“Boxing Day” boxing graphics

Leaf Gum Co. bubble gum boxing cards: Melio Bettini, Gus Lesnevich, Fred Apostoli

ShoBox broadcast graphics go the distance. Inspired by 19th-century broadsheets, the graphics for Showtime’s boxing programming look distinctive—a nice respite from boring, brushed metal athletic typography. A review of vintage boxing memorabilia shows the sport has traditionally used this style. Hoefler and Frere-Jones’ Knockout and Proteus type families draw on the same quirky American vernacular. … Continue reading

12 days of Typemas: vintage Nutcracker album

Nutcracker decorative initials

Shake Shack December custard ratings

Shake Shack candy cane custard rating = double scoop

SPLAT = worth skipping SINGLE = worth trying DOUBLE = worth a repeat TRIPLE = worth a special trip! “You’d have to be a masochist to eat frozen custard in December,” I told P. He wasn’t impressed that I only reviewed one Shake Shack flavor last month, cranberry-cashew (a splat under my new Scoopmeter rating … Continue reading

Type lovers gift guide

Veer-inspired type gifts on Etsy

If you crave cheeky Veer merch, you’ll love these vintage finds. It seems like the 60s, 70s and 80s were a heyday for typographic product design. Is it stating the obvious (and narrowing the use) to emblazon a tray with the word BREAD, a jar with the word COOKIES, or a bowl with the word … Continue reading

The power of line

New York Times magazine illustration, Kit Hinrichs/Pentagram

Retro-snark window display

portrait with text bubble

Why not pause during the course of my busy day to take pictures of the display windows at Fishs Eddy, purveyors of plates, glassware and tchotchkes? I can only hope I am less of a neurotic New Yorker than our lovely painted portrait characters, but I did get all the in-jokes (forgive the typos). Actually, … Continue reading

Good & bad creative advice

I take it as a given that people offering advice want to be helpful. BUT. Haven’t you found that well-meaning advice only sometimes hits its mark? Tone is important, and there is no one-size-fits-all. Humor and reflection are key in the mentors I seek out. I notice that the discourse about design and creativity often … Continue reading

Christmas flourishes: paper, pattern, type

Fielding Schofield calligraphy bird

Collected images with a seasonal feeling, featuring special printing and finishing techniques.

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