Super sweet little find on Instagram which I couldn’t resist sharing. Tiny PMS Match is the personal project of designer Inka Mathew. She matches everyday objects to their Pantone® colour equivalences but with mini things and tiny swatches. Nothing more to add except that I wish I had thought of it and had the time to do such a fun project.
10- zine cover inspiration 414
While working on the monster zine I have been trying to figure out what a neat cover could look like. This cover has a vivid image and the addition of a simple placement of the text has given me a few ideas for what I can create in my own zine.
The black and white image is placed nicely on this cover. Having the dark grey color palette on the bottom draws the eye in. It is nice to have the whole image placed on the cover. I was thinking that a simple white background and an interesting font choice could be nice for a cover but after discovering this image I feel like I have a lot more possibilities.
The type being placed at the top of the zine is simple and a nice touch. White text on the light grey background is something I would not think of doing but it looks very clean and easy to read. Placing it at the top of the zine allows the person looking at the cover to view the image and then they find the title easily after that. It is not placed on texture but instead on a simple background where the title is easy to read.
This cover has given me a few ideas for my own monster zine. Using the black and white photo as well as placing the title at the top give this a clean and simple yet dramatic overall feel.
Studio Maricor Maricar from Sidney, Australia is specialised in hand crafted illustration and lettering using hand embroidered and paper cut techniques. Next to their stitching typography they do awesome animations and interesting embroidery like you can see in te works above. Especially the quotes jumped into our eyes. Made with so much love for the detail they doa really good job!
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10- typography 413
When I came across this alphabet it automatically caught my attention. I am always super interested in type that resembles or that is unique compared to other sets. This one representing subway stops or some kind of map really interested me. I feel that not only creating the letters to resemble a map but also the color choices and use of line in each letter is super great.
Creating a set of type where each letter resembles a small map gives this alphabet a cohesive feel. When I see each of these letters individually they are unique and resemble maps and then when they are placed all together they become cohesive looking like they are maps for one particular city. Having the street names and stops on the maps also creates an interesting and cohesive element throughout each of the letters. The names help explain to the viewer what they are looking at.
The color choices and use of different amounts of lines in each of these letters creates a super interesting element. These look like subway maps to me because there are different stops and different streets represented by the color and line choices. Each letter individually has its own color palette but at the same time the colors of the alphabet all look cohesive together too.
The letter that stands out the most to me is the W. I feel like this one is really strong because of the double line and stops on the left and bottom of the letter. The grey, red, teal, and dark blue colors all look really nice next to one another. All together I enjoyed looking at these because it was a unique way to create an alphabet and they all look cohesive together and they look good alone as well.
09- Typeforce inspiration 413
The pieces at Typeforce were absolutely amazing to see. Walking in, this was the first one that I stared at for so long. Using wire to form this message is not only beautiful but it is also meaningful. The type itself is very soft and fluid for being formed from the wire. The material this was formed out of as well as the light, fluid feeling the type and message form were really inspiring.
When I think of wire, I think of something hard. I think of something that you use to tie things down with. It never reminds me of anything soft or meaningful. This piece took my idea and gave me a meaningful message beneath these words. “Everything always works out”, even though it could be a hard or a difficult time everything can be shaped and changed to work out. At least this is where this piece took me.
The type itself as I said before looks so soft and so fluid. The addition of the lighter wiring surrounding it I feel, helps. Ultimately the type itself is formed in a very fluid way though. Each of the words in the message is all connected together and each letter moves nicely onto the next one.
This was the first piece that really caught my eye. In my opinion there is a lot of meaning behind this piece because of the fluid feel even with the use of wire. The type itself is also very beautiful on its own.
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This particular spread really stood out to me for placement of information and images. I am thinking that I want to make a few pages dedicated to just type and balance them out with really strong images. I feel like the placement of image and content is an idea. I also feel that the hierarchy of text on the left could be interesting to mess around with in my own spread.
