"Our brand isn’t just our logo, it’s a total approach to business. " — Well said! Creative collaborations usually have a bit of a backstory, and this one comes with a twist. A couple of years ago, letterpress printer James Tucker of Aesthetic Union was living on his boat in San Francisco Bay. He met a designer, Nathan Sharp, who really wanted it. Nathan ...
Rob Saunders’ Gift to the World: Letterform Archive in San Francisco The ‘Ali Baba Cavern of Type Design,’ a one-stop full-service museum for teachers, researchers, students, designers, and kern nerds. Rob Saunders has been building his personal collection for 40 years (yes, his entire adult life). His 15,000-ish typographic treasures include ...
Felix Doolittle & The Paper Mouse: The Convenience of Being True “Felix Doolittle” is the nom de paintbrush of Chinese watercolorist and designer Felix Fu. Fu started going by Felix when he and his family moved to Canada from Hong Kong when he was a teen. He says that he selected Felix as his English name “because in […]
Alyson Kuhn celebrates one design firm that is taking the leap. Stone Interiors specializes in designing sophisticated interiors, primarily residential. The studio recently launched a new website and identity materials. Principle Stacy Stone comments, “Our materials reflect our brand in a tactile way. They complement everything we do. They don’t replace ...
The Typecraft Design Library is not encyclopedic, but it is dazzling: fifteen years worth of print projects designed by over 450 designers. The exhibition Pushing the Press opened in mid-November at the A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum in Los Angeles’ downtown arts district. It showcases the entire Typecraft Design Library and closes February 29.
A Tribute to Tom Wright of Neenah Paper: “It has been my privilege to allow creatives to do their best work. And now, Neenah has made a new, ongoing investment in the design community by funding this scholarship. No legacy could make me prouder. And I am touched to think how proud my parents—who were my first mentors—would be.” Tom retired after 35 years ...
Michael Osborne has designed limited-edition print No. 6 in Neenah’s Beauty of Engraving series. He adapted elements from old stock certificates, added an original cartouche, and set some devilishly tiny type. The print shows off the clarity of engraving at its fancy finest, with borders pushing the press quite close to the edge. Each print in Neenah’s ongoing ...
Menu Design is a lavishly illustrated book that is literally made to order for designers, whether you design menus or not. It makes for delicious reading, serving up fresh insights from renowned menu engineer Gregg Rapp [http://www.menutechnologies.net]. It also presents a tactile buffet of printing and bindery techniques, all produced on CLASSIC® Papers from ...
Alyson Kuhn reports on the joy of Design Family Reunion: "The workshop facilitator-orchestrators went to great lengths – literally and figuratively – to spark everyone’s creativity. Actually, the word workshop seems inadequate. Each activity was totally hands-on, but also a bit contemplative. Let’s call them creative immersion experiences. Here’s who ...
Bari Zaki [http://barizaki.com] loves pencils. She is a bookbinder, box-maker, bow-tyer – and pencil-wrapper. When she received a children’s book called Little Red Writing as a gift, she instantly called the friend who had sent it to her. In the next breath, she announced her plan to also thank the book’s author, Joan Holub, and its illustrator, Melissa ...