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The Road Less Traveled

‘The Road Less Traveled takes its inspiration from American folk tunes from the likes of Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan  . . .  I have been really into the typographic work of Ed Ruscha and inspired by the typography that appears on old fruit crate labels. Both have a very ‘American’ feel to me just like the song’ -Matt Owens

Matt Owens’ The Road Less Traveled. More details here.

Found via Oded Ezer

Harley Beast

The Harley Davidson 2007 Beast campaign. Creative director: Joe Hospodarec, art director/illustrator: Joel Arbez, Agency: WAX.

Found via Ads of the World

Rosetta Stone

From 1991: Video for Rosetta Stone’s Leave Me For Dead. From the album Adrenaline.

Megadeth, reinterpreted

In my intermediate typography course at the California Art Institute Sacramento, students tackle CD packaging design – with a slight twist. Inspired by Project Runway, I like to put limitations on the work to force the student to engage the project where inventiveness will lead to unusual results.

If I could get them to do everything in 24 hours, with Tim Gunn checking in, I’d try that too.

project limits
In this case, students have to work with a band (or recording artist) that they do not know anything about or (preferably) simply do not like. The more they delve into a genre foreign to them, the more interesting the results have been.

Pictured is student Isla Waite’s interpretation of the Megadeth album Endgame. Her decision to reimagine the lyrics into typographic layouts (inspired by the lyrics’ subject matter) led to a unique interpretation of the traditional stylings of Heavy Metal.

Megadeth: Endgame

Dead Sea Scrolls and Gutenberg, locally

Opening April 8, 2010 at the Bayside Church in Granite Bay, CA is ‘From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Bible in America,’ an exhibition featuring five pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Also on hand will be some rare Bibles including (reportedly) an original by Gutenberg.

More information here. SacBee article here.

Found via Susan Poirier

Blackletter in Mainz

I Love Typography takes a look at the holdings of the library of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. More than just Bibles.

Article here.

Few things about type design

Alice Savoie’s Capucine

Here’s a great article by Gerry Leonidas over at I Love Typography.

White space and E


The concept of ‘negative space’ (or ‘white space’) as an important part of type design is very difficult to teach. The student either sees it right away, it clicks over time or sometimes the concept is just weird enough to cause them to back away very slowly.

It’s a up is down, left is right sort of thing. Pen strokes are important, but so are the parts that aren’t made by the pen.

Just the right amount of negative space defines the character and readability. Claude Garamond (c. 1480-1561) was a master at this; it’s one of the reasons his types are still incredibly popular today.

Here’s some cap E comparisons to chew on.

Plus, here’s a great breakdown of today’s Garamond interpretations (images below).

And, an interview with the master himself.

Cap Es found via Nina Stoessinger; Garamond comparisons by Barney Carroll

Jenson’s Italic

‘Arrighi was here’ button by George Abrams

Any current drawing of the type work of Nicholas Jenson (1420-80) that includes an Italic is doing a little fudging. Since (like Trajan and lowercase), Italic wasn’t quite around yet when Jenson was making type.

Typically the work of Ludovico Arrighi (1475–1527) is adapted as the companion font to Jenson – as the Italic.

Monotype did this with its Jenson-influenced Centaur – and Adobe Jenson sports an Arrighi-influenced italic. [Read more →]

Trajan with lowercase

Why doesn’t the Trajan font have lowercase?

Traditionally, Trajan is based on a carefully drawn and carved inscription at the base of Trajan’s Column in Rome – crafted sometime around 113 A.D.

And basically, lowercase didn’t exist yet. What we call lowercaseminuscules, our second alphabet – evolved over the next 1000 years (or so).

So what would Trajan look like if it actually did have a lowercase? This is open to interpretation.

Dave Farey and Richard Dawson’s La Gioconda is one take on this, adapting the 16th Century lettering of Giovanni Francesco Cresci as the companion letterforms.

Check it out here.

Reimagining the Roman Colosseum with type

‘Over the course of the next 12 months, the artwork was handcrafted character by character, totaling roughly 250 hours of work from start to finish. Characters from the Goudy Trajan and Bembo Pro typefaces form the Coliseum (or Colosseum)’

Cameron Moll’s limited edition Colosseo letterpress posters. Video above, more project details here.

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