May 2009

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We have our winners

Thanks to everyone who took part in our giveaway! It was great to see all your comments.

We randomly selected our 2 winners in the  Human Empire/Andreas Samuelsson t-shirt giveaway earlier this evening.

Our winners will be listed at the bottom of the Grain Edit Email Update and Grain Edit RSS Feed.  For those of you who subscribe to the email updates, the email should arrive soon.

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We’d like to thank Soundscreen Design for sponsoring this giveaway. Please consider signing up for their email newsletter to keep up with all the latest product releases and giveaways.

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Stay tuned for our next giveaway, coming soon and have a great weekend!

Giveaway Ends at 5pm – Not too Late to Join

If you haven’t signed up for our  Human Empire / Andreas Samuelsson T shirt Giveaway it’s not too late. Giveaway ends at 5pm today (05/29/09).

Jeff Canham

Jeff Canham
Jeff Canham‘s typographic compositions are like tidal waves of cool; they’re like the Mavericks of type. His use of icons with a variety of type styles give the work excitement, depth, and sophistication. I love the sign painted feel and texture of the work, as well as the color palettes.

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Arthur Erickson – Graham House

arthur erickson

Graham House built in 1965 by Arthur Erickson

The passing of Arthur Erickson last week was as devastating as the demise of his masterpiece, the Graham House, in 2007.  Yet the world still continues to be enamored and inspired by his modernist works, particularly his early projects such as the Smith House, the Hilborn House and the Fire Island House to name a few.

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Grain’s Eye View: The Mountain Label / Chris Bettig Studio Visit

Christopher Bettig, The Mountain Label

Chris Bettig runs a studio out of his home in Los Angeles, CA called The Mountain Label. He has an impressive amount of work consisting of laser etched wood, collages, paintings, and lovely prints. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting with him. In today’s Grain’s Eye View, Chris gives us some handy advice on collecting and an interesting glimpse into the future.

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Ferris Bueller House For Sale

ferris bueller house

The Ben Rose home designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid

Anyone have 2.3 million dollars I can borrow? The mid-century modern home featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is now for sale. If we all chip in $5 we might be able buy this house in 10 years. Maybe they accept trades? I hope the red 1961 Ferrari 250 GTO comes with the house.

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T-Shirt Giveaway Ends Friday- Not too Late to Enter

Human empire t shirt

We’ve teamed up with Soundscreen Design to give away a few t-shirts. It’s quick, easy and free to enter. See our Human Empire / Andreas Samuelsson T shirt Giveaway post for all the details. Giveaway ends Friday.

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Mid Century Modern Home Plans

second homes for leisure living

Vacation home designed by Bay Area architect Henrik Bull – illustration by Bob Wandesforde

The image above is from a promotional booklet entitled Second homes for leisure living. The booklet was produced by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association and features floor plans and dimensions for 18 vacation homes built with fir plywood. Included are plans for homes designed by modern architects such as George Matsumoto, Frederick Liebhardt, David George and Henrik Bull.

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Chad Hagen: Nonsense Info Graphics

What is this graph measuring? Stalagmite height? Point source density? Christmas tree farm growth? We don’t know, but they sure do look good. Chad Hagen has made a great collection of “Nonsense Info Graphics” and put them in a set on his Flickr.

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Typografische Monatsblätter

typografische monatsblätter

TM Nr. 12, 1956, 75. Jahrgang

Typografische Monatsblätter is a Swiss magazine that focuses on typography and photography. Over the years the magazine has played host to an all star cast of contributors including: Herbert Matter, Emil Ruder, Max Caflisch, Wolfgang Weingart, Jan Tschichold, Adrian Frutiger, Jost Hochuli, Walter Cyliax, Helmut Schmidt, Atelier Eidenbenz, Hans Rudolf Lutz and many others. Flickr user Berlintypes has assembled an amazing collection of these magazines from the 1950s -1990s. Enjoy them all here.

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Natsko Seki: Illustration

Natsko Seki illustration

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Check out this lovely poster created by London based illustrator Natsko Seki!

