Today we put up more books on sale, one may have been what you were looking for. Some nice titles and more should be going up each week, so keep tuned. Books starting as low as 99 cents!
Christian Zander has claimed the throne of Antarctica and is serving up all kinds of geometric new-wave hotness. All hail the King er, Emperor!
This has made its rounds, but it is better late then never? Massimo Vignelli (NY Subway Map pictured above) wrote a short book about what design is. To quote the New Pepsi Logo PDF, it is basically about Graphic Design’s DNA.
Part One covers the Intangibles, such as Semantics, Discipline, Responsibility, etc. Part Two covers the space that design functions in. He takes a different approach than I would, but that is what gives it perspective to me. It is very straight forward and concise, making it an easy read. I only read a little of it, but can’t wait to get the time to review this. If you are a student, you can probably count this as a whole semester’s worth of education for free. It really doesn’t get much better than this.
New JPeople Magazine is out and features Hanazuki, Hydro74, Tokyo Plastic and more. One of the interesting party of the magazine is how they used the font Agostina by adding a 3D shading element to the type itself by cutting up the typeface and adding gradients to it. They also layered the uppercase swash characters to create some interesting results. Not what they teach you in Type 101 but nice results. Shows you can break rules to create some interesting type. Great work, Hello Hikimori.
Friend passed this along to me, thought I would pass on. Great stuff, for sure an interesting read and great chuckle. After looking over the document you may think of things like “this is how you make up crap for millions of dollars.” Make sure you download the pdf at the bottom of the page.
To each his own and to each his own Obama font. Damn, that is one ugly font!
“44th President” is based on the handwriting of President Barack Obama. A number of sources were studied and the font produced from those references. Barack Obama is the 8th left-handed American president. His left-handed stroke is quite obvious. As seen in recent legislation signing ceremonies, President Obama uses the “hooked” style of left-handed writing where the paper is held horizontally and the pen is “pulled” diagonally over the writing surface, and his signature is bold and elegant. The script flows swiftly with a clear and fluid motion, and includes a complete standard character set and Central European, Baltic, Romanian and Western European character sets.
I will start off by saying, I think Shepard Fairey’s work is good, and of course top of the tops in that genre he is in. Ironically, I am wearing an scraggly old Obey shirt right now, more so because I like the shirts fit. We have also sold his book releases on our site and sold a lot of them too. Honestly, not making us much money. I am sure he made out better from the publisher than we did. So, yeah, Shepard Fairey is good, but he is also a bit ridiculous and is slowly loosing credit in my book (if that means anything). Last year he went after some kid who posted a Dope spoof of his Hope poster. I have had my share of kids jacking my work online, but you know what, who cares? I was a kid once and did some stupid shit too, in the end no one got hurt though. That Dope poster did nothing to hurt the Hope poster. As well, I am sure that kid made nothing on that Dope spoof. As well, the story unfolds even more..
Fairey is now taking the AP to court (as a quick jump on them) saying it is legal and OK for him to use their image, without paying them. I got this article this morning in email and I just started laughing. The insanity of this is out of control. There is not even a need to make a big discussion on this post. Simple, you used some guys original photo (who is apart of AP), poster got famous, and now you are selling it as art and prints. Give the guy his share too, I mean what the fuck? Its one thing to pull from old resources, books, and make it your own. But to take another modern day fellow artists work (even if photo journalistic) and say your not going to pay them!
The concept of OBEY is all but starting to make sense now. OBEY ME
My good friend Tim Drabant relaunched his website, Typemachine, with some nice new work. Tim does a lot of amazing web-related work around the Minneapolis area and he is back looking for work. Check out his site and let him know if you have anything!
Saw some works of Sister Corita that I had never seen before in this video.
In years past the Flourish and Grifter collections always came out on top of customer favorites. But 2008 was the year we saw a new face by the signature ‘T Minus 5’ conquer the sales with his royal and lush Regime drawings. While most of the top selling sets were in the Regime series, we have made sure to mention some of the next best collections.
A collection of 25 royalty free illustrations following a theme of fallen empires. Kings, emblems, currency, borders, postage and much more are all featured in this beautiful series. Full of so many variations of assets, the Regime series goes to great lengths to full fill many designers needs. By far the leader of 2008 in customer sales.
Coat of Arms
Highly detailed and full of many elements, this set brings it. Crests with a royal backing, these can be used for an assortment of ideas and reasons. A set drawn with many layers of versatility in the previous Legion theme of years before.
A collection 25 royalty free illustrations/patterns following a theme of fallen eastern empires. Kings, emblems, currency, borders and more make up the patterns in this beautiful series. A very valuable collection to contain in your bag of tricks.
Gradients 03 is a beautiful set of thousands of lines and 10 charming halftone gradients rendered as high quality vectors. Great for fills, backgrounds, and surely thousands of other things. The Gradients in this set are composed of lines of varying thickness as to give a different effect than the previous halftone/gradient sets available. The Gradients will be a series we will continue to push further in 2009 due to the high amount of interest.
A collection of various water color stock images. A mixture of many colors, textures and high details, photographed via macro lens. This product was the start of a new theme in 2008 that proved to be very helpful and popular with many customers. Another product great for saving time when your in need of some hand created elements.
If you missed out on these great collections be sure to grab them today. What is in store for 2009? Look for bigger collection launches like the recent Guilloche & Moire and more fresh new ideas.