Print & Poster Sale

Dec. 16 : 12PM to 4PM : ONE DAY ONLY!


Post Typography is opening our studio for our 6th annual one-day-only print & ephemera sale on Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. We have new prints available only at this sale (and some past favorites are back again)! Stop by and grab original, affordable gifts for the holidays—most items are priced between $5 and $50.

The sale will feature limited edition prints, posters, books, music, and apparel produced by Post Typography including:

– Screenprinted Future Islands 2017 tour posters — this is the only place to get all 3 of the star chart triptych posters.

– More screenprinted posters for Double Dagger, Dan Deacon, Future Islands, the Baltimore Museum of Art and more!

– Post Typography-designed T-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and notecards.

– Signed posters for the Maryland Film Festival, Johns Hopkins Film Festival, and our classic Bill Murray Groundhog Day movie poster.

– Limited edition prints from our OSAYCANYOUSEE show

Out-of-print Double Dagger vinyl including rare Masks EP!

Other goods for sale include snazzily-packaged music by Peals, Double Dagger, and Pure Junk along with signed copies of Lettering & Type and other Post Typography publications.

The sale takes place at our studio in Old Goucher at 2219 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 on Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM. Come early! Most items are available in limited quantities — first come, first served. (Prints cannot be reserved ahead of time.)

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Designing the Parkway

A design conversation with Post Typography and Ziger/Snead Architects, Oct. 25


As part of Design Month 2017 AIGA Baltimore and AIA Baltimore present a behind-the-scenes look at the rebranding of the Maryland Film Festival and how Baltimore’s grandest movie theater was turned into a 21st-century landmark.

SNF Parkway Theater
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Happy hour @ 5:30 PM — Event @ 6:30 pm

Students: free
AIA or AIGA members: $5
General public: $10

Advance tickets here

The Parkway Theatre’s unique architecture and design approach celebrates the building’s 100 years of opulence, decay, and reinvention. The stunning transformation of this grand theater contrasts modern interventions with a century of history, resulting in a ‘rescued ruin’ where layers of the past coexist with the future.

Vibrant Cities Lab

A new website for the U.S. Forest Service and American Forests


We built this massive new urban forestry site as a go-to source for planners, policymakers, and advocates who are initiating green infrastructure projects in their communities. See why cities' green infrastructure — trees, vegetation, and water — is just as important as its roads, pipes, and power lines, and how urban forestry can improve our local economies and quality of life. With hundreds of resources, guides, and case studies, Vibrant Cities Lab aims to unite the science and practice of urban forestry.

Check out the site here

Beyond Video

New graphic identity for a 21st-century non-profit video store


This week Baltimore Video Collective launched a Kickstarter campaign for Beyond Video, a non-profit video store curating rare and essential films. Beyond Video will be located in the Old Goucher / Remington area and in addition to DVD and Blu-ray rentals will organize screenings, film discussions, workshops, and other arts events. The graphic identity Post Typography designed uses the familiar symbols of VCR and DVD players in an unexpected way, repurposing the iconography of video rental’s past for this reinvented video store. We look forward to applying these ideas inside and outside the store when they reach their funding goal!

Support the Kickstarter and score some awesome rewards designed by Post Typography here.

Parkway Grand Opening

Signage and environmental graphics for a stunning new movie theater


Tonight is the grand opening of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, kicking off the 19th annual Maryland Film Festival! Through Sunday, Festival goers will have the chance to experience the first film screenings in this renovated historic theater before it opens as a year-round film center next week.

While there, be sure to check out the signs and environmental graphics Post Typography designed, including a white-on-white "Parkway" that wraps around the new building's corner. Bold interior signage and graphics complement the architectural contrast of old and new conceived by Ziger/Snead Architects. Wayfinding painted directly onto the walls frame the layers of history visible in the building. We can't wait to start watching movies there!

Sneak Peek at the Parkway

Installing signage and environmental graphics for Maryland Film Festival's new Film Center


With construction of the Maryland Film Festival’s Parkway nearly complete, we are excitedly watching the installation of signage and environmental graphics we designed for this new film center! At the corner of Charles Street and North Avenue in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District, the Parkway will be a year-round home for the Festival and a permanent space for contemporary independent cinema.

The renovation by Ziger/Snead Architects features a provocative mashup of modern design with the preserved ruin of the Parkway’s grand historic theater. We’ve conceived the environmental graphics and wayfinding signage to frame this contrast of old and new and to brand the Festival’s new home in Station North.

We’re looking forward to the Parkway’s grand opening at this year’s Maryland Film Festival, May 3-7! Stay tuned to our Instagram and Twitter feeds over the next several weeks as we unveil elements of the new Film Festival graphic identity and completed Parkway signage.

2SP Beer Can Designs

New beer packaging for Philly-area craft brewery


Over the past year Pennsylvania’s 2SP Brewing Company has been unveiling a series of cans designed by Post Typography. 2SP’s latest canned offering, Bellcracker, is a bold double IPA in an equally bold package. This core line of cans is the latest extension to the branding and graphic identity that we created for 2SP.

Our design approach plays off of 2SP’s name, using bold designs and visual wit that pay homage to classic automotive and industrial advertising of the 20th century. Each can is designed for maximum graphic impact to stand out on the shelf. Paired with each can we illustrated a series of themed advertising posters for each of the core beers, along with three of 2SP’s most popular draft-only offerings. The illustrations and can designs each play off of the beer names and contain hidden visual puns—the spark plug on Bellcracker takes on the shape of the Liberty Bell when the can is turned upside down (empty).

With 2SP’s canning operation well underway, we’re beyond excited for people in the Philadelphia region to start enjoying some awesome craft beers wrapped in our designs.

Print Sale 2016 & Post Capitalism Web Store

Saturday, Dec. 10, Noon to 4:00 PM


Come to our studio space for our 5th annual one-day-only print & ephemera sale on Saturday, December 10 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. We’ve got some great new items for sale and a lot of past favorites are back again this year. Stop by and grab some original and affordable gifts for the holidays—most items are priced between $5 and $50.

Limited edition prints, posters, books, music, and apparel including:

• Screenprinted posters Future Islands, Beach House, and last summer’s Windjammer concert!

• Post Typography-designed T-shirts, scarves, totebags, and notecards

• Signed posters for the Maryland Film Festival, Johns Hopkins Film Festival, Baltimore Museum of Art, Groundhog Day, and Alien movies

Other goods for sale include snazzily-packaged music by Double Dagger, Peals, and Pure Junk along with signed copies of Lettering & Type and other Post Typography publications.

At our studio space in Old Goucher:
2219 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

December 10: Noon to 4:00 PM

Come early! Many items are available in limited quantities—first come, first served. (Prints cannot be reserved ahead of time).

