excelsiorama typeface designed by UNY DesignersYou know how they say “it takes a village”? Well this village (AIGA UNY) got together and made something pretty fantastic. Over 30 designers contributed to “excelsiorama” a typeface by graphic designers living and working in “Upstate” (not NYC) New York. We each got to pick a letter (or number) and take our own spin on it, making the typeface fitting for every wacky situation. Check out this awesome feature on How Design. This project shows the power of having fun, and collaboration. Thank you so much to Tyler Fink for organizing this circus show (also fan girl time – how cool that I get to meet people like Tyler and all the collaborators through AIGA and design?) You can too – just join AIGA! (shameless plug).



Half Assed

Half Ass by Sugar and Type

Gregg and I flew threw the whole series of Parks and Recreation (if you haven’t watched it, you absolutely need to) and loved every moment. I’ve been telling myself I’d explore hand lettering more, and I finally sat my butt down and did it. The above quote from Ron Swanson represents how I’ve been feeling lately. I feel like as a designer, there are a lot of paths we can take – editorial, print, web, production, UI, etc etc. As a freelancer, I get to explore a little of everything, and it’s always fun and challenging. I often feel a pull between the two and want to make sure I’m always putting my best work out, and not spreading myself too thin. I think it’s importantly to feel confident about which path you take, and you can still explore those other areas as you please! I’m trying to really focus on the things that make me happy and the projects that fuel me, and put my everything into those. If you’re feeling this way, I’d love to hear how you’re making a change!

Like the design? Available for purchase on society6. 

Type Takeover: Drinkable

This week, I feel like I could use a drink… or twelve. So in celebration of Friday, the weekend, and the love of type – we’re going “drinkable”.




Ampersand Bottle Opener  // What an awesome gift for a type junkie and beer drinker! Or a hostess gift for a party!

Tiny Tea Cup // I want to wake up every morning and drink/eat out of this. Everything tastes better when it’s in ceramic.

Glass Carafe // Great colors and personalized? I hope you know whats in your cup and don’t need to put a label on it, but just incase!

Martini Glass // While this isn’t “typography” related, it’s illustration, so I’m deeming it acceptable for Type Takeover. I’ve been following this artist for some time and I was so excited to see their work at CB2 – it makes me laugh every time I see it.

Coasters // Do you use coasters? I certainly don’t, but these adorable type driven ones make me want to!

Wine Charms // If you’re hosting a party – these are key! Never again do the “is this mine?” drink dance – claim your cup!

Beer Stein // Mojitos are such a pretty drink, and this “mug” is definitely the lime on top.

Enjoy your weekend and drink up!

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