I felt compelled to start things off with an impressive bouquet of flourishes and detail, courtesy of Nim Ben-Reuven (nimbenreuven.com). I lost a whole day staring at this thing.
Where would hand lettering be without the iconic rock poster? Yeah, that’s right - in the design dumpster. Keeping the rock poster tradition alive and well is illustrator Michael Hacker (www.michaelhacker.at) who took type design to new levels in this piece - all the way into the clouds.
I love this for its watercolor textures and monochrome palette. I’d attend a class just to watch Michael Hinkle (michaelhinkleart.com) draw that S over and over again. Beautiful.
How can a lactose-tolerant individual not drool over ice cream? Luckily for us, ice cream isn’t the only tasty element that Jay Roeder (jayroeder.com) incorporated into this print. The range of type styles, bright color palette, and well-conceived hierarchy all work together to create a poster worthy of any wall.
I enjoy all things Godzilla, so I had to include this poster from Ian Jepson (ianjepson.co.za) who resides in Cape Town. I reference so much distressed, vintage, textured comic book styles in my own work, that Ian’s careful crushing of the GODZILLA word mark really touched my haggard little heart.
While it may be too early to think about Christmas again, it’s always time to appreciate blackletter, and designer Dana Tanamachi (tanamachistudio.com) renders it beautifully here, amid organic filigree that has become an integral part of her style.
Illustrator Steve Simpson (stevesimpson.com) has been doing the type and illustration thing for a few years now, but his work never gets old. The type here takes up much less space than the illustrations, but it fits into the theme so seamlessly.
Digging back into the food and bold color palette theme here. Love how much there is to discover here with type forms, illustrations and various shading treatments. Risa Rodil (risarodil.com), I accept your apology.
We go black and white as we wind down the countdown. The negative space here is the star and holder of our message in this piece by Stefan Kunz (typoxphoto.com). The amount of time it must have taken to render this is mind blowing. Haven’t really seen anything else like it.
Writing this blog forces me to research new designers, and good things always seem to come from the extra work, like the discovery of Maksim Lopez (here on Behance). The attention to detail, the flourishes, the respect for vintage signage - what’s not to like?