Posts Tagged ‘Typeface’

The Olympics is a place where dreams come true — including for designers, who create everything from the logos to the tickets, the mascots to medals for every Games.

To finish all of the Olympics collateral in time, the Olympic design committee outsources the different jobs to various local firms. These projects can overlap across mediums, leaving two firms to indirectly throw in together on a project. Case in point: the Rio 2016 logo was made by Brazil’s Tátil Design de Ideias (Behance profile) , while the Olympic font — and yes, there is an exclusive Olympic font — was constructed by Dalton Maag, a British typeface firm that has a satellite office in Brazil. The process offers a unique case study on collaboration, one where two firms from different cultures must work off each other to produce final products that will surely be seen by hundreds of millions of people.

To learn more please visit: How the 2016 Olympic Logo and Font Were Created – LINK

Here is an opportunity to look at the behind-the-scenes graphic design work for the movie Beauty and the Beast; a closer look at their countdown social campaign before the release. I like the choice of the font throughout this whole campaign although not used everywhere. You will notice there is a different design depending on the representation of the movie scene. Props to the work from Sean Hobman who is a freelance art director/designer working with the folks from Watson DG who are pretty known in working with various Hollywood releases.

Published on Behance, this is a project in collaboration between Sean Hobman and the mighty folks from Watson DG. They are both located in different location from London, UK to Los Angeles, California.

Communication Arts magazine has revealed the winners of its 20th annual Interactive competition. Thirty-eight projects were selected by a jury of creative professionals, out of 1,333 entries were submitted to the competition.

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The selected projects will be reproduced in the March/April 2014 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and on the iPad, with more than 45,000 copies distributed worldwide.

To learn more please visit: Communication Arts – LINK

RC Cars of Boston just moved into a new retail store conveniently located at 471 Eastern Avenue Malden, MA 02180. I was provided the unique task of developing and designing their identity including logo, stationery, advertising, outdoor signage, etc. All the deliverables included creative direction, copywriting, art direction and design.

They are a local hobby shop offering a full line of RC Cars, Parts and Accessories including: Traxxas, H.P.I, Arrma, LOSI, and Team Associated vehicles, aluminum parts, RPM parts, nitro fuel and all accessories. Stop by and take advantage of the TRAXXAS Power Up programs — and check out our Traxxas test drive facility, where you can test drive a Traxxas vehicle before you buy it.

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RC Cars of Boston – 471 Eastern Ave , Malden MA 02148  |  781.324.1999

To learn more please visit: RC Cars of Boston – LINK

The 2013 Social Good Design Awards is calling for submissions of graphic design projects with the power to incite meaningful change in the way we live our lives.

Last year, the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) received over 200 submissions from around the world. This year’s So Good design concept came from Entro | G+A.

Judges include Dmitri Siegel, VP, E-commerce & Executive Creative Director, Patagonia, David Berman RGD, author of Do Good Design: How Design Can Change our World.
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Winning entries will be featured on the RGD website, in a printed catalogue (5,000 copies) and a free iPad app, as well as recognized at the 2013 DesignThinkers Conference.

The deadline for entries is no later than 5:00pm on Monday July 15, 2013.

To learn more please visit: RGD – LINK

To observe its 50th anniversary of publishing, GDUSA is presenting selected results all year of a massive poll about who you respect and what you admire.

Last time around, the magazine listed it’s “readers choice” of the most influential graphic designers and firms of the past 50 years.

This time around, GDUSA looks at a selection of the greatest logos of the past half century. Highlights include the CBS eye, the Woolmark and The Rolling Stones logo.

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To learn more please visit: 50th Anniversary Survey – Logos – LINK

ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography, on view at the Bauhaus Archive from May 8 to August 5, 2013, is an interactive exhibition conveying milestones from the history of typography over more than 100 years.

The exhibition will offer a multisensory experience of the way in which one font is never equivalent to another. It will present classics of type design from the twentieth century, such as Bauhaus and Swiss typography, as well as postmodern standpoints and topical examples.

