Whimbrel Stamp Alphabet (and font)
Alex Tomlinson developed a font based on a 1940's Bird Lore magazine and a set of stamps to boot.
National Parks Poster
by Steve Wolf Designs. Dig.
An open-source emoji font in multiple weights (and a single color, even the flags). Jennifer Daniel has the deets and download link.
The new Condor livery
Brand New has oodles more images, but Condor has a sneak peek here. I would plan a trip just to be a passenger in one of these planes.
The Empire Stripes Back
Armin Vit’s perspective on the Condor branding refresh is a delight to read. (Requires subscription, but _so_ worth it if you've interest in branding.)
A great thread about music visualization
Sometimes Twitter's algorithm reveals good things. Like these tweets from Andrew Benson and the replies.
The Fox is Black is back
Bobby Solomon had a great blog about creativity and culture that was a favorite destination for many years. It lives again today as a thoughtful and densely awesome newsletter.
An open source collection of Design Principles
Collections of guiding thoughts from the likes of John Maeda, Apple, IBM, Fisher Price and 160+ others. A trove. / via @rjkwon
Swee kombucha packaging by Below
I like to imagine a future where all ingredients are listed like this, but realize it'd be impossible. Lovely work by Below studio. / via @manfredhwf
11 retro coffee makers
Pretty sure my parents had the SEB Model 980, which would look awesome on the counter today. These and more from a book titled ”Soft Electronics“ out in May from Gestalten. / via Sidebar
Milwaukee Transit Passes
The Letterform Archive holds about 300 tickets in their collection thanks in part to a donation from type designer Tobias Frere-Jones... and they’re gorgeous.
The inspiration behind the Rivian palette
There's not too much to the story (it's nature!), but dang Rivian has the best color line-up of any vehicle manufacturer.
Where are all the black designers?
New profiles are being posted throughout Black History Month. I remember having a single class with Noel Mayo at OSU and he exuded passion for design that was inspiring. / A fantastic growing list, via Under Consideration
A golden age of graphic design
Ahhhh, so all that good government design from the 70's was born from the Federal Graphics Improvement Program / via UnderConsideration's Brand New
Emojis: Why We Love Them So Much & What They Mean
Free Zoom event alert: Dan Sinker has a conversation with emoji designer Jennifer Daniel on Thu, February 17.
Stunning type design by Valentina Casali / via Jessica Hische
New type design practice and foundry from Erik Marinovich. Just cruise around the specimens pages to get a solid dose of vibrant type goodness.
Bauhaus Typography at 100
Lots of safety protocols in place at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco for this exhibit that runs through April 27, 2022. File under: Wish I was closer!
Kumiko Amp Cabinet
Gorgeous results from this young man in Oregon. Great woodworking and video production all around. / Fun link from Tom
Mike & Maaike’s Windowseat
While watching Station Eleven I noticed these chairs in the airport. I've always thought the design striking.
How Brian Lovin’s site works
Whoa. This is densely awesome. A personal website that operates somewhat like an OS. Thoroughly engaging and inspiring.
The Year in Type
I Love Typography looks back at some of the highlights of 2021, including typefaces, profiles, inspiration and then some. / via Sidebar
The art and Design of Nolan Pelletier
Fonts In Use showcased a recent album design by Nolan and his site is filled with delightful illustrations and details abound!
101 Best Book Covers from 2021
Literary Hub picks their favorites and it was a joy to scroll through. My goal in 2022 is to read books. / via Rachel Kwon
Porsche posters (1961–1969)
These posters catch a vibe. Baby, are you coming for the ride? (The ride, the ride, the ride)
I want candy
Specifically this Duluth Candy because of the sweet job Studio MPLS did for their brand and packaging! / via Under Consideration
Elliott Jay Stocks on helping build a library of materials and guides to help folks understand, explore and choose type with purpose. A great resources from the Google Fonts Team.
Inspired by old video game labels, Cartridge is a new display sans-serif that evokes quintessential 80s vibes - by Dan Cederholm
Print and design studio run by husband and wife team Sebastian and Lyndsey Burke. They do everything from prints to books/zines. Filing away for later!
A new brand of puzzles that capture a vibe. Keen packaging to boot. / via UnderConsideration's BrandNew
The Melting Face Emoji
Made possible by Jennifer Daniel and Neil Cohn
Languages of the World
7,102 languages represented in this infographic by Alberto Lucas Lopez. / via Caterina Fake
Beer with a removable guitar pick and cans that illustrate chords. Neato. / via UnderConsideration
What is Queer Typography?
An excellent looking small batch Risograph zine supporting the Queer.Archive.Work organization. / / via & by @soulellis
The evolution of the Pride flag
It's starting to get so busy that a rethink is in order, but the concept of evolving a symbol to serve greater understanding is solid.
More details on the Playdate
Like many, I'm super anticipating the release of this little yellow console. More details released today include the game editor, font editor, the first batch of games, a dock and more.
Cognitive Bias and the Design Process
I'm making note of this article by Jon Yablonski for a few reasons: Bringing awareness to the design process. Plus also? His post and website are quite lovely in layout and presentation across the board.
Stop Trying to Design Everything
Jennifer Daniel posted a link to this talk from a while back and I started playing it off to the side of my screen and then I was smiling so much I just made it full screen and watched the whole 24 minutes and 59 seconds.
Yoni Alter’s Perpetual Calendar
Well this is gorgeous. / via Fonts In Use
The work of Rafael Serra
Porto based type and lettering artist. Some super fun retro logo explorations on their insta / via Rachel
Casa dos Sobreiros, Portugal
The "Cork trees house" by TRAMA arquitetos is quite lovely. I'm making a vision board for dream homes. / via Heike
30 Best-Looking Beer Cans
Even more fun, there's a generator to make your own hip beer can design. If only I could upload a photo of my cat. Silly fun for Friday.
A whimsical variable display typeface by Alex Tomlinson. Has a companion set of dingbats that use variable tech to animate.
David Carson Teaches Graphic Design
"Learn new perspective in graphic design from David-effing-Carson for fifteen dollars? Uh, yes please." Greg Storey (@brilliantcrank)
On Type with Erik Spiekermann
Part of Adobe's Creativity Explained series (wonderfully) animated by Oddfellows in Portland. / via Sean Sharp
How to Design Better Icons
Great short introduction to some of the basics when developing a family of icons
Ink traps explained
Extremely well deep dive into ink traps and all the variations. Get to the bottom for the kicker of the Imperial Trap. / via Under Consideration
Group X branding
An anonymous group of artists and curators making things happen in Philly. Now with a fine identity to mask their identity. Always solid seeing what Smith & Diction make. / via Under Consideration
An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts
Assembled between 1886 and 1942, a collection of watercolor fruits and plants made by 21 artists. (This book looks beautiful.)
Ui/Ux et al
"Think. Consider. Sketch. Think again. And look around you. It’s all been done before, albeit with different code." - Erik Spiekerman's thoughts on digital vs. traditional design.
What is Figma
I'm just going to send folks to this intro video by Tori Hinn and Enle Li when trying to extoll the awesomeness of this collaborative design application
This way. Guide
Type specimen guide focused on arrows and stories behind navigation tools that we use every day.
Found some vintage AppleLink-era icon studies.
- Susan Kare, on Twitter
15 women who have made lasting contributions to design
Great list with some names new to me. Particularly, now I know who did the Lovesexy type and Paisley Park logo, Margo Chase.