Poster Pick: Diana Sudyka

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Diana Sudyka is a talented illustrator and printmaker from the Chicago area. She’s illustrated several books including The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilious Journey, and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma as well as created silkscreen posters for well-known bands such as Pearl Jam and the Decemberists. Her gig poster designs often employ her beautiful hand-drawn lettering skills. This is evident in the the Andrew Bird poster seen above, which also happens to is be this week’s poster pick.

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Jon Wong

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Jon Wong is a Bay-Area based designer working at San Francisco’s esteemed Office. His take and design of a Seijun Suzuki film festival is pretty rad. So inspired and well thought-out. There’s so much punch to a system that carries out successfully over multiple pieces and formats (like the wood engraving and deck of cards).

The rest of Jon’s work has a similar playfulness and sophistication. Mr. Wong was a studio assistant at ISO50 where he posted his process for this project (and some others). Interesting to see where it started and where it went.

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Parko Polo

Parko Polo, Edward McGowan, Illustration

Parko Polo is the alter ego of Edinburgh based illustrator Edward McGowan. As Parko Polo, Edward pairs bright cheerful colors with bold geometric lines to create images of wonder and exploration. This illustration, titled “Age of Adventure,” depicts just that with a dapper gent in a top hat soaring over craggly mountain tops in his fancy hot air balloon.

To see more of Edward McGowan’s work, visit his website and the Parko Polo website. Be sure to follow him on twitter as well!

Parko Polo, Edward McGowan, Illustration

Parko Polo, Edward McGowan, Illustration

Parko Polo, Edward McGowan, Illustration

Parko Polo, Edward McGowan, Illustration

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Highway by Dan Cassaro

As users of an ever-changing internet, it’s amazing to see large project come together by someone that we’ve been following for years. In this case, I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of a really great new typeface by Dan Cassaro, called Highway. Easily manipulated to create the look of lettering, but tight enough to use as ready-to-go typography, Highway fills the gap of versatility that many will find just perfect for their next project.

To get a bit more insight into the process and how the idea began to come together, I asked Dan a couple of questions.

I know that you took a fairly epic road trip around the country during the summer last year. How did you translate that into returning home to work on such a labor-intensive project?

I was really ready to get back to work full time when I got back to Brooklyn. Traveling every day is harder work than I thought it would be but most of the initial work on the typeface was actually done on the road. When I finally got home, it was actually really nice to zone out on a computer screen for hours on end. The back of a camper in a RV park in Arizona is a charming, but probably a less than ideal place to get work done. I’m not complaining though, I’ll probably do it again this summer.

Your work speaks to an era of rustic, hand-made lettering and typographic styles. How did you let that influence your type designing process?

I have always been charmed by imperfect typography and lettering that is just a little bit off. We aren’t robots and design isn’t an assembly line and I find it much harder to relate to letters that look like a they came out of a machine.

There was a time before digital reproduction and desktop publishing when most advertising and signage had to be done by hand. Not just sign painters making show cards, but unskilled Joes just trying to draw a knock-off Futura in there shop window. That stuff is painted all over the guts of America and I got to see all of it this summer. I don’t mean to be hokey but that stuff feels alive to me and inspires me more than any single designer ever has.

You know what kills me about all of this “unskilled” lettering? It’s always PERFECTLY SPACED. I went to school for 4 years to learn how to kern a headline and Farmer Brown crushes it on his first try.

How did you find the process of creating a full typeface with swashes and ligatures? (as in, was it tedious, fun, annoying, the most amazing thing ever, etc?)

It was definitely a new thing for me, both the technical aspects and the whole “patience” thing. I am, by nature, a very fast worker and that isn’t the best approach for making a system of letters. I thought it was going to feel like math class or something, but I ended up enjoying it; teaching my left and right brain to get along. I didn’t make myself crazy over it for fear that I would suck all the personality out of the letters; nobody is going to be setting the Bible in this typeface. I was also lucky to have some help from James Edmondson with FontLab which made the whole process a lot easier.

Thanks to Dan for the sneak peek. If you’d like to get a copy of Highway for yourself, head on over to his website.

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Olle Eksell Site & Shop

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Thanks to Johan Anderson for notifying me of the brand new Olle Eksell tribute site! Included on the website are videos, suggested links, a timeline, as well as rare photos of Olle with his wife and peers. In addition, Johan worked with the Eksell family to release a small collection of products which feature Olle’s stunning illustration work.

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photo credit: Bruno Ehrs

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olle eksell

olle eksell

olle eksell

More images +info are available at the Olle Eksell shop.
Catch Olle on Facebook as well.
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Alicia typeface by Alexander Wright

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The Alicia font is a cool new experimental typeface by Alexander Wright. This face is a good example of taking the ideas and eccentricities of lettering and creating a functional product out of them. If you enjoy this font, HypeForType, the foundry behind the project, also has many other great lettering-inspired display faces to explore within their expanding database of typefaces.



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Meggs’ History of Graphic Design for iPad

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The San Francisco-based Inkling makes smartbooks — interactive textbooks for the iPad. Inkling has recently undergone the incredible task of designing and (re)creating a digital, interactive version of the timeless Meggs’ classic, History of Graphic Design.

Having studied this book and made hundreds of black and white photocopies for various tests, the thought of a handy, accessible iPad version is very appealing. I think the exciting thing is that Inkling hasn’t just turned a good book into a nice PDF for the iPad. Rather, they’re utilizing the power of the technology to enhance the content of an already powerful book creating a much needed learning tool. And the design and UI/UX of the book is just so well thought out.

Check out Inkling, and read more about the book.

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Design Assembly 3 Book

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3 years, 148 posts, 904 comments and over 2.5m visits later, Design Assembly (as we know it) is no more. But, instead of slipping quietly into the night, they wanted to capture all the energy that’s gone into making and maintaining the site and put it to a greater cause — fighting cancer.

3’ archives over 100 published articles, comments included, as well as showcasing new and exclusive words and images from some incredible people.

100% of the profits from the sale of this publication will be shared
proportionately between 3 charities with a combined global reach:

Cancer Research UK — United Kingdom
LIVESTRONG — North America
WCRF International — Rest of world

Pick up a copy at their site.

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Rigamaru

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Good things are happening over at Rigamaru, the online shop of Pixar artist Chris Sasaki and visual artist Meghan Jean. The creative duo whose name is derived from the childish, nonsensical word “rigamarole” are currently developing a fun new line of shirts, prints and knicks knacks.

Also, If you find yourself in the LA area over the weekend, I recommend checking out the opening of the Darwin show at the Q Pop Shop. Chris is teaming up with Disney artist Joey Chou for a series of pieces that explore the themes of British naturalist Charles Darwin.

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rigamaru

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Details:

Where: Q Pop Shop
Address: 128 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: Show runs March 10th-25th
Reception: March 10th, 7pm-10pm
DJ: Albert Lozano

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