Facebook event: RSVP on Facebook

If you’re more of an early shopper or can’t make it to the in-studio sale, we’re very excited to announce the launch of Post Capitalism—a web store where you can purchase select Post Typography-related prints, books, apparel, and other merchandise year-round. Visit to browse all of the items we have in stock.

Old Goucher Neighborhood Banners

Logo and signage for historic central Baltimore community


Signs we designed last year for Old Goucher just went up around the neighborhood. These banners feature a monogram logo with lettering inspired by architectural details from the neighborhood. Looking forward to seeing these around the 'hood, since this up-and-coming district in central Baltimore also happens to be home to our office. :-)

Street Numbers Instagram Collaboration

Photos of numerals in their natural habitat


Attention typography-heads and design-nerds! We've started a new collaborative Instagram account to collect cool, weird, and beautiful numerals photographed in the wild. We're teaming up with some fellow lettering artists, type designers, and typography lover to curate and share some of our favorite street numbers—lovingly designed, accidentally unique, or beautifully degraded.

Follow street_numbers on Instagram and share your awesome street number finds with us.

Interactive Construction Fence

Temporary signage for the Parkway FIlm Center construction site


The Maryland Film Festival's Parkway Film Center is now under construction at the corner of Charles Street and North Avenue in Baltimore's Station North Arts District. We designed these these bright fence graphics for the barrier that surrounds the construction site. The fences include an interactive chalkboard component with film-related questions that will be updated periodically. Add your own response next time you're in the neighborhood! Installation, sign painting, (and two of these photos) by Greg Gannon.

Baltimore Brew

A new website for Baltimore’s best independent news source


This Spring we relaunched the Baltimore Brew, matching the site’s top-notch investigative journalism with a top-notch design built for the modern web. The new Brew pairs contemporary design with classic news typography, an intuitive user interface, and great mobile experience.

It was wonderful to work with the Brew to raise the bar for Maryland news design. We've already enjoyed their behind-the-scenes coverage of Baltimore's mayoral race and Under Armour's planned mega-development on the new and improved website.


Prioritizing civic innovation in Baltimore

Op-ed in Baltimore Sun


Post Typography principal Bruce Willen co-authored an editorial in today's Baltimore Sun on how Baltimore can (and must) prioritize civic innovation and apply design thinking to make our city a better place for everyone.

We propose that Baltimore create a city office tasked specifically with civic innovation. This new office would act as a laboratory to explore methods for radically improving city operations and citizens' lives. It should focus on Baltimore's areas of greatest need such as education, jobs, community-police relations, transportation and vacant properties. This innovation office would apply best practices from leading-edge cities around the world and the private sector, with the well being of everyone in Baltimore as its bottom line.

> Read the full piece here


A Full-Service Integrated Digital Blanding Agency


Last week we launched a revolutionary new (fake) agency that's already making waves in the industry. Blandly specializes in bland identity, bland development, bland strategy, blandbuilding, bland positioning, digital blanding, fully integrated blanding campaigns, bland UI/UX design, and bland environments.

Check out to see how Blandly's five-point Storytime Actualization™ method can forge lasting codependent relationships between you and your target demographics.


Baltimore Video for MICA Admissions

Our video introduces the city to prospective art students


Last fall we conceived and produced a short video to introduce prospective MICA students to Baltimore and the city’s incredible, diverse arts community. We wanted to capture some of the people, places, and creative energy that make Baltimore such a great city for young artists. The project gave us an opportunity to film some favorite Baltimore events like the Baltimore Bike Party and Alloverstreet Art Walk, and some favorite hangout spots such as Wyman Park, Dooby's, and the Windup Space.

MICA Admissions counselors have been sharing the video during their presentations to high school art students to an enthusiastic response. Thanks again to everyone who helped out and who agreed to be in the video.

> Watch the video here

New York Times: Everybody's a Critic

Illustrations for the Sunday Review


We recently had the opportunity to work on two photo illustrations for a New York Times article by A.O. Scott, in which he discusses the challenges of assigning value to art and why a critical eye will always be necessary. We had fun trying to visualize the critic's job of measuring and evaluating the intangible. Our cover and inside spot illustration take two scientific measuring tools and replace their tangible quantities with more subjective measurements.

Goucher Magazine

Magazine redesign for a top-ranked liberal arts college


Earlier this year, Post Typography began working with Goucher College — one of the country’s top liberal arts institutions — to redesign their alumni magazine. The first issue of the new Goucher Magazine mails to alumni this week, featuring a cover story about Goucher’s controversial transition to coeducation in 1986. Our stylish redesign captures the college’s innovative history and forward-thinking curriculum with smart, contemporary design and typography.

Stay tuned — we'll be sharing more photos and a project case study over the next couple of months.

New York Times Year in Culture 2015

Cover illustration for Arts&Leisure's Best of 2015 issue


It's that time of the year again—the New York Times' Year in Culture issue! We took the idea of a specimen box and brought it to life by representing "the arts" as beautiful, collectable artifacts to treasure and display. We hand-cut the paper silhouettes, typewrote the labels, and went on a wild search for the perfect pins with which to impale our paper specimens, culminating in this life-size cover photograph. Click through to see one of our unselected concept sketches.

Greenbuild 2015

New graphic identity work and environmental design


In November we attended the annual Greenbuild Expo, held this year in Washington, DC. As for the past eight years, we designed the graphic identity and key art for the world's largest annual sustainable architecture conference. It was great to see our work brought to life in the DC conference center, and to walk through the LEED/USGBC trade show space, which we also designed.

Print & Poster Sale 2015

Saturday, Dec. 12, Noon to 4:00 PM


Come to our new studio space for a one-day-only art print, poster, & ephemera sale on Saturday, December 12 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. We have many new prints and posters for sale this year, including extra copies of limited edition prints that we unboxed during our move. This smorgasbord of artwork, books, posters, LPs, and apparel is both handsome and affordable — most items are priced between $5 and $50.

Limited edition prints, posters, books, music, and apparel including:

• Screenprinted posters Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Beach House, Built to Spill, and for this summer’s Windjammer concert!

• Post Typography-designed notecards, shirts, and scarves

• Signed posters for the Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore Museum of Art, Artscape, Groundhog Day, and Alien movies

• Complete collection of limited edition prints from our OSAYCANYOUSEE show

Other goods for sale include snazzily-packaged music by Double Dagger and Peals, along with signed copies of Lettering & Type and other Post Typography publications.

At our new studio space in Old Goucher:
2219 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

December 12: Noon to 4:00 PM

Come early! Many items are available in limited quantities available—first come, first served. (Prints cannot be reserved ahead of time).

