Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Fonts from FontShop 3.29.10

Lily Wang

Standard CT


Co Text and Co Headline

sneaker script

and more on the FontShop blog

The Pattern Project

Create artwork based around and inspired by pattern. Sign up and create a piece of art work that uses pattern, repeat, or repetition in it. Send it back and be part of an exhibition highlighting the significance of pattern in art.

There will be an exhibition in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Art Library on June 5th, 2010. Your pattern project will be included in this exhibition. We do not jury entries. We believe art should be accessible to the masses and we therefore include every entry submitted.

Only 1 day left to sign up!

The Pattern Project

Book kits from the Paper Source

Paper Source has variously sized book kits that have all the binding materials included and boards pre-cut.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Getting Your Portfolio Ready

Its portfolio time, for next class lets make sure we:

1) choose projects you want to include in your junior portfolio
including pieces from courses, mine or others, internships, jobs, last year's work you'd like to revise, etc
2) lay then out in an indesign doc.
nothing fancy for this week.
just choose the pieces and lay them in.

3) export to a pdf.

4) print in b&w to size

5) paste back to back in the order you think you'd like to present

6) trim to size.

7) bring to class

-see you then.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Video: The Seed

The Seed from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.

"A two-minute animated voyage through nature's life cycle, following the trials and tribulations of a humble apple seed."

This video was made using Abobe CS4 software with a mixture of stop motion papercraft and 2D drawn animation.

It is also in the new information graphics book, Data Flow 2, which I'll post about later on.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Daily Inspiration

Jessica Hische is a brooklyn based illustrator/ typographer/ graphic designer.

She has worked for Headcase design in Philadelphia and Louise Fili Ltd.
Jessica is best known for her Daily Drop Cap project.

Take a look at some of her work below:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Resources for Publishing

Here are some resources for binding your portfolio:

great pricing, starts at 4.95

through Amazon.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Word-Image Association

New Assignment ( Sorry this is posted late guys)

Word-Image Association:

1) Take a single image of your choice and blow it up to black and white, 18x24 poster size.
2) Choose one word to overlay on the image. You should choose your word based on the statement, emotion or mood you are trying to evoke.

*i don't want a simple description of what can be seen in an image.

content meaning drawing from your sense of humor, intellect, or emotions, pair a word with an image making the pairing mean/signify/represent more then either of the single elements alone.

3) Be very picky with your choice of typeface, your kerning, and your placement of the word.

Here are some examples of impressive word-image associations:

*keep in mind that your assignment should be a single word.
Try to think creatively.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Letter playground

letterPLAYGROUND is a place to play with letters.

Letters are so simple but can be represented a million different ways.

How many different ways can you represent the letter M or the number 6?

How can I participate?

Step 1. Anyone can participate.

Step 2. Once you register, you can upload your own letters, make comments, create a favorites list, etc

Step 3. Enjoy life .. listen to good music, eat some good food, hang out with someone that makes you laugh.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Combining Type with Hoefler & Frere Jone

A Tutorial from H & FJ on combining different typefaces.
Click the link to get a more extensive formula and explanation of the typefaces used.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Class Note from Genevieve:

since you folks have been unable to discipline yourselves to do your own assignments, i am assigning assignments.



I want a lot more from you folks.

From now until the end of classes, one week mandatory assignments (below)

and post your blogs TWICE weekly.



one week short assignments:


1) 10 second motion graphics piece,

use imovie if you don't know after effects or final cut.

must have typography and be ABOUT SOMETHING.

2) MAKE a show of your design work--in a local gallery, restaurant, bar, space, your apartment, your dorm room.

make posters, invitations, and tickets for the event.

invite at least ten of your peers, not including your parents, siblings, me, or tas.

they are welcome to come also, but do not count as part of the (at least) ten invitees.

get feedback.


present the event with accompanying invites, posters, tickets, documentation as a piece in your portfolio.

3) photo shoot.


layout with typography explaining what you did and why.

4) self branding, good and fast.

5) everything you were supposed to do thus far, last semester included.

6) portfolio design

we've got six weeks left.

SHOW ME what you can do.

give me a reason not to fail you.




Saturday, March 6, 2010

Design a Poster About Women's Issues

From Good Magazine, a contest to design a poster addressing contemporary Women's Issues.

Next week, from March 12-14, The Daily Beast will be hosting the Women in the World summit, bringing out some big names in politics—Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, Madeleine Albright—as well as activists, journalists and thought leaders of all stripes. The goal? To address some of the key global challenges facing women today, from sex trafficking to child marriage to rape in war zones. Always ones to get behind a great idea, GOOD has teamed up with The Daily Beast team for a contest, and we need your help.

Read more:
Under Creative Commons License:
Attribution Non-Commercial