Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Spring Semester Calendar

Below is the calendar for Spring Semester, and expectations for the class.
Click on it to see the calendar in a larger size.

Keep in mind, only two months left!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

House Industries Free Fonts

Download these free fonts here.

The Haiti Poster Project

A collaboration of artists and designers from around the world, benefitting victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Moxie Sozo, the organizer of the 2005 HURRICANE POSTER PROJECT, is teaming up with Josh Higgins, the organizer of the 2007 SO-CAL FIRE POSTER PROJECT to produce the 2010 HAITI POSTER PROJECT

THE HAITI POSTER PROJECT seeks limited edition sets of posters from artists, designers and design firms from around the world. The donated posters will be sold online to raise money for Doctors Without Borders ( As designers, we have the collective ability to do what we love, AND to create a difference. THE HAITI POSTER PROJECT has been conceived as a collective effort by the design community to unite and effect change through our work. In order for this project to be successful, we are counting on designer participation. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000,000 for Doctor’s Without Borders. Please help spread the word.

To find out more how to submit a poster design, go to:

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Please take a look at the main class site, From D to C, for job postings.
We will posting them when they come up.

Also, if you know of any job postings, please let one of us know.



New Font releases from FontShop.


Great blog, that has some great type resources.

Also has compiled a favorite font list that is pretty decent.

Especially for his decision to include Mr. Eaves (love!)


Cuba En La Grafica

This comes from a book published in 1992 by Ediciones Gianni Constantino, Italy. Many of these posters have been recently designed, with references to graphic design in the 1950's.

Go to the websites:
Art of Cuba

Book By Its Cover reviews this book (as well as other inspiration for books).

Also, read an article about Cuban design school, El Instituto Superior de Deseno Industrial (ISDI), with work samples in Creative Review. Note in the essay, much of the design work by students are used by Cuban companies and institutions, even though there is actually only one company in Cuba, the Cuba government.

Friday, February 5, 2010

AIGA event: Motion Graphics "Title Sequence" Gurus Talk

TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2010 6:30–9:00PM

Call it Poetry in Motion—those short-form bursts of tightly choreographed type and compressed narrative that create our first impressions of a movie or TV show. And though they’ve been around since the advent of commercial cinema, never before have title sequences been as much in the limelight as they are today. “The Reel World: New York” offers up a rare opportunity to see the Big Apple’s greatest motion-graphics gurus on the same stage describing the methods and meanings behind this ever-evolving art form.

Randy Balsmeyer of Big Film Design.
Through his long standing relationships with The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, David Cronenberg, and the late Robert Altman, Randy has yielded some of the most memorable titles sequences in film history.

Rama Allen of Digital Kitchen
As a Creative Director at Digital Kitchen, Rama will be speaking about their Emmy nominated titles for True Blood and how they approach Television sequences differently from those in Film.

Josh Norton of Big Star
Having created titles for recent hit docs: Food Inc. and Gonzo, Josh will talk about the workings and process of title design from a creative team in a small, young company.

Karin Fong of Imaginary Forces
As a founding member and director at Imaginary Forces(NY), Karin's reel includes an impressive body of work including Terminator Salvation, The Pink Panther 2, Ray, Definitely Maybe and Charlotte’s Web to name a few.

The Members Series is an ongoing series of events that are open to the general public, but cater to Member's concerns for content, networking and price. These events will be comprised of workshops and how-to sessions, as well as more social evenings geared toward raucous fun, like this one. Want to know more? Come and see for yourself!

Tuesday 16 February 2010
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street
in DUMBO, Brooklyn

$13 AIGA member
$23 General public
Register in advance for the best rate and to ensure your seat.

All Things Typographic 2/10

Stay on the cutting edge, typographically speaking!
-- TypeTalk: You ask, we answer
-- Fonts on the Web
-- Typeface (the film)
-- Clients from HELL
-- Bring Gourmet Typography to your company, school, or organization

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TypeTalk: You ask, we answer
TypeTalkQ. Are there guidelines for setting type on a curve? Check it out...

Q. I see so many business cards that contain phone numbers with bad spacing. What is the best way to remedy this? Check it out...

Fonts on the Web

fyti logoWhy can't you use whatever fonts you want on a Web site? Which can you use? Of the still present techno-quirks and design challenges, one of primary ones (for designers, that is) is limitations of fonts on the Web.
Part One: Web-safe fonts

In Part One, we talked about two practical ways to work within current typography limitations on the web: first, using web-safe fonts and, second, treating type as a graphic. Happily, in today's rapidly-evolving world of technology, there are advances on the web horizon that will expand your typographic freedom and increase your font choices dramatically.
Part Two: What's next?

Typeface (the film)
JustTypeface filmine Nagan's feature-length documentary Typeface tells the story of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in rural Wisconsin. Director Justine Nagan first stumbled upon this museum while on a drive through the Midwest, stopping for an ice-cream sundae in Two Rivers, Wisconsin (arguably the birthplace of the treat). Amazed by the historic block-long warehouse which houses over 1.5 million wood letterforms, Nagan soon began work on her first film for Chicago-based Kartemquin Films, a not-for-profit film studio where Nagan now serves as executive director. Read on...

Clients from HELL
AHell collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories from designers. Not strictly typographic, but entertaining nonetheless. Take a look...

Bring Gourmet Typography to your company, school, or organization
In tGourmet Typographyoday's competitive market, you need all the edge you can get. Whether you are a student or a professional, having strong typographic skills should be at the top of your list.

Bring Gourmet Typography Training right to your company, school or organization! Workshops are customized for groups of any size and designed to fit your specific needs. Sessions are scheduled for your convenience - daytime, evenings or weekends. We will design a program customized for your particular requirements.

SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES: Special pricing, call 203.227.5929 for details.

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