Feixen's '60s-Inspired Posters for Swiss Arts Center Südpol

Curator: Karan Singh
date: August 28, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Illustration, Poster Design
Tags: advertising, graphic design, Poster Design
Feixen, aka Felix Pfäffli, has to be one of my favorite contemporary poster designers. His bold and minimal work is reminiscent of '60s advertising: loud and confident, yet reductive. I’m especially envious of his series of posters for Südpol, an arts center based in Kriens, Switzerland.
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Handwritten "Insta-therapy" with "Content Creator" Timothy Goodman

Curator: Gemma O'Brien
date: August 22, 2014
Categories: Art, Typography
Tags: branding, calligraphy, graphic design, Typography

In the last few years, designers and non-designers alike have embraced typography and lettering in social media to illustrate inspirational quotes, song lyrics, declare their love of coffee and complain about Monday mornings. In Didot all-caps, fashion mavens proclaim “Dress Well or Die Trying,” while avid travelers urge us to “Seek Adventure!” in  a loose-hand written script. 


For budding letterers, readymade quotes are the perfect starting point to apply technical ability, show your calligraphic prowess or experiment with a new lettering style. But there’s only so many times you can see “stay hungry,” “follow your dreams” or “quit your day job” before these affirmations become empty phrases that simply look nice.  


I'm always looking for examples of lettering or type that  illustrate content that's self-generated and honest. I believe the best thing a designer can do with typography when not limited by an advertising brief is to take something personal and make it universal or remind us of the realities of human experience. 


With this in mind, my final Design Envy post was inspired by a series of handwritten Instagram posts from Timothy Goodman (of "40 Days of Dating" fame) titled “Insta-therapy.” They take the form of quotes or stories based on past relationship experiences, fears and memories. In the flurry of cool, over-stylized type and recycled quotes,  these represent a refreshing starting point to consider ideas about the designer as author and the idea of authenticity in lettering and typography.  


I interviewed Timothy Goodman to find out what the Insta-therapy project is all about.

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How Tolga Girgin Creates 3D Calligraphy

Curator: Jennette Snape
date: August 6, 2014
Categories: Typography
Tags: graphic design, Typography
Tolga Girgin is a Turkish graphic designer and electrical engineer who experiments with calligraphy. His latest works involve a number of 3D lettering pieces that use shadow and perspective to make it appear like the letterforms are lifting off the page. Very cool!


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New Business: Yale Graphic Design MFA Thesis Show 2014

Curator: Manuel Miranda
date: June 13, 2014
Categories: Environmental Design
Tags: Graduation Shows, graphic design, Vinyl, Yale, Yale MFA
New Business is Yale School of Art’s 2014 Graphic Design MFA Thesis show, which was on view April 29–May 8 in New Haven, CT. Aside from each student’s printed thesis book, a takeaway catalogue and minimal seating, the entire show was rendered with adhesive vinyl. 
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WipEout: The Designers Republic

Curator: Nicole Jacek
date: July 24, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Entertainment Design, Information Design, Packaging Design, Typography
Tags: branding, Design, Gaming, graphic design, russian constructivism, TDR, The Designers Republic, Wipeout
In 1995, Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller played a video game called WipEout in cult teen cyber thriller, Hackers. In 1996, WipEout turned from that pre-rendered demo Angelina and Johnny pretended to play, to the most stunning video game in the world. A game that embodied everything from innovation to zeitgeist and marketing.
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