I do not want every spread to look exactly the same but I want all of them to be cohesive. Using just black and white photos will make this easier to keep it all uniform, but also thinking about where the type and images should be placed will help. I feel like dedicating a page to a strong image can be effective for one or two pages. This image gives the viewer a break after reading a lot of content and I am going to keep that in mind.
The hierarchy of the text on the left gave me a few ideas for my own spread. I think that highlighting a title in a larger, bolder style could be interesting. I also feel that breaking up the content with a quote and the dividing lines has given me a few ideas for how to break up my own content. The text is simple and balanced throughout, and it is also interesting to look at.
I feel that the placement of the text and the image is simple and yet it is also an idea to allow the viewer to take a break from reading all of the content. Once again highlighting the title and creating a hierarchy with the text is also an idea to keep in mind when creating my own spread.
08-monster zine inspiration 414
The layout of the type on these to pages is simple and intriguing. I feel that using the different styles of type throughout the spread is also really nice. This spread gave me a few ideas when laying out my own monster spread. I think the main things that really caught my eye was the simplicity yet exciting layout of content as well as the different sizes and styles of type. That would have been an orphan too…
The centered text on the left becomes super interesting because it is broken up by the title being underlined. Then looking at the right, having the text arranged larger and on the side gives an interesting angle to this piece and the smaller text balances everything out especially with that larger T.
Also including splashes of photographs or illustrations in a balanced way like this spread did would really add to the overall feel of the zine. The photograph on the right balances all of the text out and also frames the content at the same time. Thinking about placement will be super important in the overall layout.
I really want to keep my zine black and white so I have a different addition to my portfolio. I think having different styles of text and splashes of photos or illustrations could make the black and white color palette really pop.
08- typography inspiration 413
These posters all use typography to convey a message in a meaningful way. I mean come on look at that kerning and how that text is arranged. They just look so beautiful and they are arranged in a way that is also easily read and meaningful. Each of the posters is unique but I think my favorite it the quote by Pablo Picasso.
That particular poster is organized so it all aligns together. The A in Art all the way down to the O in of align together as well as the right side of all of the words. Then having Picasso’s name below the message but still centered is a really nice touch. It is not as big as the message but that is because you are supposed to read it last. Over all the alignment of the poster is spot on.
The boldness and size of Art is super nice. It adds an interesting element to the piece as a whole. Also, the boldness of soul and dust also make those key words stand out against the page and give the design another interesting element to look at.
Also, the kerning I mean look at that kerning. Altogether I really enjoyed looking at these posters and I found them to be super interesting and inspirational to look at.
made by Shrenik Ganatra graphic designer and typographer from Mumbai, India. “Type Posters” is a set of eight experimental, minimalist typographic posters, focusing on the idea of simplicity in design. Each poster consists of contrasting shades of black and white, single typeface and basic geometric elements. With the help of different attributes of a font, such as its size and tracking, he mentions some of his favourite quotes from music, art, about hop and friends, strength and from Martin Luther King Jr. & Abraham Lincoln. We love how minimalistic they are designed and on the other hand how much space they give to the words - Awesome!
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07- monster zine inspiration 414
I feel that the dark and then the subtle natural colors surrounding the geyser are really beautiful. The composition of the image is super interesting and it already has a dream like quality to it. Changing the colors to black and white would add a completely different dark feel to it.
This particular image is extremely beautiful and has a dream like quality to it. I have a few images of geysers from a trip I took. I feel that changing this from color to black and white would add a dark ominous feel to the image as a whole because that dream like quality would remain but it would also become dark and mysterious.
From this image I came up with the idea that I could edit these photos in an interesting way to represent my monster or my nightmares. I feel that using images that I have of fields and nature and then editing them to a dark, very contrasting black and white would be extremely interesting. Creating these edits would make photos themselves, representative of monsters and nightmares.
I really want to use images similar to this particular image. I will edit them and I may also add a touch of illustrations within this zine. All in all this particular image gave me a lot of ideas of how I could add that dream like quality feel to my overall design and feeling of the zine.
