I am a Graphic Designer originally from the North of England but currently living and working in Birmingham at Life Agency. In my spare time I art-direct Boat Magazine, do a spot of blogging for FormFiftyFiveand have a tumblr called TEAiM. If you would like to you can email me.
To mark the launch of its two new typefaces The Gourmand magazine has produced a limited-edition type sample which doubles as a recipe book.
The exclusive fonts, named Grotesque 777 and Grotesque 888, were designed collaboratively by Monotype Designer, Gunnar Vilhjálmsson, and The Gourmand’s creative director, David Lane.
Delving into Monotype’s archive Gunnar took inspiration from a collection of original and unused 20th Century sans serif typefaces, harnessing various features and characteristics to create a unique, contemporary design.
I had the opportunity to ask Gunnar, a type designer from Iceland, about his process and the challenges.
What was the most challenging part of the design process?
We referenced elements from seven different Monotype Grotesque faces in the design process, everything from weight, proportions and spacing of letterforms. In a few cases we directly adopted shapes like the charming ampersand from Monotype Series 527.
In spite of the heavy inspiration taken from the Monotype legacy, we still wanted the design of Grotesque 777 & 888 to be original and tailored to The Gourmand. A big challenge was finding a satisfying balance between creating a new order while maintaining the historical quirks in a sophisticated way.
Where did the, very functional, names come from?
Naming of the faces, Grotesque 777 and Grotesque 888, derives from the working title of a typeface we stumbled upon in the Monotype Archive, called Grotesque Series 666. I think it was never released.
The ampersand is particularly distinctive. Where did this design originate from?
The shapes of the ampersand from Series 527 and the italic lowercase ‘f’ from Series 150 were directly adopted, with minor modifications.
Below are the reference material from Monotypes’s archive, showing that distinctive ‘&’ and ‘f’:
In the final type spec each highlighted character is matched with an interesting and unusual recipe from The Gourmands past issues.
Animal Rodeo! – Hendy Mp, a photographer based in Indonesia, has captured a tree frog riding on the back of a giant horned wood-boring beetle. The tree frog is a Reinwardt’s Flying Frog, part of the family Rhacophoridae. Via.
A blistering story of obsession, music and obscene money. A story of visionaries, criminals and moguls. How Music Got Free is about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, and an illegal website six times the size of iTunes.
Our cover ‘displays’ one of the main protagonists, and hints at how one man’s crime snowballs into an explosive moment in history.
Currently on Cartier Avenue in Quebec City, 34 giant backlit lampshades, decorated with selected works by Alfred Pellan and Fernand Leduc from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, are hanging over the street. The installation is an original concept by Lightemotion, the lighting design firm that illuminates building façades and interiors in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. – via.
I keep being drawn back to this stunning Herb Lubalin designed cover for the 1968 catalog to the controversial exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Expect to see evidence of this in the next issue of The Recorder)
Photographers note: “This brave fox wandered up on our porch. He’s half cat, half dog, and all cute. When the fox first came for a visit we instantly named it “Freddy the Fox.” But after we got to know it we found out Freddy is actually Frederica.”
This year, we worked with Human After All and artist Malika Favre to produce artwork for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards poster and brochure covers. We asked Malika to interpret the five Best Film nominees; Birdman, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything. – Bafta.
The 2015 Red Bull RB11 Formula 1 car debuted at Jerez in Spain with a black and white camouflage special test livery. It is intended to hide design features from their competition during this early R&D phase of the season.
Catch Me Daddy, the debut film from British directors and writers Daniel and Matthew Wolfe, is in cinemas later this month. The highly detailed poster created for its release is also a combined effort – and a darkly surreal artwork in its own right – by graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge and artist Mu Pan…
Stuck to my psyche is a post-it note reminding me of the kind of work I always want to do. On the note are the words ‘… and don’t forget to change the world.’ It’s a pretty big phrase for a small imaginary post-it but it’s there to remind me that, every time I make a piece of creative work, I have the choice to make the world a little better or a little worse with that work, and the second option is not an option.
Better in what way? Well, it would be nice to have a world with a little less prejudice, a little less sexual stereotyping, a little less focus on an unattainable levels of beauty. It would be good to have a bit more tolerance, a bit more fairness, a bit more mindfulness, a bit more opportunity. It would be great if we could think less about ourselves and more about others, if we could support those less able than ourselves, and if we could be less self-centred as a generation leaving the planet in the hands of generations to come.
All of that equals better in my view, and of course you will have your own version. But as makers of culture, we have magic in our hands; we put ideas into the public realm, and in a small way, or in a larger way, those ideas can be part of any change we want to see.
Original American one sheet film poster for Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 revisionist western, “The Wild Bunch.” Generally considered to be Peckinpah’s masterpiece, and the film that defined the director’s style at the popular level.
I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.
Brian Sibley: Or brains even?
