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Pencil to Pixel NYC by Monotype

Anyone who knows even the smallest thing about type is aware of Monotype. Their exhibition Pencil to Pixel came to NYC recently and this awesome little video is a behind the scenes look at the setup and then the week long show. The wall graphics bend from the walls onto the floors and crop interestingly at windows and other edges.

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Klinic Slab

The fonts released by the Lost Type Co-op are always amazing. Especially since they operate on a pay what you want model. Klinic Slab is a great example of this. Designed by Joe Prince this family includes 4 weights in both regular and italic. I am also loving the type specimen posted, pictured above which was made by Riley Cran.

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Instagram’s New Logo-mark

I have to say, despite being a designer and constantly judging the design I encounter everyday I did not notice the update to Instagram’s logotype until I heard buzz of it on the blogs. Under closer inspection, and maybe a little scrutiny I have to say that their updated logo-mark is a very beautifully crafted piece lettering. The existing brand is maintained, but so evidently improved. Some new elements or distinct changes are the use of a proper script s, cleaned up the a’s, and created a nice simplified I to begin the name. All in all I really like the new mark, hat tip to the designer Mackey Saturday. It is also really fun to compare the old and new logos in the images below, or at least I find it amusing.

It was always essential that the design maintained everything that we’ve all grown to know and love about Instagram while creating a logotype that was more refined, durable, and that positioned the brand for expansion. Looking to the past to inspire the future, the script connects with the nostalgia that Instagram was built from, maintains the important character of the original typeface, and places the brand in a unique and prominent position both in the current and future landscape.


Wayfinding at 33 Parkgate Road

All Design’s London office is in a refurbished Victorian era dairy in Battersea at 33 Parkgate Road. They share this building with a whisky distillery, a boxing gym, a slow food kitchen, an Arabic art gallery, and a bar. Recently All Design created an awesome custom wayfinding system to help visitors navigate the meandering walkways and halls that lead from the car park in to all the different spaces within.

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Grouper Social Club

Kyle Miller is a serious talent distinguishing himself in the LA design scene. His recent work for social startup Grouper Social Club is a clean and fun demonstration of his skills in brand identity and art direction. The collateral he designed for them is also a really nice extension of his awesome type and icon elements.

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Giant Garage Sale Newspaper

I have long wanted to design a newspaper from scratch, and when I first saw this project by Kelli Anderson I was immediately infatuated with it. Created for Martha Rosler’s recent Meta Monumental Garage Sale exhibition at MoMA. The paper also features some of Kate Bingaman Burt’s awesome illustrations.

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Coffee Supreme

Coffee Supreme looks like a coffee shop where I would really love to spend some time and hangout. The rebranding by Hardhat Design really helps them stand out in the coffee crowd. Lots of wonderful hand drawn type and a nice color palette are just a few of the elements that caught my eye.

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Pragmatica

Pragmatica is a beautiful modern typeface available from YouWorkForThem. The typeface was designed by ParaType (ParaGraph) in 1989-2004 by Vladimir Yefimov and Olga Chaeva and inspired by Helvetica (Neue Haas Grotesk) of Haas type foundry.


Bike Like a New Yorker

Mother New York created this great campaign for Transportation Alternatives an advocate of biking, walking and public transit in NYC. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and point people to BikeNYC.org especially the cities cyclers. The site includes event information as well as tips and deals. Mother’s design combining aerial shots with unique angles and bold gritty typographic quotes really channels what it is like to be a cyclist in New York.

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Reviving the Lands End Logo

Dan Cassaro recently worked on an update of the branding of classic American clothing brand Lands End. Cassaro’s style and approach leant itself to reviving some of the great vernacular and history of the brand. Including some visual and textual elements from earlier logo marks and designs. Imprint published a great interview with Cassaro on the subject of this redesign.

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Oak Long Bar

Oak Long Bar is a bar and restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. The establishment features a beautiful, ornate and bold rebranding designed by Jeshurun Webb formerly of Korn Design in collaboration with illustrator Brianna Nichols. The resulting palette created for the rebranding of OLB beautiful and delicate with a hand done craft like feel with out being kitschy or cute.

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Mr. Cup

The applications of Helvetica are infinite as most designers would agree. These wood letters by Mr. Cup are a great example of this. Made in Bali, cut from beautiful rich tones of wood these letters add an organic vibrance to the otherwise abrupt letterforms. The letters will be for sale individually soon, when the Mr. Cup online store launches.

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The World in London

The World in London is a public exhibition taking place in conjunction with the 2012 London Olympic Games. The exhibit is made up of 204 portraits, each photo is of an individual from each of the 204 countries participating in the games. An accompanying website tells the story of each of the individuals. Also worth noting is the amazing typeface New Rail Alphabet being used for all the exhibit branding and collateral designed by A2/SW/HK. Their design also features the 3 digit country code as a compositional and contextual element next to each one of the photos.

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Cassannet

Cassannet is a new typeface by Spanish multidisciplinary studio Atipo. In conjunction with the launch Atipo recreated the classic “Dubo, Dubon, Dubonnet” triptych by Cassandre photographically. The result is a nice take on the original, and is an extremely fitting promotion for the typeface. Another thing I am intrigued by is their pricing model for it. We have grown accustomed over the last two or three years to some designers and creatives using a “pay what you want” model, and they have now taken it one step forward. In addition to “pay what you want” you can also simply tweet to pay. This simple act of promoting Atipo and their typeface is actually significantly valuable and a great idea.


Hufnagel Cycles

The design work of Caleb Owen Everitt carries with it a wonderful sense of history. His work for Hufnagel Cycles is adds a great deal of that to their look and feel. The badges for the bikes and the t-shirts fit the brand so well, but also inject Everitt’s slant. I posted about some of his custom type work for Vans previously here.

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Mugly Coffee Roasters

St. Paul based design Joe Anderson aka Hip Street created this lively and appropriately tarnished branding for Mugly Coffee Roasters. The parts of the project which grabbed my attention were the smart poppy color palette and the unique custom type work. Distressed and vintage looking type can often look as though it is trying to hard. Where those examples fail Anderson succeeds by using a medley of fonts textures intertwined with some peculiar illustrative elements.

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Idlewild

The interweb was buzzing yesterday with praise for the newest release form Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Their new typeface named Idlewild is a strong sans-serif with five weights from a slender light up to a strong bold. It does justice to H&FJ’s existing archive by being flexible enough for infinite uses. From numeric applications, such as a clock or ruler, to sushi menus and vintage style car advertisements.

“A distinctive typeface that’s at home everywhere it goes.” – H&FJ

“That rarest of type families, Idlewild is a design whose distinct personality manages to embolden, not overwhelm, its surroundings.” – H&FJ

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Design Film Trilogy

I have been hoping and dreaming that Gary Hustwit would put together a box set of his Design Film Trilogy ever since I first saw the trailer for Urbanized. Following suit with the great design work Hustwit commissioned for his films the box set dons a minimal, but carefully detail packaging system designed by Build. I have not actually had the opportunity to inspect the immaculate looking contents, but I would have to say my favorite part is the book. There must be some intriguing and interesting tidbits tucked away in those pages of things that didn’t make it into the final edits of each of the films. The unfortunate truth remains that this was offered as a limited edition only to people who backed the Urbanized Kickstarter for $100 or more.

Gary can we please have a rerelease?

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Shifticons

Shifticons is a new creation by Weightshift Workshop the product design side of Weightshift. The app allows you to easily make and sell custom web icon web fonts.

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Typecache.com

Typecache is an amazing resource for designers. The number of type foundries is constantly growing and searching them all and keeping track of them would be a huge task, which Typecache now fills.

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