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Portland Design Week

Upcoming October talks at PDX Design Week and the Maryland Arts Educators Conference


Hey PDX! Post Typography is speaking at PSU on October 13 as part of Design Week Portland 2015 Pop-Up. We made this weird sports-themed poster for our not-sports-themed talk.

Post Typography: Greatest Misses
Tuesday, October 13 : 7:00 pm
Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Ave, Portland (SW Broadway & Hall)
Free and open to the public!

Nolen and Bruce speak about how typography can inspire tough-sounding band names. And we'll give a behind-the-scenes peek at the design process, illustrated with never-before-seen projects that fell short or were knocked off-target by the capricious hand of client taste—including some of our most recent disappointments!

ALSO! On October 16, Bruce will be joining forces with Gabriel DeLoach (Folk Hero Films) at the Maryland Art Education Association conference. We'll be talking about collaboration, design, music, art, DIY culture, visual storytelling, and film; sharing our ridiculous high school zines; and the genesis of the documentary If We Shout Loud Enough.

MAEA Conference
Friday, October 16
Ellicott City, MD

Big Steel “W”

Sculptural typography for Waverly Farmers Market


We love alphabet letters. Especially big ones. So we couldn't be happier with this giant sculptural sign that was just installed at the Waverly Farmers Market in Baltimore. We designed 8'-tall steel form so that it reads as a “W” from every angle.

See more photos and a trippy 360-degree video of the Waverly W here.

Beach House & Windjammer

New screenprinted posters for Baltimore bands


We recently had the pleasure of working with some of our favorite Baltimore musicians to create two limited edition silkscreen posters.

Beach House's new record, Depression Cherry, comes wrapped in a red velvet album sleeve — the record is literally soft to the touch. These days, most album covers and posters are designed to be viewed on the internet, rather than in real life. To complement Beach House's album packaging, we designed a poster with a physical presence — a poster that looks better as an object than a JPEG.

The limited edition print comes to life with three red inks (matte, glossy, and metallic) on red paper, creating a shimmering, changing modern-psychedelic design that evolves as one walks past it or the light changes. Props to LQQK Studios for the beautiful print job on this giant (2' x 3') poster.

On August 29 Beach House joined fellow Baltimoreans Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Bond St District, and Romantic States for Windjammer. Taking place in the outdoor Pier Six Pavilion on Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Windjammer was an awesome all-day mini-festival of local indie all-stars. Our poster was inspired by the name of the festival and 1970's sailing and surfing prints, with reflections on an endless sea form into the show's band names.

Hopscotch Design Festival

Post Typography and Folk Hero Films in Raleigh on September 10, 2015


Bruce Willen (Post Typography) and Gabriel DeLoach (Folk Hero Films) will be speaking at the Hopscotch Design Festival:

The paths of filmmaker Gabriel DeLoach and designer/musician Bruce Willen have converged behind the camera lens as well as in front of it. The pair joins forces to discuss how collaboration, DIY culture, and storytelling across multiple media have profoundly shaped their work.

Hopscotch Design Festival
Thursday, September 10 : 12:00 noon
Feed Gallery : 302 S. West Street
Raleigh, NC

Hopscotch Design Festival is the visual and conceptual counterpart to Raleigh's awesome Hopscotch Music Festival, which kicks off also on September 10. Check out the full lineup of great speakers here.

New Yorker & New York Times

Two recent illustrations


We're psyched to share two recently completed editorial illustrations. We dropped some speech bombs in the New Yorker for an article examining the limits and potential harm of unfettered free speech. And we're just as excited to illustrate a recent David Byrne editorial in the New York Times about the problems of digital music royalties.

2016 Presidential Logos

Design critique for the Washington Post


Post Typography dishes dirt on the logos and branding for the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates in this week's Washington Post Outlook section. Nolen and Bruce review and analyze the more noteworthy logos and graphic identities of this year's campaign, from Bernie to Jeb! (Sorry Donald Trump, your logo was too boring to merit a critique.)

Mike Huckabee: “The overall effect is more ‘Bank of America throws a party’ than ‘clear-eyed leader of the free world.’”

Lincoln Chafee: “...daringly introduces a touch of green to a logo that otherwise has all the memorability of a local car dealer’s.”

Rick Perry: “...would feel more at home on the jersey of a minor league baseball team called the Perry Presidents.”

Read the full article on the Post's website. And click through these images to see a few designs that the Post didn't include in the final article.

Future Islands 1000


We were psyched to create this logo and old-school baseball-style mascot for our buddies Future Islands. After years of touring they're playing their 1,000th show this weekend in North Carolina with Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and more. If you haven't seen them live, we highly recommend it!

TIme Magazine: The Answers Issue

Post Typography designs Time cover


We created the cover design for the upcoming July 6 issue of Time Magazine. The Answers Issue looks at the numbers behind some burning (and a few not-so-burning) questions. Because the interior feature relies on infographics to provide these answers, our cover design is reminiscent of 3D bar graphs. Brobel Design also added some motion to create an animated version for the web and tablets.

As with most of our illustration projects, we explore many different concepts and directions. Click through the project to see some of our sketches that didn't make the cut.

We're on Instagram

Follow us @posttypography


We finally started a Post Typography Instagram account. We'll be sharing a potpourri of cool design ephemera from our archives, found lettering and typography, sketches and works in progress, recently completed projects, and more.

Follow us @posttypography

Maryland Film Festival 2015

Poster and delicious ad campaign


We're beyond excited for the 2015 Maryland Film Festival happening this week in Baltimore. Once again, we are honored to design the poster and campaign for one of the country's top film festivals. This year we took the Festival's motto ("Film for Everyone"), its eclectic programming, and season to heart through our ice-cream themed designs. With a wide variety of films, animations, and shorts we look forward to building our own combination of film indulgence this week. And yes, ice cream will be served at the Festival tent village!

If you're attending the Festival, also be on the lookout for the Parkway Film Center Campaign mural, signage, postcard, and video, in which Post Typography also was involved.

Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair Poster

Baltimore Museum of Art's multiples fair


We recently designed this eye-popping poster for the Baltimore Museum of Art's Contemporary Print Fair 2015. Big props to Baltimore Print Studios for a super-tight print job with fluorescent inks. The poster is even brighter and more vibrate-y in real life!

Colorado College — March 2 & 3

Post Typography lecture in Colorado Springs


Post Typography's Bruce Willen will be speaking at Colorado College in early March with filmmaker Gabriel DeLoach. The pair will talk about interdisciplinary collaboration and their work on DeLoach's films The Harvest and If We Shout Loud Enough.