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ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography will gather together central theories, manifestos and stocktaking accounts of twentieth-century typography in the German-speaking countries and will present font patterns and insider typography magazines.

The central figures involved and important debates in the history of typography are also introduced – such as debates about legibility, about writing with small initial letters in German, and on the effects of digitization.

To learn more please visit: ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography – LINK

The 51st D&AD Awards is now open for entries. The pinnacle of creative achievement across the design, advertising and digital industries, the D&AD Awards have been running since 1962.

Unlike other shows, D&AD only awards work of the highest standard, meaning that the quantity of top awards given fluctuates year on year.

The Awards is open to companies and freelancers from all over the world. The deadline for entries is January 30, 2013.

51st D&AD Awards: Call for Entries – LINK

Pantone Canvas is a free online creative network powered by Behance. It is the first and only network built on the Behance platform with the ability to filter projects by color.

Pantone Canvas lets designers showcase and promote their work through digital portfolios to millions of creative users worldwide to connect with other creatives and potential clients. Users can upload an unlimited number of digital images to create an online portfolio that can be accessed from anywhere, including on mobile devices.

“Today’s employers are recruiting designers based on their talent and not on their location. Pantone Canvas is designed to introduce and connect the best creative talent with potential clients and employers,” commented Giovanni Marra, director of corporate marketing at Pantone. “Additionally, it’s a great way to share work and gather inspiration from other like-minded creative professionals.”

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Creatives can sync their Pantone Canvas and LinkedIn profiles with their account, allowing potential employers to view their portfolio directly from their LinkedIn profile. In addition, Pantone Canvas users have the opportunity for increased exposure, as Pantone will curate and promote the most innovative work on its website and social media channels.

Pantone Canvas – LINK

Organized by Communication Arts, Typography Competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering.

The competition is open to any typographic project first printed or produced from September 2011 through September 2012.

Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual.

The deadline for entries September 21, 2012.

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Our juried competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering. Any typographic project first printed or produced from September 2011 through September 2012 is eligible. Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

Communication Arts Typography Competition – LINK

The Center for Architecture and Occuprint invite the public to expand the visual language and cultural expression of the conversation on public space and freedom assembly by submitting poster designs that provoke thought and dialogue. Tahrir Square, Pushkin Square, and Zuccotti Park have demonstrated the timeliness of the conversation.

Participants may submit as many posters / designs as they would like for digital display in the exhibition. Participants are also invited to take part in an open design critique hosted by Occuprint at the Center for Architecture on September 7, 2012.

The deadline for submissions is August 20, 2012.

Upcoming Exhibitions – LINK

Material Matters: New Materials in Design discusses the vast range of materials that are available to us today, and highlights the advances predicted to prove seminal in the future.

The six chapters are divided by chemical composition – Metals, Glasses, Ceramics, Polymers, Composites and material Futures – and with every material featured, the book stresses the relevance of physical material properties.

Each material featured is presented with relevant manufacturer information, material properties and current and potential applications and includes the websites of manufacturers and research institutes, making this a handy reference book for the designer.

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Material examples include the newly developed metallic “microlattice,” now the lightest solid known on earth; Dow Corning’s “Deflexion,” a fabric capable of instantly hardening and “Graphene,” a material which, at 200 times the strength of structural steel despite being only one atom thick, has the potential to revolutionize the field of electronics.

The book also includes the work of cutting edge designers Marc Newson, Ross Lovegrove, Apple, NASA, Intel, Ron Arad and household names.

Material Matters – LINK

“Logos are a part of our everyday visual landscape, but few of us take the time to examine the thought and design that went into these symbols. Utilizing a silent vocabulary of colors, shapes, and typography, logo designers give a visual identity to companies, communicating personality and values to the consumer. From cave painting and mosaics, to modern agencies and freelance graphic designers, artists through the years have been rendering the complex down to the simple to communicate ideas to the world.”

