Emory Allen is a whimsical and painterly illustrator of beasts, expressive characters, and typography. About 80something days ago, he started a project called “An Exquisite Beast”, which I’ll just let him explain:
You know what, I’m not even going to post a piece of it, because the limited width of a blog post doesn’t do his work justice. So go to the site, and start a-scrollin’.
If I closed my eyes and imagined what I’d like my curriculum vitae to say— it may go something like this:
Senior Graphic Designer & Illustrator Rejane Dal Bello has been based in The Netherlands since 2004. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, she began her career working for renowned branding & design companies in Brazil.
After her BA in Graphic Design in Rio de Janeiro, Rejane went on to study under Milton Glaser at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She completed a MA at Post St Joost Academy in The Netherlands in 2006. During her MA, Rejane joined Studio Dumbar, a graphic design studio that has established a unique position in the Dutch Design scene.
Rejane is currently a Senior Design at Studio Dumbar, as well as a member of the faculty of Post St Joost Academy, where she teaches Graphic Design and Creative Process.
IMPRESSIVE, Rejane. Your work blows me away. Especially—the refreshing use of typography and color.
Yet another example of this is the Amsterdam-based powercouple PutGootink. Their work showcases everything I love about Dutch design. Super strong typography, subtle design, strong grid work and—overall balance.
Tyler Galpin and Riley Cran, each talented in their own rights, have merged their brains together to form a new site called the Lost Type Co-op. The idea is simple. Designers work on a typeface, they host the typeface on the Lost Type Co-op, type junkies like me go there and pay-what-I-want for any of their offerings, and the designers keep 100% of the profits. Everyone wins! Check it out.
This is what the stock market ticker should look like.
Created by Martin Bircher, Type Case is a low-resolution display with 125 rectangular pixels of different sizes. Looking at the case up close, it just looks like random flashing lights. Take a couple steps back and now a type form appears. By design, the subtle shadows created by those 125 LEDs gives a very calculated and distinct shape to the European type faces it produces.
I really appreciate the fact that you need to take a step back to really see and understand it. I always need to take a step back from my work / life to see it for what it really is.
Great type + great food, a marriage of two favorites that look so good you don’t want to ruin by eating. Anna Garforth created this tasty poster using biscuits. After seeing this, I want to dice up some cookie dough with an Exacto so bad. Okay, now I’m hungry. Check out the rest of Anna’s experimental work here.
LetterMpress is a will be a virtual letterpress environment (application), released first on the iPad that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The creators intend to introduce a service where a user can have their LetterMpress designs turned into authentic letterpress prints. They are hoping creatives will donate some coin to the cause and help make this happen. Peeps that donate $10 bucks or more receive a promo-code to download the app (when released), a print press thank you card and your name on their site. Though nothing can really capture the raw awesomeness and magical process of the real thing, this is a good step forward.
Brent Couchman is a Texas designer with a soft spot for Mexican coke gone west coast. He’s absolutely killing it this week on Friends of Type as their guest post’r. I’ve definitely got a few of his pieces for Fossil in my inspiration folder if nothing else than just for the brilliant color palettes and expertly simple design. Check out his site, or his prolific dribbble stream for more kick-assery.