Borrowing from the knowledge, artistry and the humour of others (Gertrude Stein, Mitch Hedberg, Franz Kafka), Finnish artist Mikko Kuorinki makes a variety of modern work that speaks for itself. Kurorinki uses performance, installation, video and photography to explore the intricacies between the individual and physical realm.
Being a self-confessed “word nerd,” I’ve got a fascination with typography and the different ways you can make a word look on paper. And in Ben Barrett-Forrest’s animated short, he delves into a (very) condensed version on the history of typography, tracing all the way back to Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of the first […]
So you claim to be a typography nerd, do you? Well, we have just the challenge for you. Australian-based creatives, Dustin de Souza and Jessica Witt, have come up with a game that may be your undoing… or your making. FontSpotting is a flashcard game which tests players’ knowledge about the names of different typefaces. […]
With everything moving forward so fast technology-wise, it’s a wonder that people still do anything by hand. Fortunately for us, when the plotter came into use on an industrial scale, the art of hand-painted signage didn’t die out completely. There were those few who were too stubborn (or too pure, one could say) to go […]
A few months ago, South African art gallery Salon 91 held a design and typography exhibition displaying works from artists such as Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, Justin Southey, and Dani Loureiro. Throughout the exhibition, it is clearly demonstrated that each artist has a unique way of creating beauty through […]
Back in 1931, someone in the Soviet Union had the brilliant idea of printing an erotic alphabet book to combat adult illiteracy. Suffice to say that a fair bit of orgies and naughty bits are involved. Some of the letters even have something of a mythical element about them (hooves and wings?). If this is […]
Portland-based creative director Ian Collins adds out-of-context captions to news pictures, completely giving these a new, fun spin. These are silly, and they completely make our day too.
London-based French illustrator Malika Favre, who illustrated Penguin Books’ new cover of the Kama Sutra in 2011, decided to develop the original set of 7 letters — featuring copulating figures in various sex poses — she created for the cover into the full alphabetical set of 26 letters. Good idea, we say.
I don’t love everything Sagmeister and Walsh come up with, but I love this type driven add they made for Azone, a luxury department store. Everything feels to weightless and majestic. Check out the video here to see how they achieved the illusions.
This French duo, Couboyz, consists of a graphic designer and a photographer. In this music video for the band, Husbands, there is little or no digital intervention, just a handbuilt set and some old-fashioned electronic wiring.
Emily Webber loves the shops of London. But not for the reason you might expect. Webber is no shopoholic. She just happens to love the way all the store fronts look. So she started the blog called London Shop Fronts . Take a look at the wide variety of stores and letters found in London. And don’t forget to […]
Melbourne-based Lure Graphics is a graphic design studio with an uncommon approach. Founded by 23-year-old graphic designer Melissa Pepers, their effervescent and successful concepts are inspired by life. The eye-catching logo featured here, designed for vending machine company Candy Solutions, demonstrates Lure Graphics’ avant-garde process. Beginning with handcrafted letterforms created from toothpaste, the company’s monogram […]
Straight out of the cool brains of Lauren Hom, a graphic designer and illustrator based in New York City: that’s Daily Dishonesty, an ongoing series of illustrations of little lies and commonly abused phrases that people say all the time, like ‘We’re just friends’ and ‘Just ten more minutes’. Wicked stuff.
I’m not sure if this chart from ChartGeek tests your knowledge of the English language or actually only reveals your nerdy obsession with Star Wars. Ok, let’s be honest. If you can figure out what each letter stands for in this chart, it only shows of your embarrassingly vast knowledge of the Star Wars universe. I mean, […]
AlphabeNt: Experiments from A–Z presents the 26 characters of the Latin alphabet as you haven’t seen them before: broken, distorted and aesthetically corrupted using digitally destructive techniques not usually found in the designers handbook. Co-authors Drew Taylor and Daniel Purvis created the characters using audio editing software such as Audacity, using standard text editors, by […]