I love everything about Jonathan Boarini’s redesigned book jackets for the classics of economics. Unfortunately I don’t think these are actually available to purchase anywhere—none of my searches turned up anything. I would buy these books in a heartbeat, just for the design alone.
Final assignment for the typography class I took this semester. We had to do a typographic cover for a “Special Issue” (Spring Dining Guide, Summer Fun Guide, etc.) of a local weekly tabloid called Buzz Weekly. I had specifically avoided using my illustration background as a crutch in prior pieces, but for this last assignment, I thought I’d see what I could do with merging illustration and typography together, but in a way where the illustration was part of the type. Thought it’d be cool to do something with 3D letters, but I wanted to avoid the clean, perfect, plastic look that usually accompanies them. Pulled off the analog 3D look I was going for pretty successfully. All the bands listed on the cover are actually from my comic, The Happy Samurais. I’m sure this will end up in the comic somewhere (background poster or something one of the characters is reading).
Really happy I took this typography class. I learned a lot and really upped my game. Hoping to take Typography II (book/publication design) if it’s offered in the fall.
After Tom Muller, whom I mentioned last week, the other graphic designer that’s had the largest impact on my typography and design is Scott Hansen—he does his design work under the name ISO50. I discovered Scott’s blog 4-5 years ago and was very impressed with his style—a lot of texture and distress. On his blog, not only would he post his work, but work of other designers or things around the internet that inspired him. His blog exposed me to tons of diverse design and typography aesthetics—modern, classic and retro from every corner of the globe. Still one of my favorite blogs to this day.
The first designer that ever really caught my attention and inspired my interest in graphic design, branding, identity and ultimately typography, was Tom Muller (tumblr/web/archive).
Tom is a Belgian graphic designer living in London who was a Design Director at Kleber (where he worked on web design projects for AC/DC, Kasabian, and MTV) and then later the Creative Director at Studio Output. He’s currently doing identity and branding, motion graphics, web design, illustration and publication design on his own as helloMuller.
It was Tom’s work on Ashley Wood’s Popbot comics that first caught my eye. I couldn’t believe how much his logos, marks and publication design took the project to another level. That was when I really learned how packaging and presentation of your idea is just as important as the idea itself. How you present the idea, becomes part of the idea.
One of my favorite cover runs of the last few years was the Rian Hughes (designer) and Salvador Larroca (artist) collaboration on Invincible Iron Man #20-24. Very simple, bold color schemes complemented with nice, clean typography. I believe Iron Man writer, Matt Fraction, suggested the use of Futura as the typeface to Hughes, as it had been a personal favorite of his during his years of design work at MK12.