douglas wilson

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Letterpress Reprints

Part of the reason this blog has been quiet recently is that I have been feverishly printing in my new home studio. I am happy to say that the fruits of my labor are now available. Both of these prints sold out their first editions quite quickly, so I have printed new prints with (in my opinion) improved paper and colors.

"When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade" is now printed on bright yellow French "Lemon Drop" Pop-Tone 100 lb. cover-weight paper with green ink. I have always been fond of this phrase and I'm happy that others like it as well.

"All You Need is Love" is now printed on light blue French "Sno Cone" Pop-Tone 100 lb. cover-weight paper with a burgundy/wine colored ink. Although I know that love isn't the only thing you need, it certainly wouldn't hurt to have more of it in our lives.

I have uploaded a few photos of the printing process on my Flickr.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I Have A Printing Press - INSIDE MY HOUSE!

I finally moved my Vandercook SP-20 Proof Printing Press into our house last weekend. I am super excited to have the press close and I hope to get it up and printing soon.

If you want to see moving photos (we took a ton to help anyone else that is planning to move similar presses), visit this Flickr set.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sydney International Food Festival Ads

Great concept and nicely executed: flags made out of food!

via Coudal.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer Hiatus

As some of you may have noticed, my posts have been becoming infrequent here. Because of a very busy summer, I have decided to take a summer hiatus from posting on my blog. I have enjoyed posting links to things that I like, but it also requires a time commitment that I cannot maintain through the summer.

The most exciting reason for my busy summer is that I am attending a Type Design Workshop at the Basel School of Design in Basel, Switzerland! I will be learning type design as well as getting a feel for the city of Basel.

Also, my wife and I are relocating to a new house that will have room for my Vandercook printing press! I am excited to get the press up and printing. And speaking of printing (and a little shameless promotion): make sure to keep your eye on my artist page at Keep Calm Gallery - I have a couple new prints in the works that will be up in the next few weeks.

I will leave you with a few links of websites that I visit for inspiration on a daily basis: Grain Edit, We Love Typography, Swiss Miss, Coudal, Draplin.

Enjoy your summer and all the best!

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

All-American Space Fleet

Skelly Gas company put out a set of cards in the 1950's about the soon-to-true
All-American Space Fleet. I love the imagination of this set and also the "helpful advice" telling children to be safe and never run with sharp objects from the trustworthy oil company...

via Coudal.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Restored Tempo Matador

If I had $110,000 laying around, I would seriously consider buying this beauty. What an amazing truck and what an amazing restoration!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Type Nesting

See! Type is useful even to animals!

Type Nesting.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Venn Diagrams

Good buddy Frank Chimero has started a new series of Venn diagrams that you simply must check out.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tone Matrix

Andre Michelle has created (among many other awesome things) a great sinewave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16-step sequencer called ToneMatrix.

What exactly that means, I couldn't tell you, but the music and fun that it creates is fantastic!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ramp House

The Ramp House is a project which tries to reconsider and redefine the living space as a "skateable habitat" - awesome!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Missouri Chinese

A little bit of fame and hometown pride for little Springfield, Missouri USA: the New York Times recently wrote an article about Springfield Style Cashew Chicken.

No, I do not think this is real Chinese food (I can speak from experience) but yes, I still eat it and love it!

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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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Sunday, March 22, 2009

StrongBad on Logos

Practically with every new logo that comes out, I am reminded of this StrongBad Email that sums up the new web 2.0 crappy, shiny, 3-D logo trends.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Explanatory Slings

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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Friday, February 13, 2009

Posting Hiatus

I'm off to warmer climates with my passport in hand for a long weekend, so posting will take a snowbird holiday as well.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Faux Mid-Century Disney Posters

Greg Maletic made some faux Disney mid-century posters for fun and Disney ended up hiring him - who says personal work doesn't pay?!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Brightest

My wife has graduated from Missouri State University with her Masters in Public Health! I am so proud of you, love!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

RGB Glasses

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Around the World in 42 Days

My childhood was wrapped around the TV mini-series "Around the World in 80 Days" starring none other than Pierce Brosnan. We watched the VHS so much that the tape wore out and broke and we had to tape it back to the spool.

Strange Maps found a modern version of the story by Jules Verne that shows the improvements in travel. It is now possible to travel around the world (without air travel) in just 42 days.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Embroidered Text Messages

The title really says it all: Embroidered Text Messages.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Designer Tape

Tired of the same, old packaging tape? How about some designer tape?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


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

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Typographic Christmas Ideas

Here are some great Typographic Christmas Ideas - just in case you were wondering what to get me...

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Island of San Serriffe

The Guardian has found out more information about a very small island in the Indian Ocean by the name of San Serriffe. So interesting!

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Where Will You Eat Tonight?

A really great (but too expensive for my taste) idea: City Plates.

via Coudal.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Questionable Characters

Good friend Frank Chimero and designer Ben Barry have launched Questionable Characters - a site developed after students kept asking the same questions.

You have questions, they have puppies!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

The Average Day of a Design Student

Are you a design student that never gets any sleep? Or perhaps the better question is: "Are there any design students that get any sleep?"

Find out how you stack up against your peers.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Flight to Nowhere

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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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Control, Alt, Delete Tea Cups

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

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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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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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Monday, September 29, 2008

Alphabet Bags

Good friends Lucas and Hayley (of Keep Calm and The Manicule fame) have started a new line called Alphabet Bags. They are exactly what they sound like - 26 cotton tote bags each printed with a nice, big letter of the alphabet.

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TV Cosy

You know the test patterns on TV? Well, now cover your TV with the the hand-made version!

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Anti-Theft Lunch Bag

Tired of your co-workers stealing your sandwich from the company refrigerator? Well, just get these anti-theft lunch baggies and you can guarantee your sandwich will be waiting for you at lunch time!

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Onion Nalgene Bottle

Pretty much everything The Onion does is hilarious, but
this water bottle hit close to home as I am known by my students for always carrying my Nalgene water bottle everywhere.

*Note* I do actually go camping with my Nalgene, I swear.

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Friday, September 5, 2008


Fellow color enthusiast, Frank Chimero, pointed me to ColorFlip and it is oh-so-pretty!

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