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291 Paper Letters. 2,454 Photographs. 140 hours of work. A paper-letter video animation about the history of fonts and typography, created by Ben Barrett-Forrest, a designer and animator from Whitehorse, Yukon. © Forrest Media, 2013
The 85th Annual Academy Awards nominations were announced early this morning. Leading the pack with 12 nominations — including for best picture — was Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg. I saw Lincoln last weekend and thought it was excellent — definitely my choice for this year’s best picture. I also predict that Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln), Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln) and Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens) will win for best actor and supporting actress/actor for their performances in the film.
On a related design note, the 2013 Emancipation Proclamation (Forever®)stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service on January 1 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is one of a civil rights set being issued in 2013.
The Rolling Stones revealed their updated logo on their web site in late June and have announced a 50th anniversary concert tour for next year. The legendary rock band’s new logo was designed by Shepard Fairey, and features the signature tongue-and-lips symbol, which was originally developed by designer John Pasche for the band’s 1971 album “Sticky Fingers”.
The History Channel‘s wildly popular Hatfields & McCoys miniseries (recently aired over Memorial Day weekend) is a fictional retelling of the infamous feud, but writer Dean King‘s upcoming book The Feud will attempt to piece together the full picture. Here’s a preview of the book’s cool cover design. In my book, it’s spot on. (MORE)
I’ve noticed this poster around midtown Manhattan the past few weeks. I think it’s a great example of typography, color and graphic design for advertising. It’s eye-catching, beautiful and conveys a great message and association with the Bloomingdale’s brand during the holiday season. (MORE)
As designers, we certainly don’t have the power as politicians have, to change the world. But, I believe that it is our duty to denounce these dramatic problems and induce people to reflection and reaction
— Armando Milani
I first saw this poster a few years ago at the United Nations and today I felt inspired to share it with everyone. The designer, Armando Milani, dedicates part of his time to designing cultural and humanitarian posters. This one was used by the United Nations to celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2004. Peace.
A logo doesn’t sell, it identifies. A logo derives its meaning from the quality of the thing it symbolizes, not the other way around. A logo is less important than the product it signifies; what it means is more important than what it looks like.
— Paul Rand
I designed this logo for Jenniann Barile, developer of The Gate, a 10-unit Arts-and-Crafts influenced luxury condominium apartment complex in Hoboken, New Jersey. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer, watercolorist and sculptor. The font is ITC Rennie Mackintosh, which was inspired and developed from Mackintosh’s impeccably hand-lettered architectural renderings, posters, book jackets, etc. Ms. Barile traveled to Glasgow, Scotland with principal architect Dean Marchetto, where they studied Mackintosh’s work. Marchetto reinterpreted Hoboken’s traditional forms by incorporating elements from the great Arts-and-Craft’s architect’s designs. The Gate’s brick facade and vertically punched windows are a nod to Hoboken conventions; its black lintels and modern rooftop cornice pay homage to Mackintosh. The building has won several awards, including the Residential Architect Design Award. The building, as one judge said, “understands history rather than mimicking it.”
I saw this on a friend’s Facebook page this morning and had to share it. I like the typography, too! Enough said.