book? I don’t know, but I’ll be damned if I don’t like em. They are credited to Alfred A. Knopf, Inc 1973. Not sure who exactly drew them. Check out the set here.

This is Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine:


- Randy