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things we like / diversions: nashville’s hatch show print shop

The wood type poster style has seen a resurgence over the past few years, informing a lot of what’s popular and trendy today. But most of what we’re seeing today is done digitally; designed on computers, and produced on either offset presses or digital printers.

So it’s nice to see some of the original production method still being used (and popular), like at Nashville’s Hatch Show Print shop, which is preserving the typographic, design, and printing method that’s such a endemic part of North American communication history.

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Audible Made Visual

April 13, 2013

things we like: camerata de lausanne visual identity


Designing for musicians or musical organizations is tricky business at the best of times, and especially so for classical ensembles. How do you represent the value of something so intangible, emotionally rich, and historically charged in visual form? (more…)

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Voting Types

September 22, 2011

things we like / diversions: elections and typography

We were pleasantly surprised by the Elections Ontario graphics for the the 2011 Provincial Election; a classic, high-contrast palette of black, white, and yellow (except for the neon orange on the Notices of Registration… certainly gets, and keeps, your attention), cute illustrations, and all type set in Gotham Rounded.

Yes, Gotham, the George Clooney of typefaces. Predictable, familiar, and so very, very handsome… friends with Obama. But it’s really popular and gets used everywhere, and so is getting a little tiresome.

But so very, very handsome. (more…)

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things we like: Thunder Pride Week

From June 5 to June 12, Thunder Bay will be doing something it has never done before: celebrate the LGTBQ community of Thunder Bay and the diversity of all our communities.

Visit the Thunder Pride website for more information, especially the many different activities you take part in to celebrate diversity in Thunder Bay

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Work to Code

January 18, 2011

things we like: tom sachs’ “10 bullets”

We wish all employee videos were like this. Well, no, that would be boring, so never mind.

We still like this.

Like this? Hit the jump: (more…)

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diversions / things we like: 8-bit and chiptunes music

For some, especially those who played video games throughout their lives, there’s nothing quite like those familiar sounds of 8-bit bikes burning out, Mario going down a warp tube or a pixelated sprite throwing a punch. These sounds, and the music that played alongside the games have been influencing musicians everywhere, finding many incorporating the blips into their electronic music. From these tones ‘8-bit’ or ‘chip-tunes’ music was born and has been developed, harnessed and growing since early video gaming and data processing. (more…)

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things we like: nordkyn

Nordkyn logo

An idle mandate of eleven-seventeen is thinking about, identifying, and cataloging a visual ‘grammar’ of our region; the various shapes, colors, themes, and other visual details that are characteristic of Thunder Bay and the surrounding region. So, naturally, we look to other ‘northern’ areas to see how they’re expressing their identities. The new Nordkyn tourism identity by Oslo’s Neue (for the most northern point of mainland Norway) is a supreme example of how design elements can expressively reflect the character of a place. In the case of Nordkyn, it’s “Where Nature Rules.” (more…)

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