On Tuesday evening DeLoach and Willen will host a screening of If We Shout Loud Enough, the feature documentary about Post Typography-affiliated post punk band Double Dagger and the Baltimore DIY music scene. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

Monday, March 2 — 7 PM
Post Typography & Gabriel DeLoach Lecture

Colorado College – Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall
Colorado Springs, CO

Tuesday, March 3 — 7 PM
If We Shout Loud Enough

Colorado College – Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Colorado Springs, CO

Oscar Awards 2015

Cover illustration for the New York Times


The annual Academy Awards season is upon us once again. We recently created this cover illustration for the New York Times' 2015 Oscars issue of the Arts & Leisure section. Inside the issue, the paper's arts critics take a look at this year's potential Oscar contenders. On the cover, we suggest the shape of the golden Oscar statuette with an arrangement of torn movie ticket stubs.

Eggstra Credit

Photo illustration for TIME Magazine


We had fun creating this over-the-top egg carton for a Time article that dissects the various claims and labels found on today's egg cartons.

UM Designers in Residence Lecture


Bruce and Nolen from Post Typography are Designers in Residence at University of Maryland this Spring. As part of this residency, they will be conducting student workshops, teaching a Senior Portfolio course, and giving an artist talk on the evening of February 5. The talk will present a version of Post Typography's "Greatest Misses" presentation — projects that fell short, missed the mark, or were blown off-target by the fickle winds of client taste.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
6:00 PM
University of Maryland
ASY2309 Lecture Hall
College Park, MD

Response to Charlie Hebdo

Je Suis Charlie


We were asked by The Atlantic to contribute to an illustrated response to the Charlie Hebdo attack. While we don't agree with all of CH's views, we fervently believe that violence is a barbaric and small-minded form of suppression that should never be used to silence another human being. Violence may silence the speaker, but not it rarely quiets their voice.

New York Times Best of 2014

Cover illustration for Arts&Leisure Best of 2014 Issue


We illustrated the cover of this week's New York Times Arts&Leisure section. The Year in Culture issue takes a look at the best cultural events and releases of 2014, as selected by Times' critics and reviewers. Our illustration represents the continuous explosion of arts releases throughout the year, with a select few highlighted by the critics. These burst lines form the numbers 2014 that are hidden inside the burst. The illustration was drawn in ink and colored digitally.

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Post Typography Print Sale

December 13, 12:00 to 4:00 PM


Post Typography is hosting our third-annual one-day-only print & merch sale at our studio on Saturday, December 13 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Spice up your walls and shelves with some affordable artwork or find that perfect Hanukkah/Christmas gift for that special someone.

The sale will feature limited edition Post Typography prints, posters, and artwork including:
• Screenprinted posters for Dan Deacon, Built to Spill, and Future Islands
• Groundhog Day, Artscape 25th Anniversary, and JHU and Maryland film festival posters
• Limited edition prints from our OSAYCANYOUSEE art show

Other merchandise will include out-of-print Double Dagger records, signed copies of Lettering & Type, scarves, and other Post Typography publications.

Plus!!! There will be some free miscellaneous prints and other items available (everything must go)!

Visit our studio at 3 W 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 on Saturday, December 13 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Come early! Many prints will have limited quantities available—first come, first served (Copies cannot be reserved until paid for).

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Baltimore Design Week 2015 & Kansas City Art Institute

Upcoming events on October 18 and October 30


A Conversation on Immersive Design
AIGA and the BMA are kicking off Baltimore Design Week 2015 with a free afternoon conversation at the Baltimore Museum of Art featuring Ellen Lupton (Cooper-Hewitt, MICA), Abbott Miller (Pentagram), and David Plunkert (Spur Design) along with Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals of Post Typography. We will be discussing our approaches to designing the Big Table, the museum’s new immersive educational space. Post Typography designed the space in 2012-2013, Lupton and Miller designed last year's, and Plunkert created the newest incarnation of the space.

Saturday, Oct. 18 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Baltimore Museum of Art: Woodward Gallery
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD

Post Typography at Kansas City Art Institute
Bruce Willen from Post Typography will be speaking in Kansas City on October 30 at Kansas City Art Institute. Bruce will be working with KCAI students and talking about some of Post Typography's "Greatest Misses"—never-before-seen projects that fell short, missed the mark, or were blown off-target by the fickle winds of client taste.

Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 PM
KCAI: Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall
4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO

Both events are free and open to the public.

What If Your Studio Name Was a Band Name?

Answers to life's burning question


Would you go to a concert featuring a lineup of Pentagram, Doyle Partners, and Huge? How about a festival featuring klezmer trio Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv with a performance by husband/wife folk combo Ogilvy & Mather?

We asked ourselves important questions such as these over the summer and have been posting the answers on Twitter. Based solely on the name, we determine which musical genre best fits the moniker of different studios and agencies. Sagmeister & Walsh? Downtempo dub. Heads of State? Political hip-hop. Weber Shandwick? Celtic new age.

Follow this ongoing series with the hashtag #IfYourStudioNameWasABand. And yes, we take requests.

Pearl Works

A website that captures the beauty of inlay


Earlier this year Post Typography designed and built a new website for Pearl Works, an industry leader in custom inlay for musical instruments. When we visited the Pearl Works shop and saw their incredible artistry first-hand, we knew instantly that the inlay work had to be prominently showcased on the site. We hired photographer friend Gabriel DeLoach from Folk Hero Films to capture the intricacy and beauty of the instruments at close range. These photographs are the foundation of the site, as background images and in the gallery of featured work. To complement the images we employed a blend of classic typography and contemporary responsive layout. Our design is rooted in the company's rich history, while giving a nod to its bright future.

See for yourself at

Maryland Film Festival 2014

Film For Every Body


The Maryland Film Festival recently took over central Baltimore for five days of non-stop film screenings, panels, and events. For the fourth consecutive year Post Typography created the festival's posters, advertising, and design campaign.

Updating the festival’s motto from “Film for Everyone” to “Film for Every Body,” our campaign for the 2014 event embraces this total film immersion by illustrating the anatomy of a cinephile. Maximizing a limited budget, we helped promote the festival with thousands of strategically-placed posters, yard-signs, custom bar coasters, and billboards, as well as lots of cool festival merchandise and T-shirts. Since this year's festival spread across several new venues throughout Station North & the Mount Royal Cultural District, we worked closely with the festival to develop signage and wayfinding elements to direct festival-goers from one venue to the next.

