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21 September Share your

Graphic design can change your life

Under - Design, Inspiration, Typography

Uncover handy analogies to music, the rhythm of spaces and the silence between characters with Erik Spiekermann who is talking with Gestalten TV about the process of designing typefaces, Graphic Design and it’s impact on everyday life.

14 July 1

Pictory: Handmade

Under - Inspiration, Media, Photography

Pictorymag, one of my favourites, is a showcase for people around the world to document their lives and cultures. They published this photo-story feature called ‘Handmade’ in collaboration with Etsy.com which provides and insight into dying arts in the wake of industrialization.

The Krishnapuram Colony, in Madurai, Tamilnadu, India, was established in the 1950s as a Gandhian living and working center for hand weavers. Though the neighborhood has lost much of this original character, many houses do remain occupied by weavers. This family, consisting of two generations of weavers, makes fine silk saris.

While trekking across the hills of Vietnam, I found a small village in a valley of blossoming plum trees. I discovered the Flower Hmong people who, until recently, still hand-crafted every bit of their own clothing. Hmong textile art is still the predominant work of the community, and encompasses everything from making fabric to sewing clothes. Their signature style includes hand-embroidery of bold geometric designs in bright beautiful colors, and uses pattern to narrate folklore from Hmong history.

View/read the complete feature here.

17 May 1

LetterMpress: A virtual letterpress for iPad

Under - Design, Technology, Typography

This is one of those exciting apps that you’d love to have as a designer. It allows you to experience the art and craft of letterpress printing on the iPad.


The LetterMpress project has already generated well over required amount of funding on Kickstarter.com to acquire collections of authentic wood type and vintage “cuts” to add to their library.

LetterMpress will be a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications.

So why bother re-creating what’s considered to be an obsolete process for the new technology of the iPad?

Actually, a letterpress and an iPad operate similarly when it comes to manipulating objects in a composition. Just like placing blocks of wood type on a surface, you drag the type images across the iPad, and then move them around to create your design. This is why the iPad would make an ideal platform for people to experience the creative aspects of letterpress and typography.

23 January 2

Letterpress Amy

Under - Art, Design, Media, Technology

Letterpress Amy by Fish & Crown:

Short documentary on Amy and her Green Girl Press. Old school hand printing is still alive.

Shape My Language – a typographic exhibition by Bruno Maag

Under - Design, Inspiration, Typography
Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag (Photo source: Oliver Schöndorfer)

Some amazing typographic work by Bruno Maag (Dalton Maag Studio) goes on display at the Walking-Chair Design Gallery in Vienna, Austria.

There are dozens of different script systems in use in the world today, giving shape to thousands of spoken languages. A typeface designer’s task is not only to visualize the emotion with which a message is spoken, but also to ensure that the reader can absorb the message with a minimum of distraction.

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag (Photo source: Dalton Maag)

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