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Some interesting links [Part II]: 22 April 2008

Posted by vedelaha in Design, Illustration, Magazines, Tips 'n tutorials, Typography.
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Typeculture:
This website collects, amongst other things, essays on typography.

Al Jaffee’s MAD fold-ins:
Al Jaffee has created numerous fold-ins for MAD magazine. The New York Times had put some in a flash gallery. Humorous drawings, with a hidden message.

Barrier Art (a Flickr photo set):
Barrier Art consists of Mural drawings made by US forces in Iraq. Some are pretty nice, but most look like crap (artistically speaking). But it does explain what they do in their spare time.

Adobe TV:
Adobe has opened their own online TV channel. Focussing on their products (duh!), they’ve put some good tutorials, and interviews online.

Joge-e; The way of the 2way pictures:
Joge-e is the Japanese art of drawing pictures that can be viewed upside down as well as downside up. Which makes them fascinating to look at.

Atlas Monsters (another Flickr gathering):
A resurrected online collaborative continuation of Ashley Holt’s 1999 project entitled Our Bullets Are Useless*. At least that’s how they describe it. Interesting, nonetheless.

Hi-Fructose Magazine:
Well, it’s hard to describe, all I can say it’s another online magazine, but that’s wouldn’t quite explain it. Just look for yourself.

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Some interesting links [Part I]: 14 March 2008

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30 Days 30 Pieces:
30 Days 30 Pieces is a website featuring graphic designers and illustrators whom have lost their focus on pure design and are trying to regain that. They each create one piece a day, 30 days in a row.

JeremyPettis.com:
Jeremy Pettis has made an effort to animalize type. He’s made 26 fonts / namelogo’s that each represent their own animal.

Typotheque.com:
This website has some interesting articles on graphic design and typography.

Logoserver.com:
An overview of American sports logo’s. See their proces over ages, and sometimes reverting back to earlier design.

Vinyl Abuse:
A toy and art magazine.

Candykiller:
Website of Brian Taylor, whom creates very cartoony but disturbing artwork. Also check out his blog!

The Little Chimp Society:
They call themselves ‘the illustration news portal’ and their members make quite intriging work. Some fancy it, others don’t, make your own decision.

Sarah Mensinga:

An illustrator that has a very nice style. It makes me think of Monkey Island 3. Always liked the graphics in that game.

1918 – 1932: Wendingen Magazine 14 March 2008

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During the period of 1918 and 1932 there was a Dutch magazine called “Wendingen”(it translates to English as something like “Curvings”). It was a very designwise groundbreaking magazine. And it’s influences were quite big, (in terms of Dutch graphic design), even De Stijl borrowed some influence from it.

The website (Dutch) below has made an effort of showing an overview ofmost the magazine releases:
http://www.zuidelijkewandelweg.nl/architectuur/wendingen.htm

The interesting thing of “wendingen” was that it didn’t only feature graphic designers. It was a magazine dedicated to architecture and related subjects, but still featured a lot interesting design and typography.

Looking for some comical inspiration? 6 January 2008

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Check out coverbrowser.com. They’ve got a database filled with (mostly American) comic covers, from the 1930’s till about 2000 and something. All arranged in several categories. Even when you’re not looking for inspiration it’s still a nice way to spend some spare time with! They also have some cd covers and some magazine covers. And while you’re there check out their Labs page.

For an example have a look at these nice covers:
http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/detective-comics
http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/peter-rabbit
http://www.coverbrowser.com/top/pulp

UPDATE:
Some more interesting sites and databases with comic covers:
The Silver Age Marvel Comic Covers Index : Marvel Comics from the 1950’s till 1970’s and a bit later
Grand Comic Book Database (GCD) : only a searchable database but with a lot of different terms to search on
612 French Comic Books (1901-2002) & 520 American Comic books (1938-2001)
Ben Samuels Classic Golden-Age Comic Cover Gallery : Nice site with Ben Samuels personal collection, divided into Superhero & War, Good Girl & Romance and Crime & Horror Comics, and some artistspecific galleries.
superdickery.com/galleries : A different, sarcastic view on comic covers, mostly American
Holey Moley Comic Book Quest : American Comics from the 1940’s – 1950’s grouped by publisher and series (to bad it’s a free host, so beware of the ads)