We’re not in the habit of sharing stuff that’s not contemporary here, but sometimes you come along something that shouldn’t be overlooked, as it seems relevant no matter when it was created, and could use a little more attention. Jugendstil, the German Art Nouveau movement, was named after the late nineteenth century literary magazine Jugend, which promoted the aesthetic within its pages and on its covers. If you’re looking for some fresh typography/design/illustration inspiration, check out this online resource, which contains lots of images from and info on the magazine. There’s even some Impressionistic stuff mixed with the Art Nouveau goodness, but it all comes off as really fresh. I wonder what Jugend, which didn’t make it out of World War II and Nazism, would be like if it were around today.
I’m happy to present second installment of photographs from our amazing European trip with our friends over at Royal Talens And Canson. If you remember we started our trip in Paris and made our way over to Amsterdam, stopping along the way to check out all the museums, galleries, and sights that each city offered.
We started our first day in Amsterdam with a boat tour of the canals to get acquainted with the many tiny streets and canals that zig zag throughout the city. Along the way we saw many amazing examples of dutch architecture, design, street art and of course Houseboats!
Madrid based design studio Patten pushes typography and playful layout to the forefront of all their work regardless of whether they are creating bold digital illustrations that jump off the page or delicately drawn fashion illustrations by hand.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area you still have time to check out Barry McGee’s show up at Prism until June 30th. As usual with all of McGee’s shows his latest offering features dynamic installations that cover every corner of Prism’s massive gallery space. With this new body of work you’ll notice a greater transition towards the abstract and patterning with only moments of his signature graffiti references and typography. Could this be signs of an evolution out of the street iconography that McGee built his career on? I doubt it but the new evolution is quite nice nonetheless.
Joe Amrhein’s text based paintings are not only steeped in sign painting tradition but poke fun and shed light onto everything from international economics to art criticism cliches. Each piece is constructed by layering dozens of ornate typefaces painted on mylar on top of one another, creating rich paintings that are dense meditations on the world at large with all of its fractured meaning and profound chaos.
Chicago based Kay Rosen manipulates text and typography to change, alter, and redefine the meaning of various words and phrases. Her manipulations transform not only the meaning of the texts but also act as typographic illustrations on a grand scale. (via)
Typefruitography is a series by Garret Steider of the letters of the alphabet carved into the item of food that it corresponds to.The result is a playful take on typography and a gorgeous series of posters that any type nerd would be proud of. (via colllater.al)
Classic typography with a twist, slick illustrations, and just the right amount of humor go into all the works in the portfolio of Parisian designer and illustrator Mike Stefanini A.K.A Atomike Studio.