Friday, May 7, 2010

Someone went into Google Earth and put together an alphabet from landscape features...very inventive! The designer is Rhett Dashwood. cuuuuuute is a funny website to look at. It challenges the idea that we need to have rigid rules to make good design. This cat is a great example of typography as art and message. The designer does some other interesting things with type. Nice website...


This is a font created by Craig Ward whose poster I describe in the previous post. 

About this typeface he designed, he says:
My final Fontlab Photofont (so far) was Bodinky and was inspired by some classic fashion illustrations I found in Vogue. I traced over the typeface Bodoni with a fountain pen and dripped water onto the letters, creating splashes of ink and color where the ink ran. This was a poster I created using the typeface.


I'm having trouble coming up with a lot to say about these examples of typography in use. This poster seems self-explanatory. I guess that might be a good criterion in terms of what good typography does. No one needs to explain it!! Its so great how the designer demonstrated the statement about good typography with his treatment of it. Designed by Craig Ward for Buck's New University in England.

Here's what he said about the design:
Before a series of typography workshops I was to conduct for second-year design students at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, I created this poster to drum up student interest. It was created using 3D wooden letters and photographed using a combination of natural and studio light. The rest of the type was overlaid afterwards, digitally.

Kinda Gross but Cool Typographic Treatment!!

From what I can gather this poster was done by a student in a typography class. I just think it's very funny and unexpected even though I don't feel this way about typography.

Israeli Posters

I really like the way this designer created the letter G to send the message, I presume, about Russian oppression of Jewish people. This poster is part of a collection owned by a graphic designer. You can see more posters here. Unfortunately, there isn't any history about the poster on his website so I can't offer much more information.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I Am Not an Artist

I just got my most recent issue of Eye Magazine and it happens that this is the Typography Special so I'll be posting some images from the magazine. This is actually an ad for Elisava which is (I think) a design school in Barcelona. If you go to you can see some funny little looping animations by designers. I like the dynamic, creative way they've used typography. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Project 2 Research

For my project 2 brochure, I'm redesigning the brochures I use in my private practice. The two main forms are the Privacy Notice (which I'm required to provide by federal law) and the Psychological Services Agreement. The latter is not required by law but outlines information about my services so the client has clear, written information about what to expect (e.g., if they cancel an appointment, if they have a mental health emergency, etc.). 
     For my research, I edited the text down because it was pretty wordy and I tried to find examples of similar brochures. It's hard to make this stuff interesting so I'd like to at least try to make it easier to read!
     Most of them are in tri-fold format. Many have images that seem a little hokey to me (a stack of papers with a padlock on them, one person whispering to another, etc.). I don't want to use human images because it's too difficult to be inclusive. We have some posters in our office that have the Doors of ... (can't remember where the doors are from but I'm sure you've seen these). I thought it would be interesting to have images of locks or locked doors to represent security and privacy. 

Here are some relevant examples I found:


Sunday, April 4, 2010

How About This One?

Here's another font I found here that's difficult to read -- even harder that the previous one I posted! Can you tell what it says? Don't get me wrong...I love it when people push the envelope. I like working to figure out a visual concept. 

Can You Read This?

Found this poster here and found it really hard to read. Can you tell what it says? It seems like there's a very fine line between being interesting and new and going over the top. I think this one crosses the line because it takes too much work to figure out.The site where it's located is called and it's a place for "creative portfolios, projects and collaborations." Fun to look through. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Android Fonts

I recently got an Android phone -- Motorolla/Verizon's answer to the I-Phone. Given that I haven't been able to get an internet connection to my computer through the phone yet, I've been having to do lots of internet interactions through this little bitty screen. I've noticed more than ever that special considerations in typography have to be taken into account with hand held devices. Apparently, Ascender Corporation provides "advanced font products" (not sure what that means, exactly) and developed a type specifically for Android phones. Here are samples:

I was disappointed because I really like the numbers that appear on the front of the phone. It doesn't look like they match any of these fonts...I'm going to look at more info about typography for hand held devices. I'll let you know if I find anything interesting.

Story Shop Brief

To:           Story Project Committee
From:       Lori Davis
Date:        February 3, 2010
Project:    Story Project Book

Story Shop is a program sponsored by Parkland College. Seventh and eigth grade students submit 1500 word/5 page stories for review. Every author receives written comments and 20 stories are chosen based on quality of creativity, uniqueness, voice, character development, and consistency to be featured in a published book.

This is the third year the Story Shop Committee has enlisted the help of Graphic Design students to design the cover and body of the final compilation of stories. This year, the Typography II class has been invited to submit book design options.

The overall message of the design will be an energetic invitation to look inside to see the unique voices of young storytellers.

Target Audience
There are several target audiences in this project:
Authors of the stories
Book store shoppers
School administrators
Parkland administrators (as funding body)

Design Objectives
We will enlist principles of unity, emphasis, balance, rhythm, depth and color to convey energy, creativity, and movement.  We want the design to be warm, playful, timeless and fresh. The color pallette will be bold and we will consider including the green used in the two previous designs in order to create an element of unity across publication years. Our designs will be unique in their

Parts of the design already determined are:
Logo design (color can vary)
ISBN number
Order of stories
Book dimensions
Year and Story Shop logo on spine

The intended response depends on the audience. For kids, we'd like them to feel that their work has been taken seriously and that they're treated with respect. For parents, we want a more sophisticated, mature design. For librarians and book store shoppers we want the book to tempt them to take the book off the shelf and see what's inside. Once they look inside, we want them to stay engaged by the subtle interest of the design. Overall, the intent of the design is to feature the stories and not to distract from them.

The committee will choose cover design and body design separately. The book will be 5.5” high X 4.25” wide. Number of pages will depend on number of stories and body design. The cover can use a 4-color printing process. Internal pages will use one color only. The logo will remain the same although the color may vary.

February 5, 2010              Stories are due to Committee by authors
March 1, 2010                  Electronic copies of stories will be provided by Committee
                                        Present design ideas to the Committee on or before this date
March 19, 2010                Provide print-ready file to the Committee

Friday, January 29, 2010

Phipps Font


I recently visited my sister in Pittsburgh, PA and we went to Phipps Conservatory. Really beautiful place. I took a picture of the logo and type on the entry doors. The image and type are really cohesive. The curves of the type mimic the curves of plants. I just used What the Font for the first time -- that is cool! The font is Aperto Semi-Bold. Very nice font and reasonably priced too!