06- monster zine inspiration 414
I found this diagram while looking for inspiration for my GMO monster zine. This informational diagram explains the content in a way that is easy to read and understand.The illustrations and colors are balanced and they stand out to give the same easy readability.
This informational diagram is balanced and has a nice hierarchy for the content. First, the title stands out and allows the viewer to understand what they are going to read. Next, the content underneath is then broken up nicely. The facts are arranged with a different size or boldness of font on top and then the content is a smaller font. This hierarchy is really nice in any piece of work but especially when conveying such a large amount of content.
The illustrations and colors also help break up the information. Each illustration is placed in a way that balances out the text. It is not too heavy in any one spot. The color pallet includes a lot of neutral, natural coors and then a few splashes of reds and oranges give the whole piece a unique dynamic. The color choice of the background being a neutral color helps the information and content stand out.
This particular diagram gave me some information and inspiration for ways to balance out my zine pages. I feel that the hierarchy of text as well as illustrations makes all of this information easy to read.
07- typography group project 413
When we started the group project collecting photos of type I tried to think outside of the box and this particular set of letters gave me a lot of inspiration. The angle and light from the sky in each of the letters is soft and yet makes up each letter of the alphabet. This is a unique way of coming up with letters when they are found nature.
I usually find inspiration in nature but this particular set of letters showed me a beauty in architecture. The photographer made these angles of the buildings with the sky such a beautiful thing. Again the contrast between the dark grey and blacks of the buildings with the soft white light of the sky are extremely effective in this alphabet.
The three letters that are my favorite are the A, the O, and the V. I feel like the A is simple and yet effective. The triangle and shadows make it easily recognizable. The O is also very simple but I liked this because of the extreme contrast between darks and lights. The lines in the window stand out so much against the white border and white sky background. It is simple and elegant. Lastly I liked the V because of the dark, bold lines with the dark lighter lines. The angles make it easy to understandable.
This alphabet is super interesting and it was really helpful when finding inspiration for our typography group project.
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This alphabet caught my eye. I feel that the different arrangements of wire inside the letters gives this a really strong cohesive feel and yet each of the letters have their own independent character. no pun intended… the character has a character. I also feel that the background white space adds to the intensity of each of the letters as well.
The wire arrangements give this alphabet a strong over all feel. Each of the letters stands out on its own and yet it is even stronger when standing next to the other letters.
The plain background adds a lot to each of these letters and the collection as whole. I feel that it adds so much to the letters because it provides a soft grey, white contrast with the hard, black wire letters.
All in all this is is a really great set of letters each on their own and individually because of their strong balanced wire composition and also because of the background contrast.
I think that the H is my favorite while looking at each of the letters individually and then again as a whole. The H is balanced and has symmetry that I find super interesting. It has the strong use of wire but I feel that the white space in the background adds even more to the letter itself. I’m going to write this so I don’t leave an orphan here. You have ruined me!
3D Wire Letters Alphabet by Dan Hoopert
05- group typography inspiration 413
Having the title read as heavy metal and then arranging all of the interesting nuts and bolts makes this an effective piece to look at. This has given me a lot of ideas for our group project with typography. The symbolism behind using the bolts to represent the title along with the simple background color make this piece effective.
I feel that the materials that are building the letter are even more meaningful because they have something to do with the title. Each of the nuts and bolts are arranged in a way so that they complete the letter itself. It is as if they were all picked to fit just perfectly inside of the M.
The symbolism in this letter with the bolts is also very effective against the background. The hardness of the bolts and the color makes them look heavy. With the pale background it makes it even heavier. The pale background is soft and the hardness of the bolts against it makes it pop even more.
All in all I really enjoyed this particular piece of type because the M is effective with the arrangement of the bolts but also with the hardness of them against the contrasting pale background.
HEAVY METAL – TYPOGRAPHIC POSTER DESIGN by Tom Davie (studiotwentysix2)