Letterpress – a simple word game for iPhone and iPad by Loren Brichter of Atebits. OK. We probably all know about this one by now, but this game came up in conversation with a friend this morning over coffee in regards to its innovate UI design and I’d like to reiterate here how delightful I’ve found this game since it was released late last year. As John Gruber summarised over at Daring Fireball: [Letterpress is] a cross between a word game like Scrabble or Boggle and a real estate strategy game like Risk or Go. It’s addictive. If you haven’t already given this one a go – I’d highly recommend it. For those of you who have, I encourage you to share your experiences.
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When graphic designers get married, you know to look forward to the wedding invite. Same thing for Jamey Erickson, owner and creative director over at Sevnthsin in Minneapolis. Typophiles like myself can appreciate designs like these: just type, beautifully laid out, and letterpressed on thick paper (printed at Studio On Fire). Jamey designed and printed a entire series of cards for each stage of his wedding: invite, directions, all the way down to the thank-you card.
In the summer of 2011 the Ratio 3 gallery organized the first solo exhibition in San Francisco of Margaret Kilgallen’s (1967–2001) work in 13 years. Considered by many to be one of the most influential, yet under-recognized, Bay Area artist of her generation. Kilgallen, along with a handful of other artists came to emergence in the late 1990s, as part of an art movement that is now commonly referred to as the Mission School. The artist’s imagery includes her iconic motifs such as leaves, trees, topography, and female figures, all executed in a delicate and adept hand. Her style is beautifully simple and humble, almost folkloric, at times working with basically abstractions of color, lines, and repeating shapes. She was an avid reader and thinker, looking to Appalachian music, signage, typography, letterpress printing, hobo train writing, and religious and decorative arts to inform her work. In addition to her comissioned mural work, she was also a graffiti artist under the tag names “Meta” and “Matokie Slaughter”, the latter used specifically for freight train graffiti. Kilgallen was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and decided to forgo chemotherapy so that she might carry a pregnancy to term. She died in 2001,...
As Niels-Peter already pointed out: it’s calendar time. Yesterday, Antonio Caruso from AisleOne released this Limited Edition 2010 Letterpress Calendar. The print features a calendar with the year printed in English, Italian, French and German. The 2010, the days of the week, and the edition number line are all printed blind, and of course, the type is set in Helvetica. Each print is numbered and signed. The calendar size is 16.5″ x 23.5″ (A2) and printed on 300gsm Crane Lettra Fluorescent White 110# paper. It comes as a limited edition of only 50 prints, so get yours now!
December is really the month to search for a new calendar. Beverly Hsu, from Brookline, MA, USA , created this minimalist and even a bit abstract clean calendar for 2010. The calendar is letterpress printed and contains 12 different decorative types from various typecases. The idea is simple: each piece represents a day and a set of pieces represent a month, forming all together 2010. Although this is maybe not the most functional calendar, you can also put it as an art piece on your wall. A perfect Christmas present for the true minimalist! You can purchase the two versions Beverly created, a white and a black edition, at Etsy.
I would love to be that thoughtful person who sends out thank-you cards, birthday cards, and so on…. But since I am too lazy to run to the shop, that often just not happen. Luckily, Set Editions designed this handy box of 40 cards called Cardstock. It holds “every card you need this year.” Brilliant! On top of that, the cards themselves are beautifully designed – and letterpressed. Yay!
The Japanese letterpress studio Otome Print has a small but gorgeous portfolio. What we see is two postcards, a New Year’s card, and something of what I think it is some sort of menu-wall, where each card represents a dish you can pick. The most awkward thing however is the slogan on the homepage: “Private press of girls since 2003″. Say what?! ;-)