SVA Summer Residency 2018

Anna Raff Illustration

This month marks my fifth summer teaching in the School of Visual Arts Residency. Each year, a diverse group of students from around the world gather to immerse themselves in the New York illustration scene. As usual, this year's crop produced a stunning array of work.

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SOCIALIST REALISM, 2018 STYLE

Illustration Art

Compare these two illustrations of a swamp: John Cuneo's Donald Trump golfing in the swamp Jon McNaughton's Donald Trump and his cabinet "Crossing the Swamp." One is a simplistic cartoon for infantile minds. The other is a cover for the New Yorker.

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The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018

Inspo Finds

The award returned for its second instalment in 2018 and The Hepworth asked Passport to be involved again. In 2016, Leeds based design agency, Passport , designed the much acclaimed brand identity for The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

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Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018. Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018. According to the Chinese horoscope, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Therefore, be kind and gentle in 2018.

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Emmeline at LICAF 2018. Convention Announcement!

Emmeline Illustration

comic comic con comics convention emmeline pidgen. Exhibitions and Events illustration illustrator lakes international comic art festival LICAF

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Free Wallpaper for November 2018

Six Leaf Design

Hello! It’s the second to last month of the year, can you believe it? The weather in Denver this week took a turn for the colder, so it’s really feeling like autumn now. It’s been a crazy last few months if I’m being honest.

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Live Portrait Illustration at National Freelancers Day 2018

Emmeline Illustration

Just over a month ago, I was invited to London to appear in the IPSE Freelancer's showcase and illustrate live portraits for National Freelancers Day! IPSE's NFD event took place in the beautiful King's Place venue, and I set up in a gorgeous room overlooking the canal. This was my fourth time at a National Freelancer's event, and after winning National Freelancer of the Year in 2016, I got to see the title passed on to the lovely Iona Bain in the freelancer awards this year!

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Free Wallpaper for December 2018

Six Leaf Design

Hello hello! Here I am on the last day of November scrambling to put together the free December wallpaper. To be perfectly honest with you, I think I’ve put it off so long because I’m just not really in the Christmas spirit this year.

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Goodbye, little home of mine

Marloes De Vries

After living in my little apartment (45 m2) in Rotterdam for over 5 years, it’s time to say goodbye. In January I will be moving into a new house. I knew I had to leave one day because, well, it’s quite small if you live and work in the same place. But it is my place.

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MAGNETS is a Bank Street Best Book of 2018!

Anna Raff Illustration

Each year, the Bank Street College of Education assembles a list of the Best Children's Books. I'm thrilled that MAGNETS PUSH, MAGNETS PULL by David A. Adler and me is among this great list of titles. "In

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29LT Riwaya

Typographica

Arabic texts for storytelling are ordinarily long and continuous. Their accessibility is at the core of texts’ legibility that engages the readers and sustains their interest in contents. The readers need to see, discern, and identify letterforms and words.

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Nickel

Typographica

It is easy to understand how a few shapes created for a banknote can inspire a whole typeface; the bold big characters need to stand out in a complex composition of ornaments, fine-tuned illustrations, and geometric patterns. I am curious to see the 1918 Chinese banknote that inspired Nickel.

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Digestive

Typographica

“Something can be good, or it can be original; it can rarely be both.” That’s a saying I’ve heard attributed to Matthew Carter, without being able to pinpoint the source. In any event, Digestive distinctly qualifies as both.

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Avory

Typographica

Typographic history favors metal and paper, specifically metal on paper. It is less kind to the ephemeral expressions of language made visible, like written or painted letters, or even letters carved in stone.

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The iconic film posters of Bill Gold

David Airey

American graphic designer Bill Gold, who created posters for hundreds of Hollywood’s most renowned films, died aged 97 on May 20th, 2018, in Greenwich, Connecticut. 1921–2018.

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Export

Typographica

Though typeface designs are traditionally based on written letters, which themselves are comprised of strokes, the practice of typeface development is premised on contours instead.

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Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo

Fonts in Use

Contributed by Quentin Schmerber Source: [link] © MASH-ROOM Co., Kodansha Ltd. License: All Rights Reserved. Cover of the paperback collection vol. 1, displaying the famous Akira logotype. First printing: Sep. 21, 1984.

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Halyard

Typographica

My straight-from-the-gut grading system for new typeface releases ranges from “oh boy” — best expressed with a face-palm emoji — to “oh no”, as a sigh and sign of affirmative envy. Darden Studio’s Halyard is on the outer end of the latter. Collective.

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Wolpe Pegasus

Typographica

In 2011, Paul Shaw published a list of “12 Overlooked & Underappreciated Typefaces” : amongst gems like Icone by Adrian Frutiger, Hollander by Gerard Unger, Schadow by Georg Trump and Semplicità by Alessandro Butti, was Pegasus , designed by Berthold Wolpe.

