This past weekend, I wished a dear friend good luck as she embarked on a life-changing move from New York to San Francisco. So, even though I am down one less partner-in-crime, I cannot be happier for her. I wanted to make something fun for her and since she is also one of my New Orleans travel buddies, I felt this quote by Tennessee Williams was particularly apt.
What do you think? No offense to Cleveland or anywhere else, but I am 100% in agreement! Do you have any city quotes that resonate with you?
This downloadable PDF fits beautifully in a standard 5” x 7” frame.
So I know I’ve been a bit quiet here on The Stitcherati lately. As my sister says when she’s been on a small hiatus, it’s usually “life stuff.” I’ve been hard at work at putting together my graphic design portfolio. Exciting yet so scary at the same time. My original goal was to spend the month of December putting the portfolio together after I finished my last design class (snort!). Yeah, that didn’t happen. So after the new year, I knew I had to buckle down and get to it already! The last two weeks I’ve been all about 24/7 graphic design. I’ve been making, reading, thinking, even dreaming about design…you get the gist.
This morning I came across this video gem on typography. It’s nearly 30 minutes, but the speaker, Matthew Wyne, is so engaging, that if you’re a type enthusiast like I am, you’ll hardly notice the time. I believe he’s speaking to a group of high school students about the Typography Design program at Cooper Union. It’s a 5-week intensive program in which you come out of it with your own type design. Sounds easy! Oh no…
Are you inspired yet? I know I am!
P.S This week I also came across a website called, Flipping Typical. The site lets you preview all of the fonts you have loaded into your computer. It’s such a time-saver when you’re looking for the right font for a project!
You know how you make a mental list of things you want to do during the summer and then you realize in late August that not only summer has passed you by, but also you’ve done practically nothing on that list? That totally happened to me last week.
Thank goodness it was a long Labor Day weekend– I knocked two of those items off the list! The first was tubing in the Delaware River (so fun!) and the other was visiting the Graphic Design – Now in Production exhibit on Governor’s Island, co-sponsored by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center.
While I’ve been working on my graphic design portfolio, I’ve been entering logo design contests on 99designs.com. I was working on a restaurant logo and hit a creative wall. Everything I was coming up with seemed too boring. Visiting the exhibit was the perfect way to get some inspiration.
The installations were mostly print and film-title based and all of the work was created since 2000. The exhibit closed after September 3, but below are some of the highlights.
Iconic TV Posters
From top right: The Wire – phone, Weeds – dime bag of pot, Friends – Central Perk coffee cup, 30 Rock – NBC logo colors
From top right: Homer’s hair from The Simpsons, Charlie’s Angels speakerphone, the scrubs on…Scrubs and glass of Scotch on Mad Men
Austrian designer, Albert Exergian designed these reductive, minimalist posters of well-known American TV shows using a mid-century Swiss modernist sensibility. By using one basic image, he conveys the essential theme of the show. It’s a tough call, but my two favorites are the posters for Friends and Weeds.
If you are interested in seeing more of Exergian’s work, you can visit his site here. He is also selling these poster prints at Print-Process.
Graphic Gig Posters
Aesthetic Apparatus posters
These screen-printed posters were designed by Minneapolis-based studio, Aesthetic Apparatus. What’s interesting is that they used printed test versions of the posters and then overprinted different posters on top of them. Each poster you see above is a collage of multiple posters. Some of these are sold as limited-edition prints on Gigposters.com.
Behind-the-Scenes Magazine Design
This is a making-of video of The Church of London’s movie magazine, Little White Lies and their special Black Swan issue. Cool stuff!
Visual Identity System
17th Biennale of Sydney visual system, by Jonathan Barnbrook
Designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, this was the visual identity of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, an international festival of contemporary art.
Last night I was reading the latest issue of How magazine, the Typography & Interactive Design issue (on newsstands until August 20th), and I came across a story about two designers who combine graphic design with embroidery – so in my wheelhouse!
Maricor and Maricar Manalo, twins, set up their Sydney-based studio in 2010 after a stint at the design and film studio, Mathematics. Their work has appeared most recently in GOOD magazine, Esquire UK and the Land of Nod, a children’s furniture retailer affiliated with Crate & Barrel, who’s blog shows step-by-step how the twins developed the catalog cover.
Land of Nod Winter 2012 catalog cover, by Maricor/Maricar
Some other samples of their work:
Sweater Letter “P”, by Maricor/Maricar
Rolling Stones lyric, Standing in Line with Mr. Jimmy, embroidered by Maricor/Maricar
Sesame Street embroideries for Jim Henson tribute group show, ‘The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me’ held at Nucleus Gallery (USA)
For more samples of their work, visit their website and their blog.