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Tuesday
Mar062007

86. Letterpress Guide.

This is great. Design Sponge recently posted a letterpress guide - a growing list and short review of the best studios around. Perhaps the most useful feature is the ability to search by location for a local letterpress shop. Or if you're like me, you can just peruse the sample photos. Check it out here.
Sunday
Mar042007

85. The Pentagram Papers

If you've followed graphicology for awhile, you know that I admire the work of Pentagram. Recently, they published a compendium of 36 papers containing, in their words, "curious, entertaining, stimulating, provocative and occasionally controversial points of view." These papers were released over the last 30 years and were written or collected by the partners. Crop Circles. Pop architecture of New Jersey. Mao Buttons. And rural Australian mailboxes are just a few of the papers included. Visit Chronicle Books to order The Pentagram Papers.
Sunday
Mar042007

84. Red on Roundball.

I recently discovered that nba.com has a series of old basketball training videos by the late, great Red Auerbach - Red on Roundball. Short-shorts and grainy footage aside, there really isn't a lot to be garnered from a design standpoint, but if you can get past the pixelized footage they are certainly fun to watch. Topics include shooting, dunking, defense, fundamentals and my favorites: intimidation (with Bill Russel) and Rick Barry's granny-style free-throw shooting. Enjoy.
Wednesday
Feb282007

83. Garamond vs. Garamond.

A delicious rundown off the most popular versions of my favorite typefaces: Garamond. Even though in French, you can still get the gist based on the comparison graphics. This is just fantastic.
Wednesday
Feb282007

82. Send the Poolboys to the Mansion.

I know three young gentlemen that have a dream. They are currently trying to get people to write letters of recommendations for their future aquatic employment at the, um, Playboy Mansion. That's right, they aspire to be Poolboys at the Mansion. Their dream is organized and gaining momentum. Visit this link and show your support by writing a letter of recommendation. (Otherwise, they'll have to try to get real jobs.) OH and one more thing, after writing your letter, call in (1-877-205-9796) on Sirius Playboy Channel (198) at 6am PST on March 19th to say nice things and learn more. Crazy kids - this might just work.
Tuesday
Feb202007

81. The Bottom Rung � Chapter 1.

It's about time - I know - but I finally finished the first chapter in The Bottom Rung series. Chapter 1 (again, in no particular order) focuses on taking pride in the little projects that new creatives often are assigned. In the future I will be getting content, viewpoints and examples from higher profile talent from around the country. But for this chapter, you're stuck with a few of my own. I hope this series will be of help to those starting out in this crazy industry of ours.

Here's the introduction that was posted awhile back to get you up to speed. Soon, I'll add each chapter somewhere on the right panel for easier access. Also, I would gladly accept user submissions for future chapters as well as more examples of work that fit each subject. So drop a line. Thanks and good luck.
Monday
Feb192007

80. Designing Type by Karen Cheng.

So, I've been working on a personal typography project - a hearty, sans serif face for personal use - and discovered Designing Type by Karen Cheng. This book is a great reference for such an undertaking, going through an alphabet character by character while focusing on balancing the optical issues of shape, form and consistency within a typeface. Here are a few preview pics (1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5) via youworkforthem.
Friday
Feb162007

79. Title Sequence Design.

I've been traveling this week (from here to Denver and back) and haven't had a chance to post some of the bigger things in the works. (An online design resource guide and the first real content for The Bottom Rung series for two examples.) But I do want to share this link to a website called, Forget the Film, Watch the Titles. You can view some of the better title sequence designs out there, which often are far more entertaining and creative than the films themselves. (Thanks for sharing, Matt.) Though just getting started, they do have a personal favorite from the film, Thank You for Smoking, which I blogged about a while back.
Tuesday
Feb062007

78. The Art of Presenting - Nigel Holmes.

I'm quite happy and humbled to announce Nigel Holmes' contribution to our presentation series. Breaking with our advertising focus, this is an opportunity to get a graphic designer's perspective on the subject, and not just any designer either. Nigel is a legend. He worked as Graphics Director at TIME Magazine before becoming a freelance designer, lecturer and the author of many brilliant books on information and explanatory graphics. (One of them, Wordless Diagrams is on our mandatory reading list.) His perspective on presenting covers the creative presentation of his designs to clients as well as presentations in front of a larger audience. I always say this, but it's no less true this time: We are lucky to have his insight on the subject.

You can see more of Nigel's work on his website and on the UnderStAnding site (my favorite.) You can also listen to a related interview with him via NPR or just enter his name on your favorite search engine and you'll find a ton of his work.
Monday
Feb052007

77. Adult Swim Guerilla Campaign.

I'm sure you've heard about this adult swim 'campaign' by now, but our intrepid intern here at Grant, Scott & Hurley acquired one of these puppies a few days before all the hoopla hit the fan and I thought I would share. These pics (main. back. detail. lit.) might show how ridiculous the scare was � or how ridiculous advertising can be, depending on your perspective. (Personally, I wasn't sure if this little guy was giving me the finger or threatening me with a syringe.)

