Sunday's Drivel

5star's picture

Hopefully each week I'll post up something fresh of typography and all things that have anything to do letters and word expressions in general. I hope you'll going me and post up something fresh of type and typography in general :)

So... I'll start off with my freshest of fresh...

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Chris Dean's picture

I sort of envisioned a “weekly instalment” type thing, with discussion about each. With one long post, it may eventually become difficult to separate one instalment from the next, as well as the comments that go with each. Regardless, new content is good content.

Except spam.

And Justin Bieber.

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

Looking through some old sketch books from the late 1990's, I came across this. Made before I even knew what lettering was. Interesting.

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

Dancing Helvetica
http://raphaeljs.com/helvetica.html

also interesting

5star's picture

Made before I even knew what lettering was.

Good times, innocent times ...nice stuff!

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5star's picture

Even to this day Piet Zwart's work can be seen to have a significant impact ...Greg Lamarche's stuff to name but one.

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5star's picture

Lou Dorfsman ... hahaha.

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5star's picture

And speaking of eyeball terminals... my latest Sunday drivel.

Sinister undertones...

:)

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5star's picture

Shadowy monogram concept...

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5star's picture

These Christmas balls will be suspended midair. But right now they are laid down slaves to the grid. I used the font PIXymbols Newsdot as my starting point. I'd like to work in a skull somewhere and sometime do a suspended ampersand with completely different objects now that I've come this far.

Whilst hungover, I'll try to get this one finished up sometime tomorrow.

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hrant's picture

I'd remove the one with the two orthogonal adjacencies.

hhp

5star's picture

...orthogonal what? This one ...

...?

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hrant's picture

No, the one above the one you removed.

hhp

5star's picture

Ah OK, hows about this one...

Or perhaps this one...

...?

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hrant's picture

Yes, the bottom one is even better.

Now make a 3D one that looks like an ampersand from 90° off. ;-)
From my alma mater:
http://www.boston-baden.com/hazel/Pix/2004/w/wed094.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c9_ZHKrbYWE/T3wI827MDwI/AAAAAAAAAHU/kyAPndkfyp...

hhp

5star's picture

I'll catch up with the xmas one later on ...but for now I have created an AWESOME ampersand of my stuff...

...coolio concept for sure!!!

Later on I'll suspend the stuff in midair using clear thread. A gallery installation would be awesome using stuff too!!! I can see this concept going corporate/commercial in a heart beat.

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Chris Dean's picture

Love the needle-nose vice-grips. And if thats not it, what is that tool in the bottom right corner?

5star's picture

1. A compass given to me by my grandfather.
2. My second most favorite skull of all times, which has been featured in many a graphic.
3. A crazy bird I found inside a chocolate egg.
4. A star I use a lot in stenciling.
5. A rock from a gold mine in Kirkland Lake Ont. Canada. Gold in natural form is awesome!
6. Homage to the great graphic designer Milton Glaser! ...and to typography in general.
7. A gold ring with the diamond cut out ...'nuff said about that.
8. A silver Haida Indian Thunder Bird pendant.
9. Copper sheet folded into a paper airplane form.
10. Mini Cessna airplane representing a life sized one I learned to fly back in the day.
11. Pawn chess piece, I play a lot of chess ...and we are all pawns. No?
12. An eraser I never got the nerve to use cause it's awesome and glows in sunlight!
13. My homage to Big Daddy Roth and all custom builders in general.
14. My windup toy robot I'm using in a short film called STOP WAR.
15. A stick of graphite I commonly use to draw/sketch anything and everything & a moldable eraser sitting on it.
16. My guitar capo ...it gots a funky looking profile!

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Té Rowan's picture

Funkiest capo I ever saw... by a light-year-wide margin.

5star's picture

After a doing google quicky I see they still sell strong.

Kyser KG6W White Capo

The shape of it reminds me of Prince's Cloud guitar...

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Chris Dean's picture

The same Prince that I saw live at a private stage-side VIP table⸮

5star's picture

Yeppers you lucky dawg you!!