Oh gosh, yes, brains is one of the least. You can be a lovely person without brains, absolutely lovely. Kindness - that simple word. To be kind - it covers everything, to my mind.
If you’re kind that’s it.
This is MTV’s ‘design brief’ for a big upcoming ‘rebrand’. This is offensive on so many levels. It will probably get hit with a takedown so feel free to save/reblog.
Actual quote: “We want a look that’s not hi-def, not polished and doesn’t look extremely professional. We want something that feels in development, experimental, and made by a person, an artist, not a company”
They might as well just curb stomp my soul and flush it down to hell.
Our body leaves a lot to autopilot, which is a good thing. Imagine having to walk through your day actively remembering not to pee your pants. That would be totally lame.
Some of our involuntary behaviors are pretty weird, though. Why do our eyes sometimes twitch? Why do we yawn? Why do some people sneeze when they look at the sun? Why do we hiccup, and how can we get rid of them?
Find out what science has to say about these weird behaviors in this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart! No yawning while watching.
Also, the YouTube show has its own Twitter account now! I know, it only took me two years to set it up. I’m good at internet. Follow @okaytobesmart for the latest videos, announcements, behind the scenes pics, Q&As, and extra goodies to go with each episode.
Hey friend, I'm Luke. I'm a graphic designer and I help big brands communicate at LIFE Agency in Birmingham. I specialise in editorial and branding work – I cut my teeth art-directing Boat Magazine (1-6) and now I'm responsible for Monotype's typographic journal 'The Recorder'.
I value intelligent creative thinking and produce work with a high level of finish. I'm also a leader at Gallery Church, long-time & regular contributor to FormFiftyFive and founder of international network (of amazing people) CRTD..I also try to be a nice guy, which is probably more important.
Since graduating from the brilliant Falmouth University i've spent 7 years at 2 of the best agencies outside of London, gaining experience and exposure on dozens of high profile accounts. I'm experienced in running workshops and work-experience schemes, mentoring, presenting, pitching, & explaining my thinking to non-design audiences.
2014 - Present
Freelance Art Director & Designer / Monotype
Making its first appearance in 1902, and eventually edited by the formidable Beatrice Warde, The Recorder was published by the company that produced the machines that today’s Monotype derives its name from. In regular publication as a trade magazine for around 70 years (with a hiatus for much of WWII), it covered everything from technology and typeface releases to historic features; offering readers an in-depth look at the type industry.
This first new issue adopts a new approach, exploring type from a more cultural standpoint, and showing how its influence has played a role in our lives over the years, in everything from street signs to sci-fi. We’ve explored traditional forms of working, as well as the way a new generation of designers are interpreting type’s role, and the way people respond to it. We’ve considered how letterforms have been used to portray our hopes and fears for the future, both in the design industry and in pop culture, and we’ve looked at how history and culture have contributed to the development and popularity of particular styles of handwriting and typefaces. The first issue also features a photo story that goes behind the working process of one of the most well-respected British printers and typographers – the artist Alan Kitching. In collaboration with paper company Mohawk, the entire issue is printed on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultrawhite, with a foil blocked cover, spot colours, and two throw-out sections.
"..the powerful beauty and visual impact of the design. This is a great-looking magazine, extremely well-conceived and executed, and is a must-see for people interested in typography and editorial design." – Robert Newman
"..The original magazine first published over 100 years ago has been redesigned and re-imagined, reinvigorating its original beauty and compelling content." – Type Worship
2011 - Present
Senior Creative / LIFE Agency
MAA Awards 2014 – Best Long Term Campaign MAA Awards 2012 – Best Strategic Thinking MAA Awards 2011 – Best Development of Agency Talent MAA Awards 2010 – Best Newcomer Agency
Working on brands including: Nescafe, Carling, Samsung, Lucozade, KitKat, Ribena, Nivea, Aquafresh, Chicago Town, Ristorante, Uncle Bens, Purina, Lloyds Pharmacy, Grolsch, Coors Light and more. I'm responsible for overseeing the LIFE brand and as such was trusted to re-brand the Agency in 2012.
2009 - Present
Contributor / FormFiftyFive
Founded in 2005 by an ever growing group of designers, illustrators, coders and makers eager to collect and share the best design work they came across, FormFiftyFive.com soon became an international showcase of creative work.
We scour the world’s best creative talent to keep FormFiftyFive a foremost collection of current design from both the young upstarts and well known masters. We’re constantly on the look out for new features that dig even deeper into what’s happening in the design community, so get in touch if there’s something you’ld like to see on there.
I'm responsible for hundreds of posts including book, portfolio & event reviews.
Art Director & Designer / Boat Magazine
An antidote to lazy journalism, Boat Magazine is a nomadic (currently) biannual publication that temporarily bases itself in cities with big stories to tell. I art-directed and designed the first 6 issues of the print magazine working alongside the directing/editing team of Davey and Erin Spens. We collaborated with the most brilliant people we could find; writers, photographers, illustrators, typographers, musicians, many household names and as many unknown talents. I travelled regularly with the team abroad to research content and document the local graphic language and ephemera. All work was undertaken pro-bono and done outside of work hours, for the love of it.
