Know Your Type



The folks over at idsgn have started a new feature called Know Your Type, which briefly discusses how some of the most important fonts came to be. Obviously most of us have seen Helvetica, but what about DIN or Futura? Any idea? I certainly didn’t. They’re 5 fonts deep so far, and each one has been pretty intresting. Did you know that Futura was the first font on the moon? Pretty funny since Kubrick ended up using it for 2001. Be sure to check out the whole series so far, lots of great info.

Click the following to read:
- DIN
- Verlag
- Futura
- Gotham
- Clarendon

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 24, 2009 / By

Parking Lot Art Show 2

If you’re headed out to Sunset Junction here in Los Angeles this weekend be sure to stop by the parking lot behind Café Stella for Parking Lot Art Show 2. Last years was really fun and crazy and this years looks great as well. Exhibiting in the trucks this year will be Andrew Holder, Anne McCadden, Austin McCormick, Diego Cardosa, Kristen Boteshkan, Mike Kelly and Sex Savages. There was even wrestling last year, and I think there might be more this year, so it should be a fun time.

The show is August 22 from 4 to 9 PM.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 21, 2009 / By

Words of Wisdom From Jim Coudal

A couple weeks ago Design Glut posted a great interview with Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners and I really enjoyed it. He goes into depth about how he started working for himself instead of bowing to the whims of clients. I felt really inspired after reading it, so I thought I’d share it with everyone. My favorite part is near the end:

“I know a lot of people who are in our position, who used to work for The Man or whatever, and now are making records or making films or designing clothes or creating products or screening posters or any of a million other things. And all of them, without exception, all say exactly the same thing and they say it in exactly the same words: “I should have done it sooner.”

When you think to yourself, “In 18 months I’m going to start my crocheted beer coaster company,” the problem with that sentence is the 18 months. What you’re really saying is, “I’m afraid.” Do it now. If you bankrupt a company before you’re 25, that’s like a badge of honor! Get out there.”

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 21, 2009 / By

Insound Classic 10

The band t-shirt is one of those eternal wardrobe items that I’m pretty sure everyone has. Insound understands this and has just launched the Insound Classic 10, a collection of shirts featuring designs by Mike Perry interpreting the music of your favorite “new wave and indie bands from the 1970s through the 1990s.” The collection features The Feelies, Galaxie 500, Beat Happening, Sleater-Kinney, The Magnetic Fields, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, The Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples in Stereo.

The designs are varied but they all have that awesome Mike Perry-ness to them that I love so much. My favorite shirt hands down is the Apples in Stereo one, but the Galaxie 500 one is pretty sweet as well. They’re also selling tote bags and 18 x 24″ posters as well, so if t-shirts aren’t your thing I think you’re covered.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 19, 2009 / By

Kitsune Noir & Goopymart / Design-Your-Own Food Truck Contest

It’s been forever since I’ve done any kind of contest, mostly because I think they’re kinda cheesy, but they can also be quite fun. The idea for this contest came rather randomly. I was browsing through Flickr when I came across these amazing little papercraft taco trucks by an artist named Goopymart, aka Will Guy. I thought it would be rad if I got all of you to decorate these trucks in your own way, whatever you want, making a fleet of papercraft food trucks!

So here’s the deal. I want you to download the food truck template, and decorate it in any way you see fit. Create the food truck of your dreams, fill it with food, put crazy creatures hanging out the windows, the more creative the better. The best 10 entries will get posted on the blog, and there may even potentially be prizes… maybe I can get Chipotle to sponsor this contest, does anyone have any ins?

Click here to download the food truck template.
Click here to download the food truck as an Illustrator file.

You’ll have a month to send these to me, that’s September 12th.
Make sure your entry is the high-res version I’ve supplied you with, do not increase the paper size as it’ll be larger than a standard 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper. I’d also like a photo of your food truck all put together as well. If you fail to do these things you might not get picked, just warning you.

Please email all entries to [email protected] with the subject, “FOOD TRUCK!” I can’t promise that I’ll respond to everyone, but I’ll try to at least send you a quick thank you for entering. For some inspiration on the kinds of things you can create, be sure to check out Will’s previous trucks by clicking here. If you’re totally confused and have no idea what’s going on, feel free to leave a comment.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with, this should be fun.
Also, a big thanks to Will for going along with me on this!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

August 12, 2009 / By

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