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Glaser’s Stencil goes digital!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Way back in 2011 we posted our love for Milton Glaser’s ‘I Heart NY’ branding’ see the post here if you didn’t catch it.

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So it was really great to hear from Alex Haigh, Founder & Creative Director of HypeForType, who read our post way back when and thought we’d be interested in a typographic gem they’ve been cooking up from the great man’s archive!

A hugely respectful nod has to go to Mr Glaser for the original design, the HypeForType team and last but no means least Rick Banks of Face37, who’s obviously lovingly poured his heart into this project! Below is the lowdown of what is coming to a font folder need you, we can’t wait to get our hands on it!!!

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You’ll certainly be familiar with Milton Glaser’s most famous piece of work – he designed the iconic ‘I Heart New York’ logo back in 1977, a piece of urban symbolism that has yet to lose its charm – but his design legacy doesn’t stop there.

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In 1967 ‘Glaser Stencil’ – a font designed to mimic and improve upon the traditional letter stencilling that had a popularity boom in the 40s and 50s – made its first appearance on a billing poster at Carnegie Hall.

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Since then, Glaser’s bespoke typeface has become a quintessential piece of American design. The instantly recognisable stamp of Glaser Stencil has appeared on everything from early video game consoles to the set design for Lars von Trier’s Dogville in 2003.

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The font was of course computerised for the tech revolution, bringing its timeless look to a new generation. However the rest of the Glaser Stencil font family – a further four variations on Glaser’s stylish original – have been gathering dust in the design archives until now.

Teaming up with renowned British designer Rick Banks, founder of Face37 design house, the complete family of Glaser Stencil will soon be made available to the digital age for the first time. For typographers and designers everywhere it’s a special moment, not least of all for Banks himself:

‘I’ve loved Glaser Stencil and all its weights since I first got into graphic design. It’s been a real honour and privilege working with Milton to bring the whole family back to life.’

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The UK type foundry HypeForType are launching the family exclusively, and this can be purchase from the following link.

It’s rare that a designer achieves such longevity and recognition, but Glaser has managed it, with documentaries made about his life and a lasting influenced that can be traced through four decades of typography. The full revival of Glaser Stencil is the next step in that journey.

‘It’s amazing to see a typeface that I designed back in the 1960s so carefully revived with attention to detail from Face37 and HypeForType,’ said Glaser of this design renaissance. ‘It’s like seeing a child reborn.’

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Brompton Food Market – Branding

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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When David Turcan and Luke Mackay popped into the Design Friendship studio for a quick chat, they were both on the verge of quitting their day jobs to embark on turning their dreams into a reality. The branding brief for their new venture Brompton Food Market was simply…

“We want to create the perfect food shop that we have long been looking for in London but never quite found. A haven for food lovers with a heady mix of top quality produce, immaculate service and style.”

“We see ourselves as an old fashioned grocers where nothing is too much trouble and the experience is as important as the quality of our produce.”

Our direction was to create a brand inspired by a bygone age, fused with a clean and contemporary aesthetic.

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We created an identity inspired by South Kensington’s love affair with classic Georgian geometric mosiac styling. The shop masthead was based upon a traditional signwriting layout, the font Kessel was chosen for its Art Deco look and feel, which also has strong aesthetic ties to London’s Brompton Road area.

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We hope you like what you see! If you would like to find out more or you’re interested in working Design Friendship please feel free to drop us a line at hello@designfriendship.com

Enjoy!

Odette Toilette

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

We’ve been meaning to share some new work with you all for a while know, but getting around to actually doing it has been easy said than done!

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First off is Odette Toilette, the perfume lover behind Scratch+Sniff events. Under the banner of providing olfactory adventures for both perfume experts and those new to fragrance alike, her events offer unusual ways of discovering the world of scent. From collaborations with the wine industry to fragranced tours of the Tate’s Pre-Raphaelite exhibition, cake-fuelled Vintage scent afternoons and a creative exchange between perfumers and writers, the world of Odette has fast become the place to go for new experiences with smell.

