October 2013

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Type Fight

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After a brief hiatus, Type Fight is back and now with a new website built by Sparkbox! Featured matches include Matt Stevens vs. Mackey Saturday, Ty Wilkins vs. Lydia Nichols, Keith Davis Young vs. Adam R. Garcia and more on the way.

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The Weekend Press

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Our friends over at the recently launched Weekend Press have teamed up with some amazing designers to create a letterpress print set that pays tribute to Oakland. Featuring work from Brent Couchman, Anna Hurley, Carl Bender, Erik Marinovich, Eszter Clark, Javier Garcia, Jeffrey Bucholtz, Nate Leutkehans, Richard Perez and Albert + Marie, the limited edition set, aptly titled Oakland Illustrated, is currently available through their Kickstarter page.

In addition to the print set, special pledge packages have been set up for those willing to invest a little more. Perks include a private letterpress workshop and a chance to meet with one of the artists involved.


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/Sponsor/ Wallpapered

Looking for a unique design to decorate your room with? Maybe a bespoke map wallpaper is the right choice for you. Wallpapered is a London-based company who specializes in custom wallpaper printing. A popular product is their Custom Zip code Map Wallpaper, which is made upon request based on your choice of Zip code! The map can be customized to your favorite colour or made to match your interior decor, with pins and labels marking any areas of interest. With a guaranteed light fastness of 20 years you can enjoy your bespoke map wallpaper for years to come!


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Francisco Martins

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São Paulo-based Francisco Martins is a versatile illustrator and designer with a portfolio that showcases his ability to work in a broad range of mediums and styles.

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Recently Received

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In this week’s round of books we feature new items from Princeton Architectural Press, Chronicle Books, Lark Crafts, Abrams, Pavilion Books, Universe and Laurence King.

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Taylor Goad

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Hailing from a small town in Oklahoma, Taylor Goad is a talented illustrator and designer currently based in Philadelphia.  Recently Taylor updated his portfolio with some amazing new work including projects for Northcoast Brewery, Good Magazine and 160over90. Check it out here.

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Design is One

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Design is One is a documentary by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra that highlights the work of two of the world’s most influential designers, Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Featuring interviews with Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Jessica Helfand the film attempts to capture the Vignelli’s creativity as well as their enduring humor and warmth. Design is One will make its NYC theatrical debut this week.


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Josef Müller-Brockmann Poster Collection

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Josef Müller-Brockmann’s graphics left a lasting mark on Swiss visual communication from the 1950s onward. His posters demonstrate how a sober, formally reduced language works best for conveying a universal, timeless message. Poster campaigns for longtime clients such as the Tonhalle concert hall in Zürich or the Automobile Club of Switzerland follow strict functional criteria–and yet exhibit a variety of design solutions and exciting, dynamic compositions.

This book presents selected posters by Müller-Brockmann and places them in the context of their own time while also examining the validity of his solutions from today’s point of view.

Pre-order a copy via Lars Muller, Amazon or your local bookstore.


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David Ryski

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A landscape architect by trade, Polish illustrator David Ryski creates beautiful work that is tinged with humor and wit.

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From the Job Board

graphic design jobs
UI/UX Designer + Illustration position – PennyPop (SF,CA)
Design Collaborator – The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

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Ten Dollar Fonts

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Fellars typeface by Jan- Christian Bruun

Founded in 2012, Ten Dollar Fonts is a curated platform with over 110 fonts. Featuring work from more than 65 typographers, the site proves that great fonts don’t need to expensive.

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FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer

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In the first comprehensive monograph of FHK Henrion, Adrian Shaugnessy highlights the work of this highly underrated designer. Originally trained in textiles, Henrion would later go on to become a skilled poster artist, a noted design educator and quite possibly the father of modern corporate identity in Europe. FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer hits the shelves in November, but is now available for pre-order.


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Coast Modern: Bay Area Premiere

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Coast Modern is an independent documentary by Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard that traces the roots of West Coast Modern architecture. Featuring interviews with many of the pioneers of the scene including Ray Kappe and Henrik Bull, the film showcases the homes that have become their legacies.

Please join us on October 14th, 2013 for the Bay Area Premiere for the film.  Author Dave Weinstein will provide a brief talk on Bay Area modern architecture before the film and a Q & A session with architect Henrik Bull, Jack Robbins and others will follow the screening.

The film is sponsored by The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission and El Cerrito Modern.

Advance tickets are available online for $5 at Eventbrite.

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Mattson Creative: Breaking Bad Posters

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To commemorate the finale of Breaking Bad, Mattson Creative has created a poster series that illustrates the transformation of Bryan Cranston’s character, Walter White, over the course of the highly-acclaimed series. Each print is silkscreened on 100lb French Pop-Tone Paper and hand-signed by Ty Mattson himself. The limited edition set is available exclusively at breakingbadstore.com.

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