"You should have seen the one that got away…"
Most designers will be painfully familiar with that scenario where they’ve done some fab work for a client, but ultimately it never gets used. The reasons are many and varied, but at the end of the day, you file the work away.
Many people keep it in the archive as possible source material that they can lean on in future projects. UK based designer Chris LaBrooy takes a different approach; he has chosen to share a selection of his work that never saw the light of day. And I’m absolutely loving it!
Having studied an MA in Design Products at the RCA, LaBrooy has since built up a fantastic folio of CGI work with a strong emphasis on 3d typography. What’s interesting for me is how successfully he makes the impossible seem possible, leading the viewer to believe the hyper-reality of the scene.
I’m struck by the playfulness and humour that Chris injects into his work and how he breathes life and character into the typographic elements. I’ve included my favourites here, but you can find a wider selection from this set on Behance.
And of course, you must see his wider body of work at chrislabrooy.com or on Tumblr.
Owen posters all printed and ready to pick up at today’s 2 shows at the #oldbluelast - who’s coming down? Ps the colours are way nicer in real life.
Love this poster, along with Telegramme’s overall typographic sensibility, visual textures and style.
For those of you that may not have seen it, Typeworship profiled Telegramme and Bobby Evans (the man behind the company) back in August. Check the article right here.
Consume by Matthew Heller
I find plastic cutlery annoying at the best of times.
Good news though. Along comes Matthew Heller from Arlington, Texas. He takes a load of redundant plastic cutlery and uses it to create this typographic sculpture, mirroring my feelings on the subject in the process!
Nice work Matthew!
Underground car park designers… READ THIS!
I don’t know about you, but I find underground car parks to be horrible grey soulless places. So it cheered me up no end to see that QV Melbourne in Australia had actually made the effort to brighten theirs up with a little colourful typography. Actually, when I say little, I mean large given that each of these signs are as big as their host walls!
I love the large overlapping letters and how they turn a cold concrete environment into a welcome friendly experience, whilst providing important wayfinding information.
The designers behind this wayfinding system are the Melbourne based Latitude Group, who hand painted each sign individually on site. Tapping into early modernist graphic design, they employed large overlapping geometric letterforms, painting letters over one another to create a subtractive colour effect.
Check out Latitude’s work at latitudegroup.com.au.
A card from Teo Tuominen.
I’ve been following the work of Finnish Designer and Typographer Teo Tuominen for a while now. I really like the fun, vivid colour and bold shapes that underpin the bulk of his output, and this card he produced to mark his son’s birthday is testament to it.
It’s a highly personal statement that was sent to friends and family, but I’m glad he has showcased it because it’s very nice in its own right.
Now if I can just persuade him to run out some hard copies of the Blinky Process Book, I’ll be very happy!
You can check his work out on the web at teotuominen.com and on Behance.
Medic Type by Daniel Brokstad
This ‘for fun’ Typeface made me smile and brought some colour to a grey Monday. Taking his cues from the world of medicine, Daniel who is based in Stavanger in Norway, has produced a set of glyphs that counterpoint the serious subject matter with a playful alphabet.
While this may not be the next Helvetica, I suspect there will be certain people out there that will successfully manage to find uses for this font!
Daniel’s work can be found on Behance, Tumblr and danielbrokstad.com
Babel #2 So Social.
I’ve just come across this striking poster which I believe was part of a series publicising Babel #2, a Type Symposium staged by The Offenbach University of Art and Design in Germany.
I don’t think it’s intentional, but the styling of the large letter ‘B’ initially put me in mind of the circuit diagram symbol for an inductor. Given the compositional ingredients (the colours especially), I then found myself morphing this idea into the element in a light bulb, which in context could be a nod to shining a light onto the subject matter. However, given I made that up, there’s probably a much sounder creative rationale out there!
More detail on the event can be found at babel-type.eu.
As a side point, I actually discovered the poster on the website of Stuttgart based Design Agency L2M3, so take the opportunity to check them out at l2m3.com
A rather nice ‘wiggly’ ident for the Conference of Culture and Development (rough translation!) being held in Warsaw right now.
It was created by Noviki, a Warsaw based design studio founded by Marcin Nowicki and Katarzyna Nestorowicz.
More of their work can be seen at noviki.net
Animalario Cojin by Anna Tilche.
Learning the Alphabet has never been so much fun or comfortable, thanks to these plush letters created by Barcelona based designer Anna Tilche.
Aside from devising an engaging and tactile way to learn to read, I hope this set will also stimulate the curiosity in young minds to pursue typography as they get older!
Check out Anna’s other work at annatilchestudio.com and on Behance.