douglas wilson

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Joseph O. Holmes - LCD

Yes. Pictures of people's LCD screens taking pictures at the American Museum of Natural History by Joseph O. Holmes.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Michael Johansson

Grain Edit posted about the work of Swedish artist Michael Johansson and I just had to pass it along:

Using found objects from flea markets, Michael Johansson fills voids and creates fantastically interesting sculptures and objects.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Vans and the Places They Were

Vans and the Places They Were by filmmaker and photographer Joe Stevens. Nice.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Communist Era Storefront Windows

Between 1986 and 1990, David Hlynsky made approximately 8,000 color, Hasselblad images of storefront windows on the streets of Communist Europe. He purposely avoided dramatic moments and newsworthy events. Brilliant!

via Coudal.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

A Few New Polaroids

"Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible." - Edwin Land

I am making a new concerted effort to continue my Vernacular Typography Polaroids series. I just purchased a boatload of expired film and I hope to start shooting like crazy soon.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

City of Melbourne Identity

Even though it was designed by a Sydney design firm (which is sadly ironic) I am very impressed with Melbourne, Australia's new city identity. Fresh, flexible, and very Australian.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Build Your Own Letterpress

Want to get into letterpress printing without a huge investment? Try building your own press!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pulp Paperback Diorama Photographs

Thomas Allen constructs dioramas using figures cut from the covers of old pulp paperbacks and then photographs them. Great stuff!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Love is Sweet...

Wow. I wish I had the patience and skill to do something similar to this amazing piece by Julene Harrison.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

We Love Typography

From the creator of one of the best type sites on the internet, ILoveTypography, comes another great site: WeLoveTypography.

Contributed to by some of the best type people on the net, think of it as FFFFound for all things type, typography, lettering, & signage.

A new daily source of typographic inspiration!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

YTL Residence, Kuala Lumpur

Wow. This home is amazing. YTL Residence, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spy Box

Ever wonder what it was like to be a parcel going through the mail? Tim Knowles did and created a parcel with a digital camera inside and called it Spy Box

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Visualizing the New York Times

Love info graphics? They you will love this really impressive visualization of the New York Times.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Type Specimen Books

Flickr user :Nike has a seriously enviable collection of Type Specimen Books.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Envelopes (1992 - )

Artist Andrew Bush (of previously linked 66 Drives fame) has an astounding collection of photographs of envelopes. Sounds boring, I know, but it totally isn't.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rasmus Norlander

Rasmus Norlander is a Stockholm based photographer that takes some really fantastic images.

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Friday, March 13, 2009


Juan Camilo Rojas has created a work of art that has the potential to give you stained teeth, fingers, and hair; increased frequency of colds and bronchitis; asthma; neuralgia; gastrointestinal difficulties;headaches; nausea; and convulsions - to name a few.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Grain Edit Interviews Frank!

My great friend just got interviewed by a great website..

Congrats Frank!

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Silhouettes in a Museum

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Young Artists Print!

Another elementary school class has done a printing project based on some of my work! This time it is a fourth grade class in Indiana - awesome!

Check it out here!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Continious Lean

"A Continuous Lean is about things. American things, good looking things, well designed things and all sorts of other things. Sometimes A Continuous Lean even talks about people and ideas. That’s it, keep it simple. More good, less bad."

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Monday, February 23, 2009

Dan Funderburgh

Dan Funderburgh makes very interesting art pieces and prints and other things. His work is difficult to describe, so just check it out!

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Akzidenz Grotesk on the Streets

I had posted a few images of this project a while back, but now I have found more information about it - Tobias Battenberg took typography and a projector to the streets and made some very interesting photographs.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Twentysix Abandoned Gas Stations

Working off of Ed Rushas's Twentysix Gas Stations, Eric Tabuchi has photographed Twentysix Abandoned Gas Stations. Great stuff!

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Friday, February 20, 2009

New York City Subway Destination Prints

These old New York City Subway Destination Prints are quite nice!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Letter Museum in Berlin

The Letter Museum’s mission is the preservation and documentation of letters, regardless of culture, language and font systems. Yet another reason I need to visit Berlin!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Inauguration. At Last.

Maira Kalman (of whom I have posted before) went to the recent Presidential Inauguration and painted her way through the event. Wonderful!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vintage German Illustration

Saturday, February 7, 2009

David Maisel

I have (and always will) have a love for what I like to call "massive photography." David Maisel's Oblivion Series is one of the best in my opinion.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Westvaco Inspirations

Monday, February 2, 2009

Vintage Posters

I am always a sucker for vintage posters and this French blog always has a choice selection.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Way of Women

Italy's Sportmax Code has an online magazine profiling women artists/designers/thinkers from around the world.

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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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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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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

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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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Richard Serra

Richard Serra is a really amazing artist in my humble opinion. Someone has created a page with 108 links to works by Serra. Thanks to that person!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Coles Phillips

1920's American illustrator Coles Phillips is a personal favourite. His "fade-away girls" are both interesting and unique.

Here is another biography as well.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Modern Birdhouses

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Helen Dardik

Helen Dardik is an amazing and whimsical illustrator! Enough said.

via GrainEdit.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Embroidered Text Messages

The title really says it all: Embroidered Text Messages.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Montreal-based street artist Roadsworth creates some great public work.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sigur Ros at the MoMA

I wish I was cool enough to have been here!

Shot live at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Icelandic Independence Day, Sigur Rós @ MoMA is a unique concert film highlighting new material from the band's latest album, "með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust", as well as classic Sigur Rós songs. Directed by Alex Simmons.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

The New New Deal

ReadyMade Magazine asked five artists to reimagine the populist poster art of the first Great Depression. Here are the results.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Printing - Your Life Work

Printing—your life work series (1947) from on Vimeo.

Thanks to Adam Bowlin for this great film about printing and letterpress.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Text Message in a Bottle

A really interesting idea - text messages that are converted into braille, stamped into magnetic tape, and placed inside a bottle. Text Message in a Bottle.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Typewriter Ribbon Tins

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Shipping Container Colours

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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