douglas wilson

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tulip Fields

The Dutch Landscape is transformed by fields of amazing tulips.

via SwissMiss

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Organic Typography

**Re-post for this Semester**

For my Advanced Typography Assignment #5 - Organic Typography: Here are links to different examples of interesting experimental/organic typography.

From the book that I showed you: Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far.

Some iconic work is done by Stephan Sagmeister - one & two.
Marian Bantjes makes some great work.
Never forget to Think Beauty.
Christian Robert-Tissot makes some interesting work here.
Bryan Collins is a great Art Director & Designer that makes nice things.
Post-Typography has some interesting experimental work as well.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Ephemera Blog

I really like this amazing French ephemera blog.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Honda Civic Musical Road

The Santa Monica ad agency RPA cut half-inch grooves into a quarter-mile stretch of Avenue K, in Lancaster, California.

The grooves were synched in such a way that driving over them at precisely 55mph caused Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” — a.k.a. the Lone Ranger theme — to echo in the air around you.

Fantastic idea. So so results. Angered neighbors.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Adobe Kuler

Need inspiration for a new color palette? Look no further than Kuler.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Painted VW Buses

Yet again, this is why the internet is awesome: Painted VW Buses.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Library of Virgina

Another library has started to post images up on Flickr - starting with some great 1950's photographs..

I hope this trend of institutions putting their long-hidden gems online continues!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Old Car Manual Project

This is why the internet is great: browse hundreds of old car manuals at The Old Car Manual Project

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New Polaroids (yes, even more)

I uploaded a few new batches of Vernacular Typography Polaroids for your enjoyment!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Control, Alt, Delete Tea Cups

Such a great idea - Control, Alt, Delete Tea Cups!

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Air Traffic Video

I could watch this video for one hour. Seriously. I'm not even joking.

Also, want to see live radar/flights over Switzerland?

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Print's Regional Design Annual

For the third year in a row, I am sharing the pages of Print's Regional Design Annual with good friend, Danny Gibson.

If you pick up the December 2008 issue, you may find something familiar on page 151.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Airport Signage Design

Since I love flying and I love type, I really love Airport Signage Design.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Own This!

Driving back from a nice visit to Kansas City, I stopped off at a flea market ... and I walked out with this eight-foot hand-painted sign! It came from an old shoe store in Windsor, Missouri and it was love and first sight.

I can't tell you how excited I am about it! See more pictures on my Flickr.

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Creepy Old Ads

Wow, there is nothing quite like creepy old ads.

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Friday, October 17, 2008


Driving on Interstate 44 from Springfield to St. Louis Missouri is pretty boring.

But then you pass by this amazing building with the most fascinating type ever and it just makes your day.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ryugyong Hotel

At 105 stories, the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is that world's tallest unfinished building. Sad. Magnificent. Crazy.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Polaroids

I just added 56 new Polaroids to my Vernacular Typography Polaroids series on Flickr.

I guess this is as good a time as any to announce that I am working on creating a book of my Vernacular Typography Polaroids. Publishing a book of my photographs has always been a dream of mine and I am now going after it full-force. I am pursuing a publisher, but if things do not work out, I will go the self-publishing route.

Either way, I will update you, my faithful reader(s), as things progress.

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A Library Like No Other

I really can't find the words to explain Jay Walker's personal library.

Except that I physically lust for his collection.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Movie Title Screen Archive

Wow. Interested in old movie title screens? Steven Hill has 5,301 (and counting) to peruse!

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Political Critter

With less than a month before the United States presidential election, have a little fun with the political mascots at Political Critter.

Full Disclosure: I work for Marlin, the creator of this great nonsense.

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This Deserves a Post

Draplin is driving across the west from Oregon to Michigan and took this photo in Idaho. Seriously amazing. Look at the type, the claim, the optimism!

On a side note, this gets me really excited to visit Idaho some day. I only have Idaho and Alaska left to visit and I will have been to all Fifty Nifty United States.

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This Table Will Self-Destruct

A table that slowly destructs itself each time a new table is sold: This Table Will Self-Destruct. Interesting idea!

via Coudal.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Vintage Polish Soap Labels

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Diacritical Challenge

Ever wonder what all those funny marks above certain letters are in foreign languages? No? Well, they are called diacritical marks just in case and the ever-interesting iLT has a Diacritical Challenge for you.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Simple Is Beautiful.

I was going to have a long description of this new print, but I thought it defeated the purpose.

Simple Is Beautiful.

More photos on my Flickr.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More Is More.

Not to be one to follow my own dogma too much, I have printed a new poster declaring that "More Is More." Because, sometimes, it just is.

More photos on my Flickr.

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Open Up The Archive!

The onpaperwings Archive has been opened and a few stray prints have found the light of day!

Recently, I found my Artist Proofs from all of my past letterpress prints. Most of these prints have long been sold out, so I decided to give all of my faithful readers a second chance to purchase these previously sold out prints at a discount.

You can see all of my prints on my Keep Calm Artist Page.

There are only a few APs of each print, so I would suggest purchasing soon, just to be safe as once they are gone, they are gone for good!

About my Artist Proofs: they are prints that didn't quite make the cut to become part of the signed and numbered edition. I am very strict on the quality of my prints and any slight imperfections are rejected for the signed edition.

Because of the nature of letterpress, there are always slight challenges that arise while printing and a few prints aren't quite perfect. Each AP print has a slight imperfection - either a slightly bent corner, some stray ink, or a patchy impression - but many people think this adds to the "uniqueness" of the print!

These prints are signed and instead of having a number of the edition and there is an "AP" in the corner.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

United Nations Stamps

Monday, October 6, 2008

Making Maps in England

I really really love maps. This printing, the colours, the type - everything about maps I love. Yet somehow, seeing this 1953 documentary about making British Ordnance Survey maps makes me love them even more.

via ILike.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Strange Form of Life

Photomontage and collage are some of my favorite artistic techniques and this blog has so many great examples.

via AJ170.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ben Hansen Design

Some nice work from a nice guy: recent Austin, Texas transplant Ben Hansen.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Cairo, Illinois

Justin Clifford Rhody has a very nice Flickr set of images of Cairo, Illinois.

I had never heard of Cairo before, but it has some interesting history.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Think About It.

I read this quote today in Grain Edit's interview of Adrian Johnson and so I made this.

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Large Headron Collider

For any science nerd, CERN is like Mecca.

They just completed the 27km LHC and are about to start colliding things together. I wish I could give a better explanation than that, but I really don't understand much of anything about nuclear physics. Hopefully it won't create a giant black hole and destroy the universe...

The Boston Globe has a great collection of giant/amazing photos of the LHC in Geneva, Switzerland (how I miss thee!).

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Darden Studio

Simply great typefaces come out of Darden Studio.

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