About Ben: "My name is Ben Didier. I am a graphic designer, type addict and music nerd who can usually be found cooking tacos or riding my bike around Vancouver, Canada. I am currently the Senior Designer at CBC Music."
When I first came across Ben's website: Pretty/Ugly Design, via a post for some promotional t-shirt designs for Handsome, I first thought I'd simply post about those as they were so very cool.
Problem was that once I stared browsing the rest of Ben's portfolio I simply couldn't just post about one project because so many of them are outstandingly and fantastically awesome
So here (below) are a few select designs, all mostly come with a hand crafted typographic lettering vintage flair.
I think some of my real favourites are the Zatec Beer Ads, all last 6 of them below.
Not sure I've seen something this cool in ages. What could be more cooler than seeing the remarkably cool NASA 'worm' logo spinning into position like some 70's take on travelling through a groovy wormhole whilst stoned.
Don't leave without also checking out: NASA Identity Design Program
Two more animated NASA logos (below) from: It's OK To Be Smart
I have long been a fan of the work produced by Bluerock Design with a few of theirs being posted to Logo Stack: real world logo design inspiration.
However, it seems that I had missed the true awesomeness of their collective output due to only recently seeing all their logo designs up on their Behance profile.
They really know how to pull off that semi modern vintage feel, using really distinct fonts for the main brand wording, along with some really nice, and carefully used, imagery.
Feast your eyes on this lot.
These 'History of Mac': illustrations Of Every Apple Macintosh Created, by Aakash Doshi, really are brilliant. Loving the general illustrative theme through out the entire Macintosh range. The project isn't yet complete which is why there are still a few models missing, but these should be added in time.
Such cool memories of a time when computers like this, and the Commodore 64, just filled me with such awe and excitment!
» Via: http://parislemon.com/
New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual
There are a few real world establishments that can claim to have the endearing longevity that the brand identity for the New York City Transit Authority has had and continues to experience. Designed by Massimo Vignelli of Unimark International, in New York in 1970, the New York City Transit Authority's brand identity has achieved cult status amongst the creative community.
Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth have collectively created this archival record of the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual by Massimo Vignelli. This site is dedicated to serve as an archival record of a first edition NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual designed by Massimo Vignelli of Unimark International. The manual was found in a locker beneath old gym clothes. Roll over the images to magnify. Enjoy.
The http://thestandardsmanual.com micro-site is dedicated to the graphics standards manual of the New York City Transit Authority, and has 182 photographs showing each page of the binded manual. Stunning.
» Via: BrandNew
A stunning collection of 20 American space (NASA) program: covers, reports, brochures and other vintage era space themed design and typography all from an upcoming: 2013 April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction by Heritage Auctions.
Just trying to imagine the excitement of having the responsibility to create such historic pieces of design. My favourite cover is this last one above for the Gemini Press Reference Book, but in general there is some gorgeous typography through out the entire collection.
» Via: Daring Fireball
Meg Jannott has taken up a historical branding project: branding the 44 United States Presidents in 44 days. Meg is a designer working out of Detroit, Michigan.
My two favourites so far are: First President of the United States George Washington, 1732-1799; and Third United President of the States Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826.
Via IfItsHipItsHere: "At the time of this post, she has completed 21 of the altered vintage photographs combined with typographical treatments of the names, nicknames and/or slogans of our past political leaders. The results would make wonderful book covers and while some are undoubtedly superior to others, seeing them all together makes for an interesting and appealing collection."
» Referencing Original Website: http://brandingtheuspresidents.tumblr.com
Home Leisure Direct is another ongoing logo project that has me burning the midnight oil. Currently working some very preliminary concepts and ideas so this is very much early days.
The client has expressed a desire to explore a modern vintage style of look for the logo, so for the above example I have used UWFT Ultramagnetic for Home/Direct, and a recent font purchase called Thirsty Script which I covered on Type Heroes. I have also played with more defined distressing for both font styles.
Enjoying this project and there will be more concepts to come I'm sure.
I am that person that will often judge a book by it's cover, and the same goes to fonts listed on MyFonts. I am far more likely to take notice if there are some aesthetically pleasing gallery images to sell the font.
Case in point: Thirsty Script by Yellow Design Studio. I'm generally a sucker for lettering fonts like this, but add some lovely gallery images and you'll have me by the balls. Particularly enjoying the lime green palette, but also check out their great descriptions:
Enticing descriptions are also important: Thirsty Script from Yellow Design Studio is a contemporary script conceived as a marriage of elements from vintage signage scripts, Wisdom Script, Deftone Stylus, Lobster and even Proxima Nova. The result is a typeface with a ‘new meets vintage’ vibe. It’s friendly with an edge... a mixture of retro script, modern sans serif, and a shot of caffeine.
You can grab the entire Thirsty Script type family for a silly price $18, which includes: six weights from Light to Black, old-style figures, contextual alternates (for a slightly more traditional feel), multiple language support, and a handy selection of ligatures and stylistic alternates.
So for $18 instead of the regular $89 I see no real reason why you shouldn't purchase Thirsty Script right now!
Type Hero for Logo Designers
Type Hero is where I pick out certain fonts and typefaces that I find particularly cool. For the most part the font choices will be geared towards styles that I feel could work well in a logo design.
MyFonts has become a steady source of font inspiration, so many will be sourced from there, but I will also highlight fonts direct from font foundries when possible.
I purchased a certain book a few years ago where it sat oh so quietly in my cupboard still wrapped up in cellophane. Then yesterday I happened upon an article on Thinking Form called Thinking Adrian Fruitiger.
In this article I saw some marvelous images covering logo designs (above is just a tiny slimy selection of his logo designs), typefaces, posters and other superific creative endeavours from the uber talented Adrian Frutiger.
Turns out Mr Frutiger turned 84 on the 24th May.
It also turns out that all these images came from a book called Adrian Frutiger Typefaces: The Complete Works which I still had sitting in my cupboard.
I find it a little curious that I would forget about this incredible publication given it's price, size and weight. But hey ho. It's now been opened and it's providing me with much creative porn.
If you live, breathe and sleep design then this book is a worthy purchase. Just don't forget you ordered it like I did.
K Found on http://thinkingform.com
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