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Promotional pieces for a documentary film about Herb Lubalin’s typeface Avant Garde. (Click to enlarge.)
Vintage Railroad Logos
A gorgeous collection of railroad logos that shows the design evolution from the 1800s to 2000.
Gotham: Type Specimen
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Saul Bass Title Sequences
A collection of stills from most of the movie title sequences created by Saul Bass.
“PROJECTIONISTS - PULL CURTAIN BEFORE TITLES”.
This is the text of a note that was stuck on the cans when the reels of film for “The Man With the Golden Arm” arrived at US movie theatres in 1955. Until then the credits were referred to as ‘popcorn time.’ Audiences resented them and projectionists only pulled back the curtains to reveal the screen once they’d finished. Saul Bass’ powerful title sequence for “The Man With the Golden Arm” changed the way directors and designers would treat the opening titles.
Lost World’s Fairs
What an exciting time to be a web designer. Want to see the state of the art in web design and Typekit fonts? Check out Lost World’s Fairs. Each of the projects is amazing, but Frank Chimero’s Atlantis is quite stunning.
What I’m Working On: Grenadier
Some of the signage for Grenadier - the new outdoorsman line – has some text hand painted by one of our in-house designers. As the line grew, I decided to digitize the letters and compile a typeface, filling in missing glyphs, and expanding the line to include all numbers, letters, capitals and punctuation. It’s a work in progress, but a significant time saver.
Mad Men typography
Mark Simonson takes a deep look at the typography of Mad Men and finds a surprising amount of the type is set in fonts that either weren’t around in the early 60s or weren’t yet popular in the US.
Then there is the Gill Sans (c. 1930) problem. Gill is used quite a lot in the series, mainly for Sterling Cooper Advertising’s logo and signage. Technically, this is not anachronistic. And the way the type is used — metal dimensional letters, generously spaced — looks right. The problem is that Gill was a British typeface not widely available or popular in the U.S. until the 1970s. It’s a decade ahead of its time in American type fashions.
And the fact that they use Arial in the end credits just makes the Hulk inside me want to smash.
A short history of the Ampersand
A short history of the ampersand.
Ampersand usage varies from language to language. In English and French text, the ampersand may be substituted for the words and and et, and both versions may be used in the same text. The German rule is to use the ampersand within formal or corporate titles made up of two separate names; according to present German composition rules, the ampersand may not be used in running text. In any language, the ampersand’s calligraphic qualities make it a compelling design element that can add visual appeal and personality to any page.