Washington Post Magazine Icons

New Icons for the Sunday Magazine's redesign


The Washington Post recently launched a new look for its Sunday Magazine. As part of the redesign, we were asked to create a series of icons for its weekly columns, including Date Lab, The Working World, and Apptitude. We worked with the Post's art director, Beth Broadwater, to create a approachable feel for icons and incorporate a sense of play into the designs. The icon for magazine's restaurant review column features a half-eaten a piece of cake shaped like the District, while the icon for Gene Weingarten's Below the Beltway humor column incorporates a doodle of his signature glasses and mustache. The complete set can be seen here.

Post Typography at TDC

Type Directors Club, NYC: April 17, 2014


Dear New York City: Now that spring has arrived, we invite you to venture outside of your crowded, over-priced apartments, and join us as the crowd for a friendlier-priced evening of design and type nerdery.

Studio founders Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen will be presenting our "Greatest Misses" at The Type Directors Club in New York City on April 17, 2014. As part of TDC's ongoing series of Salons the lecture will focus on never-before-seen projects that fell short, missed the mark, or were blown off-target by the fickle winds of client taste. We are long-time fans of The Type Directors Club, and we are super-excited for this event. For those of you unfamiliar with TDC, they are the leading international organization whose mission is to support excellence in typography.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
6:30 PM
Type Directors Club
347 W 36th Street #603
New York, NY 10018

>> More info

MICA Career Development

New Graphic Identity for a Leading Art College


We recently created this flexible graphic identity for the Maryland Institute College of Art's Center for Career Development. Adding appropriate creativity to the career path of today's artists and designs, the dot, line and arrow elements creatively adapt to dozens of new and future designs meant for students, faculty, and employers. This includes the physical entrance to the Career Development Center, which was a drab concrete stairwell. Using the design elements and bright color, we enlivened the entrance, making it more welcoming to students and visitors alike. The flexible identity also allows the Center's student designers room to improvise—some of their great on-campus posters can be seen in the Case Study.

Film Lovers' Valentines

2014 Johns Hopkins Film Festival Poster


The 2014 Johns Hopkins Film Festival's holiday-appropriate theme of "For the Love of Film" inspired us to create a poster that doubled as Film Lovers' Valentine's Cards. Since the festival took place over Valentine's Day the poster is a sheet of perforated cards, which can be removed by passers-by or deconstructed into a stack of postcards. We had a blast coming up with cards such as "I Can Feel a Coming Attraction between us" and "My Heart Beats at 24 Frames Per Second for You". We were also honored to have our poster chosen as Poster of the Week by RockPaperInk. See all 13 years of our posters for the Johns Hopkins Film Fest here.

Well-Seasoned Lettering


We just finished this lettering / photo-illustration piece for the cover of today's Washington Post Food section. Our typographic illustration accompanied a feature on the vagueness of many recipes in regards to salting food. Wrangling piles of salt into the shapes letterforms was not the easiest task — a fun challenge for any letterer worth their salt.

Greenbuild Expo

Design campaign and branding for Greenbuild 2013 Philadelphia


Back in November we had the pleasure of attending Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia. Besides getting to watch Hillary Clinton open for Bon Jovi (when will that ever happen again?), we saw more of our design campaign in action throughout the convention center and beyond.

Greenbuild is the world's largest sustainable building and architecture conference and expo. To express 2013's theme of "Greenbuild Nation" we created a series of bold, manifesto-like brush-lettered statements that capture the spirit and energy of the global green building movement.

For more, see our Greenbuild 2013 print ad campaign or the Greenbuild case study.

Earplugs Optional

January 16, 2014 at The Fillmore Silver Spring


AIGA DC is raising the decibel level on their events with their biggest party yet: a night of design and music featuring Post Typography. We will present our 'Greatest Misses,' then deliver our 'greatest hits' at first-class music venue, The Fillmore Silver Spring, on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Nolen and Bruce will give a behind-the-scenes peek at the design process, illustrated with projects that fell short, missed the mark, or were blown off-target by the fickle winds of client taste.

We’ll turn up the volume after the lecture for two sets of music featuring Bruce's instrumental duo Peals, then Nolen's fiery punk band Pure Junk. Earplugs are optional, but the first 100 through the door will receive their own AIGA-branded set!

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the event starts promptly, at 7:00. The lecture and concert are all-ages. Register now through the AIGA website. Tickets will also be available at the door.

We will be selling and signing copies of our posters, along with our book, Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces. A portion of this event’s proceeds will fund scholarships for the next generation of designers through AIGA DC’s Continuum Fund.

Register and learn more at

Poster & Print Sale

One Day Only - December 7!


Post Typography is opening our studio for a one-day-only print & merch sale on Saturday, December 7 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Give an affordable Hanukkah/Christmas present to your walls while helping us reclaim space in our flat files!

The sale will feature limited edition prints, posters and artwork from our past eleven years, including:
Screenprinted posters for Dan Deacon, Lightning Bolt, Built to Spill, and more!
• Groundhog Day, Artscape, John Hopkins and Maryland film festival posters
• Limited edition screenprints and letterpress prints (and a baseball bat) from our War of 1812-themed art show, OSAYCANYOUSEE

Other merchandise will include out-of-print Double Dagger records and shirts, including 333 vinyl, and copies of Lettering & Type and other Post Typography publications.

Best of all, this sale benefits a worthy cause. Most of the purchase price of each piece of artwork will be donated to Wide Angle Youth Media. Wide Angle Youth Media is a non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities.

Visit our studio at 3 W. 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 on Saturday, December 7 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Come early! Many prints have limited quantities available—first come, first served (prints cannot be reserved until purchased, no advance orders will be taken).

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Post Typography at York College

December 3, 2013


Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen of Post Typography will be speaking at York College of Pennsylvania on December 3. The studio will show some of our "Greatest Misses" — a behind-the-scenes peek at the design process, illustrated with never-before-seen projects that fell short, missed the mark, or were blown off-target by the fickle winds of client taste.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:30 PM
DeMeester Recital Hall
York College of Pennsylvania

>> More info

New York Times Gray Matter

Editorial illustrations for Sunday Review column


We were pleased to be asked by Sunday Review art director Aviva Michaelov to work on a month's series of illustrations for the New York Times' Gray Matter column. The subjects in Gray Matter typically focus on psychology and brain science as it relates to current events and society. Some of the topics get pretty abstract and often discuss the results of recent scientific studies and papers. Since the column leans towards the academic, we attempted to bring a sense of humor into the illustrations, in a way that still captures the big idea behind each article.

View all of our Gray Matter illustrations here.

Three New Documentaries

12 O'Clock Boys, Hit & Stay, and If We Shout Loud Enough


Post Typography recently worked on three independent documentaries that debut this spring. We designed all three films' posters as well as their on-screen typography.

