Mark Spurgeon is collecting photos of old hand painted building signage on his site – Preserve. Most shots are from New Zealand and Australia so far, so if you have anymore, send them over »
Lots of great stuff on there, but I’m really taken by these massive numbers painted on doors above and below :)
It’s that time of year when designers across the globe check out what Nicholas Felton has been up too the previous year in his annual report. As always, meticulously recorded data and beautifully put together. Letterpressed print version available from his shop (only 2000 copies).
eep calm, I’m not going to start ripping off Jessica Hische’s ever expanding and amazing Daily Drop Cap. This ‘K’ was a rejected logo concept which I was quite fond of, so I thought I’d make a one-off drop cap to give the poor fella some purpose in life.
If you’d like to use it, paste this code at the begining of your post (in HTML mode):
<img src=”http://www.made-in-england.org/images/K-cap.png” align=”left” alt=”K”/>
I‘m loving this series of murals – A Love Letter For You, by Stephen Powers. He’s still got a few more to do (50 comissioned in total), reminds me a bit of Bob & Roberta Smith’s shop signage stuff around Hoxton Street, although Steve’s stuff is much more graphically interesting and funny.
Finally I got my Typekit invite yesterday :) It’s ridiculous really when you think about how long the web has built on only a handfull of fonts.. well no longer!
All the major browsers are now starting to support this embeded font thing if you provide a URL in your CSS to the font file, great news. Problem is there’s not that many fonts that you can ‘legally’ use in this way. That’s where Typekit comes in, it’s essentially web only font licencing service, with some clever stuff behind the scenes that smoothes out differences in how browsers handle type.
You can sign up and use the free fonts (for free), or drop a bit of cash (up to $50 a year subscription) to get access to hundreds more.
“For designers and developers, this is a significant step forward. No longer will you need to trap your content in images or Flash just to express yourself visually. Pages will be more usable, accessible, and indexable.”
I’ve been having a little play around with it, and am currently using Buendia by César Puertas for the titles. I think it might be time for a full re-design soon though.
I‘ve seen plenty of custom alphabets, but can’t think of any that focused on numbers, that is until I saw this Number Character project by Skwirrol. Not quite finished yet, but I like where it’s going and eagerly anticipate the rest of the set.
Mark Weaver is still knocking his retro/modern collage pieces every day, I hope he makes this one into one of his silksreen posters.
I‘m loving this tee by Trademark (Tim Lahan), among all his other strange and fun creations. Also check out the tee Mr. P »
reat new pet project Daily Drop Cap, from illustrator/typographer Jessica Hische. Each day she’s uploading a new one, best of all they’re free to use on your own blog and come supplied with the code to paste into your post. Looking forward to getting the whole set.
The problem is you have to write a fair bit of text so that the word wrapping doesn’t look too weird.
I‘ve designed a couple of wedding invites lately so was interested to see what someone else had done when I saw this on 30gms. Wow, everykind of awesomeness! Designed by the groom Matt Dorfman, a designer from New York.