Baddies: Samuel Cox and Justin LaRosa

Curator: Mikey Burton
date: March 16, 2012
Categories: Design for Entertaining, Illustration, Promotional Design & Advertising, Typographic Design
Tags: awesome, Letterpress, Poster, Type, Typography

If you made me boil my design envy down to one project over the past year, there’s only one that comes to mind… Physical Fiction! Samuel Cox and Justin LaRosa have taken my favorite thing as a grown-up (letterpress) and combined it with my favorite thing as a child (legos) to make the coolest letterpress idea this century.

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GOOD WPA Posters: Dan Cassaro

Curator: Mikey Burton
date: March 12, 2012
Categories: Design for Entertaining, Editorial Design, Illustration, Typographic Design
Tags: awesome, Dan Cassaro, Dire Straits, illustration, Poster, WPA
“Most fun I've had with a project in a while.” This is a tweet from Dan Cassaro (aka Young Jerks) about the project he just completed for GOOD Magazine. I like Dan for this reason: He enjoys making stuff. Loving what you do is a simple idea, but it’s really important. I find when people are doing work they love, the work is always better for it.
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Valuco: Aesthetic Apparatus

Curator: Ryan Feerer
date: February 17, 2012
Categories: Design for Entertaining, Typographic Design
Tags: aesthetic apparatus, awesome, bevel, font, sans, sans serf, typeface, Valuco
Alright everyone, it’s time to nerd out on some serious type. Answer me a question. When was the last  time you came across an awesome beveled sans face? Probably the last time you found an awesome inline. The truth is there are some out there, but they can be hard to find. Very few can deliver as much condensed-sans-beveled-awesomeness as the cool folks over at Aesthetic Apparatus. They’re getting their font on, and it looks oh so good.
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Target Education Illustrations: Ty Wilkins

Curator: Ryan Feerer
date: February 16, 2012
Categories: Illustration, Promotional Design & Advertising
Tags: awesome, illustration, target, Ty Wilkins
Nowadays it’s hard to find an illustrator that is producing work that is the least bit original. Austin’s Ty Wilkins has managed to do this with his clever use of geometric shapes and pattern. If I do so dare, I would compare him to a modern day Charley Harper (There will never be another Charley Harper, but you can see the similarities).
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Austin Beerworks: Helms Workshop

Curator: Ryan Feerer
date: February 13, 2012
Categories: Package Design, Promotional Design & Advertising, Typographic Design
Tags: Austin, Austin Beerworks, awesome, beer, christian helms, helms workshop, Packaging
To me, beer label design is a coveted job in the creative industry. You would think that a job so exciting would warrant only the most beautiful designs. However, if you’ve walked into your neighborhood Whole Foods or craft beer store, you’ll discover a wide range of lackluster design. Inconsistency from label to label and from can to can, the designs fail to live up to the brew inside. There are a few exceptions, of course. 
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