Category: Typography

Artsy

Common Name is the fantastic New York design duo of Yoonjai Choi and Ken Meier. Perusing their engaging portfolio of cultural clients, I was particularly struck by the work for Artsy. Simple and elegant, the identity they created seems to frame the company’s name, a clever device for an “art discover tool.” From the website: [...]

May 22 / 2013
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Tsto

Great typographic play for the Flow Festival by Tsto, a design firm based out of Finland. A bit frivolous, perhaps hard to read? Maybe. I’d argue that the seemingly hazardous layouts and visually striking typography and color palette make a visual connection to music that is subconsciously more powerful than any clear type and image [...]

March 19 / 2013

SouthSouthWest

Isn’t it great to stumble upon a website that you had tweeted, pinned, or blogged about light years ago? I think it is. It’s like rekindling an old friendship. I can’t remember the first time I saw the work of SouthSouthWest, but I was happy to find them again. This Australian branding and design agency [...]

February 21 / 2013

Project Projects

I once asked if one color can define a brand. Of course that question was silly and rhetorical. Project Projects, and studio out of NYC that I greatly admire, proves that no colors are needed with the identity system they created for WORK Architecture Company. Make sure you check out more of their design work [...]

January 28 / 2013

Daniel Blackman

Dan Blackman’s portfolio is filled with really amazing work, but I was particularly drawn to his ongoing rebrand of the Pointer Brand of clothing. I love pointers, but I really like his blend of sans serif and serif fonts, with a sprinkling of script here and there. It’s immediately Americana, which make perfect sense because [...]

Ketchup and Mustard Update

Another great typographic solution by Jaime Van Wart of Ketchup and Mustard for Bida Manda, a Laotian restaurant located in downtown Raleigh. You can definitely see the influence of her stationery/wedding work, which seems to flow seamlessly into restaurant menus, signage, and even wallpaper. The elegant patterns create a nice background that complements the friendly [...]

Teacake Design

I didn’t pick from any one of Teacake’s projects because I felt a sampling of their clients really helps to show the variety and playfullness of the work as a whole. There is a sense of freedom and curiosity that permeates throughout. It’s really quite wonderful, something you don’t see in professional design portfolios too [...]

November 28 / 2012

Camp and Furnace

Because I like hiking, mountain biking, fishing and the outdoors in general, it might come as no surprise that I really dig the art direction Liverpool-based design firm Smiling Wolf gave to Camp and Furnace, a unique multi-use space comprised of redeveloped warehouses. Studios, bars, and even a hotel make this somewhat of a hip [...]

November 13 / 2012

Ketchup and Mustard

Ketchup and Mustard is the creative studio of Jaime Van Wart, a User Experience Designer for IBM during the day that creates original typefaces and custom lettering pieces in her spare time. What? Sounds like one of those people you either admire or or have extreme animosity towards. I happen to admire her. Her whimsy [...]

September 11 / 2012

Lotta Nieminen

It doesn’t take much to please me, graphically, if the solution is smart, simple, and appropriate. Brooklyn-based designer and illustrator Lotta Nieminen accomplishes all three throughout most of her portfolio, but I’m particularly drawn today to her work for Maeven – an online shop of vintage and pre-owned designer clothing. It’s smart because the color [...]

July 17 / 2012