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How about a Helvetica Rubik Cube to Frustrate Over? By Txaber


Helvetica Rubik

 

The Helvetica Rubik Cube

There have been many Helvetica themed bits n' bobs over the years. Goodness me though, this Helvetica Rubik's cube surely has to be one of the most gloriously creative examples.

The Helvetica Rubik consists of: 36 overall characters covering four of the cubes sides, and the the word Helvetica used on two sides.

Lovely little coincidence that Helvetica is nine letters, otherwise this might not have worked as well as it does.

Such a shame it appears only to be a concept, and as this was a link I submitted to Quipsologies, Arman's comment totally makes sense:

How is this Helvetica Rubik’s Cube, by Txaber, not on Kickstarter with a million dollars in backing in less than 24 hours?

A serious question? Who would NOT back this on Kickstarter?

I'd be interested to see how it would look with, say, different weights of Helvetica for each cube face, so something like: Helvetica Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Heavy & Black.

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As Submitted to Quipsologies #70

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“No. I don’t design logos, I pull them out of my ass.” Design Logos Poster


No. I Don't Design Logos Poster

No. I Don't Design Logos - Ass Poster Updated

Download Vector file of all 3 Ass Posters

A refresh to my old favourite poster, "No. I don't design logos, I pull them out of my ass.", which is available for download in various styles.

Still makes me smirk when I see this, and think of the time when the idea for the poster came to mind. It was after a couple of challenging of client conversations about the logo design process, and I'd just about given up the will to live.

This poster gave me an outlet to purge my frustrations.

I have filled out the design with larger text with emphasis on ass. I think the reference to ass was lost on some; it's a nod to some peoples perception of what competent logo design involves as well as reaffirming that the buttocks are indeed a source for all your logo designs.

Added a mono version as well for all you purists.

Download Vector file of all 3 Ass Posters



The Helvetica Watch by Mondaine


There really isn't anything that is safe from being Helverticarised: we've had a whole variety of Helvetica themed goodies in the past, from the Helvetica BikeHelvetica The Perfume: "The Scent of Nothing", the gorgeous Helvetica Moleskines, Helvetica Wine (designed by WildWildWeb), and a crap load of other Helvetica themed items.

The latest item to be branded with Helvetica? The humble wrist watch, although in this case a very non-humble watch by Mondiane.

Mondaine is known to many as the official timekeeper of the Swiss Railway system—who are currently working on the The Helvetica Watch, also known as the No.1.

The images above are actually renders, but the word is the No.1 Helvetica watches are very real, and will be available for purchase around September.

The No. 1 Helvetica White Face Watch by Mondaine

 

The Helvetica No 1 Watch Styles

The Helvetica No. 1 Watch by Mondaine will come in five different case sizes, and in three different font weight classes: Light (26 and 38mm), Regular (33 and 40mm) and Bold (43mm). But that's not it, there are further style variations based on several styles of steel case, including: black, gold and PVD as well as several strap options.

Original article found on http://www.wristwatchreview.com



5 Phrases Of Massimo Vignelli: ‘Vignelli Forever’ Set in Helvetica by Anthony Neil Dart


5 Phrases Of Massimo Vignelli: 'Vignelli Forever' Set in Helvetica

Gorgeous set of posters, entitled: Vignelli Forever, by Anthony Neil Dart using Helvetica, of course!. Anthony has designed one main poster summing up five well-known phrases, and quotes, by Massimo Vignelli, then a further five posters each displaying one of the five phrases.

These have been floating around for a few years now, but really do like them and felt another airing would be worthwhile. Decided to keep the jpg files as high-resolution as possible, rather than downsampling, to keep the pretty small fine-print as legible as possible. Let's see how well MaxCDN, CloudFlare, W3 Cache and BJ Easy Load work together to reduce this pages download speed/size!

I'd really like to get my hands on a set of these, they look so smart! The Vignelli Forever posters were originally found via AdWeek, in their Talent Gallery.

The five Massimo Vignelli phrases are:

  1. One life is too short for doing everything.
  2. We like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant and above all timeless.
  3. If you can design one thing, then you can design everything.
  4. If you do it right, it will last forever.
  5. The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.

 

5 Phrases Of Massimo Vignelli Set in Helvetica by Anthony Neil Dart Gorgeous set of posters, entitled: Vignelli Forever, by Anthony Neil Dart using Helvetica. Summing up five well-known phrases, and quotes, by Massimo Vignelli. Gorgeous set of posters, entitled: Vignelli Forever, by Anthony Neil Dart using Helvetica. Summing up five well-known phrases, and quotes, by Massimo Vignelli. 5 Phrases Of Massimo Vignelli Set in Helvetica by Anthony Neil Dart 5 Phrases Of Massimo Vignelli Set in Helvetica by Anthony Neil Dart

 



Helvetica Wine Bottle Designed by Wild Wild Web Studio & Produced by Bodegas Barreda


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Helvetica Wine Bottle: A Sans-Serif Wine

This has just made my Friday! Thanks to Kris Kolvin for letting me know about this beauty. We've had a whole variety of Helvetica themed goodies in the past, from the Helvetica BikeHelvetica The Perfume: "The Scent of Nothing", the gorgeous Helvetica Moleskines and a crap load of other Helvetica themed items.