The Art of Logo Design – VIDEO

Advertising Age is inviting young creatives from all over the world to design a global-themed cover for Ad Age’s June 11 issue, and will award the winner a free trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The Global Cover Contest celebrates the global issue Ad Age publishes each June, which focuses on the international advertising and marketing scene, innovative marketers and their strategies, and how brands connect with consumers around the world.

Ad Age is seeking cover ideas from creatives 30 or younger. Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2012.

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Design a cover for Ad Age’s Global Issue! This means creating a cover for the print edition of the publication.

The winner of Ad Age’s third annual Global Cover Contest will also win a free trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In the spirt of Cannes’ own “Young Lions” competition, Ad Age’s Global Cover Contest is open to creatives aged 30 and under. The idea is to inspire young creatives to join in important industry gatherings and help elevate the careers of those who are still junior in the business (and probably wouldn’t get a paid trip to Cannes yet!).

“Advertising Age 2012 Global Cover Design Contest – Link”

A design competition to celebrate good design and to articulate the value of effective design.
The stories of great design are powerful tools. The most successful case studies provide inspiration to fellow designers and serve as a learning tool that can be shared with clients, media and the public.

AIGA’s “Justified” competition will select examples of good design that are also described in terms of their effectiveness in meeting the client’s objectives. Entries will be judged based on their design attributes and also how well a short case is made on their effectiveness in a clear, compelling and accessible way. A discerning and qualified jury will identify submissions that serve as an effective tool to explain design’s value to clients, students, peers and the public in general.

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Preparing your work
After you log in to the competitions system with your AIGA credentials, you will be required to submit the following:

Images
You will be asked to upload at least three images or illustrations to accompany your submission.

Images must be 640 pixels wide (height variable)
JPG, GIF and PNG formats are accepted in RGB
File names should include the entry title, image number (001, 002, 003, etc.) and contain no spaces (please use an underscore, i.e., title_001.png)
Include a caption (max 50 words) describing the image as well as an image credit (max 50 words)

“Justified: How to Enter Link”

Know Your Onions gives away the secrets of graphic design. This book is practical and immediate, without being condescending or overly technical. It is like having a graphic design mentor who will help you come up with ideas, develop your concepts, and implement them in a way that is engaging and humorous.

The book is designed like a notebook, with all the authors’ tips and knowledge already inside. However, it also includes blank pages that allow the user to personalize this reference book with specific notes that are relevant to his or her studio, suppliers or clients.

It gives readers the experience and ability that normally comes from years of on-the-job training. All of the essential techniques of graphic design and its digital implementation are covered.

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FontShop International is once again leading the way in typographic technology and releasing Mobile FontFonts tailored specifically for use in iOS apps. Available at MobileFontFonts.com, the files are optimized to make the design process for making beautiful iOS applications as seamless as possible. Mobile FontFonts are optimized for screen and licensed for use on mobile devices. When designing a native app for a mobile device, like iPhone, Mobile FontFonts allow the designer to specify fonts outside the options that come preinstalled. Mobile FontFonts are presently supported in iOS only.

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Introducing Mobile FontFonts
Just like webfonts, mobile fonts protect brands and help set apps apart from the crowd. Optimized by hand for the device screen, Mobile FontFonts enhance the user experience. Mobile FontFonts let designers and developers break from the mold of system fonts and give their products some personality. With language support included, Mobile FontFonts allow for consistent, subtle branding to a global audience. 56 mobile fonts from 15 popular families are available in 14 packs with 4 fonts each.

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‘Typography Sketchbooks’ — the new book by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico (Thames & Hudson), is page after page of stunning and inspiring sketchbook images from 118 of the world’s leading typographers and graphic designers. The sketchbooks reveal the designers’ creative process — in-progress designs, scribbles and sketches, research, typographic experiments, word-image and logo designs.

Typography Sketchbooks image-focussed design showcases the work to maximum effect, with just the right balance of accompanying informative text about the designers’ creative process, their design philosophies, inspirations, techniques and influences.

