May
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TOPIC / Book Cover Design

Coralie Bickford-Smith on designing books in a series

Coralie Bickford-Smith on designing books in a series

In a new video interview from Gestalten.tv, Coralie Bickford-Smith—A Series Woman, the Penguin Books designer discusses designing covers and jackets for a series. Bickford-Smith usually starts with research and finds inspiration in Victorian book bindings. She finds the balance between variety and keeping the series look unifom. The video highlights her designs for the Hardback Classics and F. Scott Fitzgerald books. 
 

May
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TOPIC / Typography Design

The History of Typography

The History of Typography

The History of Typography is a visual lecture about the origins of fonts and typographic classifications. Ben Barrett-Forrest created the animation with 291 cut-out paper letters and 2,454 photographs.
 

May
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TOPIC / Product Design

Counting Koi

Counting Koi
Counting Koi is a new addition to House Industries’ line of typographic products. The Counting Koi set includes 10 wooden fish embossed with numerals pulled from the Worthe font.
counting koi box
“Straight from the pure breeding environment of Uncle Goose’s exclusive stock pond, our new Counting Koi are reared from original House Industries numerical data and feature the most coveted pure black bloodline.” —House Industries
Counting Koi school of fish

ichthyological integers
Counting Koi ornamental scales

Worthe numerals House Industries
 

April
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Topic: Urban Design

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TOPIC / Urban Design

painted billboard made of tweets

painted billboard made of tweets

In Mexico, paper company Scribe funded construction of The Billboard House. Architect Julio Gómez Trevilla designed an elevated house with a billboard attached.
back of bill board house
Artist Cecilia Beaven was the first resident to live in the house. For ten days she painted a mural on the billboard based on 50 different requests from Twitter.
Scribe Billboard House with Beaven

Scribe Billboard House mural painted of tweets


 

April
25

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Topic: Illustration

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TOPIC / Illustration

the art of Sun Yeo

the art of Sun Yeo
Sun Yeo is an artist and graphic designer based in Los Angeles. Her artistic illustrations are both whimsical, minimal, and at times spiritual.
Decor by Sun Yeo

Meditation by Sun Yeo

Owl by Sun Yeo

Resting by Sun Yeo

Sleep Dolls by Sun Yeo

Thinking by Sun Yeo
 

April
11

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Topic: Sculpture

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TOPIC / Sculpture

MoMA kinetic sculptures with littleBits

MoMA kinetic sculptures with littleBits

The MoMa Design store collaborates with littleBits to construct large scale kinetic sculptures for their windows. The window displays are titled “littleBits Make Big Things Happen” and will be on view through May 12th, 2013.
making of MoMa window displays with littleBits

MoMa shark not assembled

kinetic shark littleBits

Moma littleBits in progress
“…The installation required no programming, no wiring, and no soldering – just sensors, switches, lights, and motors snapping together with magnets. The projects aim to present electronics as just another material, accessible to everyone including kids, artists, makers, and designers – not only engineers and experts…” —littleBits press release
kinetic wheel sculpture

kinetic squares

MoMA design store display

Soho Moma design store
“We partnered with Brooklyn-based design studio Labour and challenged them to restrict themselves to only using littleBits for electronics, and no other hardware platform, or robotics tools for the entire display. Something as remarkable as a giant shark swimming after a tiny lure, or a cyclist turning a large Ferris wheel 10 times her size are at once iconic and familiar but absolutely distinctive in how we have merged two worlds, the world of art, and that of electronics…”
—Founder and CEO of littleBits, Ayah Bdeir
 

April
05

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Topic: Fine Art

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TOPIC / Fine Art

the art of Joseph Burwell

the art of Joseph Burwell
Joseph Burwell’s solo show at Miyako Yoshinaga gallery, entitled A Survey of Nonexistence at a Glance, consists of meticulous drawings and sculpture. The witty titles of the pieces add significant depth to the work. The exhibition is on view in New York City through April 13, 2013.
A Typical Example of Mid Century Medieval Modernism
A Typical Example of Mid Century Medieval Modernism
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“This exhibition is based on the idea of altering historical narratives by generating a visual system of architectures from disparate cultures that collide in time and space.” —Miyako Yoshinaga gallery
The Exact Location of a Sacrifice
The Exact Location of a Sacrifice
Isometric Funeral
Isometric Funeral
Castle Elbow
Castle Elbow
Sacrificial Office Plant
Sacrificial Office Plant
Tomb Design of the Late Period
Tomb Design of the Late Period
Section of Scaffolding
Section of Scaffolding

(top piece titled: The Center for Modern Disintegration)
 

April
02

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Topic: Letterpress

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TOPIC / Letterpress

Beauty of Letterpress

Beauty of Letterpress

Neenah Paper has launched a new online resource and community for letterpress design, The Beauty of Letterpress.
“Within the letterpress and design community at large, the passion for paper thrives and the appreciation of print remains alive and well.” —Neenah Paper
The initiative also serves to raise awareness and assistance for the relocation of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.
 

March
29

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Topic: Sculpture

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TOPIC / Sculpture

folded book sculptures

folded book sculptures
Vermont-based artist Luciana Frigerio transforms old books into typographic folded book sculptures. The different word creations can be purchased through Etsy.
dream folded book sculpture

Imagine folded book sculpture

inspire folded book sculpture

(via Art is Epidemic)
 

March
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Last Updated: March 27, 2013

Topic: Photography

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TOPIC / Photography

Cabinet card photo backs

Cabinet card photo backs
When collecting old photographs it is the backs of cabinet cards that often catch my interest. As advertisements for photographers’ or artists’ studios they commonly are ornate and use decorative typography. These examples are dated around 1890.
cabinet card artistic photographer
cabinet card Batterson
cabinet card New York Gallery
cabinet card Bean
cabinet card Colemans
cabinet card Green
cabinet card Kuntz
cabinet card McCormick
cabinet card MorAon
cabinet card Morrison
cabinet card Reading
cabinet card Saylor
cabinet card Scholl's
cabinet card Silkworth's
cabinet card Strunk
cabinet card Warren
cabinet card Williams

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