Galaxy Type by Romain Roger.
Although they have been knocking around for a while, I’ve only just discovered this series called “Galaxy Type Posters”, in which designer Romain Roger gets under the skin (quite literally) of various fonts with intricate deconstructions. Shown here are posters representing Clarendon, Avant Garde, Bauer Bodoni, Bello, Fette Fraktur and Helvetica.
Check out more of Romain’s work at romainroger.com and on Behance.
Rhythm by Elvn Seet.
These animated letterforms created by London based designer elvnsweet are very interesting for me as they really put me in mind of some of the channel ident logos used by BBC2 in the 1970s. I can also see a hint of Bridget Riley Op Art in there too, although both of these viewpoints are very subjective on my part - the flow of water was the key inspiration behind the creative here.
Check out more of Elvn’s work over at Behance.
Japanese advertisement ca.1950
What a lovely piece of design this is, almost verging on Mondrian layouts. Crazy letter shapes from a land where the Roman alphabet is no doubt perceived in a very different way.
Anamorphoses by Lex Wilson
After being stalked by Art Nouveau for a while, it’s nice to end the week with a little experimental Anamorphic Typography. Check out these freshly published examples by lexwilsoncreative.
The full set plus videos can be found on Behance.
14-16 Bolton House, Cullum Street
I recently happened upon this beautiful facade of blue and white faience, which blends of Art Nouveau with Moorish influences. It can be found on 14-16 Cullum Street which is just off Lime Street in the City of London.
According to the ornate year of construction tile, Bolton House was built in 1907. Further research suggests it was ‘built to the designs of Aiselby Archt’ - this name only seems to appear in relation to this building, so it’s more likely that this is a reference to an architect called A.I. Selby!
The shield is apparently the heraldic device of Prior Bolton, after whom the building was named.
These days I only seem to be able to see Art Nouveau everywhere, but that crazy lettering is worth stopping to admire for a while!
Skrip Writing Fluid
A lovely example of mid-20th Century surface graphics. The lettering has some nice elements - I have my eye on that r-s ‘ligature’!
Sheaffer itself was founded in 1912 by Walker A. Sheaffer in Fort Madison, off the back of his invention of a lever-filling fountain pen. The company went from strength to strength manufacturing writing instruments and still exists as a subsidiary of Bic.
Decorated Incipit Page, 1120-40, Tempera colors, gold, and silver on parchment. Unknown illuminator. Germany. The J. Paul Getty Museum
For Throwback Friday, this beautifully illuminated page from the 12th Century!
Paper sculptures and engineering by Matt Shlian.
Fans of Yizi Zheng's work should check out Matt Shillian's 3D paper sculptures, some aspects of which put me in mind of Yizi's.
The majority of Matt’s work is abstract, although I was especially taken by the unused Vogue cover at the top of this post where he delves into a little paper based lettering.
Check out more of Matt’s work at mattshlian.com.