Now we have Helvetica Wine, designed by WildWildWeb based in Spain. This is a thing of beautify with carefully designed details down to the stamped 'Helvetica Wine' wax sealed cork with the Helvetica alphabet printed around the corks side. The typography on the bottle is gorgeous, but that wax sealed cork sealed it for me…

Buy Your Own Bottle of Vintage Helvetica Bold 75

The Helvetica Wine bottle is not just a concept, oh no no no.

You can buy a bottle of this fine sans-serif wine from Vinorama, for a refreshing €9.25. It's a limited edition run, with 1300 bottles being filled and silkscreened.

Bodegas Barreda: Led by Vinorama, Torre de Barreda (one of the best wineries in Castilla La Mancha) and the design studio wildwildweb born this tribute to the queen of fonts: Helvetica ®, developed by Max Miedinger and Edouard Hoffmann in 1957.

Helvetica ® Wine has been careful preparation, the process from grape to bottle design, which makes it a premium wine along with an undisputed design element.

Tasting Notes
Garnet color with some violet tones, aroma leaves touches of red and black fruits almost equal parts. Its flavor is mild at the same vigorous, with an agile on the palate, leaving a pleasant and relaxing end feel. Very complete.

Varieties: 100% Tempranillo
Aging: 6 months in casks
Serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 15ºC.
Alcohol: 14.5% Vintage: 2012
Producer: Bodegas Barreda

Helvetica Wine Bottle designed by Wild Wild Web Studio-3

Helvetica Wine Bottle designed by Wild Wild Web Studio-3

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A good tpyeafce mkaes ahnytnig eeisar to raed-Typographic Poster Update


"Read" Typographic Poster Designed by AMVBBDO

Seen this very cool typographic poster for the typemusueam.org floating around the interwebs for a while. Never seen a 'quality' version of it, with each instance of it used being.JPEG'd and progressively degraded each time it's shared, uploaded, resaved etc.

Did some digging around, in the hope of finding a larger and cleaner version of this typographic poster, but alas nothing.

However, I was able to narrow down that this was designed by AMVBBDO (Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO), a print advertisement back in 2005 for the typemusuem.org

Couldn't locate any mention of it on Abbott's website, which is a shame. It's probably been long relegated to the archives.

I Recreated A New Version in Helvetica

I decided to whip-up a reasonably accurate facsimile of the poster, but using Helvetica.

I will say it was really tough typing out that sentence; my brain kept wanting to correct the spelling, and was much harder than I thought to just read, and type, one letter at a time.

My brain really didn't like doing that. Give it a go…

"A good tpyeafce mkaes ahnytnig eeisar to raed" / "A good typeface makes anything easier to read"



Brooklyn Bridge Letterpress Type Poster designed by Cameron Moll


Brooklyn Bridge Letterpress Poster designed by Cameron Moll

Brooklyn Bridge Letterpress Type Poster - Limited Edition (1,500 copies)

Shortly after publishing the Helvetica, Futura and Garamond Typeface Illustrations post yesterday, and referencing some older typographic work by Cameron Moll, I didn't realise that Cameron has just finished his latest masterpiece: the Brooklyn Bridge Letterpress Type Poster.

This was initially a Kickstarter project which, no surprise, easily reached and surpassed it's funding goal of $10,000 with $64,597 pledged. The Brooklyn Bridge Letterpress Type Poster was funded on the 9th November, 2014, and the last consignment was dispatched mid-April, 2014.

So, along with with Colosseo Letterpress Poster, and the Salt Lake Temple Letterpress Poster there is this magnificent Brooklyn Bridge Poster, which consists only of type.

Cameron Moll: "The artwork is designed in Illustrator, and it's incredibly tedious. Some sections can be copied and pasted, but 70-80% of the characters you see in the artwork are positioned, sized, and rotated one by one. I generally can do only an hour at a time, as my eyes (and brain) go bonkers if I stretch it out any longer."

The photograph below, taken by Cameron, was used as the foundation for the poster.

Brooklyn Bridge Photographed by Cameron Moll

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Hidden Names

If you view the Kickstarter project page you'll also see how Cameron carefully worked various meaningful names (above), including his own signature, into the Brooklyn poster, which is cool.

