Beautiful interior and lifestyle work from Australian-born, London-based Photographer Michael Sinclair. He’s got the kind of portfolio you want to live in — featuring images for Monocle, Christie’s International, Melin Tregwynt and The Cambrian Hotel. Keep an eye on his journal and Instagram for new projects and sneak-peaks.
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London based StudioSmall are firm believers of less is more, and it shows in their slick new site — featuring beautifully clean work for Dunhill, Fred Perry, Londonewcastle, Modus and Margaret Howell, who they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary with.
StudioSmall. Because you don’t have to be big to be clever.
FontFont teamed up with award-winning Berlin based film production company Stark Films to launch their new and improved Web FontFonts — now including OpenType layout features that have been stuck in desktop publishing software for years.
1,600+ of their fonts are now supported by all browsers (apart from Safari), setting free the magic of ligatures, stylistic alternates, figure sets, fractions, small caps swashes.
Focusing the film around the renowned typographic phrase ‘The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog’ the Stark Film team created a series of scenes using different FontFont typefaces to recreate the attributes of OpenType. From magnets, ants, a mice maze, to laser cut letters, the film takes you on a typographic journey through the aspects of next-level web typography.
“Putting across the features of OpenType to those outside of the industry, and many within it, can often be complicated and confusing, so we wanted to work with a team who were not connected to the world of typography and who could bring these features to life in an imaginative and ingenious manner.” Head of the FontFont Marketing Team, Ivo Gabrowitsch
Check their swish microsite to see the features in action. Don’t forget, no Safari…
Super-slick Swiss type foundry Grilli Type (purveyors of fine fonts such as GT Walsheim and GT Haptik) are already looking forward to autumn — along with new weights and extended character sets they’re also releasing two new typefaces: GT Cinetype and GT Eesti. Roll on crispy leaves and fresh .ttf files…
A little from Noël & Thierry on their new releases: GT Cinetype is based on an engineer’s type design for a movie subtitles typeface from the 35mm era. The brute force design is void of any curves — because really, who needs curves anyway? GT Eesti is a revival of Estonia’s most popular typeface from the Soviet era. It oozes with tons of personality. Just look how happy those kids are about the typeface!
Howies are now the proud owners of the bespoke brand typeface, Castan (Chestnut in Welsh) thanks to the team at Carter Wong Design. The two have been collaborating for years and this latest project further shows a real understanding and appreciation between the two companies.
Here’s a little more info from Howies:
The geeky amongst you may have noticed our new custom typeface, designed by Phil Carter and the other good people at Carter Wong Design. We challenged them to design a bespoke headline font for us. One with a unique hand, which would help us tell our story. A typeface that would give us a point of difference and a level of ownership greater than Helvetica could ever offer.
Aware that nothing good ever comes easy, Phil and his team invested over 162 work hours in designing and refining a typeface for us, cleverly made from the wood of a wind-fallen local chestnut tree and christened ‘Castan’ (Welsh for Chestnut).
Complete with woodgrain and cracks, they have given us is a distinctive hand-chiselled typeface, which captures beautifully our slightly wonky character and soul. And by using nature itself to lovingly craft the letterforms, Phil has allowed our unpolished personality to show through in the grain.
It’s an enduring classic that will stand the test of time. Just like that old chestnut tree.
Fontsmith’s Phil Garnham has sent over some photos of their type specimens for three new releases, FS Maja, FS Matthew and FS Hackney. Designed by regular collaborators Thompson Brand Partners, each specimen is printed by Doncaster based Kingsbury Press onto Fedrigoni’s Splendorgel Extra White (140gsm if you’re curious). Requests can be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FS Maja FS Maja is a bright and cheeky face. Bubbly, punchy, and entertaining. Distinctively warm with soft rounded shapes. FS Maja is a display and text font that’s young, fresh and beautifully random!
FS Matthew FS Matthew is a multi-talented type. A clear, stylish and structured sans-serif. Generous counters and a slightly condensed aspect come together to make it very legible and space-saving in text or title sizes. A structured system for solid corporate identities, signage systems, logotypes, screens, websites and billboard ads. An all round multi-talented font with a feel-good factor — radiant, efficient and sound.
