Inspiration Lab

Editorial design ♥
October 15, 2014, 8:52 am
Filed under: Graphic Design | Tags: ,

I’m spending a bit of time reacquainting myself with editorial design. It is my fave of all the graphic design disciplines, because it is of great importance that the designer him/herself is a great storyteller and understands how to perfectly visualize the written word. I also love it because it’s a very limited space, you might have a maximum of 4 spreads to pull out all the stops to make it eyecandy and a great companion for the copy, and then it’s on to the next thing. Maybe my own impatience finds this especially appealing ;-)

Lately I’ve discovered the amazingly talented Benjamin Barend Bours who’s a designer at GQ. I’m in awe! These opening spreads are perfect examples of my rant above. You could not switch the styles of ANY of these, because they tell the story so well. Actually, I think that might be a great way to put a design to the test; see if it would work on another story, if it does, it’s not specific enough, maybe even generic. But Benjamins work is definitely no such thing. I’m a fan!

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October 14, 2014, 10:13 am
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Phew! This running my business thing is hard work! That is not me complaining though, it feels GREAT to be busy with stuff that is all connected to doing my own thing, whether it’s taxes (you did NOT hear me say that!) or designwork. But yesterday I needed a few hours to play. A friend of mine who’s having some man problems was on my mind. She is the most stylish woman I know, at the same time she is kind and warm and being told she is superficial because she loves fashion is definitely NOT true. So I made her this to remind her. You can play the logotype guess game with this one, if you know the logos, you can join our club of warm hearted fashion lovers ;-)

Yes yes, I may get in trouble with the BIG BRANDS but at least I’m doing good!


Linzie Hunter
October 23, 2008, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Typography | Tags: , ,

Linzie Hunter is an illustrator and handlettering artist from London. Her work is pretty girly but I have been in love it ever since I found her project Spam One-liners, where she has handlettered all the subject of her spammails. Needless to say they’re a lot of fun!

You can visit Linzie’s website but there’s actually lots more great stuff on her Flickr account too.

October 22, 2008, 9:03 am
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WOW! Check out these fantastic type illustrations I found on Janara Lopes’ profile on Flickr. They’re scans from the book “Bizarre and Ornamental Alphabets”. Just a reminder to all of us to not only look in new hip design books but to get our hands dirty and dig deeper too.

Andrew Byrom
September 13, 2008, 9:24 am
Filed under: Typography | Tags: ,

I was surprised when I found typeface designer Andrew Byrom. I am not even sure that is the best term for him as his work is so much more. He sorta has the same approach as René Knip I think, letting materials rule where the typeface goes. This ends up in some very interesting prototypes!

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September 11, 2008, 8:01 am
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Check out these wonderful typography installations by Byggstudio they are almost a little Sagmeister-ish! Byggstudio is a small studio founded in Copenhagen by 3 former students of the Danish Designschool. The studio has now uprooted and moved to Stockholm.

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Font of the Week
August 4, 2008, 10:58 am
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This weeks font is a true oldtimer. Normande was done by the German font foundry H. Berthold AG established in 1858 by Hermann Berthold. As far as I can figure out Normande was designed by Hermann Berthold himself around 1860. In 1993 the original H. Berthold AG company closed their doors due to financial trouble but the font distribution was taken over by the American company Berthold Types Ltd.

I think this font is a fantastic display font because it has enormous wight but also really fine detail, the contrast is huge. These neo classic displayfonts have really been making a comeback and I think Normande should too. In fact I think I’m gonna use it myself for a coming project.

Buy the font through Berthold or Linotype.