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Our Favorite Typefaces of 2017

Typographica

Welcome to our twelfth annual celebration of new type design. These are not necessarily the “best” typefaces, nor the most popular or top-selling (the big retailers already have that covered).

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IBM Plex

Typographica

What first struck me about IBM Plex Sans was its form. It’s not the first typeface in which right-angle interiors contrast with smooth exteriors.

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Copyright: using images you found online

Marloes De Vries

A post shared by Ohh Deer (@ohhdeer) on Sep 17, 2018 at 3:01pm PDT. Let’s talk about copyright infringement guys!

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10,000 Uses on Fonts In Use

Fonts in Use

10,000 Uses: March 2018. Contributed by Florian Hardwig Fonts In Use launched in December 2010 , initially as a blog. In July 2012, we introduced the Collection , a much larger archive of typographic design open to public contributions.

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The Complete Guide to Image Optimization for SEO

Design Wizard

Search Engine Optimization is definitely a task at hand. What really differentiates the most effective SEO strategies from the rest of the half-baked ones is their tenacity at locating all the right moves that others might miss.

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FF Casus

Typographica

There are many reasons why I chose Eugene Yukechev’s FF Casus from a plethora of the year’s releases. I first met Eugene in 2004, when I was still a Type and Media student. Back then, Eugene was already a successful graphic designer from Novosibirsk.

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Notes on working for free

Lisa Maltby

If you choose to regularly create artistic work, whether it’s your main source of income or knitting scarves in front of the telly, you will likely have been met with comments such as “ooh, could you do me something like that?” Could you whip me up a quick logo?” or “Could you draw my portrait?” (and

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Fluid Typography

Design Wizard

Fluid Typography =equals= Responsiveness of the Future. When the term responsiveness first entered the vocabulary of marketers and web designers, we used it to describe the future of email and website design.

Goof Comic Christmas Special

Emmeline Illustration

Okay, so we're in December now and I will officially allow myself to write Christmas blog posts (ignoring the fact I sometimes need to illustrate Christmas cards in July!). So, hear ye, hear ye: the Goof Comic Christmas Special is OUT TODAY!

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Calcula

Typographica

If typography is writing with preformed and reusable letters (or, to put it more conceptually, with the instructions for making those letters) that can be combined and recombined into arbitrary texts, then there is no aspect of typography that hasn’t been challenged, undermined, or expanded by digital type. In this context, much has been made — and rightly so — of the significance of the OpenType Variable format , but Shiva Nallaperumal ’s Calcula shows us how fluid the lines between digital typography and other forms of writing were even before OTVar came about. Calcula was Nallaperumal’s MFA thesis project at MICA under the supervision of Tal Leming. It’s a Latin typeface that uses the forms and structure of Kufic Arabic scripts — specifically, the square, geometric, or Banna’i (“builder’s”) variant of Kufic that Islamic architects, beginning in Syria and Iraq around the eighth century CE, used to brick or tile the surfaces of their buildings with decorative texts. 1 Calcula embodies the two most notable features of architectural Kufic: the regularization and integration of its intra- and intercharacter white space, and the geometric modularity of its letterforms. Together these features allow characters to expand into one another’s spaces, interlocking them and their lines of text to continuously cover the surfaces to which they are applied, creating a labyrinthine effect. Nallaperumal was particularly struck by the art of Emin Barin , a Turkish calligrapher who applied architectural Kufic forms to Latin scripts. Barin’s work convinced him of the potential for a Latin font that combined the regularity and arbitrary repeatability of typographic writing with the specificity and adaptability of Kufic lettering. As he notes in the essay he wrote to accompany Calcula’s release , Nallaperumal, along with his adviser Leming, reviewed existing typefaces that also blur the distinction between type and lettering. Such typefaces use glyph substitution and ligature features to vary combinations of alternate forms of their letters (here, he mentions Typotheque’s Delvard Gradient , Julien , and Irma  — in particular, Irma’s randomized highlighted stylistic set) in order to create fluid and adaptive script forms (see Underware’s Liza and House Industries’ Studio Lettering ) and interlocking letters (see Photo-Lettering’s Swiss Interlock and House’s Ed Interlock ). Nallaperumal used the structural possibilities of a 5×5 grid to create multiple alternate versions of his glyphs, and he systematically charted — and, with Leming’s help, coded — the various ligatures needed to combine and interlock them within the constraints of that matrix. (Unsurprisingly, of the nearly 7,000 glyphs in the font, far and away most of them are ligatures.) This approach represents another way of thinking about parametric type design: not adding outlines to conventional skeletons in controlled ways (à la Prototypo or LetterModeller ), but working out the permutations of a geometrically constrained design space according to strict rules that generate pattern and rhythm out of the balance of positive and negative space. It was obviously necessary to add punctuation and symbols to Calcula for a commercial release, but to me the samples and specimens on Typotheque’s site suggest they’ll see little use, because of how compelling those patterns and rhythms are without them. (Modulating the design space to accommodate punctuation and symbols in the same interlocking way as the letters would have increased the number of glyphs exponentially, but it’s still interesting to think about what the result would have looked like.). At Peter Bi?ak’s suggestion, Nallaperumal enlisted Frederik Berlaen’s expertise to generate a series of textural variations on the original solid version of Calcula. These are appealing on their own and wonderfully complex in layers with one another. Even in its simplest version, Calcula urges readers to slow down and look closely, as Nallaperumal says. The proper test of a display design like this is whether it rewards the user’s attention and patience, and Calcula passes that test easily. Moreover, it captures the formal logic of its source materials without committing itself only to applications with their cultural affiliations. The name “Calcula” echoes Nallaperumal’s combinatorial exploration of the design space, and it also recalls the enormous debt that mathematics owes to the Arabic and Islamic cultures that provided Calcula’s formal inspiration. I hope to start seeing it soon in applications as thoughtful as its designer —  designers , he might perhaps correct me — was, or were, in creating it. PS: Let me take this opportunity to plead with Nallaperumal and David Jonathan Ross never to join forces. If they ever found a way to work it out, a mashup of Calcula and Fit could paralyze the type and design communities. Note. Examples of tiled architectural Kufic are everywhere online; interested readers will find on Square Kufic a useful demonstration of a few different ways in which the script is applied. Shakil Akram Khan is a contemporary artist living in Toronto who experiments with geometric Kufic tessellation. Gülru Necipoglu’s The Topkap? scroll: Geometry and ornament in Islamic architecture might be the most definitive English text on the subject. Display Shiva Nallaperumal System Tal Leming Type Reviews Typefaces of 2017 Typotheque