12 O'Clock Boys premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March, where it received rave reviews from audience and critics alike. This first feature from director Lofty Nathan follows a notorious Baltimore urban dirt-bike gang and Pug, a 13 year-old boy who idolizes them.

Hit & Stay, directed by Baltimore-based Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk, recounts the story of groups of Catholic priests and nuns who organized against the Vietnam War. Risking prison time and alienation from the church, the actions of these brave citizens were instrumental in turning the tide of public opinion against the war.

We're especially proud to contribute to If We Shout Loud Enough, an inside look at Double Dagger (fronted by Post Typography's Bruce & Nolen) and the Baltimore music scene. This intimate and entertaining portrait follows Double Dagger's final tour, while tracing the growth of the band and Baltimore's music scene. We also collaborated with director Gabriel DeLoach on the film's title sequence and end credit designs.

All three films will be screened at the Maryland Film Festival, May 8–12. They're all great, so catch them if you can.

New York Magazine Cover

The Psychonaut Underground Lettering


New York Magazine commissioned Post Typography to create this psychedelic lettering for the cover of last week's issue.

The feature story, "The Psychonaut Underground," looks inside the world of do-it-yourself chemists and drug users who make and use their own mind-altering synthetic drugs. Art director Thomas Alberty asked us to create a circular lettering treatment inspired by 1960s psychedelic posters. Click through to see some of our other color sketches for the design.

Film Festivals Galore!

Maryland and Johns Hopkins Film Festivals 2013


We recently completed not one but two design projects for Baltimore film festivals. Johns Hopkins Film Fest is an underground festival that takes place on the campus of Johns Hopkins University April 12–14. Our poster for JHFF 2013 invokes the excesses of movie theater concession stands.

The designs for the Maryland Film Festival 2013 visualize the festival's motto, "Film for Everyone," by combining the faces of dozens of diverse filmgoers into a single head that is projected, M.C. Escher-style, into a spiraling film strip. The Maryland Film Festival takes place in Baltimore, May 8–12.

Venice Architecture Biennale

Aircraft Carrier at the Israeli Pavilion


In 2012 Post Typography collaborated with architects Milana Gitzin-Adiram, Erez Ella, and Dan Handel on a project for Aircraft Carrier, an exhibition at the Venice Biennale that focused on the American influence on Israeli architecture after 1973. Based on the subject matter of the exhibition we designed this illustrated timeline that established the social, political, and economic setting within which these buildings were constructed. We used the monolithic forms of the late-20th century architecture as abstract windows through which we highlighted significant events from this period. The shapes of the buildings create surprising juxtapositions with historical photos from this era.

Aircraft Carrier travels to New York, where it is on display March 7 through April 29 at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Baltimore Museum of Art Installation

Post Typography contributes to the BMA's new Contemporary Wing


The BMA recently commissioned Post Typography to create an immersive, educational installation for their reopened Contemporary Wing. We responded with Words are Pictures are Words, an exploration of text in contemporary art. The space features text-based pieces displayed over floor-to-ceiling text that wraps around the room, creating an immersive, room-sized infographic. In the center of the gallery is the Big Table, a place where museum visitors are invited to create their own text art. Thumbs up to the BMA for their ongoing efforts to engage the local art and design communities, as well as the huge success of the new Contemporary Wing. See more photos of the installation here.

Every first and third Saturday, the BMA hosts interactive programs at The Big Table, including chats with artists, artist demonstrations, and hands-on workshops. For more information, visit the BMA's program calendar.

Holiday Mix Tape

Happy New Year!


To celebrate the New Year, we have compiled a "Mix Tape" of songs and bands that were in heavy rotation at Post Typography HQ in 2012. Take a listen. Here's to a great 2013!


Prints & Objects Inspired By The War Of 1812


On view at Art In The Age in Philadelphia December 4 thru 31, 2012

OSAYCANYOUSEE is a new solo exhibition by Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen of Post Typography. The art show, on view in Philadelphia through December 31, consists of prints and objects inspired by the War of 1812. Though lesser-known today, this first truly American war shaped our national identity and set the tone for the country’s westward expansion and the development of the American psyche over the next two centuries.

The artwork in the exhibition touches on themes of baseball, capitalism, and violence with visual wit, dark humor, and a potent graphic aesthetic, deftly drawing from iconic imagery of pop culture, patriotism, and American history. Each piece in the show takes its title from lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner”—appropriately referencing the song penned two hundred years ago in the Baltimore harbor. The work ranges from austere, graphic images to intense, illustrative work inspired by pop psychedelia. All of the editions in OSAYCANYOUSEE are hand-printed in Baltimore at Baltimore Print Studios and the Globe Poster Collection at MICA.

Opening Reception: First Friday, December 7
6:00 to 8:00 PM at Art in the Age
116 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia

City Paper review of the exhibition

Post Typography Print Sale

One Day Only - December 8!


Post Typography is opening our studio for a one-day-only print sale on Saturday, December 8 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM. The sale will feature limited edition prints, posters and artwork from our past ten years. Give an affordable Hanukkah/Christmas present to your walls while helping us reclaim space in our flat files!

If you missed our OSAYCANYOUSEE exhibition at the WindUp Space and Art in the Age, now’s your chance to take home artwork from the show or to score a rare Post Typography-designed poster—some of which have never been available for sale in Baltimore.

Prints available will include: complete OSAYCANYOUSEE editions, Dan Deacon tour posters, Built to Spill, Double Dagger, Alien, Groundhog Day, Godspeedyoublackemperor! and more! Prints are available for as little as $10.

Best of all, this sale benefits a worthy cause. Most of the purchase price of each piece of artwork will be donated to WFMU’s Hurricane Sandy recovery fund. New Jersey-based WFMU (the planet’s best freeform, listener-supported radio station) sustained serious damage from the hurricane, and Post Typography wants to help keep them on the air.

Visit our studio at 3 W 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 on Saturday, December 8 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Come early! Some prints will have limited quantities available—first come, first served (Copies cannot be reserved until paid for).

Maharam Stories

Musings on design, art, and Baltimore


We recently had the pleasure of contributing to Maharam's ongoing design-writing series. Bruce Willen wrote two Maharam Stories about the thoughtful, poetic artwork of Michael Cataldi and the designer's peril of too many trips to the Book Thing of Baltimore. We also put in our two cents on the relationship between textiles, pattern, and typography, while our Conjoined Alphabet wallpaper was mentioned as part of Maharam's 1 of 10 project. We're honored to share space with some other great stories by John Maeda, Harmen Liemburg, Blexbolex, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Rock, and many more. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Bmore Design Week

October 18 — An Evening with Post Typography


You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll hurl. As part of AIGA's Bmore Design Week, join Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen, founding partners of the Baltimore design studio Post Typography, for an evening of aesthetic overstimulation and visual bacchanalia. The studio showcases some of our favorite Baltimore art and design projects as well as some of our "greatest misses" — never-before-seen work for clients such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Penguin that fell short, missed the mark, or were blown off-target by the fickle winds of client taste. The talk presents a rare behind-the-scenes peek at the design process, in all of its messy guts and occasional glory.

