douglas wilson

Monday, February 22, 2010

Thinking For A Living


"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

The new Thinking For A Living 3.0 has launched by some good friends of mine.

Well done, boys.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Boxcar Logos

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Feltron 2009 Annual Report




Even though pretty much every blog has posted this, I must re-post because it is always so good:

Every year, the master of data visualization, Nicholas Felton, creates an annual report for himself. This year he has raised the bar yet again (with letterpress!).

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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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Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Intricate Art of the Banknote


Combining two things that I can't seem to get enough of: printing and foreign currency - The Intricate Art of the Banknote.

via Coudal.

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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

Tungsten - A New Typeface from H&FJ


Hoefler & Frere-Jones have created yet another great typeface: Tungsten.

It is a square-sided sans serif that is “more Steve McQueen than Steven Seagal" and “whiskey highball, not a martini.” It has a nice association with Alternate Gothic No. 3 but they created some nice contemporary design elements to give it a fresh look.

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Sydney International Food Festival Ads


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

via Coudal.

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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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Monday, July 27, 2009

Two New Prints


Well, it is back to the shameless self-promotion part of this blog. But I suppose if I don't do then, then nobody will...

I have two new letterpressed prints available for purchase from Keep Calm Gallery. "Do What You Love, Love What You Do" reminds me that following your passion always seems to work out while "Practice Makes Perfect" reminds me that nothing comes without working diligently.


If the self-promotion part of this post is making you gag, you really should check out Keep Calm Gallery's new website. It has been refreshed and redesigned and now has much greater usability. I find the ability to change to your favorite local currency especially useful.

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Basel Summer Type Design Workshop 2009


I am back home from my fantastic workshop at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. It was a great time of meeting friends from all over the world, nerding-out on type, and learning from some of the most knowledgeable designers in the world.

It is difficult to write about an intense week of type design in a foreign land, so I have chronicled some of my time there in a Flickr set for your enjoyment.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Grafica Fidalga


Grafica Fidalga, a printing press in São Paulo, Brazil, makes posters on a 1929 German letterpress using hand-carved wooden letters. Seriously awesome!

via CoolHunting.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Book Colophon Imprints



Aaron again links up a great set of imprint logos from the colophons of old paperback books.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

RIT Design Collections


Rochester Institute of Technology has an amazing collection of design work from the 1950's to the 1980's. I would LOVE to spend a day perusing through it all!

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Airline Logos


Aaron tipped me off to a great collection of airline logos. I especially love the old Air France logo that is above.

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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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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Wood Type Web Museum


Unicorn Graphics has a very nice web museum of wood type and specimen books. See H&FJ review their favorites here.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Wall Street Journal Article on Comic Sans


Love it or hate it, the Wall Street Journal has written an article about Comic Sans. Learn about the history, the designer, and the backlash against the typeface.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

TypeCuts - Andrea Tinnes


I came across Andrea Tinnes type designs today via WeLoveTypography and I cannot contain my enthusiasm for her work! Her custom work for the Eastern Columbia building is most certainly my favorite as well as her design for a Optima replacement, Viceroy.

All of her work is brilliant and makes me so very jealous!

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Continue to Make Your Own Path


Some shameless self-promotion here:

I just finished printing another big set of "Make Your Own Path" prints that are now for sale at Keep Calm Gallery!

Each print is hand letterpressed on a different topographic map making each print unique. I hope you like it!

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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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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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Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Periodic Table of Typefaces

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Keep Calm and Parody


Everyone seems to be making parodies of the classic British WWII poster "Keep Calm and Carry On" these days.

Honestly, it is getting a bit silly - as good friend Frank Chimero points out with his poster above.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Skylab Letterpress


Check out this great video of a Heidelberg Windmill in action at Skylab Letterpress in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Japanese Gas Attack Posters

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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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Grain Edit Interviews Frank!


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

Congrats Frank!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Harry Potter Book Cover Redesign


I'm not a fan of fantasy books, but these fictional book covers for Harry Potter might just make me want to read them!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Notgeld - Pre-Inflationary German Currency


When the German government could not stop inflation after World War One, towns and businesses started printing their own money because the official money was worthless.

A Flickr set of Notgeld: Emergency Currency.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

El Al Playing Cards


The always good Grain Edit has a great feature on playing cards designed for El Al Airlines.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Flashy Letterpress


OutOfSorts Press has a fantastic flash intro to their website that shows the process of letterpress printing simply and quickly. Nice!

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Monday, March 2, 2009

TDC 2009 Winners



Congratulations to all of the 2009 Type Directors Club winners!

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Everything Old Is New Again


The giant cereal company, General Mills, has released a set of vintage designs for some of their popular cereals. The above Kix box has insanely awesome type! The DieLine has more information.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Great War Book Jackets

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lettering of Brooklyn


Paul Shaw has been documenting the commercial and residential lettering of Brooklyn and has written a great article with photos all about it!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Futurist Typography

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Graphic Design for Olivetti


Giovanni Pintori made spectacular design for Olivetti Typewriters. So good it hurts!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vintage German Illustration

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, February 6, 2009

Westvaco Inspirations

Thursday, February 5, 2009

But Does It Float?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Vintage Soda Packaging


The Dieline has a nice post on vintage soda packaging - you should check it out.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hi-Fi Literature


A great collection of Hi-Fi Stereo manuals and literature - Hi-Fi Lit.

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