Archive for the ‘Inspire’ Category
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Brand Connection: Dig Deeper

Bill Gardner of LogoLounge: “Take the Demographic Blindfold Off” Bombarded with thousands of messages daily, successful brands must constantly evolve to reach discerning subsets of the marketplace. All hispanics are not equal. All Catholics are not family friendly. All women do not love Hillary. Brands have “personalities” that appeal to specific people ...

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February 29: Make a Flying Leap

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 ...

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Gulliver’s Travels: London, Illustrated

Book Review All the Buildings in London *That I’ve Drawn So Far by James Gulliver Hancock from Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York Following up on his popular, gleefully illustrated book, All the Buildings in New York (*That I’ve Drawn So Far), James Gulliver Hancock returns to his roots with All the Buildings in […]

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Pushing the Press: Typecraft’s Dazzling Collection on Display

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.

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The Beauty of Letterpress: Gee Whiz!

San Francisco's Earl Gee contributed this beautifully crafted and intelligently conceived new print, Edition 13, Beauty of Letterpress: The Art of Making an Impression. Mr. Gee considered various concepts for his design but, he says, “The idea of using tools as typographic forms was impossible to resist. I hope viewers and poster collectors enjoy discovering ...

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Remembering is Kind. Action is Divine.

ATG contributor Robin Salter recalls the September 2013, Against the Grain story about the compassionate effort and work of designer Marek Hosek and the nonprofit he helped form, Art for Health. The campaign continues to raise money for medical supplies to help victims of Haiti's January 12, 2010 earthquake which, by the most conservative estimates, killed more ...

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In Gratitude … 2015

In Gratitude, 2015: We thank Against the Grain readers and contributors for making this year a spectacular celebration of everything that is great in American design, printing, and all creative endeavor. You are the reason we exist. You are the source of all our inspiration. Happy New Year.

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SHT Show: Say It Five Times. Fast. Faster.

The SHT Show: Seattle, Havana, Tehran. A poster show by artists from these three cities? Why? Well, why not?! When Daniel Smith embarked on curating an international poster show—specifically Seattle, Havana, Tehran—some may have questioned his sanity. These three cities are worlds apart, not just in miles, but culture, politics, and more. Simply consider ...

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Win a Neenah DIY Envelope Template Kit!

Enter a chance to win a DIY Envelope Template Kit from Neenah, How and Print!

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Sketch a Doodle Doodle Do!

From the Department of Stocking Stuffers These Quirky Doodle Books  Inspire Designers, Artists, and Storytellers Artist Gemma Correll‘s quirky worldview is captured in the pages of the thousands of sketchbooks she has always kept close at hand. A lifelong doodler, her sketches and musings have led to a successful career as an illustrator and cartoonist. ...

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