Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Fun inspiration from our friend Travis Cain.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Branding for Cigarettes

Thanks to new regulations from the FDA, tobacco manufacturers may have to start including one of the 36 proposed labels that graphically show the effects of smoking. Honkin' big labels are designed to startle smokers to the real dangers involved with smoking. The labels are now required by lawunder a new ruling passed last year that gave the Food and Drug Administration the power to finally regulate tobacco products.

[via The New York Times]

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy your Halloween weekend with Alphabeast from Heather-Lynn Aquino.

[Link thanks to Patric King at Today's Obsession]

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

U&lc now for download

We are happy to see that the back issues of U&lc are now available online for high-res and low-res download. Fonts.com has scanned all 26 years of issues and is planning to make one year's worth of issues available every month. The first year is up right now so get the first issue with art and editorial direction by Herb Lub­alin.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Packing: JAQK wine bottles

Beautiful and smart wine label design by Hatch Design for JAQK Cellars.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Illustrator: Helen Lang

We love these cute, retro-ish illustrations from London illustrator Helen Lang.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


The talented Marian Bantjes will give an insightful talk on Monday, November 1st here in NYC about her career, her design and most importantly her beautiful typography. Paula Scher will introduce her and at the end of the event you can pick up Bantjes' new book called I Wonder. Tickets are still available.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Useful deskstop wallpapers

Great little compilation of desktop wallpapers to help you with your work whether you are a type geek or a css wizard. Here are some of our favorites:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Video: Paul Rand Retrospectitve

Paul Rand Retrospective from Jeremy Cox on Vimeo.

For Paul Rand's posthumous induction into The One Club Hall of Fame, Imaginary Forces created this short film, combining original animation with a videotaped interview of Rand himself, that encapsulated his unique and timeless contribution to the design community.


director - Mark Gardener
producer - Cara McKenney
designers/animators - Jeremy Cox, Joey Salim, & Liz Centolella
animators - Andrew Chung, Sean Eno and Chase Massingill
editor - Corey Weisz
sound design - Derek Lee

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Video: Book cover in 2 minutes

I have really gotten a kick out of the Gail Carriger Alexi Tarabotti/Parasol Protectorate book series so it is fun to see how the design was assembled for the cover of the third installment, Blameless.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Video: How Ink is Made

This video is pretty long when compared with the average YouTube video but the long shots of gallons of ink, pigments and rollers is truly mesmerizing. These materials are such a huge part of our craft and yet we, as designers, know so little about them. Here's a chance to get up close and personal with the process that makes the inks that makes our designs come to life (our print designs anyway!)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

NYC Event: Greetings from Mochimochi

Anna Hrachovec's solo show at gallery hanahou looks like it is going to cute and awesome! Hrachovec used over 200 balls of yarn to knit a wacky 10-foot installation filled mini-unicorns, a rat infested city, knit monsters and much, much more. The show opening is October 7 and it runs through October 29. RSVP for the opening at the gallery hanahou website.

Phaidon Design Classics ipad app

The Phaidon Design Classics book set is now available as an iPad app. Considerably more portable than the phone-book-like 3-book and much cheaper at $19.99 rather than $175. It contains over 1000 great design objects from "cars to chairs, tableware to cameras, from toys to airplanes."

The iPad really is the perfect venue for coffeetable books. I hope Phaidon and other publishers will consider the iPad and release other books in digital form.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Eye Candy: Jean-François Thériault

Images of wasted Las Vegas landscapes shot with beauty and love by Jean-François Thériault. Stunning.