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  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @montagueprojects

    Julian Montague is a Buffalo, N.Y.-based graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and installation artist. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Montague moved to Buffalo with his family when he was 11. After receiving a B.A. in Media Studies from Hampshire College (Amherst, Mass.) in 1996, he returned to Western New York and began working in graphic design.

    Montague’s work has been featured in several books including design historian Steven Heller’s The Design Entrepreneurs (Rockport Press, 2008), Typography Sketchbooks (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) and Gestalten's The Modernist (2011). His work has also received attention from Artnews, Art in America, Frieze, New York Magazine, the Toronto Star, BBC World Service, Dwell, and other internationally known media outlets. 

    Montague has worked as a graphic designer since 1998. From 2001 to 2006 he served as art director for First Hand Learning, Inc., a company that develops and markets science education materials. In subsequent years he formed Frazer/Montague Design with partner Betsy Frazer; the duo have worked together and individually on a wide range of projects, designing logos, posters, brochures, packaging, books, catalogs, and websites for a variety of businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

    Montague is a founding member of Trans Empire Canal Corporation (TECC). Enter his world and his typographic explorations through his Instagram account and his official site

    Images via @montagueprojects

  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @letterformarchive

    “My discovery of the day was the Vienna Secession’s 1903 Ver Sacrum calendar" notes AIGA's Susan Merritt of the Letterform Archive, this stunning collection of typographic treasures which has come to life thanks to a man's obsessive, ultra typographic, mission.

    "For over 40 years, graphic designer Rob Saunders has been collecting books, periodicals, maquettes, posters, and other ephemera that reflect his passion for letterforms and graphic design history. As his collection swelled to 15,000 pieces he started to consider its destiny. Realizing that other designers would benefit from access to the materials, in 2014 he established the Letterform Archive in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill district. Saunders, whose background also includes teaching and publishing, serves as the archive’s curator" notes Merritt.

    From style guides for Coca-Cola, book design in the 16th century, or the hand-written origins of some of the world’s most famed fonts, the Archive collects, preserves, and tells the story of the importance and fascination with letters reports Juxtapoz of the collection which has a stunning Instagram account to follow this TGIIF

    Images via @letterformarchive

  • Open for entries! The Graphic Design Festival Scotland International Poster competition is on

    Typeroomies, attention needed! “Posters act as a simple vehicle for communication and have provided a powerful framework for political agendas, war propaganda and the dissemination of public information, alongside being used as tools to sell commercial goods and services for centuries” notes Graphic Design Festival Scotland. “However, outwith their functional existence, they provide a canvas for millions of designers around the world. This competition aims to showcase and celebrate contemporary poster design from around the world. The three posters, most highly regarded by the jury, will be awarded cash prizes. A curated selection of entries will also be exhibited in Scotland’s National Centre for Design & Architecture, The Lighthouse between the 19th October – 23rd November 2018”. GDFS’s call for entry in it’s International Poster Competition is open till the 6th of August.

    Images via Graphic Design Festival Scotland

  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @seblester

    If you are into lettering techniques then you should follow Seb Lester's stunning Instagram account.

    Sebastian "Seb" Lester (born 1972 in London) is an English artist, type designer and calligrapher. Lester is notable for prominent type designs and calligraphic prints. He is also known for his videos of hand-drawn calligraphy, often of famous brands, published on social media.

    Lester is notable for his 2009–2010 redesigns for Penguin imprint Hamish Hamilton of four covers of J. D. Salinger books, including The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, his design of the official font, Neo Sans, of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

    In addition to type design, Lester is famous for his prints, many of which are characterized by words built up of rich, dense calligraphic strokes and flourishes.

    He can be considered to be best known by the wider public for viral videos of him hand-drawing well known logos

    As of mid-July 2018 Seb Lester counts nearly 1,1 million followers only on Instagram where he publishes videos of him performing his calligraphy

    Lester studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins in London, graduating in 1997 and started designing typefaces for Monotype in the early 21st Century. He lives and works in East Sussex, England.

    Images: @seblester

  • Keep Grafik print alive with Posterzine’s lithographically printed tribute to Erik Spiekermann

    In this “extremely special 35th issue” Posterzine showcases the work of renowned German designer, writer and infamous typographer Erik Spiekermann.

    This "Don't work for assholes" issue has kindly been supported by MOO. Spiekermann founded MetaDesign (1979) and FontShop (1988) and is behind the design of well-known brands such as Audi, Bosch, VW, German Railways and Heidelberg Printing to name a few. “In this fabulous issue, you can find an exclusive interview with Erik where he tells us why we shouldn't work for assholes with a glorious fold-out A1 version of his original letterpress printed poster” notes the publication/ poster which is lithographically printed by Pressision Ltd onto quality G.F.Smith Naturalis paper using process black and warm red ink.

    Proceeds from Posterzine sales will go to Grafik in the hope of someday bringing it back into print, so please show your support and keep print alive.

    Grab your own copy here.

    Images via Posterzine