Archive for November, 2007

Finger print type

Posted in Artist, Poster, Typography on 29 November, 2007 by nagorski

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Here is an example of some very interesting typography produced by Jonathan Looman. He has used the form of a finger print and arranged it in various manners overlapping it to create this very detailed font set. I think it is a good example of how the human brain can recognize the form of text in the more abstract of shapes.

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Light type

Posted in Artist, sculpture, Typography, Website on 26 November, 2007 by nagorski

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Mexican artist Stefan Bruggemmann now lives and works between Mexico and London. Pictured is just one of his humorous neon signs, others include, ‘(This is not supposed to be here)’ and ‘To be political it has to look nice’.

Paper sculpture

Posted in Artist, sculpture, Website on 19 November, 2007 by nagorski

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The above is a photograph of a sculpture made simply by cutting carefully into a pad of multicoloured bits of paper. I think it is simple but very beautiful and ornate. Here is the website showing how its done.

David Carson

Posted in Artist, Magazines, Poster, Typography on 15 November, 2007 by nagorski

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American Sociology teacher who one day started doing graphic design. First it was for the magazine Beach Culture. Next it was Ray Gun. All the time Carson was doing cool stuff like using an upside-down 5 as an S, using 3 for E, and often you could hardly read the articles, they were so way out! His influence on the stodgy type world has been like an asteroid from outer space.

In 1993 Carson started the GarageFonts digital type foundry as a vehicle to distribute the fonts used in Ray Gun magazine.

Here is a short video about Carson.

My perfect type

Posted in Typography on 12 November, 2007 by nagorski

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Helvetica was created by Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann at the Haas’sche Schriftgiesserei (Haas type foundry) of Münchenstein, Switzerland. Haas set out to design a new sans-serif typeface that could compete with Akzidenz-Grotesk in the Swiss market. Originally called Neue Haas Grotesk, the typeface’s name was changed by Haas’ German parent company Stempel in 1960 to Helvetica — derived from Confederatio Helvetica, the Latin name for Switzerland — in order to make it more marketable internationally.

Director Gary Hustwit produced a documentary (called Helvetica) about the typeface, which was released in 2007 to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the its introduction. In the film, graphic designer Wim Crouwel says, “The Helvetica was a real step from the 19th century typeface. … We were impressed by that because it was more neutral, and neutralism was a word that we loved. It should be neutral. It shouldn’t have a meaning in itself. The meaning is in the content of the text and not in the typeface.”

Benetton shock tactics..

Posted in Advertisement, Branding, Website on 8 November, 2007 by nagorski

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The United colors of Benetton is a well know Italian clothes company. Despite clothing being there knish market they have adopted a somewhat strange advertising scheme. They have chosen to use shock tactics to get their brand known, and they haven’t done this lightly. Addressing subjects such as AIDs, sex and racism in a shocking manner there ads often hit the news, not only making them controversial but effective. Above is an example of one of the advertisements. This picture isn’t often one we see and the blood and the pure realism makes it shocking but despite this Benetton used this as an image for there billboard ad’s.

Christophe Huet

Posted in Advertisement, Artist, Website on 5 November, 2007 by nagorski

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This is a piece of work by the French artist Christophe Huet. His particular skill is in the manipulation of photography to create surreal but very realistic outcomes such as the one above. I really like his work because despite is showing the impossible the level of realism is astounding. This means his work can have great shock factor. An example of this is in his AIDS awareness campaign posters. These can be seen on his website as well as a lot of advertising work he has done for companies such as Motorola and Sony.