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40 Pantone Superhero and Villains Color Swatch Poster

Some time ago I posted: 9 RGB Inspired Posters for Superhero's by Gidi Vigo, which was a pretty simple, but rather neat idea.

Gidi then had the idea of expanding this idea of linking Pantone colours with those representative of many more comic book superheros and villains.

So in this next poster, Gidi has created one poster with 40 individual Pantone swatches that are neatly tied in with the colours best associated with comic book superheros and villains.

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Logology 2: another soon to be classic logo design book that had slipped me by, but one I shall not be without given the utter nightmare of trying to get hold of the ultra hard to find orginal Logology.

I ended up finding some obscure online shope somewhere in Antartica that had one copy of the first edition of Logology to hand, and if you are able to find a copy it is certainly worth paying a premium for just for the embossed leather cover itself.

Seems it came out in 2011 and already Amazon are not selling this direct which leads me to believe it will also soon become hard to come by, so certainly worth getting your copy now. There are a couple of sellers selling it for around £35 plus P&P.

Product Description: The look and functions of logos vary over time. First emerged as pictorial names to differenciate producers in the market, logos today speak a much sophisticate language that caters for the world. Whether they draw on symbolism or wordds or letterforms to channel values and promises, keeping the message precise and straightforward is still the key to talk. Following the success of Logology®, Logology®2 put together a picture of unique brand expressions that answer changes and are meant to grow with time.




Identity Suite- Visual identity in stationery

Identity Suite- Visual identity in stationery

Identity Suite- Visual identity in stationery

A good design book is one of the key ingredients in obtaining and ferreting out inspiration for your next design piece. There are no shortage of logo design books from which to harness the power of inspired thoughts, but it's important to have the bigger picture in mind.

This is where Identity Suite: Visual Identity in Stationery by Victionary—someone needs to tell them that their current website design, specially colour choice and the general tinyness of everything, leaves a little to be desired—as it provides a tremendous resource for when you are tasked with creating more than 'just' that logo.

Being able to sense and imagine that larger dimension, and be able to visualise how your new logo design will work, for your client, across a range of touch-points is superportant. Not every client mind has the budget for the sort of stationery designs you may see in books like this, however, it is still incredibly useful to see how stationery can be designed effectively and creatively.

Identity Suite: Visual Identity in Stationery not currently available, but it's worth keeping an eye out for it on Amazon. The presentation of the book looks spot-on, so I would imagine it costing somewhere between £25-£45?

You can view more photographs of the inside over at Victionery, here are a few:

Identity Suite- Visual identity in stationery

 

 

So says Victionary: The most fundamental of all branding tools is a company's own stationery. Being the most frequent touch points between staff and clients, corporate stationery remains a perfect and most basic branding tool for companies in any industry and of any size.

Investigating about 100 complete stationery sets, Identity Suite is an up-to-the-minute epitome of successful branding through office supplies today. Through the choice of stationery items to include and designers' attention to details, these highly characterised letterheads, labels, tapes, folders, notepads, memo pads, wrappers... and many more can be customised to befit specific operation needs and visualise brand visions at the same time. Seven in-depth case studies will also highlight the lavishly designed and executed branding and rebranding campaigns for new luxurious apartments, a sizable mixed-use development, designer hotel, five-star historic hotel, an independent industrial designer and fashion boutiques from around the world.

» Via: TypeToken




Cultural Connectives: Understanding Arab Culture Through Typography published by Mark Batty Publisher and written by Rana Rjeily looks like such an amazing book in better understanding, and appreciating, Arabic typography.

When it comes to learning and understanding Arabic, the letterforms can be daunting, but realizing the differences between the Arabic and Latin alphabets is necessary. Cultural Connectivespresents Arabic from a fresh perspective by bridging Arabic and Latin scripts through Mirsaal, a family of typefaces designed by Rana Abou Rjeily that brings the two scripts into typographic harmony, even in light of their differences. Using her designs, Abou Rjeily applies Arabic rules of writing, grammar, and pronunciation to English as a way to introduce Arabic to non-native speakers.
As an introduction to written Arabic this book is invaluable; as a means to dissolve cultural barriers, this book utilizes two very different alphabets in the name of creating understanding on many levels.

Increasingly brands are creating uniquely styled Arabic versions of their brand logos. This can show us is how a specific visual brand message originally created in Crylilic will take on quite a different look when translated to Arabic. I briefly touched on the Arabic version of the FedEx logo in a previous post. This is a classic example of where some nifty re-engineering had to be done in order to retain that infamous negative space arrow, as this is a core visual reference from FedEx.

Cultural Connectives has come at such a perfect time for me as one of my next projects is indeed of an Arabic brand where both Cyrillic and Arabic versions of the typography will be required. Just ordered Cultural Connectives from Amazon so will let you know if the book is as good as the photographs make it out to be.

If you want to read more information on Cultural Connectives then Rana Rjeily has an official website for the book over on: http://rana.im/cultural-connectives/

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Everything you could ever want to know about printing letters and figures.

Letter Fountain: The Anatomy Of Type By Taschen looks set to be THE type book to get this year. I caught a glimpse of it over on Swiss Legacy and have pre-ordered my copy from Amazon for £44.99.

I have just flicked through the first 100 pages via the Taschen website so this is a great way to see the quality and variety of content you will be getting.

A few nice features include: hardbound in half linen with three ribbon bookmarks, 144 pages appendix with resourceful glossary and indices, and convenient typographic ruler with conversions between four measurement systems and hidden shortcuts for your Apple keyboard.

The editor and author:
Joep Pohlen is a graphic designer, devoted with heart and soul to professional typography. With his colleague and friend Geert Setola he founded Dutch Fontana Publishers in 1994 and together they published their first edition of Letterfontein. From 2002 to 2010 Joep Pohlen rewrote most of the contents and enhanced the book to 640 pages. He has won several awards with book design on typography and art.

From the website

Looking back as far as man's first efforts to communicate with visual signs and drawings, Letter Fountain is a completely unique typeface handbook: in addition toexamining the form and anatomy of every letter in the alphabet (as well as punctuation marks and special characters…

Further attention is given to the esthetics of the digital age and typographical recommendations such as the choice of the right typeface for a job…

Over 150 typefaces, their origins, and font characteristics are discussed in detail, visually explained by full page tables including scale, weight, and useful alternatives…

Read more on Letter Fountain

Win A Copy Of Letter Fountain

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