Thursday, October 18
2640 Space (2640 Saint Paul Street)
Baltimore, Maryland

This event is part of AIGA's Bmore Design Week. Check out more of what's happening in Baltimore in October at


Prints & Objects Inspired By The War Of 1812


On view at The Windup Space in Baltimore
September 8 thru October 27, 2012

OSAYCANYOUSEE is a new solo exhibition by Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen of Post Typography, featuring prints and objects inspired by the War of 1812. Though lesser-known today, this first truly American war shaped our national identity and set the tone for the country’s westward expansion and the development of the American psyche over the next two centuries.

The artwork in the exhibition touches on themes of baseball, capitalism, and violence with visual wit, dark humor, and a potent graphic aesthetic, deftly drawing from iconic imagery of pop culture, patriotism, and American history. Each piece in the show takes its title from lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner”—appropriately referencing the song penned two hundred years ago in the Baltimore harbor. The work ranges from austere, graphic images to intense, illustrative work inspired by pop psychedelia. All of the editions in OSAYCANYOUSEE are hand-printed in Baltimore at Baltimore Print Studios and the Globe Poster Collection at MICA.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8
Featuring cocktails by Art in the Age
+ music by Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Mickey Free, and Pure Junk (ex-Double Dagger)
Reception 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Music 9:30.

Print Magazine Interview

Sketches and process behind a Time cover design


Post Typography is featured in the current (August 2012) issue of Print Magazine. For an issue on the theme of "used, wasted, abandon, forgotten" we show off one of our favorite "killed" projects, a cover illustration for Time Magazine's Money Issue.

In addition to the final artwork that never saw the light of day, we show a handful of other unused sketches. The interview sheds some light on the process of designing and choosing a cover from both the illustrator and magazine perspective, as we talk about some of the ways that we approach an editorial illustration project with a short deadline.

You can see a comp of the final (killed) cover in our Magazine Covers case study.

Post Typography's Greatest Misses

Spring Lectures at Ringling College & MICA


Post Typography will be giving two design lectures this April in Sarasota, FL and our hometown, Baltimore, MD. Our "Greatest Misses" will show a behind-the-scenes peek at the design process, illustrated with never-before-seen projects that fell short, missed the mark, or were blown off-target by the fickle winds of client taste.

Friday April 13, 2012
Ringling College of Art & Design :: Sarasota, FL
Auditorium :: 1:00 PM

(in conjunction with "Best of Ringling")

Monday April 16, 2012
Maryland Institute College of Art :: Baltimore, MD
Falvey Hall :: 7:00 PM

Presented by the MICA Graphic Design Department

Both events are free and open to the public and will be followed with a Q&A and Lettering & Type book signing.

Lil' Kim

Custom lettering for Time Magazine cover


We created the custom lettering treatment and background pattern for this week's Time cover, featuring North Korea's Kim Jong Un and the hilarious headline "Lil' Kim." The lettering was loosely inspired by communist propaganda posters, while maintaining some of the general shapes and proportions of Franklin Gothic (Time's type family). The design and background were created to pair with an awesome propaganda-style portrait by illustrator Tim O'Brien.

During the design process, we tried a bunch of other directions for the headline lettering, including a few inspired by that other Lil' Kim. Here are a few of our favorites that didn't make it.

Knowledge That Works

University of Baltimore campus banners


Each letter of this typographic illustration for University of Baltimore's "Knowledge That Works" campaign is a different type of chart, graph, or other visual representation of information. The diverse group of graph styles and forms embodies the breadth of academic pursuits at University of Baltimore. Look for our banners and posters in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood and on UB's campus.

Groundhog Day

Our poster for a screening of the classic Bill Murray film


Be on the lookout for our oversized poster for the classic Bill Murray flick, Groundhog Day. The poster consists of a giant image of Bill Murray created from thousands of tiny Bill Murrays! Meta! The film screens on 35mm in Baltimore on December 13 as part of Maryland Film Festival's Gunky's Basement film series, curated and hosted by Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche.

Baker Artist Awards Exhibition

Baltimore Museum of Art, Sep. 7 - Oct. 2, 2011


The work of Post Typography is included in the Baker Artist Awards exhibition this fall at the Baltimore Museum of Art. B-grant winners Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen will be displaying a large-scale installation of Post Typography's Floral Explosion wallcovering design for Maharam Digital Projects. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and there will be a closing reception and performances on October 1 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.

ESPN Magazine's Best in Sports Cover

Balls to the wall!


To illustrate the cover of ESPN Magazine's 2011 "Best In Sports" issue, we teamed up with photographer Frank Hamilton to photograph hundreds of sports balls, discs, pucks, spheres, discuses, shot puts, birdies, chips, and even curling stones (special shout-out to Potomac Curling Club!) flying together to form the words "Best In Sports." Thanks again to everyone who loaned us their balls!

Maryland Film Festival

The eyes have it!


Our designs for the 2011 Maryland Film Festival are currently displayed on posters, yard signs, banners, and billboards all over Baltimore. They have some great films screening this year — check out the festival May 5 through 8.

TIME Magazine Cover


Check out the March 21, 2011 cover of TIME for a Post Typography illustration! The cover story is on data mining---the process where your personal information, spending habits, web browsing history, and interests are collected, compiled, and sold to advertisers and marketing companies. We worked with Design Director DW Pine to create this portrait of author Joel Stein out of Joel's actual data collected by several major U.S. data mining companies.

Daily Drop Cap

You and what R-my?


We were psyched when Jessica Hische asked us to participate as a guest designer in her awesome Daily Drop Cap project and even more psyched when we got a chance to draw the letter "R" (one of our favorite letters of the alphabet from a typographic perspective). Our R (or R our?) and all of the other initial caps can be embedded in external websites for anyone who's looking to spice up their hum-drum blog design.

Alien Director's Cut

Silkscreened poster for special 35mm screening


We recently designed a poster to promote a special screening of Alien for Maryland Film Festival's Gunky's Basement film series. Curated and hosted by Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche, Gunky's Basement has been presenting classic fringe-pop sci-fi, horror, and weirdness from the 1980s, all presented as beautiful 35mm prints. Check out the next screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in April.