FS Hackney FS Hackney is an assertive type. Square curves and a linear down-to-earth nature create a soft and gentle sans serif typeface. Inspired by the thought “it doesn’t have to be like this” Hackney is meticulously honed to perform in exacting conditions. Refined, assured and very versatile.
“Emeric is a kinetic type. An optimistic typeface which marries precision with expression, geometry with movement and functionality with humanity — a classic working sans serif with a distinct and individual character, open to whatever shape the future may take.”
We’re already used to beautiful specimens from the foundry — ‘10 Years in Type‘ by Thompson Brand Partners delved in two Fontsmith’s history — and this time round Believe in® have designed a fantastic booklet and poster, along with a microsite created by Taylor / Thomas.
The celebrations don’t stop there — Phil also asked eleven of his heroes to create a poster, each using a different weight of the typeface. Contributors include Build, Studio Dumbar, Pentagram, Non-Format, Manual and Bibliothèque, all screen-printed on Colorplan by Dan Mather in a limited run of 50. You can see the whole set here. Lucky customers buying two or more weights of FS Emeric will receive one randomly selected poster (while stocks last).
Here’s some background information from the team:
FS Emeric — a landmark new typeface launched by Fontsmith
The original brief that Phil set himself carried a bold ambition — a sans serif typeface that was capable of adding a fresh new voice to the classic modernist fonts. Read more
I came across Alec’s work in the alcohol aisle last night — his artwork for London’s Partizan Brewing really stood out among all the other wired and wonderful bottles on display. Luckily his name was proudly printed on the label, so it didn’t take me long to track down his work. I’m a huge fan of his colour choices and fun quirky style.
Here’s hoping the beers are as tasty as the branding. Cheers!
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is currently living in space as a Flight Engineer, and luckily for us, he’s sharing some amazing photos via Twitter. I’m a sucker for aerial photography, but these are next level, literally. The shapes and colours of our dear planet from up there are just beautiful. Getting a glimpse inside ISS is a nice bonus too.
Big thanks to Mr. Hadfield for this rare treat.
Looking back over my records, it’s nice to see 2012 served up a healthy dose of super stylish films — so stylish in fact, they may well be worth your time based on their looks alone. From December back to January, here are my top five. Read more
Obviously we’re all aware of Mother, but I just wanted to share these two great campaigns from New York in case you’d missed them. They make it look so easy!
The Printorium are graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, brought together in 2001 by the artistic needs of the early Harry Potter movies.
Establishing the visual graphic style of Harry Potter from the outset, we’ve helped inspire joy and wonder with the creation of hundreds of unique graphic prop designs for each of the eight films. These include The Marauders’ Map, The Daily Prophet and a multitude of items for Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
Building on our wealth of experience in the industry, The Printorium explores the rich visual appeal of a collection of iconic films from an artistic perspective. Our offering encompasses collectable fine art prints from unique and original designs, all produced for the first time ever in our London studio.
Closing Time: A Nation of Shopkeepers by Nick Dawe is a great photo essay on the demise of the independent shop in Britain. A few of my favourite quotes and photos below. Click over to More Intelligent Life for the full show.
“I worry terribly about missing shops: they disappear so fast. So I am dependent on recommendations. Everyone knows an old hardware shop or shoe shop, but it’s the more obscure sort I worry about most: drapers, taxidermists, that kind of thing. A sense of loss is partly what drives me.”
“Do I think we’re a nation of shopkeepers, in Napoleon’s phrase? No, not any more. But we once were. Tesco and the internet have turned us into a nation of shoppers, which is a different thing altogether. ”
César Pesquera’s latest piece, a beautifully shot surreal 4-minute short showcases the fine selection from Brooklyn’s vintage design shop, Antoinette. An Army Of Crystallized Thoughts is a nice take on the lookbook with great music by Portabot (also known as, believe it or not, César Pesquera).
P.S. While you’re here, check out this cheeky Renault ad directed by César.