Posted on July 18, 2014 by designquixotic
In keeping with my fascination with brush-type scripts- today I’d like to share with you another great one- Finlek.The typeface has a real authenticity to it, and I’m excited to start using it in future projects. As described on Myfonts:
Finlek is a handmade typeface with subtle script characteristics. It draws inspiration from two 80s postmodern movements Memphis in Italy and Industrial Post-Punk in England. Contemporary approach to design carries the font into the twenty first century. Finlek was made to satisfy unconventional creativity, irrationality and a hunger for liberation from the dry rationalism. The font is a character with a dark side. It is a mischievous daredevil with style and free spirit, a misfit with an attitude. Finlek was designed to make a statement and stand out of the crowd. Details include 442 characters, manually edited kerning and Opentype features.
Posted on July 17, 2014 by designquixotic
Miji Lee is an illustrator and product designer based in Toronto, Canada. Lee is inspired by nature’s creations, exotic culture, and the uniqueness of individuals. I particularly liked her work with pattern- below. Enjoy!
Posted on July 16, 2014 by designquixotic
I came across the work of Hungarian-based designer Judit Besze via Pinterest, and I was immediately drawn to her use of color, typography, and vintage elements. Below is one of my favorite projects of hers- enjoy!
Posted on July 15, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on July 10, 2014 by designquixotic
Verena Michelitsch an Austrian graphic designer and illustrator, living and working in NYC. I discovered her work via siteinspire, and am thoroughly impressed with her work in branding, (not to mention everything else). Below is one of my favorites, branding for Ada Blackjack, (in collaboration with Tobias van Schneider). As Michelitsch describes,
Ada Blackjack are handcrafted bags, made in Barcelona by Ivonne Schippers. The brand is inspired by Ada Blackjack, an Inuit woman who was the heroic and sole survivor of a two year expedition on the uninhabited Wrangel Island in northern Siberia. Ada Blackjack stands for resilience, endurance and bravery. The logo, icons and illustration are inspired by Inuit language characters.
Posted on July 9, 2014 by designquixotic
Dangerdust is the name of an anonymous duo- students at Columbus College of Art and Design, who sneak into a classroom each Sunday or Monday night, and create beauty out of chalk. I absolutely love this story. Creating for the sake of creating- is there anything more beautiful? Below are a few of my favorite works from them. You can follow their adventures on Behance, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook to see what happens next….
Below is one of my favorite projects (so far…). Enjoy!
Posted on July 8, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on July 7, 2014 by designquixotic
I always seem to be left behind on the big holiday weekends in NYC, but I don’t mind. I love it when the city is empty and everything slows down.
I can’t believe I’ve lived in NYC for ten years and never been to the local beaches! I guess I’m a bit of a beach snob, but my love of sea and sand won over this past weekend… (and of course I loved the typography on this surf sign…).
I always look for special shells when I’m at a beach, and “mermaid tears” (sea glass!). Here’s my loot from the weekend…. I also was experimenting with different mediums for painted typography… Something I’d like to incorporate in an upcoming branding piece I’m working on for a client… Hopefully I can get it right.
There’s this quote that’s been stuck in my head for a bit from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “I have of late, but wherefore I know not lost all my mirth.” Practicing again with the painted type… admittedly looks awful at the moment. Someday this will be the “before” picture! (In the back is a mood board for a new client… so excited for this one!)
I love it when my friends teach me about important artists I’ve never heard of. My friend Tim took me to this exhibition of Mel Bochner. I was obsessing over writing and texture all weekend so it was this kind of perfect moment… above were my two favorites pieces from the show.
Sometimes I feel awkward about my internet-ness. And I try not to think about my followers, or how many people are reading this right now, because it sort of freaks me out sometimes. But, when awesome brands and amazing people contact me out of the blue, I’m reminded of how lucky I truly am. Such was the case this weekend, when French artist and designer Coco contacted me about meeting up for lunch while she was staying in Brooklyn. I will be featuring her work later on the blog… what an inspiring girl!
That’s all for now- have a great week everyone!
Posted on July 4, 2014 by designquixotic
I’ve noticed a trend away from the very perfect and artfully done illustrative lettering to a more simple, bold feel… enter the brush stroke block-like type. It’s very hard for a font to capture this, and for my own projects- I definitely would opt for the hand-painted over digital (nothing beats the real thing). But, for those of you who don’t want to go that route, or need something quick and easy, Brush Up is the best, most realistic, font I’ve found in this genre, (so far! open to hearing other that y’all like). As described via Myfonts,
Swiftly painted on paper and carefully translated into a font, it brings 3 glyphs for each letter and 2 for each number, plus variations for some punctuation marks. The font is nicely programmed to cycle these alternate glyphs when Contextual Alternates engines of applications are turned on. Or, you can always pick up your choices manually through a glyphs palette.