there’s still some craft in advertising

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 | One Comment
there’s still some craft in advertising

Came across this documentary the other day and absolutely loved it. It takes time to create something of such beauty. I love the fact that this is going on in New York as well. Pixels or paint? I know which one I prefer.

pastiche, homage or just plain old rip-off?

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 | 5 Comments
pastiche, homage or just plain old rip-off?

Outside the Oxford Circus branch of Niketown in London there’s a typographic wall installation in one of the windows. It’s a direct imitation of Lou Dorfsman’s iconic masterpiece gastrotypographicalassemblage. Obviously it’s an homage to the original. Nike have created their own original, stunning work over the years and they have more than enough credit in […]

doyald young 1926-2011

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 | No Comments
doyald young 1926-2011

Was sad to hear yesterday of the passing of Doyald Young an amazing designer and typographer. He’d been drawing letterforms since 1948 creating logos for Prudential, Max Factor and Vidal Sassoon amongst others and designed a number of typefaces including ITC Eclat. He was part of a generation that was wholly focused on skill and […]

the mad skills of dana tanamachi

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 | No Comments
the mad skills of dana tanamachi

It’s so nice to come across a designer who’s work is completely awe-inspiring, someone who ‘does’ design rather than talks about it on the internet. Dana Tanamachi from Brooklyn creates the most amazing chalk lettering. She also works for one of my favourite design companies Louise Fili Ltd, and before that worked for another favourite […]

who’s who of london typography in 1987

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 | 10 Comments
who’s who of london typography in 1987

Going through some old books of mine I came across this promotional book called “I wouldn’t have done it like that” produced in 1987 by a London typesetting house called ‘Deputy Serif’. They got 8 of the most respected agency typographers/designers in London to take iconic press ads and re-design them. This was before macs […]

great typography book from 1927

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 | 5 Comments
great typography book from 1927

Every now and then you come across a gem of a book where every page is a joy to look at. A couple of years ago I saw this book on ebay and picked it up for about $10. It’s called the Studio Handbook and was published in 1927 by Frederick J. Drake & Co […]

how to create the best line breaks for a headline

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 | 3 Comments
how to create the best line breaks for a headline

If the above statement by David Ogilvy is true then it’s crucial that you make a headline appear as legible and well-crafted as possible. It goes without saying that font selection, kerning and leading are fundamental to this, but have you considered the line-breaks that you use? Like much of design, how you break a […]

pin the tale poster design

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 | 2 Comments
pin the tale poster design

Here’s a poster I designed for Pin the Tale, a theatre company based in London. The double bill finally makes its debut in London this week after being a hit at the Edinburgh Festival. Both plays revolve around the world of Russian mail order brides. “Ulov” is performed from the woman’s perspective while “Catch” is […]

lou dorfsman gastrotypographicalassemblage

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 | No Comments
lou dorfsman gastrotypographicalassemblage

The Kemistry Gallery in London is celebrating the work of the legendary art director for the CBS network, Lou Dorfsman. The main exhibit is the wooden wall he created which he named Gastrotypographicalassemblage. Collaborators included Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase. It’s an amazing piece of work and so representative of that period of design in […]

quick tips for great typography in indesign

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 | 12 Comments
quick tips for great typography in indesign

One of the things I always do when I pitch up somewhere new is get my preferences set up on InDesign. This helps me get the best looking type I can from the program before I go in and start tweaking. So here’s a list of the things I do. Make sure you do these […]

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