— The Comic and Sans



Uhhhh, this ad for Kim Kardashian perfume totally read as “CLAM” when I first saw it in a blog sidebar.

They should have not gone for the art deco thing, or just embraced the much-more-fitting name of “CLAM” seeing as how, you know ….

Also, what’s with being on every side of the box? It’s like she’s trying to shove it down our throa — no, wait, not going there.


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I like Ji Lee‘s projects. They’re simple in concept and really engaging (the first one that comes to mind is his Bubble Project that led to a whole load of knock offs similarly-inspired guerrilla art projects). His newest project, Word as Image, uses typography to define the words meaning.

I have major, major love for side projects and the sanity they help you maintain, so seeing a project like this bring turned into a neat video and published book makes me happy.

(via Gizmodo)

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New eBay Logo

eBay on iPhone

eBay on Shopping Bags

Online auction site, eBay, has a new logo.

It’s an improvement, but — maybe it’s because I’m so used to their previous logo of seventeen years; my initial reaction was to read it as “ebb-ay” as if the four letters formed one word. I wonder if I’m in the minority here ….

Anyway, eBay has put together a cool little site with a letter from their president, as well as shots of the new logo in action. Check it out here.

Update: Isn’t it a little Benneton-y? They seem to use all caps in their branding and they’re obviously not identical, but their brands do share some common ground, no?

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This is the most Friday-est of Friday Songs I’ve posted in a while. It’d be a better place if we all had a Kiki at the end of the week and here’s the video to show us how.

(A happy Friday to me is Del Marquis shaking his tambourine in the background.)

PS –I like that the captions are set in Futura Bold.

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Posting a lot of Olympics stuff lately. I can’t help myself. StockLogos has compiled Olympic logos from the last 100 years.

Ew — Atlanta’s is pretty gross.

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I liked the Scissor Sisters‘ last album. The new one, Magic Hour, I’m not as up on, but this beer-label-inspired video for “Baby Come Home” is pretty fab and is making it grow on me.

Scissor Sisters always brings the interesting visuals. I loved the 70s cult-y porn vibe that they brought with “Invisible Light” (the spitting in the hole in the hand kind of stuck with me for a bit).

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Upside Down N! Documenting the oft-occuring typographic offense of flipping the ‘N” upside down. Let’s raise awareness, people!

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I’m a fan of this merged type with a stroke and no fill.

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I’m a fan of Futura Extra Bold Condensed. It’s always been a really popular typeface, especially in all caps, but I feel like  I’ve been seeing it a lot lately.

It was definitely around a lot in the 80’s and 90’s (think Nike and Absolut), but I feel like it had a bit of time to rest in the last decade or so while everyone was using Gotham so liberally and, of course, Helvetica. In a single day in Hong Kong, I saw it on a new Lee Jeans campaign, then I got back and saw it on two of Fun.‘s album covers, and also spotted it on HK television.

Maybe it’s just because I’m conscious of it that I’m seeing it more, but maybe it’s making a mini-comeback? Hmm, we’ll have to see. In the meantime, I think I’m going to use it for my Travel Tip blog posts that I have planned.

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iTunes U is kind of an amazing resource that doesn’t get enough attention — on it you can find tons and tons of really great audio and video lectures.

One thing that I stumbled upon was the availability of Calligraphy Heritage video lectures from Reed College (link to the video in iTunes is right HERE). It’s kind of amazing because according to Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs (check it out if you get a chance), Reed College’s calligraphy course was what got Steve Jobs interested in typography, which ultimately led him to include a number of fonts in Apple computers, completely changing the course of the Graphic Design industry.

Design-centric, amazing stuff, available free on iTunes. When I finally get a chance to sit down, I’m going tear through these lectures. Can’t wait.

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NYU film student, Alden Peters, released this trailer for his film, Coming Out, that documents his process of coming out as a gay man.

Now normally, if you used the words “NYU” and “student” in a sentence you’d immediately see the start of the F-bomb forming on my lips (DON’T even get me started if they sandwich the word “film”), but this seems like a really admirable project. I think it’s super important for everyone, not just kids, to see that coming out is becoming more and more of a common occurrence and that gay people are … (ready for it?) … normal. people. This film totally helps in that right, so thank you, Alden.

Buuuuut … as a member of the Gay Men’s Purveyors of Good Taste Initiative (it exists only in my head), I have to look out for Alden and let him know — you need help selecting your typefaces, homegirl! The film seems great and I couldn’t come anywhere close in his medium, but Graphic Design is my game and the typefaces for the cities and the end film title need some help. (Gay men can be great purveyors of taste, but we all have our weak areas — I once knew a gay man who wore Sketchers like he owned stock in them. SKETCHERS FOR GOD’S SAKE!)

Anyway, that’s enough for now. I really do have nothing but love for this project, so check out the film trailer if you get a chance.

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