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timd's picture

You need far more objects, especially in the 7, 8, 9 area, otherwise it is too much of a dot-to-dot. And the capo might work better if it was flipped.

Tim

5star's picture

Thanks for the crit! Since reading your post I've been looking around at all my other stuffs and I think I can work in a thing or two :)

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5star's picture

Typographic Tilley!

I just submitted this entry to The New Yorker's 6th annual Tilley comp.

The graphic is composed entirely of type used from The New Yorker typeface. It's not too hideous of a Tilley, I could have done better but I only heard of the Tilley comp at noon on Jan.7th ...sigh. I'll keep you posted if I get into the top 12.

The New Yorker says in the entrance guidelines that Jan.7th is the cut off ...I sure hope they're using PST as the drop dead time, because I hit the submit button at 12:00AM Jan.8th here in the EST ...lol!!

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5star's picture

Sunday Drivel, Sunday Drivel, time for more Sunday Drivel...

LUCKY 777

Chris Dean's picture

Any thoughts as to why fonts that look like they were hand-drawn in jr. high scribblers with sketchy 3D seem to be so trendy lately?

5star's picture

Beats me bro.

Perhaps because the expression of the gestural qualities is that much more amplified/exaggerated than the sketchy 2D hand-drawn letter shapes? And that in turn adds depth to the typography?

Mati by Ale & son Matias (or perhaps more accurately Matias & father Ale :)) was the first hand-drawn sketchy 3D digital font that I saw (but I don't get out that much) upped here on typophile back in '07 http://www.typophile.com/node/35365

What's your take on the trend?

Chris Dean's picture

I know that there is a growing trend towards the appreciation of things authentic and and-made as opposed to mechanical. For example, calligraphy and hand drawn scripts are becoming popular, eating local, hipster-farmers &c. This hand-writing thing is another manifestation of it, and the 3D scribbler aesthetic is simply a clever bit of retro-vernacular. How an 11 year old beat them to the punch by six years is blowing my mind!

5star's picture

Good point(s)! I would never have connected hipster farmers and bespoke hand-drawn lettering.

Hand Job: A Catalog of Type by Michael Perry

Published Aug 1 also of '07 may be of interest to you too. It's a well curated collection of works by graphic designers and typographers who were already well published using the bespoke hand-drawn letter shapes.

Chris Dean's picture

Give me enough time and I can work hipster-bashing into almost anything. For example, you know how its possible to go to a Halloween party and dress up in a costume like someone from the 80’s or 90’s? Well in a few years, if not now, you could dress up like a hipster c 2005-10. Poor hipsters. What will they do next? Prediction: It sure an isht won’t be farming.

Re the afore hand drawn 3D letters, I seem to be seeing them in a lot of newer movie credits as of late. Pseudo-indi comedies. Can’t name specifics atm. Nothing against the letters personally, I actually did a lot of that in jr. high myself (before it was cool of course).

Next up: liquid-paper letters on jeans (I also did that before it was cool). -1 to any hipster who who never actually used liquid-paper as a student. -10 if they haven’t even heard of “liquid-paper.”

russellm's picture

... feels like a human touch when things are sloppy, and a human touch is such a novelty.

dezcom's picture

Used to be that humans took pride in quality craftsmanship as well.

Isaac's picture

>>Any thoughts as to why fonts that look like they were hand-drawn in jr. high scribblers with sketchy 3D seem to be so trendy lately?

It may have something to do with the trend favoring "the 80s," which is cycling into "the 90s." My older kids are now memorizing Ice Ice Baby and insisting that it's the coolest thing ever, for instance. But I like your explanation too. Same thing kind of.

hrant's picture

My teen hasn't moved beyond the 80s yet. The other day I caught him watching that classic Borg vs. McEnroe match. When I asked him why, he said: "The hair."

hhp

5star's picture

Banana parentheses...

...my Sunday humble ode to Andy Warhol.

Larger version here.

HYPE is of laser cut acrylic mirror ...and part of my upcoming HYPE series.

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