The changing seasons always get me in a crafty mood. Luckily, I can now go to Renegade Craft Fair each year: Chicago’s event is perfect timing for some fall inspiration. This year, witty sayings, type-nerd tees, and sewing projects all really caught my eye:
Honestly, I was really upset to find that I had missed the opening reception for the Typeforce exhibit held earlier this month at the Co-Prosperity Sphere gallery. So just imagine for a second how excited I was to hear that AIGA Chicago was hosting a special event at the Typeforce exhibit last Thursday. The event, which featured a talk by Rick Valicenti, was the perfect excuse to travel down there before the exhibit closed this past weekend.
Rick’s talk focused on contributions to typography and type design by Chicago designers over the past century. As someone who has recently relocated to the area, this actually put a lot of design/type history into perspective for me. It is one thing to know milestones in design, but to be able to associate those past events with the history of the Chicago design scene was great.
As for the show itself, there was a lot of inspiring work by an amazing group of designers: many of whom were familiar faces and a few were on hand to answer questions for the evening. Unfortunately, my photos don’t seem to do the show justice, but a few of my favorites are below.
Posters and Detail by Christian Kuras and Duncan Mackenzie
Albers XL Typeface by Plural
And, The Typeface by Margot Harrington
Experiments from Will Miller
Typefaces by Darren McPherson and Will Miller
A big congrats to all of the artists and especially to everyone over at Firebelly for curating (Dawn) and doing great work (Darren and Will).
Well, tonight I headed over to Firebelly with all of my wares to set up my little table for their Pop-Up Holiday Shop. Unfortunately, (fortunately?) I bought a car last week, so between car hunting and Thanksgiving I wasn’t able to finish all of the projects I had planned. That said, the ones that I did finish turned out great. So: the art is framed, the table set up, and everything is marked. Here is a little teaser for a tea towel I made that will be featured at my booth. Other items include embroidered wall hangings, illustrated postcards and framed illustrations. More photos to come from the event itself.
I’m planning a job-hunting trip to New York City later this week, and realized that I was lower on business cards than I thought I was. In a way, the timing is perfect as I’m in the process of updating my cards and printing them along with the cards I’m designing for several people who were laid off at the same time I was. (We’re ganging up the print job to keep costs low, and I’ve given discounts on the design to everyone in exchange for leads on freelance work.) On the down side, the new cards won’t be done in time for the trip this week.
In the spirit of going green, I figured this was an excellent time to recycle the first batch of business cards I ever made. While a sophomore in college, our class printed business cards together. I never used them. I loved the design, but the cards quickly became out of date. The next semester, Southwest Missouri State became Missouri State University leaving me with a huge stack of cards featuring a now-defunct email address. A little bit of craftiness, some Avery labels, and a photo-magenta ink cartridge later, they now look like this:
Not bad, eh? I’m glad to finally be able to use the old cards, and am happy with how they turned out. Consider them a limited edition and be sure grab one for yourself when you see me!
This past month, my family went up to Nebraska for a family reunion. Although I’ve shared the German-love in past posts, I’m actually more Czech than German. The region of Nebraska that both sides of my family are from was heavily settled by Czechs during the late 1800’s, and they brought not only their language, religion, and delicious food, but also a wealth of culture. In fact, you can still hear the cadence of spoken Czech in the way some small towns pronounce their English.
The reunion was held in a small community center belonging to the local church where I snapped some pics of these amazing velvet banners:
The banner in red is for the Society of St. Lucy, while the gray banner is for the Rosary Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both were used in parades, etc. What amazing embroidery! They’ve both held up well over the past century.
Also displayed were these beautifully lettered/illustrated certificates:
Unfortunately, they were a little faded from age and the sun, and when I took the picture, I couldn’t get rid of the glare from the glass. The more elaborate one was labelled as a proof of insurance, but I’m not sure that was labeled correctly: I think it has something to do with the Catholic Workman chapter. The middle one on the right wasn’t as old, but also wasn’t labeled.
Coming up later this week: Weekly Reader and my thoughts on Wallâ€¢E
While in Chicago, we had to stop at Navy Pier…mostly because our uncle works for a tour boat company, so we always take a tour. But one of my favorite hidden secrets of Navy Pier is the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. The walk-through exhibit showcases beautiful works of stained glass including some priceless gems that I’ll be posting in my next post. Pictured above are a few of the typographical and patterned pieces that drew my attention.
I’ll try to post the rest of my pics from the museum over the next few days. I’m currently in the middle of working on some wedding pieces for a friend’s wedding, as well as a couple other projects.
To celebrate Germany’s win in the quarter-finals, I thought it would be fun to post a few Fussball-related items.
The following 2 were found via QBN:
Steve Rura created an awesome collection of T-shirts for Nike representing each country that qualified for Euro 2008. I LOVE the German one, and thought that the collection overall looks great.
On a goofier note, Germany’s Otto has been promoting their Mission: Color campaign through this micro-site: Malt Mich An! (Paint Me!). The flash site allows soccer fans to paint the man with a click of their mouse while watching video of the actual Malt-Mich-An-Man getting painted at the Euro 2008 games. I would comment on the effectiveness of the promotion, except that Fussball Feber defies conventional logic. For example, we saw this at Munich’s FanFest for World Cup 2006:
Yes: that IS a van with a mohawk.