Also, check out these pics (one. two. three.) I took of the Queen Mary 2 as she sits in Pier 27 during my ferry ride to work. (Apologies for the low-quality shots.) Here's a professional photo taken by a SF Chronicle photographer that better shows the size of the ship.
Monday
Jan292007

76. The Illustrative Designer.


Just a quick link to a great podcast that Von Glitschka has started called The Illustrative Designer. The most recent episode is an interview with Paul Howalt, who I worked with on a project last fall. Both are very talented fellas. I would say that the two of them and Joey Mason are my three favorite illustrators out there right now, so check them out.

NOTE: Proving that he isn't just talented, but also a nice guy � Von Glitschka graciously sent me his keyboard characters just for mentioning his site(s) in a post a few months ago. (I have yet to take them out of the package.)
Monday
Jan222007

75. The Art of Presenting � Bart Cleveland.

One of my favorite things about this blog has been interviewing the subjects of the presenting series. I have found their insight rewarding, helpful and occasionally surprising. No matter how experienced (or inexperienced) one may be with presenting � there is always room for improvement. For the sixth edition, I dropped the questions and simply asked Bart Cleveland to share his thoughts.

Bart is the Creative Director at McKee Wallwork Cleveland in Albuquerque, NM. His leadership experience at big agencies and his countless creative awards speak volumes, but it was his perspective shared on Advertising Age's Small Agency Diary that prompted me to ask him to participate. Enjoy - you won't be disappointed. (Thanks, Bart.)
Friday
Jan192007

74. Ad of the Week + Pentagram Calendar.

I like it when I see a company doing something daring and dramatic with their advertising. Saatchi and Saatchi has produced some great print for Tide promoting the use of cool water detergents and the subsequent energy-savings. Done mostly with computer generated art from Saddington & Baynes, the print drives home the strategy in city-specific executions. I think it would be even more outstanding as an outdoor placement on the wall of a building or something, but not bad at all.

Also, I ordered the 2007 Classic Typography Calendar from Pentagram and Ken Knight yesterday morning online. It was delivered right after lunch the same day! Apparently their offices are close to Grant, Scott & Hurley - and they decided to waive the shipping charges and bring one over. That ladies and gents, is customer service. (They have great portfolios if you are looking...)
Thursday
Jan182007

73. TDC's Letterspace Downloads.

It had been awhile since I visited the Type Director's Club website, and I was pleasantly surprised to see their Letterspace newsletter available to download for free. It's a great resource about typography from every perspective - I particularly like their fy(t)i series (for your typographic information.)
Wednesday
Jan172007

72. Helvetica - Clips.


A few clips have been posted for the upcoming documentary film, Helvetica by Gary Hustwit. You can view the clips here. (The first one with Erik Spiekermann is a gem.) I can no longer make fun of all those 'nerds' who wait for two days in front of the theater for a sci-fi movie release or in front of Best Buy for the new Nintendo console - because I could totally see myself doing that for this film. (Not that I will have to, mind you.) The film starts screening at the festivals in March.

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Monday
Jan152007

71. Journals from Old Books.

Just a quick link to a site where you can buy some great journals, made from using old books: bookjournals.com. They still include some of the original pages plus ample new blanks for all your rambling thoughts and creativity. Normally I would prefer to keep vintage books in their original state, but they seem to choose their 'materials' wisely.
Wednesday
Jan102007

70. Ad of the Week.

I'm not on the liberal fringe by any means, but I do like this new campaign for Greenpeace - done by Zig in Toronto. A lot of work done in this genre (like PETA) is purposely offensive and you can debate the effectiveness of that strategy ad nauseam, but I like that this work didn't go in that direction. Guilty Since 1971 (a tag since their early days), finally has the same courageous spirit as the group itself and lends to that rebellious attitude, a legitimacy the organization sometimes lacks. Justifying disobedience � if convincing enough � can be a powerful tool for social change.
Monday
Jan082007

68. Monday Links.

Thursday
Jan042007

67. Pentagram's New Work for Saks.

Ok, so we all know that the guys at Pentagram rock. And we expect everything they do to be uber-cool and crafted, and somehow they always meet these high expectations. Take their new identity for Saks Fifth Avenue, it's elegant and gives all the collateral and interior packaging a consistent look without becoming repetitive � using a thought process that is simple yet profound. Check it out and read Partner Michael Bierut's explanation on their blog.

Wednesday
Jan032007

66. Two Typography Articles.

The new year has arrived, and it finds me quite busy on many fronts. We have a lot of projects in the works here at Grant, Scott & Hurley of course, but in addition to that I'll be teaching an 11 week class at the Miami Ad School starting next week and I also plan on attending a letterpress workshop at the SF Center for the Book in the coming weeks. I'll be blogging about both of those in the near future.

Yesterday I came across a little typography resource that I'd like to share. It's an entry on a blog called Typies about choosing a good body copy typeface. It's not perfect by any means and the English is broken a bit - but it does bring up the majority of things one should consider when choosing a face for longer copy. (#11 is a pet peeve of mine about some font designers, as I've seen this 'm' many times. It can only be moderately corrected with kerning.)

And while we're on the subject of typography, here's another helpful entry on a blog by Mark Boulton giving five simple steps to better typography. And let me say, it's sad that most designers and art directors neglect these simple, yet important considerations.