I’ve just started my latest endeavor. It’s a process blog, or at least that’s what I’m calling it. It’s an excuse to create/design/whatever. I’ll still be posting most things here, but the new blog is more like organized chaos. It’s pretty bare now but it should start coming to life in the next few days/weeks.
The rules of a creator’s life.
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In the end, my favorite number of all is the 2 in Akzidenz Grotesk Light. It looks like a swan that has a big neck. It doesn’t come back. American 2s always curve back. That one just has this big neck that ends short. Maybe the swan is a childish association, but to me it has this majestic “don’t touch me; leave me alone” quality, but still elegant. Swans aren’t cuddly. They’re bitches. But that’s what I like about the 2. It’s different. And it’s very difficult to do because you have this big white space, then it gets very black down there. You get some light into the top. It’s really a bitch, a total bitch to get that curve right so that it doesn’t fall over, so that it doesn’t sit on its ass. Designing a 2 or any number is always really difficult.
But maybe that’s why I like them so much.
-Erik Spiekermann, type designer
I found this quote strangely hilarious. Oh, the joys of venturing into number design.
It isn’t that hard boy to like you or love you
I would follow you down down down,
Cause you’re unbelievable
If you’re going crazy just grab me and take me
I would follow you down down down, anywhere anywhere
Things I’m liking now: patterns, noise filters, gradient maps, quotation marks, and Lana del Rey.
The saddest part
of a broken heart
Isn’t the ending
so much as the start.
Here is some more free-form design. I think it’s helping me get moving. I have been so wrapped up in “is this the right typeface,” “does this even look good,” and “does this convey the meaning,” that I’ve become over-critical with my work. I’ll be damned if I lose my passion for design in my search for the perfect and error-free portfolio. Perfection is overrated. If this particular design is about anything, it’s about throwing rules out the window.
“This definitive guide to classic cocktails breaks down 68 drinks into their constituent parts. Follow the lines to see where spirits, mixers, and garnishes intersect to form delightful concoctions. This massive movie poster-sized print contains over 40 types of alcohol (from distilled spirits to bitters), mixers from raspberry syrup to egg white, and garnishes from the classic olive to a salted rim. This obsessively detailed chart also includes the ratios for each drink, as well as the proper serving glass, making it as functional as it is beautiful. Over a year in the making, this is Pop Chart Lab’s most elaborate chart ever.”