Maharam Digital Projects

Floral Explosion wallcovering for custom installations


Post Typography has created a new wallcovering design for Maharam's curated Digital Projects series. Floral Explosion marries elements of antique/vintage wallpapers with comic books and pop art---upon close inspection, the pattern's intricate, seemingly-traditional floral motifs are revealed to be composed entirely of comic-book style explosions and weaponry. Floral Explosion has a very large repeat (10' x15') and can be ordered to custom specifications and sizes.

To learn more about Floral Explosion and to see the other great projects in the series (including work by 2x4, Vito Acconci, Marian Bantjes, Paul Smith, and more) visit the Maharam Virtual Library and open the Maharam Digital Projects binder.

Gingerbread Cinema

Our most delicious illustration ever!


Check out our illustration/baking project in this week's issue of Time Magazine. With assistance from the lovely Katie Rose (of Charm City Cakes) we designed this gingerbread house/cinema to illustrate the Arts section's Holiday Movie Preview. Having the studio smell like a confectionery for a week was just icing on the cake... so to speak.

Midterm Elections

For the Washington Post's Sunday Outlook section


Post Typography created this cover illustration for today's Washington Post Outlook section, in which editorials by Republican pollster Frank Luntz and former Democratic Majority Leader Tom Daschle recommend ways for a polarized congress to come together to address our country's urgent problems. Art Director Kristin Lenz worked the "don't be mad" fold-in concept into the layout as the two editorials are pulled together when the page is folded. For an added bonus, the "OUTLOOK" masthead folds to become "OK." We also created this spot illustration for the inside portion of the articles.

Greenbuild 2010 Conference

Post Typography identity design for Greenbuild 2010 in Chicago


Post Typography continues our design work for the annual Greenbuild conference and expo with the graphic identity for Greenbuild 2010, in Chicago from November 17 to 19. Greenbuild is the world's largest annual conference and expo devoted to environmentally responsible building, development, architecture, and urban planning. The graphic identity for Greenbuild 2010 is built from a colorful palette of 3D cubes that symbolize structures or building blocks and represent the convergence of the green building movement. Check back after the conference when we'll be posting more images in the Greenbuild 2010 Case Study.

DC Metro Ads

Currently displayed on the DC Metro


We recently adapted our "Realize the Potential..." ad campaign for the USGBC's LEED program to run as banners on the DC Metro system. Look for them on the Red, Blue, and Orange lines through mid-October.

John Legend & The Roots

Wake Up! album cover illustration


We recently completed illustrations for the front and back cover of the new album Wake Up!, which features John Legend and The Roots covering classic soul and R&B songs.

Understanding Campaign

"Fhm" (fuh-hem') is Arabic for "understanding"


Post Typography contributed a lettering treatment for the Understanding Campaign, a non-profit aiming to further cross-cultural dialog and collaboration between the English and Arab worlds. You can buy T-shirts, buttons, and stickers featuring our first foray into Arabic lettering, as well as those from other contributors, on the Understanding Campaign's Kickstarter page. All donations support the organization's upcoming projects.

The Onion News Network

Time for grownups


A humorous flow-chart that Post Typography illustrated for Time Magazine makes a brief appearance in this hilarious clip on The Onion News Network.

8 Faces Magazine

Interview with Post Typography


Post Typography was recently interviewed by Elliot Jay Stocks for the new limited edition typography magazine 8 Faces. Also included in the first issue are Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Hische, Ian Coyle, Jason Santa Maria, Jos Buivenga, and Jon Tan. Physical copies of the magazine have sold out, but a high-res PDF can be downloaded from the 8 Faces website.

New York Times Book Review

Cover Illustration


Check out our cover illustration for this Sunday's New York Times Book Review. The lead review is of Jennifer Egan's incredible new novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, which follows a dizzying, intertwined narrative of an ex-punk rocker, (going not-so-gently into middle age) and the relationships of those around him.

UPDATE: You can now order a limited edition set of vinyl stickers based on this illustration!

Suny Purchase Talk

Post Typography lecture at SUNY Purchase in New York


Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen of Post Typography will be speaking at SUNY Purchase College's School of Art + Design the evening of March 24. The talk and presentation takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 in the VA Building, and pairs some of the studio's iconic and recent projects with the stories and concepts behind the work.

Artist Music Journal

Limited edition Post Typography poster book


Soundscreen Design's Artist Music Journal is a series of limited edition small books by artists and musicians that focus on the inseparable connection between music and art. The latest in this series, Post Typography's Artist Music Journal presents 24 pages of posters and flyers for Double Dagger and related bands, paired with the back stories of each show and design. Includes reproductions of many rare and never-before-seen posters! Beautifully printed in full color offset lithography, limited edition of 1000 copies. Previous and upcoming AMJ editions include Daniel Higgs, Hisham Bharoocha, Shaun Flynn, Bongout, and Seripop.

Available for order through Soundscreen Design or at Atomic Books in Baltimore.

Metropolis Magazine Cover

Cover design for January 2010 issue


Post Typography designed the cover of the current issue of Metropolis Magazine. "What's Next" looks at the impact (and necessity) of design ideas from one, five, and ten years in the future. On the cover, the title letters become cut-paper doors, giving a look into the issue's contents.

> Click here to watch a short clip of Metropolis creative director Criswell Lappin talking about the process behind the creation of this cover.

2010 Wall Calendar

A Typographic Wall Calendar by Post Typography


Looking for a gift to give that special design nerd in your life, or just need a non-boring calendar to spice up your kitchen or cubicle? Our new 2010 By The Numbers limited edition wall calendar features twelve original typographic illustrations by Post Typography. Each month presents a different interpretation of the number "2010" through a wide variety of inventive, meditative, and eye-popping lettering treatments and illustrations. 2010 By The Numbers is the creative person's antidote to the typical wall calendar---kids love it too.

2010 By The Numbers is now available for purchase/order at these fine retailers:
Atomic Books (Baltimore)
Baltimore Museum of Art Shop (Baltimore)
Golden Age (Chicago)
Word (Brooklyn)
and through our website

Lettering & Type

New book written and designed by Post Typography


We are very excited to announce the release of our new book Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces from Princeton Architectural Press.

Written, assembled, and designed by Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals of Post Typography (with a foreword by Ellen Lupton) Lettering & Type is a smart-but-not-dense guide to creating and bending letters to one's will. More than just another pretty survey, Lettering & Type is a powerful and essential how-to book full of relevant theory, history, explanatory diagrams, exercises, and hundreds of inspiring insights and examples from contemporary practitioners of lettering and typeface design.

Visit to learn more about the book and take a look inside.

If you are in the Baltimore or NYC areas, you are invited to join us at one of our two book launch events: Thursday, October 29 at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Tuesday, November 17 at The Cooper Union. Both are free and open to the public.