The power of line

New York Times magazine illustration, Kit Hinrichs/Pentagram

Christmas flourishes: paper, pattern, type

Fielding Schofield calligraphy bird

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

DesignCast recap: Step up your web designs with real web fonts

WebINK sample web fonts page

I would recommend attending any of the HOW | Print DesignCasts in your interest area. Know that they will last 90–120 minutes rather than the stated hour. The content is strong enough to offset the fact that these are, at base, marketing pitches for specific products. Here are my notes on the DesignCast I attended … Continue reading

Red Shoes type is on point

Technicolor lettering from The Red Shoes

While I was collecting screencaps for yesterday’s post on the doomed heroines of Black Swan and The Red Shoes, I sat up and took notice of the beautiful type, lettering and handwriting peppered throughout the latter movie, and even given loving closeups. For inspiration purposes,

Crop circles & Fleurons of Hope

Fleurons of Hope is a font created as part of Font Aid III to benefit the victims of the South Asian tsunami of 2004, an effort coordinated by SOTA. It is no longer available on, but can be found packaged with Building Letters Three. I collected the images of crop circles and type ornaments … Continue reading

Rainy-day Maine: vintage type & packaging

Allen's blueberries, centered

NANA title numbers

Facing the “First post!” awkwardness made me think about numbers and dates themselves, and I remembered some screencaps I took while watching the anime NANA. The show charts the friendship between naive good girl Nana Komatsu and cynical rocker Nana Osaki—the odd couple as young, female and Japanese. Each episode featured a uniquely designed title … Continue reading

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