The Deck Ad Network Readership Survey

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The Deck Ad Network survey.  Answer a few questions, have a few laughs and enter to win some goodies.

Photo Lettering – Alphabet Thesaurus Vol.2

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Photo Lettering website

Photo-Lettering was a mainstay of the advertising and design industry in New York City from 1936 to 1997. PLINC, as it was affectionately known to art directors, was one of the earliest and most successful type houses to utilize photo technology in the production of commercial typography and lettering. It employed such design luminaries as Ed Benguiat and sold type drawn by the likes of Herb Lubalin, Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast as well as countless other unsung lettering greats. The company is best known by most of today’s graphic designers for its ubiquitous type catalogs.

House Industries purchased the entire physical assets of Photo-Lettering and is carefully digitizing select alphabets from the collection and plans to offer them through the new Photo Lettering website.

To celebrate, I thought it would be nice to dig up one of my Photo Lettering catalogs. Here for your viewing pleasure is Alphabet Thesaurus Vol.2

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Alphabet Thesaurus Vol 2 – A Treasury of Letter Design

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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