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We’ve been lucky enough to attend a few of Odette’s events in the Bookclub and have always had a really great and interesting time. Check out Odette’s Scratch+Sniff events page for your chance to take a look (and smell) at fragrance in a different way.

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We designed Odette Toilette’s identity and stationery as well as the pot pourri Odette launched in collaboration with horticulturalist, Stephen Nelson.

Blend #1 of Odette Toilette’s Pot Pourri is limited to 250 pots. Each pot contains over two litres of rose petals, macerated until heady. This heart is surrounded by aromatics including lemon verbena, mint, Russian coriander, bay, sweet marjoram and cured lemon peel. Resins of benzoin, storax and tonka bean bring warmth and comfort.

The pot pourri’s midnight-black clay pot was hand-made in an artisinal pottery near York. Each pot is £45 (+p&p) and available to buy via the Odette Toilette website.

Blend #2 will follow soon – so watch this space.

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Twenty One Years Hard Labour

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Last week I took a journey back in time to my graphic design roots when I popped along to the exhibition and book launch celebrating, London design studio, Form’s 21st anniversary.

Now this wasn’t just any old exhibition/book launch for me, as Form is where I spent those first tentative and mistake ridden years of my professional life. I owe that studio a hell of a lot and I’m proud to call it’s founders, Paul West & Paula Benson, my graphical Mum & Dad. Don’t get me wrong, there where times when I wanted to throttle P&P back in the day, and I’m positive there were even more times when P&P wanted to throttle me back too! I particularly remember a few typo stinkers coming back from printers that are burned into my memory, Mint Royale 12″ mix will haunt me forever!

Anyway this isn’t therapy, it’s a blog, so lets get down to it!

There are two things that are remarkable about FormTwentyOne, the first is that twenty one years in an ever adapting design scene, were studios, designers and trends come and go is no mean feat. Form has stayed the course, adapted and evolved even when it’s young has flown the nest!

I realise the haters out there will argue “twenty one, so what, it’s just a number”, and they’re kind of right, it wouldn’t mean diddly squat if Form don’t deliver the goods anymore, but the fact is they consistently do!

And that is my second point, what the exhibition and book shows is that Form have a superb body of work, only a fraction of which is on view. But these edited highlights are a must see and a real testament to Paul & Paula, and the many generations of ‘Formsters’ who have cut their teeth under their guidance.

So if you like your logos, design and art direction done properly, with a big serving of ‘POP’ for dessert, then get yourself down to Blackwall Studios sharpish or grab a copy of the book, because nobody does it quite like Form.

Massive respect to P&P and the Form family, it was lovely to see you all again and the hangover was well worth it!

Counter-Print

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Seeing as its the season of good will i’m sharing an excellent site I found the other day. If you haven’t already heard of Counter-Print then head on over and check it out. They specialise in finding out of print and hard to find design books, magazines and posters. An excellent resource for any designer, be careful though this site is addictive!

Heart at first sight

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

What more can be said about Milton Glaser’s ‘I Heart NY’ identity that already hasn’t been said? Well for starters it’s one of DF’s favourite identities ever, for obvious reasons, and if that’s not a good enough reason to write a little post about it then we don’t know what is?

We’ve always thought logo design is at it’s very best when the clients brief is executed in it’s most simplistic and true form with a little twist. Think about it, all the classic marks that grace the logo hall of fame have this very unique quality for example Fedex, the Woolmark, British Rail and Nike’s Swoosh to name but a few. Glaser’s ‘I heart NY’ is definitely up there in our opinion, but what is interesting to find out is that this iconic logo almost never was.

Above is the original sketch Glaser did on an envelope in the back of the NY taxi after having second thoughts and somewhat of a eureka moment and below is the old school cut and paste layout sheet, both of which are now on permanent display at MOMA New York.

As with most iconic logo and creator back stories Milton Glaser didn’t get a cent for his creation back in 1977 which now generates over $30 million a year for the State of New York! Glazer has been quoted as saying “he did it for free, as a gift to New York” in a time when the city needed all the help it could get.