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Contributors include both world-renowned and up-and-coming talents: Ivan Chermayeff, Carlos Segura, Milton Glaser, Maira Kalman,Bob Aulfudish and Matthew Carter (US); Javier Mariscal and Patrick Thomas (Spain); Erik Spiekermann and Viktor Nübel (Germany);Peter Bilak and Enkeling (the Netherlands); and Jean Baptiste Levée (France), to name just few.

To read more please click here.

To purchase please click here.

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Flickermood 2.0, an experimental kinetic type animation by Sebastian Lange, is based on fragments of “Mutability,” an 18th-century poem by the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley that happens to capture the ephemeral nature of the 21st-century digital environment: nothing endures but change itself. “Flickermood expresses this through pulsing, throbbing, shifting, and repositioning of typography and music, drifting randomly, but always precise and consistent,” says Lange.

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Set to music by the Swedish musician Forss, the spot is fluid, fresh, unpredictable, and goes beyond the usual ways of animated type by using After Effects along with a lot of handmade keyframe animation. “I’m always amazed at how visually interesting some video pieces can be within very simple confines,” says Pinto. “This piece is kinetic and keeps your eyes locked to the screen. It’s a lot of fun with type.” Other viewers agreed. After publishing a 30-second version of the clip in 2007 to wide acclaim, Lange posted version 2.0 to Vimeo in December 2008 and received 40,000 views in just two weeks.

Updates and links to his work are listed below:
Sebastian Lange on Vimeo

Coming soon:
Typography Porn
Aimbush

Type Navigator: The Independent Foundries Handbook is a useful current overview for designers, consultants, agencies, and their customers of modernfonts, independent foundries, and innovative type designers.

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In the past, there were only a few specialists worldwide who worked intensively with typography. Since the introduction of digital fonts and their dissemination via the internet, typography has gained a new significance. More and more designers are creating fonts for a variety of applications. Simultaneously, more and more of these designers are founding type foundries to sell their fonts themselves. Supply and demand in this area have been growing considerably for years.

Type Navigator: The Independent Foundries Handbook

RE:DESIGN Creative Directors Conference has announced its initial list of speakers and a keynote with Paula Scher of Pentagram. The event will take place November 7 & 8 in Palm Springs, California.

Paula Scher began her graphic design career as a record cover art director at both Atlantic and CBS Records in the 1970s and in 1991 she joined Pentagram as a partner. She has developed identity and branding systems, promotional materials, environmental graphics, packaging and publication designs for a wide range of clients including, among others, Bloomberg, The Museum of Modern Art, The Public Theater, and the New York City Ballet. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums around the world.

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RE:DESIGN is a series of conferences focused on creatives and the design world. The conferences, with a focus on small scale discussions eschews the typical panel format. The result is an atmosphere where attendees can interact, network, and learn from each other. RE:DESIGN/Creative Directors will bring together leading creative directors from traditional design firms, interactive agencies, in-house groups, ad agencies, and other branding, design, web and UX agencies.

http://www.redesignconference.com/

The 2012 International Design Awards are open. HOW will spotlight winning work from around the globe, and one Best of Show winner will get prominent coverage in the magazine and a free trip to the 2012 HOW Design Conference (plus a brag-worthy trophy). And, it will be showcased in a newly created HOW International Design Awards website that will be seen by people all over the world. Show your peers, your friends and your clients what you’ve got.

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Read the submission guidelines and enter your work.

Extended Deadline: September 22, 2011

View previous International Design Competition winners in the Design Awards Gallery

Just My Type is a book of stories about fonts. It examines how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. It explains why we are still influenced by type choices made more than 500 years ago, and why the T in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters. It profiles the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, as well as people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook.

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The book is about that pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers, and typefaces became something we realized we all have an opinion about. And beyond all this, the book reveals what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world – and what your choice of font says about you.

http://www.simongarfield.com/pages/books/just_my_type.htm#

Wide range of designers to curate daily examples of design excellence.

NEW YORK—July 6, 2011. AIGA and Adobe® announce the launch of Design Envy, a daily blog featuring the best in design as chosen by a different curator each week. Guest curators will be encouraged to share their “wish I’d done that” discoveries—recent design that’s so creative, inspiring and effective, they wish they had designed it themselves. While the curators are selected by AIGA, the professional association for design, the envy-inducing work curators choose to celebrate is entirely up to them.

