A new membership based online archive was made with graphic designers in mind. The visual search feature supports a serendipitous browse, see instant results as you filter and combine people, firms, disciplines, decades, countries, and formats. I am thrilled as it gives those of us remote to the physical archive unprecedented access to this important collection… become a member today and get beta access later this month.
The design industry is diverse and there is no right or wrong answers. Design Assembly’s Hollie Arnett has kicked off a new series called Ask the Experts – a series of articles bringing you a range of answers to your burning design questions from experienced and diverse design voices. (I was pumped to be included in this first round).
Designer and Artist Maria Monte’s work in illustration and letterforms is tremendous—and fantastic in scope. Excited about her opinions on creativity and craft Nate Burgos interviews Maria for the Design Feast series celebrating remarkable Makers. Maria gives a detailed peek into her world, from her beginnings to getting established to continually improving her illustrating-lettering talents to shaping a creative community—and being shaped by it for the better.
New Zealand’s foremost graphic and visual design community, Design Assembly, celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year. The leap spoke with founder and designer, Louise Kellerman, about how the organisation has grown into a business and a national hub for Kiwi designers.
My family is from the north east of England, I lived and workedthere in my late teens so it holds a special place in my heart. These Northern Types, is ambitious, expansive, and inventive. It consists of 17 small publications, each of which explores a different aspect of what northern identity is, and can be, in the 21st century, and each of which reflects a custom typeface produced for the project.
Loving this project from Jess Cruickshank. The Christmas Calligraphy Drive is an effort to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Through this website, you can order gift tags personalised with names written in beautiful calligraphy. 100% of gift tag sales will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Lovely penmanship, for a great cause, shipping is in Australia only (unfortunately for those of use further afield)!
The plea went out a few weeks ago from the bookstore in a port city in southern England: “Care to lend a hand?” The store was being forced to move due to rising rents, with no budget to move their thousands of books, the community rallied and a human chain was formed. Long live the local bookstore!
Design Assembly’s Lana Lopesi profiles the work of self-professed “margin-dwelling graphic designer” Katie Kerr. Who in addition to her commercial design work, has sco-founded the independent publishing house GLORIA. A research led- concern born from a desire to experiment with the full arch of book-making.