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  • Sex, football and movies: Typeroom's top five posts of 2018

    Renowned for his pioneering typographic works, Chris Ward delved into the English typographic heritage (eg. Gill, Flaxman, Johnston etc.) for England's World Cup Kit 2018, the most viral of all fonts in this year's Typeroom typographic newswire. 

    “Parts of the type actually quote aspects of other fonts to feel  a little more familiar – the W in Railway Sans in particular, and the flare of the alternate R is a nod to Gill. I also included a perfectly circular O should they want to use it” notes Ward of his project.

    Other posts that made it to the top are our tribute to the iconic Stephen Hawking, the best type design in cinema ever, the redesign of The Guardian and our talk with award-winning art director and educator Mirko Ilić on "Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design". 

    A bold collaboration with Steven Heller, the renowned design critic, author, art director, and educator, that chronicles the myriad myriad ways the human body is shown, implied, drawn and painted upon, politicized, abstracted, and illustrated to convey all manner of messages, both artistic, and commercial. 

    Discover the top five of Typeroom's most viral features as follows:

    5. Head to Toe: Mirko Ilić & Steven Heller bare it all in their latest xrated publication

    4. What the Guardian’s tabloid format says about print today

    3. From Alien to Seven: 7 times typography ruled the silver screen

    2. Stephen Hawking's words of wisdom

    1. Craig Ward on his typeface for England World Cup Kit 2018 for Nike

    31Dec
  • David Carson and more in The Vinyl Factory's favourite record sleeves of 2018

    "Stunning artwork, ambitious box sets and audacious typography" are featured in the Vinyl Factory's annual best of in graphic design in discography.

    VF's John Foster presents his best of 2018's record sleeve design and David Carson's non conventional type design for John Coltrane's long lost album is among his favorites. 

    From Braulio Amado's "digital reinvention of the airbrush" and graffiti-inspired hand down type experiments for Róisín Murphy on her 4×12” series through Post Typography's "dystopian" visual interpretation of Beach House’s 7 this dozen of beauties "are included for their imagery, typography, layout and finishing techniques, and include new interviews with the designers involved to give you a personal insight into pinnacle of record sleeve design and music packaging in 2018".

    Explore the list here


    Images @The Vinyl Factory

    27Dec
  • Have a very Merry Christmas like the 70s with Linda Powell's festive posters

    Linda Powell's graphic design for Herman Miller's festive posters are a vintage beauty of holiday elegance. 

    Designed for the annual Herman Miller employee Christmas party, the four posters are speaking of those distinctive "Sounds of Christmas", the theme for 1978's fest. 

    Instead of designing one poster incorporating many sounds, Powell designed four posters, each focusing on one sound: Ho Ho Ho, Fa la la la la, Smack, and Jingle.

    Peggy Ann Rohde, Tomoko Miho, Barbara Loveland, and Linda Powell are the female forces that made the brand stand out during the past and Meg Miller's article on the AIGA’s Eye on Design site, “The Lesser-told Stories of the Women Who Shaped Herman Miller” sheds some light on the women that defined an era. 

    Discover more of their work at the Graphic Design Archives of West Michigan here

    25Dec
  • Dramatic typography unleashed for Riot's massive European League of Legends Championship Series

    DesignStudio worked with Riot to bring a brand new esports European only revolution online. DesignStudio reimagined and rebranded Riot's new massive challenge, the European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS)

    The European competition needed a new identity to set it apart from its North American counterpart and push it beyond traditional sport clichés. Alongside a new name ‘League of Legends European Championship’ or ‘LEC.’ for short, DS created a fresh new identity, broadcast package and influenced parts of the set design

    "We immersed ourselves in pro-gaming culture, and met a community united by their love of gaming. Europe’s competition is incredibly diverse, bringing together fans and professional players from over 40 countries – challenging each other, forming friendships, and masterminding new ways to play (so rapidly because the game’s updated every fortnight). There’s also a real sense of humour – the fans and shoutcasters are deadly serious about esport, but don’t take themselves too seriously. The new brand needed to embody this character, passion, diversity, and community, leading to our strategic proposition ‘Unleash Together’. Our new logo captures ‘Unleash Together’ – an explosion of triumph and celebration. The two sides represent the two competing teams, coming together as one symbol to depict the league’s arena and crown" notes the studio.

    "Our wider graphic language is inspired by League of Legends’ explosive energy and the clash of teams, fans and cultures in our league. We’ve created five graphic textures that reference different energies in the game: Rush, Surge, Strike, Blaze, and Blast. They can be used as bold backgrounds, or paired up to clash and contrast. Reminiscent of old European boxing posters, the typography is all about high impact. Two typefaces, Gatica and Druk, oppose each other in layouts. In collaboration with Commercial Type, Druk has been slashed and cut as if it has lived through a battle. Tone of voice comes directly from the gaming community, celebrating their culture and giving their language centre-stage. Phrasing is short and powerful, working with dramatic typography".

    Enter the league here


    Images @DesignStudio

    19Dec
  • Wrapping up the Christmas spirit for those in need

    "So Many Likes – When all you Need is Love" reads Base Design's custom made wrapping paper for a Christmas charity initiative filled with good vibes.

    This year ASK US FOR IDEAS have asked 12 of London’s finest creative studios to design 12 highly limited and unique wrapping papers aka prints and are making them available for us to use in the lead up to Christmas. 

    "Given each one is hand-screen-printed, limited to 200 worldwide, designed by the industries finest and printed on GF Smith’s most delectable Colorplan paper they’ll likely look as good in a frame" reads the charity's statement. 

    The proceeds are all going to WRAP UP LONDON, an initiative that works to keep vulnerable people clothed and warm in the winter period. "This will ensure that the exterior of your gifts are both classy and conscientious even if the contents aren’t" notes AUFI.

    Sustainability is also on the agenda as these paper Christmas wrapping papers are made of fully recyclable paper.

    The exclusive run of 200 of the 12 bespoke designs went on sale on 29 November and you can buy them here

    17Dec