Post Typography at TDC

Type Directors Club, NYC: April 17, 2014

3/25/2014


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

3/21/2014


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

2/28/2014


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

2/5/2014


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

2/3/2014


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.

Post Typography Scarves

"Protect Ya Neck" morse code scarf and HTML "</head><body>" scarf now available!

1/22/2014


Just in time for Polar Vortex 2: Return of Snowmageddon, we've created two, brand-new knit scarves! "Protect Ya Neck" with this scarf that uses morse code to transform the classic Wu-Tang Clan chorus into a fetching knit pattern. Or let your nerd flag fly (or hang around your neck) with our "</head><body> " scarf! Both scarves are custom knitted in the UK from super-soft, warm acrylic and are available now in our web shop:

Protect Ya Neck Scarf

HTML Scarf

Earplugs Optional

January 16, 2014 at The Fillmore Silver Spring

12/19/2013


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 dc.aiga.org

Poster & Print Sale

One Day Only - December 7!

11/7/2013


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).

RSVP on Facebook

Post Typography at York College

December 3, 2013

11/3/2013


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

5/25/2013


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

4/29/2013


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

4/16/2013


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

4/8/2013


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

3/10/2013


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

2/1/2013


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!

1/1/2013


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!

OSAYCANYOUSEE Philadelphia

Prints & Objects Inspired By The War Of 1812

12/3/2012


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!

11/26/2012


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

11/20/2012


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

9/23/2012


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 http://bmoreaiga.org

OSAYCANYOUSEE

Prints & Objects Inspired By The War Of 1812

8/17/2012


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

7/29/2012


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

3/21/2012


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

1/23/2012


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

11/29/2011


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

11/21/2011


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

8/21/2011


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!

6/16/2011


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!

5/15/2011


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

3/15/2011


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?

3/10/2011


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

3/4/2011


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

1/28/2011


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!

12/6/2010


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

11/7/2010


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

10/22/2010


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

9/28/2010


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

9/21/2010


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"

9/20/2010


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

8/25/2010


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

8/20/2010


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

7/11/2010


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

3/9/2010


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

2/23/2010


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

1/13/2010


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

11/4/2009


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

10/1/2009


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 www.letteringandtype.com 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.

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