Archive for the 'Graphics' Category

Arabic Animal Letters

Egyptian designer Mahmoud Tammam has a strong Arabic influence in much of his work and his most recent typography project is no different.

I spend a week in Dubai every few months so I’m quite familiar with the style and look of Arabic letters and words, and the problems that they can present even to many western brands that have to double up their signage and graphic applications to show both alphabets.  Though the logo for Dubai’s Department of Tourism is excellent in this regard!

In an attempt to try and bridge the difference Mahmoud successfully manages to visualise the word and transform the Arabic letters “into the shape of their meanings”.

ape

Ape

cat

Cat

His project considers a range of words, but I was particularly taken with the animals and the elegance with which they become recognisable.

dog

Dog

duck

Duck

fox

Fox

Whether through a hint of colour or a decorative embellishment (did you notice the fox’s “nose”?).

giraffe

Giraffe

lion

Lion

monkey

Monkey

whale

Whale

Very nicely done!

Be sure to take a look at his other projects, including Arabic Logos here.

AxiDraw V3

AxiDraw V3: I want one.

I’m not quite sure what I’d use it for, but I want one.  Even just to watch it create seamlessly shaded letters and shapes over and over again would be incredibly satisfying.

It’s probably getting a bit late to add to my Christmas list, but here’s to perhaps treating myself in the new year…

Full product details of the pen plotter (or “drawing machine”) and its capability on Evil Mad Scientist, and be sure to check out their other Art Robots here.

Retro Wave

Seeing as it’s Friday why not have some fun with PhotoFunia’s Retro Wave.

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Turn any words you like into a Tron-inspired 1980s style text effect.

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Happy Friday!

Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design

It’s unlikely to rival the explosive content of any upcoming  Hollywood blockbuster, but that hasn’t stopped the new trailer for docu-film Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production catching my eye.

It is a history of the changes that took place in the graphic design industry from the 1950s through to the introduction of “desktop publishing” in the 1990s.

I don’t work in Graphics specifically, but I have done a bit within that sector over the past 10 years or so.  Whilst many of these skills were before my time, I did spend time at university painstakingly positioning Letraset transfers and experimenting with my own somewhat crude version of paste-up boards.

The precision and craft of doing everything by hand in the trailer really resonates with me.  Look forward to this coming out in early early next year!

More information www.graphicmeans.com.


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