25 February 2011

Seb Lester

Seb Lester is passionate about letterforms. He works in London as a type designer, illustrator, and artist. He has worked with companies such as Nike, Apple, Intel, The New York Times, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and J.D. Salinger's final reissue of The Catcher in the Rye.
He as excellent work and most of his work consists of swirly cursive formal lettering. Most of cursive lettering is very hard to read but he pushes it and uses the swirling lines to help create a wonderful composition with only using letters. 
He likes to above and beyond to be good.
On i love typography I found Seb Lester's prints called Dreams, Stars, and So Much to Do.
He talks about each piece individually saying how he wanted it to show his love for letter forms.
On his website he has recorded a picture of all the inspirational fonts that he sees. Which I think is something that I should consider doing because I do like making my own letters. I do not have the best ability to draw, but I can replicate or remake a font very well. I practice when I make my own cards for holidays and birthdays.
In Dreams his inspiration was from some of the most accomplished lettering in history, but wanted to make it more modern looking. He wanted to make something that was versatile, passionate, flair, and that has craftsmanship. Which I think he has excellent craftsmanship. 

These first two images here are sketches. I love seeing sketches because it is a very important process to get to the final product; an idea has to be planted before one can move forward.



I love this print because how he mixes the font to give a certain emphasis on each word. Like he is giving a personality to each of the words. I like how he uses the lines coming off the letters to give direction and movement to the word.



 Although this print has a font that make it slightly hard to read, I still love it. This is an excellent example of how he uses lines off the letters to make movement and give direction which makes it have better composition.

 Although it is hard to tell (look at the close up images below, you might have to click on them to get a better look), but each of the letters are made up of a bunch of tiny stars. That takes a lot of patience and good craftsmanship to make all those stars produce clear lines with the font.


So Much to Do

I like this one because it reminds me of when I like make up my own random crazy font. The letters may all be different but it has the same shape so it all is still unified and consistent. The words from top to bottom get better, which creates emphasis especially on the last two words. This emphasis on "to bed" almost seems like the proverb is upset or bothered by so much that they have to do.

21 February 2011

You The Designer - "Landing Your First Graphic Design Job"

Looking at one of my new websites I have come across YOU THE DESIGNER, I found this article talking about finding a job after college, for a graphic designer. Reading this it made me think of all the things that I was taught while taking my Portfolio Seminar class and when I went to Ad Club's (or American Advertising Federation Kansas City) Career Day. Not only does it discuss key points but it also gives other websites: 
All Graphic Design, can help create a design portfolio

by Nichole Nelson
(part of the article)
"Looking for your first job post-college can be a long and frustrating process, but be persistent. Don’t just look at the classified ads in the newspaper. Keep re-evaluating the type of job you want. Work on building up your design portfolio and refine your resume. Network. Network. Network. And, if all the jobs you are looking at require a skill set you don’t have, consider taking a course to expand your skills.
Landing your first job is all about matching your creativity and skills with an organization’s needs. Your first job is also a very valuable learning experience – you will learn about the different ways design is practiced and what skills employers deem most important. Be persistent and you’ll find your first design job, and just know, your next job search (no matter how soon or far away that is) will be much easier."

08 February 2011


For one of my assignments in typography we were to take a word and show its action using that word. I think these images show an excellent example of this....



The two on the left are both simple, using black and white (with a little bit of red). I like how the word falling used three letters with different values to show how it is falling down. If there was no value shown then it would be hard to recognize that the letters are falling. The pile of letters (a and g) makes it seem like these letters have been falling for a period of time. I like how the "g" is the actual magnifying glass and it focuses up on the letters that it follows; you still read it as normal. It doesn't bother me much that the "g" is cut off either, I almost really like it like that because it helps you focus on the bowl of the "g" and emphasizes that it is a magnifying glass.
The two on the right are a bit more complex in the fact that they have more color. For the word "collide" I can feel the letter colliding with one another has it crashes in the center of the word. the word "ice cream" works well because the word "ice" is a cool color (blue) and is solid, like how an piece of ice would be. The word "cream" shows how ice cream does indeed melt and I like how it is a different color because it helps give the sense of taste. Pink is a good frosting or sweet flavor.

03 February 2011


Here are some lovely Helvetica posters that I found by searching on Google.com
What I like about these is that some people have expressed how much they hate or love and appreciate Helvetica. There are quite the mixed reviews about this font.

<---- It is very simple and I like the message that it gives, especially the ending part “doesn’t need to prove itself to anyone.” It realized that this font has done for everyone and recognizes it. I have also seen this poster done in different colors, but I like this lime green the best.

<---- This person obviously feels strongly against Helvetica. This is a very clear message done thick and typed in all caps. I think what I like most about this image is that the background is textured. The black background looks like it was folded in half and is worn.

<----  I like this image very much because I like this image very much because I think it is funny. The person who created this obviously is a fan of Helvetica. I like how they chose simple images that only require black and white and still get the information efficiently. You almost do not have to read what is written underneath the font names because the images clearly tell the viewer how the creator feels.

<---- This is also simple, but it has less text that stands out. I like how the percentage is close to the font name. You can even see the “1” of the “100%” connect with the “h” in “Helvetica.” It kind of emphasizes and repeats the vertical line. The “0” of the “0%” is a repeated circle shape just like the “a” in “Arial” is making. It also a good choice to make the percentage and the font name two different colors, so that away you get your information without pushing the two together.

  <---- I like this one because it take the font name, “Helvetica” and repeats it over and over again. Repeating like this makes a mess and a mash of name. The clash of the letters seems like it is an explosion and looks like some words are peeling away.

<----  This poster makes me laugh. I think it is creative how the creator made a safety pin with the type of Helvetica and calling it a “safe choice,” which it is. It works very well and is safe to use.

<---- This one just makes me laugh a little. It uses simple emotion symbols to show how the letter feels.


<---- I like how the text is all placed in this image. I also have found out that red and black text work well together. The red will make a letter or word pop out just because it is a contrast in comparison to the black.