Friday, 27 January 2012

Type with Jeremy Tankard

Yesterday I drew Ms. Lots of Ms.


This was in aid of a type workshop that I, and 15 others, attended today with font designer Jeremy Tankard. In which we took the letters we had each drawn and re-drew them into Font Lab, for mac. Or rather, Jeremy drew them with us telling him what changes we thought he should make. He was very speedy after years of designing his own fonts.

I was left with the impression that it would take me years to master the tools and really produce a unique well-designed font. I'm not entirely sure I'd have the patience for it, but I would like to try.

Jeremy gave us each a book (Type Book Two – the grey one) and a booklet for his font 'Redisturbed' which he talked about later on in his lecture. Which was also good.

I haven't had a chance to properly look through either of these but I've learnt so much today, and am glad I signed up for the workshop. Friday well spent with type. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Drawing trees

It's not like I really need an excuse to draw trees, but I created one anyway. These trees are for the Grimm's Fairy Tales book cover, in the Puffin design competition. I had absolutely no intention of doing the project until I had the idea the other night.

So I gathered a few research images, including some of my own tree photographs (particularly those taken in Norway), and set about drawing trees this afternoon.

And here's a sneaky peak at the current Illustrator document. Still working on the placement of the type, but I've cunningly devised a wrap around for the title and blurb so that when you take it off the yellow eyes are hiding underneath.

I might even print it out at uni tomorrow and see how it looks folded. But anyway, not bad for an afternoon/evenings work.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Little People

This is a good example of one of those things that I love every time I see it but yet have never blogged about. I'm always picking up books with these "little people" photographs in them, in art gallery shops and designy book shops. I'd probably quite like one of the books for myself but I don't have one. Yet.

Cut short. They're amazing.

Friday, 20 January 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

About three weeks ago, just before I came back to Falmouth, I was glued to reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I'd been meaning to read it for a while (partly just to see what all the hype was about), and it was just by chance that my best friend mentioned her excitement for the film coming out when I was at her house. She had the book there and leant me it.

"Gripping" is certainly one word I could use to describe the book, I could list many more but that may tell you more than you should know. At least if you haven't read the book. Yet.

Anyway, I just got back from watching the film at the cinema. Slightly disappointed they changed a fairly large chunk near the end but overall it was great. Not sure how long the film was but it sure flew by. There's not a boring moment.

But at the end of the film what stuck with me, and my [graphic design] friends who I watched it with, was the amazing titles at the beginning. Music and animation.

Awesome that I was actually able to find this online no problem.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Olympic non-events

The clever people at Hat-Trick Design have come up with these amusing Olympic non-events. I thought it was worth posting as I've been working on my dissertation (all day long) and there's a section in that about the Olympics, not to mention the fact that these are pictograms.

Lifting a finger

Throwing your weight around
Jumping the queue
Shooting yourself in the foot
Throwing a wobbly
Wrestling with your conscience

"Throughout the course of the 2012 Olympic fortnight, an alternative programme of events will be taking place in offices and homes across London. While these events enjoy no official status, they represent some of the most popular participation sports in the UK. This blog is an attempt to recognise and honour these under-appreciated events through a system of practical iconography."

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Blossoms & Shadows

I just finished reading this book by, the author of one of my favourite series, Lian Hearn (Tales of the Otori). It was not really anything like Tales of the Otori, except that obviously both are set in Japan. The TotO books are filled with magic and fantasy whilst this book was more about love/war. But anyway, great book nonetheless. I always love to get lost in fictional Japan. Rather neat little animation here as well.

Blossoms and Shadows is the second book I have read this year and as we are only on the 15th of January, I think that's pretty good going. The next books I read will be on my Kindle.

Saturday, 14 January 2012


I've been playing some more with LetterMpress. I really like the word "folk" and taking it in the musical sense, I created these prints. None of which are accurately centred, but that's all part of the charm, right?

EDIT: Now we have even more genres! I've tried to match the genre to specific fonts that I think reflect that style of music. The colours are sort of matched too.

And then there's this one, currently working rather nicely as my desktop wallpaper. My two favourite genres. Together.


LetterMpress is a "letterpress" application for Mac. Of course it's not that much like a real letterpress because it is all simulated. But from the few hours I spent playing with it on Wednesday, I can at least say that it's pretty fun, as well as being quite difficult to use. Difficult in that the pieces of type move with the slightest click of the mouse (or trackpad in my case) and it's not easy to rotate things. But I think it will just require some practice.

My first prints were for a birthday card for my friend [Lauren] Tooze.

And then I discovered more typefaces and stuff!

Now I just need to do something productive with this… or stop playing and do some actual work, ahem.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Google logo

I rather like the special Google logo today, in honour of a Danish geologist. I have a few friends that study geology, in Falmouth, so probably know a little bit more about it than I did two years ago. I still know next to nothing on the subject but hey, pretty picture!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012


"Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce. Drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters."