May 2012

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Estudio Tricota

Estudio Tricota

Great work coming from Argentina-based Estudio Tricota. Shown above is their work for Calma, a music festival — I love the movement in the piece and all of the small, considered typographic details.

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Dragon Brush App

Grain edit fave John Solimine recently teamed up with Andy Hullinger and NY-based app development team Small Planet to create a new interactive storybook called Dragon Brush.

Based on a traditional Chinese folktale, Dragon Brush is the story of Bing-Wen, a young boy who loves to paint. When given a magical brush that makes drawings come to life, Bing-Wen must use his art and his wits to outsmart the greedy Emperor.

Dragon Brush Features narration by Matt Berninger and music by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, from the acclaimed band, The National. Check out the site for more info.

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Graphic Design: History in the Writing

graphic design history in the writing

Graphic Design: History in the Writing (1983–2011) comprises some of the most influential published texts about graphic design history. The book documents the development of the relatively young field of graphic design history from 1983 to today, underscoring the aesthetic, theoretical, political and social tensions that have underpinned it from the beginning. Included in the anthology are texts by Ellen Lupton, Robin Kinross, Massimo Vignelli, Steven Heller, Victor Margolin and many others.

Visit for more info and to pick up a copy.

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Thanks to Ryan Putnam for sending us this sweet Amperbranch print! This limited edition print is letterpressed on 65pt natural recycled coaster stock and makes for a wonderful gift for nature lovers and type aficionados alike. Also available on the amperbranch site are downloadable wallpapers for your phone, pad or desktop.

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Heartwork 2012

heartwork 2012

Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies at Target House—this wonderful home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The idea is simple. Every year, a group of talented artists are selected to create a series of 11″ x 14″ giclee prints with a specified theme, this year being the word ‘HOPE’. Each edition is limited to only 10 pieces and signed/numbered by the artist.

Here’s a sample of the prints available in this year’s Heartwork benefit.

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Julianna Brion

julianna brion, illustration

Julianna Brion is a Baltimore, MD based illustrator with a wonderful eye for details and beauty. She creates memorable images, such as this book cover illustration for Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. I love the way she uses pencil in all of her work, which has a nice textural quality that I can’t get enough of.

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Brad Woodard

brad woodard

brad woodard

Fresh work coming from Mr. Brad Woodard in sunny Southern California. Brad’s an accomplished designer/illustrator and an info-graphics whiz to boot. I love his color palettes, form-making and how deliciously his illustration style bleeds into his information graphics. The two play very nicely together.

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Page 1: Great Expectations

great expectations

Page 1: Great Expectations is a typographic experiment designed to explore the relationship between graphic design, typography and the reading of a page. The book features contributions from 70 leading designers and typographers, all of whom have reinterpreted the first page of Charles Dickens’ novel. The text was chosen in part because it directly references lettering as Pip searches for clues about his family from the letterforms inscribed on their tombstone. The brief encouraged the contributors to explore, challenge or celebrate the conventions of book typography. Each layout is accompanied by a short rationale explaining the designer’s decision-making process.

Contributors include: William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand, Robin Kinross, Experimental Jetset, Erik Spiekermann, Sam Winston, Phil Baines, A Practice for Everyday life, Tony Chambers, Morag Myerscough and more.
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herbie font

Meet Herbie, the latest display font from Morten Iveland at the Infamous Foundry. As the name might indicate, Herbie is inspired by Herb Lubalin’s work and the decorative style and kerning of his era.

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Matt Chase

Matt chase

I’ve been a fan of Washington D.C.’s Matt Chase for quite a while now. Matt has a lot of versatility as a designer/illustrator and I’m always impressed with his ability to work with a gamut of styles. He transitions so well between smart identity work, engaging, colorful illustration and on-point lettering.

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Ping Zhu

Ping Zhu, illustration

Photo: Nobrow Press

Ping Zhu is an illustrator from Los Angeles, now calling London her happy abode. Most recently, she released a beautiful Swan Lake concertina published by Nobrow Press, which features images of the performance and all the happenings behind the scenes as well.

The concertina is just one of the many wonderful projects Ping has worked on. Some of her other clients include the New York Times, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The New Yorker, and Jamie Magazine. Her playful and colorful style shines through in everything she creates, especially in her defined dry brushstrokes and mark making. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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/Sponsor/ Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2012

A Huge thanks to WMC Fest for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed!

Now in its third year, the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is a must-attend event for creatives in the Midwest. Its goal is to inspire and enable the creative mind and will feature 20 speakers, 20 designers, and nearly 30 bands over the weekend of June 8-10, 2012. Put on by the Cleveland-based creative agency Go Media and an army of volunteers, WMC Fest has a homegrown, indie vibe that sets it apart from other national-caliber creative conferences. It’s also a great value, with 3-Day All-Access passes starting at only $60! So come to WMC Fest to network, collaborate, get inspired, learn new tricks, and meet new friends! You can’t miss it! This year’s speakers include Johnny Cupcakes, Austin Kleon, Kate Bingaman Burt, and the Friends of Type. From now through May 21, enjoy 20% off on fest tickets by using promo code “grainedit” at checkout.

Interested in sponsoring the Grain Edit Feed? Visit our sponsorship page for more info.

Gratuitous Type / No. 2

I was sent this really cool book—or “pamphlet”, as they call it—called Gratuitous Type / No. 2. A self proclaimed “pamphlet of typographic smut”, this small anthology of current interesting typography, lettering and fonts really runs the gamut of interesting new styles. With an advanced design and extremely impressive printing, the publisher/designer and editor (Elana Schlenker) has done a wonderful job putting everything together.

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John Gall

john gall

One of my favorite book cover designers, John Gall, has a new site up and running. John is a designer with an incredible stylistic range — I love how he is so able to design for such a variety of titles and narratives.

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Wander Postcard Project

wander postcards

Get Lost, Find Yourself by Philipp Dornbierer

Wander asked some of their favorite designers and illustrators to imagine a postcard from everywhere and nowhere at once. The results have been exciting to see and are updated frequently on their new blog. All the images are available to download as high-res iPad or iPhone wallpaper, so you can grab one for the road.

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