In this piece, Seki combines hand drawn elements with intricate details of collage. I love that the bright primary colors are platforms for the bevy of performers, including busy cyclists and trumpet tooting trained seals. She really captures the magic and enthusiasm of the circus with the layered composition, all of which remind me of Boniface’s Holiday by Russian animator Fyodor Khitruk. Did you happen to see the bear on the bicycle?

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1970 Belgian Co-op Stamp

belgian stamp

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any stamps, so I figured it’s time. This stamp commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Alliance Cooperative Internationale. It was issued on the 27th of June, 1970 and was designed by J.Malvaux.

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Human Empire / Andreas Samuelsson T shirt Giveaway


Human empire t shirt

Human Empire – Vinyl is Forever T shirt

Soundscreen Design is a product design company inspired by music. They are curating, manufacturing and distributing a line of t-shirts, hoodies and tote bags featuring artists’ iconic interpretations of the phrase “Vinyl is Forever”. Inspired by iconic visual slogans such as “I (heart) NY” and “Virginia is for Lovers”, and referencing music obsessives’ everlasting love of vinyl records, the series will appeal to music, art and fashion fans alike. For avid music fans, vinyl has become both the format of preference as well as a badge of honor. The wearables are designed to be a badge they can wear proudly.

To celebrate the release of the Vinyl is Forever product line we’ve teamed up with Soundscreen Design for a special giveaway.

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New giveaway Monday

We have a few t-shirts up for grabs. See you on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Paul Sych / Faith

neutraface blocks

I’m really impressed with these typographic treatments from Paul Sych. Each one of them is totally sublime and refreshingly unique — they break out nicely from the common type trends going around. On one hand the work is very playful and expressive, but on the other hand also demonstrates a sophisticated knowledge and expertise of the letterforms.

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Weekend Event

nate wragg show

If your in the L.A area, Gallery Nucleus is throwing a party for the release of the second installment of the Ancient Book Series “THE ANCIENT BOOK OF SEX AND SCIENCE”. The show will run from 7pm to 11pm with all artwork for sale, and all the artists (Nate Wragg, Lou Romano, Don Shank and Scott Morse) will be on hand at the gallery the whole night.  The book will be available for $20 dollars, and there will also be some new prints for sale as well. I have the first book in the series and it’s really good.

WORKtoDATE So-Cal Fire Poster Project

neutraface blocks

Thanks to Greg Bennett of WORKtoDATE for sending us this poster he created for the So-Cal Fire Poster Project. The destruction of the wildfires is portrayed by physically making, photographing and then compositing various textures such as burnt paper, water stains, ash and grit. The poster is for available for purchase here. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be given to the Salvation Army, for the 2007 California Wildfire fund.

You can see more of Greg’s work at Worktodate.com. He has a new blog as well!

Neutraface Slab

neutraface blocks

It’s here! Long rumored, leaked, and made into products, Neutraface Slab is available now. Neutraface Slab features five display weights, four text weights with italics plus a unique stencil style.

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Christopher Bettig / The Mountain Label

Christopher Bettig

Ah, if only trees really looked like this!

Los Angeles based artist, Christopher Bettig, created this neatly abstracted tree for GRSF’s Tree Show V. I really enjoy the cool analogous colors paired with the varied stacked geometric shapes. This piece has a nice overall balance with its symmetrical design, and totally reminds me of the geometry found on the exterior of the Mary Blair designed “It’s a Small World” ride.

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We have our winner

We tallied the votes in our Loto de Socorrismo caption writing contest and #5 is the winner! Congratulations to Emily D ! She will be receiving a hard to find kid’s book that we will soon be featuring on grain edit.

You can catch Emily at her blog and twitter. She has an Etsy store as well.

Thanks to everyone that contributed captions! New giveaway coming very soon.

Anna Monika Jost

Olivetti poster

Olivetti / Charter Hall Nairobi 1966 Offset 84×59.5 cm

Stunning poster by Anna Monika Jost. I’m guessing all the circular shapes are either gumball’s or typewriter keys. I’m betting on the later (secretly wishing it’s the gumballs though). I wonder if all the letters and numbers spell out some sort of code. Wait a minute, Olivetti is in Italy. Maybe its a code prediciting the release date of the Davinci code part 15 starring Tom Hank’s son. Whoops, sorry I got sidetracked. Back to Jost. Anyone have any info on her? I couldn’t find much online.