The Misspelling of Brookyln

There is a nightmare of a story linked to this project, which leaves one feeling extremely gutted for Cameron. You can read the story over on Kickstarter. Also worth reading the comments to see how different people felt about the situation at the time. I like to think I would have been cool with it, and would have accepted whatever Cameron decided to do, but certainly some people were not so forgiving. Hard one to call…

Buy Your Own Brooklyn Bridge Letterpress Type Poster

I believe you can still purchase the poster direct from Cameron's website, for $120: PRE-ORDER: Brooklyn Bridge 24"x16" Letterpress Poster

The poster is letterpress printed on Crane Lettra Pearl, with the ink colours carefully selected to match the granite and limestone used to construct the bridge.

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Helvetica, Futura and Garamond Typeface Illustrations designed by POP and Pär Ågren


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Typeface Illustrations designed by POP and Pär Ågren

These lovely typeface illustrations, designed by POP and Pär Ågren, remind me a little bit (in a much smaller scale) of the fantastic typographic illustrations that Cameron Mall designed, such as the Coliseum and Salt Like Temple typographic posters, a few years back. Cameron's work is an altogether different league when it comes to sheer scale and intricacy, but I still very much like the work by POP and Pär Ågren.

Most of you know I do have quite the soft-spot for Helvetica, so it's no coincidence that the implementation of modern high-rise architecture in the Helvetica poster, gets my vote. The Garamond poster comes in 2nd, with Futura coming 3rd.

Typographic Prints for Sale

These 3 typographic illustrations: Garamond, Futura and Helvetica,  are sold in poster format from Nordic Design Collective, for €55.15 per print. Each print measures 50x70cm (18x28"), and do not come with a frame.

Futura typeface Illustrations designed by POP and Pär Ågren

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Helvetica Beer, Stout and Lager Cans Designed by Sasha Kischenko


Helvetica Lager designed by Sasha Kischenko

Helvetica Stout designed by Sasha Kischenko

Helvetica Beer designed by Sasha Kischenko

This Helvetica Beer, Stout and Lager Cans project, designed by Sasha Kischenko, has been around a while, but it seemed to have slipped me by. Which bothers me…

There is hardly nothing on this earth that I wouldn't mind, actually love, to see an alternative Helvetica version of. We have had the Helvetica Bike and Helvetica The Perfume: "The Scent of Nothing", the gorgeous Helvetica Moleskines and a crap load of other Helvetica themed items.

I do really like this Helvetica beer, stout and lager can project though.

So given I'm not so much a larger drinker, I would be thinking it would be pretty neat to see a Helvetica Cider done? Anyone?



The Thrill of The Squarespace Logo Design Machine


Squarespace logo design

I really have been a little taken aback (in a good way) by the number of people asking me for my opinion on: The Squarespace Logo Design Machine, so here's my tepid reply.

As you can see, my The Logo Smith logo came out really well when having tasked The Squarespace Logo Design Machine to assist me with this little experiment: to update my own logo and identity.

The 'moustache' icon, designed by Bryn Mackenzie, is such a perfect fit for the 'distinction' part of my tag-line, and it goes without saying I used Helvetica—shame only Bold or Regular, as I used Helvetica Black, but no biggy—so for me, I'm completely thrilled to bits with the result: Squarespace Logo has transformed my logo.

I didn't even have to pay the $10 as I simply downloaded the watermarked version (I'll donate $10 to a dog shelter), and screen-grabbed the images you see here. Not sure that's entirely ethical, but hey.

I've had so much fun with this…

Squarespace logo design

Squarespace logo design

I'll come right out and say: I have already recommended The Squarespace Logo Machine service to some non-potential clients, as they didn't want to spend the £1000's I usually charge.

This is a far better solution for cash-strapped clients than using 99Designs, or hell, Fiverr. Anyone, and I mean anyone, now has the ability to create a logo design that will always far exceed anything you'll get off Fiverr, and for only double the cost!

They may be a little limited in font choices, and Noun Project icons, but that there is the reason Squarespace logo will be popular. By providing some basic constraints, a non designery client would have to be a complete nonce to mess this up.

The general aesthetic that spews out of The Squarespace Logo Design Machine is of the 'minimally flat' variety, and given we are already here with flat design, then Squarespace is saving us from the grim world of Fiverr and Microsoft Publisher gradient filled lumps of smelly poo.

Each design will be clean, presentable, and will instantly create a more beautiful world for us all.

For those designers who feel petrified that Squarespace Logo is a viable threat to their own supply of clients, then you simply need to look at another career choice. For those that have ethical quibbles, then you should really just be thankful that Squarespace Logo is making it possible for cash-strapped/stingy clients to at least have access to aesthetically flat, and clean, designs. Also, don't be such a selfish, head-up-your-own-crystal-ass, narrow-minded jack-ass.

However, not sure where we'll end up when there are a gazzilion companies using my 'moustache' to represent their brand… then I might have to get a little protective of my intellectual property.

Squarespace logo design