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A wide range of voices.

Design Envy selections are chosen by designers, for designers, and will draw from all design disciplines. Each day, the week’s curator will post a new example to inspire and inform—through imagery, compelling descriptions about effectiveness, and the creative minds behind the work.

http://designenvy.aiga.org/

Our juried competition celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering.
Chosen by a jury of leading design professionals, the selected entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Typography Annual and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

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2012 Typography Jury
Richard Kegler, founder/lead designer, P22 type foundry, Buffalo, NY
Erik Spiekermann, creative director/managing partner, Edenspiekermann, Berlin, Germany
Tiffany Wardle, typographer/graphic designer, Typegirl, San Jose, CA

http://www.commarts.com/competitions/typography

FSI FontShop International – home of the FontShop network and the FontFont library – is thrilled to announce their new FontBook™ iPad app, the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool!

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Moving the book into the online realm allows us to increase the number of font samples from 32,000 to an astonishing 620,000, while reducing the weight of the “book” by 80%. Use the FontBook app to look up and view fonts by typeface name, type classification, designer name, foundry name, year of publication, or by similarity of design. Now typophiles can browse and compare typefaces on-the-go, at the swipe of a finger.

https://www.fontfont.com/

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Ogilvy & Mather New York and Joshua Liner Gallery unveil a series of commissioned murals by celebrated artist Stephen Powers that reinterpret the words and quotes of agency founder David Ogilvy.

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Power’s bold graphic style, reminiscent of vintage advertising illustrations puts a unique emphasis on famous Ogilvy sayings and transforms them into actionable words designed to inspire the viewer. Painted in bright colors on the North stairwell of the agency’s headquarters office, the murals run from the first to the 11th floor of the office building.

The murals are being unveiled to coincide with the 100th birthday of David Ogilvy, one of the most influential and important figures in modern advertising.

http://www.firstandfifteenth.net/

The founder of design firm Thirst/Chicago, Rick Valicenti recently art directed this incredible book using the photography of Francois Robert from his series Stop the Violence.

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Each spread features an individual letter from the alphabet—compositions made of human bones arranged by Robert—in juxtaposition with a page from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech from 2009. I just got my copy in the mail and the book is truly stunning. It’s 36 pages and over a foot tall.

http://www.3st.com/#/clients/designers/stop_the_violence

As with most graphic designers that can be classified as part of the Swiss International Style, Joseph Müller-Brockmann was influenced by the ideas of several different design and art movements including Constructivism, De Stijl, Suprematism and the Bauhaus.

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He is perhaps the most well-known Swiss designer and his name is probably the most easily recognized when talking about the period. He was born and raised in Switzerland and by the age of 43 he became a teacher at the Zurich school of arts and crafts.

Perhaps his most decisive work was done for the Zurich Town Hall as poster advertisements for its theater productions. He published several books, including The Graphic Artist and His Problems and Grid Systems in Graphic Design. These books provide an in-depth analysis of his work practices and philosophies, and provide an excellent foundation for young graphic designers wishing to learn more about the profession. He spent most of his life working and teaching, even into the early 1990s when he toured the US and Canada speaking about his work. He died in Zurich in 1996.

Made popular by the International Typographic Style movement and pioneered by legends like Josef Müller-Brockmann and Wim Crouwel, the grid is the foundation of any solid design. Below is a resource that I hope you find inspiring and helpful.

http://www.thegridsystem.org/

The first official Bauhaus app is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. Bauhaus Archive app features the architecture of the Bauhaus Archive and the exhibition “The Bauhaus Collection: Originals of Classic Modernism,” which provides an overview of the museum’s holdings and the history of the Bauhaus as the most important art school in the 20th century.
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The app includes over 100 images of works by Bauhaus artists as well as useful visitor information. The application was developed by tonwelt professional media and is available for free.
http://itunes.apple.com/app/bauhaus/id445567759?mt=8

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