What I love about this General Electric Radios ad from 1951 is that it was created by hand. From the vibrant illustrations to the hand lettered headlines, this ad exudes personality and originality. The brush lettering for “RADIOS” relates to contemporary typefaces including Bello from Underware and House Showcard from House Industries’ Sign Painter font [...]
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I scanned this scrawled hand lettering from my 12-year-old cousin’s name tag at a family gathering. He wasn’t trying to create anything unique, but I found the result interesting. Perhaps similar lettering would be appropriate for a horror flick.
The three from this out of circulation Russian three ruble note caught my attention for it’s ornamentation and nested roman numerals. I separated out the three and placed it against a black background to call closer attention to the form.
New Letters and Lettering features amazing hand lettering designed by Paul Carlyle and Guy Oring. Published in 1943, this book served as a practical field manual for professional sign painters. This sample is categorized as “Old Fashioned Upper Case” and is one of numerous beautiful examples.
Jessica Hische has just unveiled her new letterpressed business cards, a first-rate combination of printing and design. Jessica has framed her self identity logo with an ornamental border since her work was previously featured on Type Theory, which works extremely well in letterpress.
In 1939 as Art Deco was ending and the United States was beginning to recover from the Great Depression, this ad for Real Silk Hosiery ran in The Saturday Evening Post. The calligraphic brushwork of the capital “R” and “S” reference the cachet of silk garments worn by ancient Chinese royalty, while the remaining letterforms [...]
Minneapolis, Minnesota is a haven for outstanding graphic design firms specializing in print. CSA Design, Duffy & Partners, Haley Johnson, Sharon Werner, Laurie DeMartino, Capsule, Design Guys & Wink are all located in Minneapolis. Two previous designers for CSA, Joel Templin and Jason Schulte, now run two of San Francisco’s most renown firms (Hatch and [...]
Bells & Whistles is a three-person (Barbara Rourke, Jason St. John & Jason Lane) design studio in San Diego that specializes in custom furniture and space design. They have earned a reputation for creating modern yet inviting environments with distinctive artisanal appeal. Martin Wollesen, the Director of University Events at the University of California San [...]
The evocative hand lettered headline steals the show in this ad for Vitality shoes. The artist left his signature, so we know his name is McCullough. I presume that he created the entire ad, including the hand lettering, though I’m not sure. I could easily see “thrill” framed hanging on the wall. The halftones and [...]
I love the hand lettering and illustration in ads from the 40s, 50s and 60s. This colorful 1945 shoe ad for Black Suedes by Naturalizer is my latest find at the antique store. You’ve gotta love the line: “The interested woodpecker has stopped his pecking to gape at one of Naturalizer’s new black suede pumps.” [...]
This graceful hand lettering gem was scanned from a 1934 (Great Depression era) magazine advertisement for the Airflow Chrysler that I picked up at Hewitt’s Antiques in Wichita, Kansas.
“Das Kunsthandwerk” is a book that Bill Gardner brought back from a flea market in Austria. The term “das kunsthandwerk” is German and means “arts and crafts”. This beautifully ornate book is filled with extravagant illustrations throughout. I selected one of my favorite pages to scan and share. With a whole host of swashes, ornamental [...]