Issues directed: Sarajevo, Detroit, London, Athens, Kyoto & Reykjavik.
Selected for: Creative Review, The Annual. Stocked worldwide, including Magma, Selfridges, Harrods & WHSmiths.
Creative / Linney Design
Top 25 UK full-service agency working for clients including: Molson Coors Brewing Company Ltd (internal comms & brands including Carling, Coors Light, Grolsch, Cobra etc.), Yamaha Motor Europe, Mars UK (including Mars, Maltesers, Seeds of Change, Pedigree, Whiskas, Cesar & Sheba), Bupa, Hasbro, Keele University, University of Worcester, Post Office, Mothercare, Early Learning Centre, Novartis, Givaudan, Vax, Valor, Eurostar, The Environment Agency, EADS, Kohler Mira, Pizza Hut, Chiquitos – and more.
I ran a successful work-experience scheme, personally mentoring over 40 students aged 13 – 23, and was responsible for helping to inspire the business – through a daily email of finds that was also sent to clients – and through the allocation of budget. During my 3 years I also oversaw the installation of 2 large scale sculptures and helped run a monthly 'creative forum' of visiting speakers.
Alternative music specialist / Pendulum Records
General sales and occasional acting manager, across four stores through the north east. Duties included stock control, customer service, store layout, window displays, point-of-sale and promotion. This role also required me to listen to large amounts of Dido and David Gray, from which I am still recovering.
1st class BA(Hons)
Lincoln School of Art and Design
Foundation Art & Design
Activities: Experimentation, research, process, development.
“The next time you are tempted to design a logo, take a look at this book. Chances are, it has already been done. By raising the bar, this wonderful resource will make better designers of all of us.” – Michael Bierut
Together with Laurence King with are giving away 5 copies of this complete guide to the history, development and style of identity design, signed by the author Michael Evamy. All you have to do is take a photo of your favourite logo, tell us why you love it and tag it on Twitter or Instagram with #FFFLogo. Easy!
We’ll select the winners by next Monday 9th March. So get snapping and good luck!
“At Red Logo Associates we change lives. Literally. This February will see the greatest design team ever assembled creating logos for the great (celebrities) and the good (you). Submit a brief, donate to Comic Relief and see your own logo exhibited alongside living breathing icons at The Proud Archivist, London on Red Nose Day 2015.”
The event will be elevated with an additional 30 celebrity logos (published on the website throughout February) to celebrate the 30 year landmark of the iconic fundraiser. The idea is based around a fictional, hyper-egotistical Mad Men inspired agency called Red Logo Associates. ‘Clients’ submit a creative brief and donation online in return for a single logo that represents “their very essence” to help them succeed in life. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, but also surprisingly in-tune with the self-branding obsession in social media today.
In case anyone needed a reminder that letterpress rocks, Glasgow Press and designer Kerr Vernon have been at it again with another lovely collaboration. The pack features six postcards of bands with black or white in their name. The bands have been interpreted through a mix of typography and illustration and the reverse of the cards features a short history of each band with the mono theme threaded through the text. The pack was printed using a mix of foil and letterpress onto the GF Smith colorplan range. If you’d like one best move fast and give the guys at Glasgow Press a shout.
TDK is about bringing industry knowledge, exposure and opportunities to students and graduates in the graphic design industry. They spend 9 months a year on the road, spreading the love, doing talks, running exhibitions and facilitating workshops and design meet-ups.
We spoke to Frankie Ratford from TDK and here’s what she had to say about their upcoming trip:
We’ve previously run design road trips in Australia, but we’re skipping the van idea and going straight to a Kiwi tradition – we will be hitch-hiking between centres in New Zealand during February and March instead! We’re launching an international Instagram typography competition for designers to create our hitchhiking signs! Gemma O’Brien (one of Australia’s biggest international typographers) is locked in for Auckland and we will be opening up our Instagram feed (@thedesignkids) with our next destinations as we go over the next 8 weeks for people to design.
How to get involved
Pick a destination, design some beautiful type of the word, upload it onto your instagram and tag us @thedesignkids #tdkthumbsup. There’s no restrictions except the 600px sq instagram allows, so go nuts – photos in the background, block colour, hand drawn, vector, serif, display, sans-serif – you name it, we love it!
We’ll be picking the best for each city, printing them & using them on the road, and then holding a big exhibition (with the chance for you to sell your work) at the end in Auckland on April 2nd to showcase all the amazing type from around the world, with the spotlight fully on NZ, design and incredible destinations
A selection of designers from all over the world have been paying tribute to Massimo Vignelli who died last year at the age of 83.
Vignelli, who was born in Milan in 1931, set up Vignelli Associates with wife Lella in New York and worked on projects famously including the American Airlines identity and signage for the New York City Subway system.