douglas wilson

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Grid Maker

Need a grid for a website? Use Grid Maker to make it easy! (boy don't I sound like a cheesy infomercial?)


Friday, January 30, 2009

Socket Deer

These fun and simple electrical outlet covers are interesting to look at and practical as well!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Roy Doty Holiday Cards

Yes, I know Christmas has come and gone, but I had to share this. Roy Doty, a freelance cartoonist and illustrator since 1946, has created a custom Christmas greeting card each year - and they are fantastic!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Book Cover Design Blog

Have you ever wondered what goes into a book cover? Henry Sene Yee shows his process (as well as his good results) in his book cover design blog.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

English School Children Make Their Own Paths

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and this week I received an email that certainly proved just that:

Dear Sir,

I am a primary school teacher in the UK, I teach at James Watt Primary School in Handsworth, Birmingham. Just before Christmas, my Year 5 class (Age 9/10) spent the day working on a special art project based on your work.

My father had been given a "Make Your Own Path" print as a retirement gift and using that as our inspiration we set about creating prints on old maps. The children chose different motivational messages and made their print blocks out of cardboard. We then rollered paint onto the print blocks and printed it. We watched the video on your website about how you had carried out your printing and compared the differences.

I would like to thank you for the inspiration with which the children were able to create their own artwork and hope you enjoy looking at their homage to your work.

Many thanks, with best wishes,

Oliver Wilson
Year 5 Teacher
James Watt Primary School

Seriously, the biggest compliment my work has ever received! I am SO excited that these children were inspired by my work and I hope they all grow up to be artists, designers, and printers!

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Saul Steinberg

Famous New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg is simply fantastic. His pen and ink work is especially inspiring still to this day. This post at Johnson Banks shows some of his great work.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Adrian Frutiger: The Complete Works

Arguably the most important type-related book of the decade has been released: Adrian Frutiger - Typefaces. The Complete Works.

When I first read about this book, I literally yelled in excitement. Yes, I am that much of a nerd.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ampersand Cutting Board

I recently purchased this amazing Ampersand Cutting Board from the fine folks at House Industries. Cutting cheese has never been better!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My New Press!

I am the proud father of this 1969 Vandercook SP-20 printing press! 1500 lbs. of solid steel beauty!

Check out this great promotional brochure (PDF) for the SP-20.

Fair warning: letterpress is a serious, if not fatal, disease.

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If you are looking for font-management software, there is a new one on the market called FontCase. They claim it is the iTunes for fonts - looks interesting!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Arm NYC

Design*Sponge has a great interview with Dan Morris proprietor of The Arm NYC.

All things letterpress and all things good.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

30 Ways to Die of Electrocution

Bre Pettis has an amazing/morbid Flickr set of images from the book "Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern" (Electrocution in 132 Pictures).

Seriously interesting and it makes me thankful we have more insulated appliances now!

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Sunday, January 18, 2009


"In March 2007 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London we hosted an evening of animation related events which I took as an opportunity to make some more examples of my Phonographantasmascope, an extension of the Zoetrope principle."

So cool!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009


Before I die, I must make it to Japan. I have always been fascinated by the people, the country, and the history. Eric Testroete has made a fantastic video of his recent trip to Japan put to a great soundtrack by LCD Soundsystem.

You can see each and every photo on his Flickr.

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Penguin Classic Horror Book Covers

The Penguin Blog (which is always good) has a post about their recent super-awesome covers for their classic horror books. It shows work in progress as well as a video interview with the designer. Really stunning work.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Gary Hustwit (of Helvetica: The Film fame) has a new film coming out called Objectified. It is about industrial design and the process of making things. I know it sounds lame, but I am excited about it!

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Printing for the President

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Feltron 2008

Nicholas Felton has done it again. His 2008 annual report is a celebration of all things obsessive and typographical.

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Asile One

"An inspirational resource focused on graphic design, typography, grid systems, minimalism and modernism." Asile One by Antonio Carusone.

Super, awesome, great resource.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fwis + Type + One Month = ???

Design firm Fwis is trying a very ambitious project: designing a typeface a day for one month. See the (so far really great) results here.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Urban Play - Stefan Sagmeister

I know I am super-late on this, but I just had to post about Stefan Sagmeister's installation at Urban Play in Amsterdam in September.

He (along with many volunteers) created an installation of the sentence “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better” using 250,000 Euro cent coins.

Amazing, beautiful, fantastic, and it came to a tragic/ironic end.

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The Vignelli Canon

Massimo Vignelli has published a 96 page book on understanding typography and graphic design, according to him.

It is available as a free, downloadable PDF and I am super excited about it!

via AsileOne.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Year in Review

U.K. design agency Johnson Banks has a great Year in Review post.

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I ♥

To start the new year off right, you should head over to Make sure to check out their Type Basics for some great typographic resources to start your own typeface (or if you are not so ambitious, to understand the subtleties of type).

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Swedish Dance Bands From the 70's

I will be back to my regular posts soon, but until then, I thought I would hold you over with this: Swedish Dance Bands From the 70's.

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