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Olipop Drinks

Inspo Finds

Break Maiden have designed a strong, bright and first-rate brand identity for Olipop drinks brand. The first clinically backed digestive health beverage was desperately in need of a brand refresh and Break Maiden have they done just that.

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Citizen Designer

David Airey

The second edition (June 2018) of Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility , by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne , is now available from Skyhorse Publishing , Amazon , and other good booksellers.

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Vivid Fashion Illustrations in Pen by Janelle Burger

Ape on the Moon

Janelle burger takes the vibrant qualities of marker pens and infuses them into her portraits and fashion illustrations to create simple yet dominating images.

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40 Free Color Scheme and Palette Apps (Massive Guide)

Inspiration Feed

Color selection is a stage in a design process that requires both smart thinking and gut feeling. In today’s digital era, you can have as many colors and color combinations as you like.

Sachsenwald

Typographica

As 21st-century America hurtles towards fascism, when the current reality has become so absurd as to render parody obsolete, using a Schaftstiefelgrotesk 1 may feel uncomfortably close to the real thing.

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The Last Time the US Considered Copyright Protection for Typefaces

Typographica

The United States has the dubious distinction of offering no copyright protection for the design of typefaces — at least not in their visual form.

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Nona The Ninth for Goof Comic launch

Emmeline Illustration

Well pals, it is a TREAT to share this with you: I'm officially creating a monthly story for Goof! comic ! My comic is called ' Nona The Ninth ' and features a strong, young lead character called Nona who is an aspiring scientist in Victorian era England.

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From Eastern Europe

Inspo Finds

Our favourite online book-shop, Counter-print , have a new book! Featured over on our feed, we couldn't resist a blog post about their brilliant new book. From Eastern Europe' is the third book from their geographical series.

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Gerstner-Programm

Typographica

Gerstner-Programm from Forgotten Shapes restores a previously inaccessible typeface to a new audience. Sharing this important work allows designers to examine past technologies and their aesthetic outcomes, and provides intimate insight into the late Karl Gerstner’s methods and approach.

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Once Upon a Time: Chatsworth Christmas leaflet design

Lisa Maltby

If you go to Chatsworth House over Christmas you will see it transformed for their ‘Once upon a time’ themed trail. This year is all about the love of stories – from Cinderella to Mary Poppins – with lots of fun things to find along the trail.

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29LT Bukra

Typographica

In recent years, Arabic typefaces have increasingly responded to contemporary visual communication and new media needs, and so have their aesthetic diversity.

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ONE LOVELY DRAWING, PART 58

Illustration Art

Tom Fluharty named his new kickstarter project after a pencil. Fluharty discovered the Prismacolor 901 indigo bleu pencil, and was so inspired by its qualities that he used it to draw a rich symphony of drawings.

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Canada Modern

David Airey

Canada Modern is a physical and digital archive of modernist Canadian graphic design, focusing on the period 1960—1985. It’s the culmination of Blair Thomson’s long-held ambition to curate a comprehensive national cache, whilst addressing the absence of any such resource on a singular thread.

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Illustrations for Afternoon Crumbs

Viktorija Illustration

I loved working on these series of illustrations for Afternoon Crumbs last year (bakery run by two amazing young women who happen to be sisters). It’s a lovely family business and Nicole (creative and baking side of business) is such a joy to work with.

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