Help us pick a winner

In our previous post on the kid’s board game Loto de Socorrismo we asked our readers to create captions for the images. We’ve selected our five favorite captions, but we need your help in picking our winner. Please list your favorite caption (only pick 1) in the comments. The caption with the most votes by Tues May 12th, 2009 5pm PST wins!

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1960s BOAC Timetable

boac timetable

Boac Timetable Jan1,1969-Mar 31,1969

I’m a sucker for vintage airline ephemera and this BOAC timetable doesn’t disappoint. Huge thanks to Stuart Hobday and Stephanie for sending in these pictures.

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Paul Hollingworth / Slinkytype

Paul Hollingworth / Slinkytype

I remember getting Slinkys around the holidays and thinking “Awesome! I can’t wait to work the stairs with this!” Then, within an hour (without fail) the poor Slinky would be stepped on, kinked, and forever ruined. And the cycle would repeat a year later.

This sans-kink typeface, Slinkytype, from Paul Hollingworth brings me back to those exciting stairs-filled days. I love how the playfulness mixes with precise geometric details — the perfect combination of typography and nostalgia. And that white type on black is super snappy.

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Teenage Engineering Styrofoam Turntable and Op-1 Synth

teenage engineering

Teenage Engineering DIY Styrofoam Turntable Kit

I’m fascinated by this turntable designed by Teenage Engineering. It’s lightweight/portable and the whole unit is made out of high density Styrofoam (even the tonearm). I could really use one of these on my record digging trips. Unfortunately it will not be produced and only one unit was built for research purpose.

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Methane Studios: Mogwai Concert Poster

Methane Studios

Mogwai Concert Poster by Mark McDevitt of Methane Studios.  Handmade four color silkscreen measures 19″ x 25″ .

Continuing with our poster pick series we’ve selected this eye-catching, Mogwai concert poster designed by Methane Studios. I really like the bold use of color and all the geometric patterns that take form. The coloring reminds me a bit of the Technicolor logo (a favorite) used in old film posters. I’m also diggin’ the form of the type and the contrasting background.

Methane hails from Atlanta , GA and was formed by artists Mark McDevitt and Robert Lee. The pair have been designing screen printed posters since 1998 for a variety of US and foreign bands such as Pearl Jam, Wilco, and Dave Matthews Band to name a few.

You can order this poster and others by Methane at postercabaret.com

Maija Louekari: Illustration & Design

Maija Louekari

What a scrumptious illustration by Finnish illustrator and designer, Maija Louekari! She has a sensational eye for bright punchy colors, geometric forms and patterns, as well as fine lines. Louekari won a design competition staged by the Univeristy of Art and Design Helsinki and the iconic textile and clothing designer Marimekko in 2003.

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Loto de Socorrismo: The Morbidly Funny Game for Kids

loto de socorrismo

#1 Loto de Socorrismo produced by didacia – Made in Spain

Umm not sure what to think of this one. This has to be the craziest kid’s board game I’ve ever seen. Someone has to translate the text.

WE NEED YOU. HELP US WRITE CAPTIONS FOR EACH IMAGE

In the comments – write a caption for one or more of the images. Include the picture # with your caption. We’ll pick our favorites and one lucky person will WIN A PRIZE.

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Almir Da Silva Mavignier

Almir Da Silva Mavignier

Brasiliana – Munchen Deutsches Theater Poster

Really beautiful work by Almir Da Silva Mavignier. He was born (1925) in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and later studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm under Max Bill. In additon to his graphic design work he was also an accomplished painter.

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Layer Tennis: Aaron Draplin Vs Chris Glass

layer tennis

12pm PST (2pm central) today I will be providing live commentary for the epic Layer Tennis match between Aaron James Draplin and Chris Glass. Post your comments about the match to Twitter and include #lyt in the message and they’ll show up right here on the Crowd Page. Plus you can follow the official LT Twitter feed.

Cookie / Made in England

Cookie / Made in England

Simon Cook (aka Cookie) is a designer, illustrator, sock monster maker, occasional traveler, and super hiker. His work is packed to the gills with fun. I love looking at a designer’s portfolio and seeing their personality and excitement evident in the work. You definitely get the feeling that he puts everything he has into whatever project he’s got in front of him.

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