I cannot agree more to the Manifesto of Holstee, a small company designing and selling sustainable lifestyle goods.
This signage system made of environment-friendly cardboard shows impressively, that sustainability and great design don’t contradict each other. It was created by Isidro Ferrer in collaboration with Paul Alabau and Versus for the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
Arabesque 2 showcases contemporary work by young designers from the Arab world and Iran. Combining Arab type, calligraphy and modern graphic design, the presented artwork expresses the increasing cultural emancipation and modernization of the Middle East.
Supplemental texts and interviews by the editors Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma from design studio Eps51 give background information and describe the environments in which the featured designers and artists work.
Via Page online.
Designer Anthony Neil Dart from South-Africa created this posters as contribution to the Barcelona SHOW US YOUR TYPE Exhibition 2010. He impressively combines typographic element and photography of beautiful women – who can resist that?
Via The Inspiration Grid.
Traditional letterpress printing as a contrast to the “perfect” look of today’s laser-printing enjoys a growing interest over the past decade. Unfortunately much of the letterpress’s traditional technology was lost over the last 30 years and what’s left fetches premium collector prices. LetterMpress is an interesting kickstarter project committed to recreate the experience of authentic-looking letterpress design and print in a virtual environment released first on the iPad.
In a time where most typography is created digitally, designers, artists, and printmakers can draw a lot of inspiration from the handcrafted appearance of traditional letterpress printing. A real luminary in this field is Alan Kitching. Having worked as graphic designer, typographer, letterpress printmaker and teacher, Kitching is internationally renowned for his expressive use of letterpress type, process and materials in creating typographic designs for publishing, advertising and his own limited edition prints and ‘Broadside’ publications.
Photo: Celia Stothard
Identity, promotional posters & editorial design for the upcoming new Deichmanske Library in Bjørvika, Oslo, by graphic design student Mikael Fløysand. The design makes beautiful use of paper, forms, typography and colors to integrate the old library tradition and the evolution towards the new digital media.
Typomaps is an experiment gone product by German designer Dirk Schächter. You can order the world map made of letters (Helvetica Neue Black Condensed to be exact) in 100 cm x 70 cm or download both versions in different resolutions for iPad, iPhone or computer screen.
Typographic Maps is a similar project by Andy Woodruff, Mark Harrower and Ben Sheesley of Axis Maps (Texas, USA). The maps of Chicago and Boston, which took nearly two years to finish, depict the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of the cities using nothing but type. From a distance they can appear as accurate reference maps, and as you get closer you notice the thousands of words they comprise. You can order the maps in different sizes at Zazzle.
Stretching from west coast of northern Africa across to Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, the Arab World includes 25 countries and territories with a combined population of more than 358 million. With the Arabic language as connecting element, this expansive region features not only a deep and rich tradition of calligraphy but also in some aspects a different approach to web design.
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