Archives For Typography

Kite Runner

05/09/2013 — Leave a comment

Clearly I’ve missed out until recently when I saw the movie Kite Runner (based on the book of the same title by Khaled Hosseini). What drew me into the movie initially (since I will admit I’ve not read the book) were the titles by MK12 and their flowing whirl of dreamy watercolored calligraphy.

Lovely, right? So, what have you been watching lately guys? Seen any good movies?

For those who attended the 99% Conference a few weeks ago in New York, got a preview of stills from most of this commercial; but now that it’s be released to the public, we can all enjoy it:

What do you think, dear readers? Can a bank really stand for something? Would you do business with Standard Chartered Bank if it were in your town? And how about the visual side of the piece? Love it? Hate it? Are you a fan of Sagmeister and his work? Never heard of him before? What do you think??

Type Oscars

10/02/2010 — Leave a comment

It may be almost a month before the Academy Awards, but Ellen Lupton has already posted her picks for the Oscars of Type.

Personally I love her Best Serif pick:

Calluna

Calluna, by Jos Buivenga

Which faces made your list, dear readers?

Ever had that existential crisis where you lose sleep wondering what typeface truly exemplifies your creative spirit? I know I’ve long suffered the anguish of not knowing– am I Meta or Ma(n)son?

Well, our collective prayers have been answered! The design sages at Pentagram have given us the quiz tool: what type are you?
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You will be happy to know Camus himself is Bifur while I myself am Archer Hairline… or was it Marina Script…

How about you, readers? What typeface are you??

Make sure you use the password ‘character’

Ode to Neutra

09/01/2010 — Leave a comment

Ever the type-geek, I couldn’t resist sharing this TERRIBLE (terribly AWESOME, that is) video parody:

Kind of makes you want to grow a well-kept beard, n’est pas?

For whatever reason, I’ve had a tendency over the last three years to avoid general silliness here on AmandaMuses; some of it can be chalked up to an attempt to keep my private self private and allow this site to serve as more of a public sketchbook related to my work. But for those who know me in real life, the absence of general humor on this Web site has seemed a little odd (some of you have even told me so), since in reality I can be a fairly silly person when socializing with loved ones. Well today, marks a concerted effort to serve the public demand for fun:

Recently, I came across a totally random but clever time-waster– Cheese or Font. Combining the loves of typography AND cheese, Cheese or Font challenges your knowledge of fine fonts and fromage.

So how well do YOU know your cheeses and fonts, dear readers?

For the last two days, or evenings really, I’ve been reading The Barnbrook Bible as my break from work. It has been an absolute delight, leaving me further inspired by and in awe of Barnbrook’s work and perspective. I had the good fortune to spend some time with him at Grafic Europe in Berlin 5 years ago, but tried very hard not to be THAT person at the conference– the annoying fan who asks really specific questions about old work, celebrity clients and odd hypothetic situations.

Earlier this morning, I decided to catch up on what I’ve missed in the Virus Fonts and Barnbrook Design universe online. In so doing, I came across a number of his motion pieces from the last few years, here is one of the latest breathtaking pieces:

A Half-Rememebered Sentence from The Quiet Man

Here are a few pieces from a series of political pieces he did in 2004:

This is one of a series of three pieces produced in 1995 for BBC Radio Scotland:

See more of Jonathan Barnbrook’s amazing work here on his studio’s Web site.

She One

10/11/2009 — 1 Comment

Lately, I’ve been generating increasingly more work after having lapsed into a brief creative coma of sort earlier this year. As I shake off the creative cobwebs and jitters, I feel more compelled to work and tend to have more ideas than I can make good on or even record or realize.

Typically, when I get into this state of mind, I tend to pay even more attention to art, and find myself seeking out new ideas, inspiration, artists, etc. Recently, a friend turned me on to She One and not surprisingly, the cogs in my brain are turning and cranking out of control:

I’ve been dreaming of letterforms and just haven’t made good on the pictures in my head. Perhaps it’s time to roll up my sleeves and dig in… Where have you found inspiration lately, dear readers? Has it been from new stars in your own field, or seemingly more abstract sources? Talk to me people.

For whatever reason, I’ve been looking at a lot of letterpessed work lately. I’d like to share the work of an Austin-based couple, Heather & Thomas hollifield, also known as Letterpress Delicacies. The precision and clean lines of their design style is exciting.

Taking a peek at their charming work available for purchase online via Etsy.

Images: Letterpress Delicacies

For Sandra

23/07/2009 — Leave a comment

A colleague of mine likes a button on one of the jackets I wear too often at work. She just moved into a new office space and needs to personalize her space; this is for her:

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It’s my adult equivalent of coloring on my lunch break and giving her something to put on an imaginary refrigerator. Yes, I’m THAT co-worker…


It is always interesting to see what sort of messages a different culture sends out, even one so seemingly similar. Here are a few highlights from a trip to London a few weeks ago:
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Can you tell what it says?