this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.

Monday, August 03, 2015

totally typefaced


Lettering for two editions of a fashion event called Modefabriek in Amsterdam (my fav city) Photography by Philippe Vogelenzang. (See him smile on the right of the last picture)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rosanna Webster adds whimsy to magazine covers

For her latest personal project, London creative Rosanna Webster has reinterpreted a selection of her favourite magazine covers to interesting effect. Working across photography, collage and moving image, Rosanna’s multilayered work is largely fashion-focused and moves in the realm of illustrated editorial. Most recently she has created work for the go-to fashion house for floral-inspired couture, Dior, and her portfolio also boasts commissions from Adidas, Dossier Journal and NOWNESS .
Her series of reworked covers marries fashion imagery and botanical prints, playing with overlapping and interesting crops, and reimagining issues of Acne Paperi-D, and 032c as an intricate series of stills and GIFS. Indeed they are so well-finished they could easily be special editions of the real thing. The GIFS show the covers’ transformation, building from the original and back again, keeping in step with the old truism that the best ideas are often the most simple.

Penguin reveals its designers’ rejected covers for new Harper Lee novel

check it out ,  note, it's the rejected covers, diabolical ... oh .. and I'm reminded of the infamous Salon des Refusés of 1863

Monday, July 20, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Maestro Massimo Vignelli RIP

Intellectual Elegance 
" We often talk about Intellectual Elegance, not to be confused with the elegance of manners and mores. For me, intellectual elegance is the sublime level of intelligence which has produced all the masterpieces in the history of mankind. It is the elegance we find in Greek statues, in Renaissance paintings, in the sublime writings of Goethe, and many great creative minds. It is the elegance of Architecture of any period, the Music of all times, the clarity of Science through the ages. It is the thread that guides us to the best solution of whatever we do. It is the definitive goal of our minds - the one beyond compromises. It elevates the most humble artifact to a noble stand. Intellectual elegance is also our civic consciousness, our social responsibility, our sense of decency, our way of conceiving Design, our moral imperative. Again, it is not a design style, but the deepest meaning and the essence of Design." Massimo Vignelli

Iconic designer Massimo Vignelli, who sadly died in May after a long illness, didn’t just like to create good design: he was also passionate about sharing its principles, rules, and criteria so others could do the same. His landmark book The Vignelli Canon uses numerous examples to convey applications in practice from product design via signaletics and graphic design to corporate design. And best of all, in 2009, he made it available as a free PDF.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

obituary - Hermann Zapf, font designer

Master of calligraphy who designed some of the world’s 
best-known fonts, such as Palatino & Optimus Prime

Hermann Zapf, who has died aged 96, was a greatly respected figure 
in the world of type, or font, design; while millions of people the world 
over encounter his work daily, he remained largely unknown to the 
wider public.

Yet ever since the 15th century, when Gutenberg began transforming handwritten texts into modular fonts of movable type, the art of font design has been integral to the advance of literacy and civilisation. 

Zapf’s career trajectory was shaped by the invention of the computer.  His first post-war alphabet designs, including Palatino (1948) and Optima (1958), were for hot metal type, but in the 1960s he also began designing fonts and adapting earlier designs for phototypesetting, the first computer-aided form of typesetting. 

Zapf was one of the earliest to predict that computers would both require and make possible digital typefaces. His 1972 Marconi typeface, designed for the world’s first digital typesetting machine, Hell-Digiset, was the first alphabet designed specifically for digital composition. 

Among more than 200 typeface designs in numerous alphabets, Zapf’s Palatino is probably the most widely used post-war design. Adapted for computer software, it features as a core font on every Macintosh computer – along with Zapf Chancery, Zapfino (a cursive self-adjusting calligraphic font that allows the user to type in “joined-up” writing), and Zapf Dingbats, a collection of helpful symbols such as arrows and stars, a precursor of “emoji”. His work is also to be found in all Windows software. Pity the software wasn't equal to its typeface.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

period book labels, evidence of pre-tablet literary life ....

Anyone who handles older books will have come across these small, and sometimes beautiful labels pasted discreetly (more or less) into the endpapers. Booksellers, binders, printers, publishers, importers, and distributors of books used to advertise in this way their part in bringing the book to market. 

Most of the earliest examples shown here, belong to book binders. These were a continuation of binders' earlier practice of sewing into the binding a small ticket with their signature. I always find them fascinating, as if finding a small door or a forensic puzzle, not merely regarding the book, but also its seller,  the city and the time in which the book first lived, and was then passed on to the reader. 

If you look very carefully at them,  and have your wits about you, you will see what I'm on about. A cultivated interest in Typefaces and their origins, will greatly assist all participantalons. sorry ...

An ipad, to the first person who successfully identifies every city and era. ( I'm lying about the ipad, but I will give you a good smack about the head which bloody well should  be just as coveted .. ) good luck  and finally, apologies about the layout, in the bis we call the style a 3 G&T's layout ...