Back in 1977 New York was bankrupt, had rolling black outs and was in the grip of the highest crime levels the city had ever seen. The State needed tourism to help generate income for the city but New York had so much bad press at the time the tourists were staying away. New York State’s department for economic development commissioned the Madison Avenue advertising agency, Wells Rich Greene, to create a campaign that would help combat this. At the time New York’s big selling point was Broadway, and the agency came up with the slogan (“I Love New York”), in the shape of a jingle by the composer Steve Karmen and a television commercial featuring the stars of broadway. But they still needed a logo — and that’s where Glaser came in.

As you’ll see from the above clip a lot has changed but the one thing that’s stood the test of time is Glaser’s simple, iconic logo which we heart a lot.

Hipster Ipsum

Friday, October 7th, 2011

If you’re bored of using the standard Lorem Ipsum in your pitches then this little link might be just what your looking for. Hipster Ipsum above comes in two flavours and might just make laying out nonsense type that little bit more bearable!

However we’re thinking Tourettes Ipsum could be interesting addition, enjoy!

Giant 3D Typography

Monday, September 12th, 2011

A while back we came across the simply beautiful work of Jimmy Fiction Esq and for some strange reason, probably a crazy deadline, we completely forgot to post about him. So to make amends we thought we should blog about Jimmy’s very big colourful three dimension letters that would look amazeballz in DF HQ if we had the space!

As Jimmy points out on the website his creations are perfect for the garden and home, as well as festivals, brand spaces, events and the like. All letters are hand manufactured in welded steel, and resin or powder coated for many years of resilient alphabetical service.

They are free-standing and sturdy enough for all-weather outdoor use and as a framework for planting, or can be supplied with custom fixtures and fittings, for example wall mounting, if needed. Jimmy also offers a full bespoke design and manufacturing service for any variations you or your clients may require.

Rinse Presents: A Visual Feast

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Record covers are the main reason I became a designer and from a very early age that is what I wanted to do when I grew up, that and be an ambulance driver, but I’m going off point! I got very lucky and my first job straight out of uni was doing just that and I loved every minute of it.

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited the opening night of Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective, which in my opinion should have been called “A Visual Feast”, but I guess that would have been seen as boasting. I know from first hand how difficult it is to create within that 12×12 square format and what I gazed upon last night is a real testament to 17 years of lovingly grafted photography, art direction and design driven by a healthy musical obsession.

On show are some of the graphical highlights from DF chum Stuart Hammersley otherwise known as Give Up Art and I think you’ll agree it’s an impressive collection, one well worth popping along to see.

Also on shown is the equally impressive photography of one Shaun Bloodworth below, vastly underrated in my opinion, and together with Give Up Art their work has formed the foundation for a unique documentation of youth and music culture, with projects across both the UK and US, much of which will be shown alongside this Rinse FM exhibition.

The exhibition also falls on the 10th anniversary of London’s world famous, Rinse-afflilated, FWD>> club night, which is held on 20th August at a secret East London location.

The exhibition will be at the Truman Brewery Gallery – shop 14, Hanbury Street for 10 days from 12th to 21st of August, so if you do one thing this weekend get yourself down there and give your eyes a treat.

A to Z on the silver screen

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Obviously as a ‘graphical designer person’, technical terminology, I do love and admire a well designed title sequence in films. Ever since seeing those immortal words written in that simple blue typeface.. ‘A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away…’ I’ve always made note of those opening sequences that really made me sit up and take notice from the very first second. I’ve also always thought of myself as someone who was really into films, until today that is!

After coming across Steven Hill’s – Movie Title Screens Page, I realise that ‘really into’ has taken on a whole new meaning. Steven really really is into title screens with around 6615 posted on his site to date and so a massive congratulations has to go out to Steven because we love the amount of time and effort he has put into this site.

Below are a few of my personal favourites and if you find yourself with a spare few hours you should really check it out. Enjoy