Yearbooks, Trapdoors and Fish Sticks

mirage 68 yearbook

Found this 1968 yearbook for Depauw University a month ago. I have no idea how the island looking thingys tie in with the school, but I’m really digging it. I think I’m going to chop the front cover off and frame it. Anyone else have any ideas? Maybe I could use the top to make a series of designer trap doorsMirage might be a fitting title for that. Trap doors will be the hot thing in 2009, just wait and see. I’m also looking to heavily invest in secret underground passageways and fish sticks. If you have a cave and box of Gorton’s….let’s talk.

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Grain Edit Insound 20 Small Stakes Giveaway Winner

We have a winner in the Grain Edit Insound 20 Thermals Poster Giveaway we announced last tuesday. Congrats to Owen Evans. He will be receiving 1 limited edition Thermals poster designed by Jason Munn of The Small Stakes.


Jean Widmer Posters for Centre de Creation Industrielle

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Posters for Centre de Creation Industrielle 1969-1972

Beautiful work form the highly underrated French designer Jean Widmer. These posters were created for the Centre de Creation Industrielle. Jean designed the logo as well as all the exhibition posters for the Centre until 1975. He’s mentioned in interviews that his work was influenced by some of the Swiss modernists including Josef Muller Brockmann and Max Bill.  You can easily see that influence in this poster series.

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Anna Sui – Alexander Girard T-Shirts

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Anna Sui has teamed up with the Estate of Alexander Girard to present a series of T-shirts for Spring 2009. One of the T-shirts features an image very similar to this Girard Nativity Poster we featured here last year.  You can see all the T-shirts here.

Erwin Bauer

Erwin Bauer

I absolutely love this book cover by Erwin Bauer. Great mix of type and architectural elements. The inside design has some really yummy type details. I love finding work like this, it feels so effortless.

Erwin Bauer is a man, and a design studio based in Vienna, Austria. They work on a wide range of projects, from architecture, traditional graphic design, and type design.

I like their “Rejected” section, which I assume compiles their unused designs. It would be fun to see this from more firms.

It’s time to vote

tomorrow partners vote-posters

Actual downloaded print proudly displaying itself in its native Berkeley habitat

Tomorrow partners put together these posters for the upcoming election. The posters are each limited editions, printed in three colors, 18″ x 24″ and are priced at $20. Also available are 8 1/2″ x 11″ and 11″x 17″ versions that can be downloaded for free. Print up a bunch to post around town!

Both posters can be purchased or downloaded for free here.

Get ready to vote!

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MINE Studio Visit

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Last week we had the chance to hang out with the crew from San Francisco design studio MINE. Under the direction of Christopher Simmons, MINE is a small and versatile design shop. We got the low-down, talked graphic design, told some jokes, and saw lots of cool work.

The office is a little nook in Bernal Heights. Very intimate, and accommodates the three designers nicely. You know you’re there when you see the funky doorbell, the Eames furniture, a bright orange bean bag chair, and the distinguishing sign on the door that reads “this is our office.”

I’m always impressed with the quantity and diversity in the projects they’re working on. They’re driven by concepts, not by a certain style. The work doesn’t look like it was “designed by MINE.” Instead, it makes sense, has personality, and definitely communicates a point of view.

Thanks again to MINE for opening up the studio, and letting us snap these photos.

Enjoy the tour!

People’s Design Award

Voting for the People’s Design Award ends today at 6:00 P.M. Eastern. Our friends at Mine are nominated for Everything is OK, their experimental call to action.

You still have time to vote!

Grain Edit Insound 20 Thermals Poster Giveaway

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We’ve teamed up with Insound to offer this special giveaway today.  Up for grabs is 1 Limited Edition Thermals poster. The poster is part of the Insound 20 series designed by Jason Munn of The Small Stakes.

All you have to do is enter the giveaway here and we’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, 10/28 on grain edit.

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Info on the Insound 20 series:

The series consists of 20 designs for 20 bands. Each design was screened on limited edition T-Shirts, Hoodies and Hand-Numbered Posters. The limited posters were screened once in a run of 200 and after these are gone they won’t be reprinted.

If you want to be alerted of future giveaways, please sign up for the Grain Edit RSS Feed.

If you haven’t already, Check out our interview with Jason Munn of the Small Stakes.

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Once again, you can enter the giveaway here.

Booty Juggler Pirate Game

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We’re rolling with the Pirate theme. First Office’s design for 826 Valencia’s new store and now Booty Juggler, a fun new game designed/animated by Robin Davey and built by Ben Templeton of Thought Den. The look of the game was inspired by vintage poster and animation design, the nautical tattoos of Sailor Jerry, and scruffy screenprinted goodness.

Give it a toss here.

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