One of the delicacies of Tyrolean type designer Albert Pinggera’s native land is speck, traditionally small off-cuts of ham that are cured above the kitchen ceiling where wood smoke from the cooking fire is allowed to escape. Thanks for the treat, Albert. It gave me a little extra kick at the end of today’s lunchtime ride.
Posted by Rich Roat on May 22, 2012
Thanks to Eddie Jacobson for this House Industries script jersey
Picture 1: I stood out for two reasons: one, I was one of the only people, besides a few awesome friends, not wearing gaudy/obscene graphics and two, because I was on my beloved fixed gear bike with a rather unfriendly cog ratio of 48 in the front and 15 in the back. I had signed up for a 50 mile bike ride with full knowledge that I wouldn’t be able to stop pedaling the entire time. The guy in the yellow standing next to me looked at my bike and called me crazy. With a huge grin on my face, I passed him and his time-trial bike going up a hill.
Picture 2: I had done long rides before, but not quite like this brutal. The only reason I’m smiling here is because my girlfriend is taking photos. I skipped the final two rest-stop checkpoints because I knew that if I stopped, my legs would too. This is the final climb to the finish line. Right before this photo, I had nearly been hit by a truck pulling a trailer. I wasn’t nearly as upset about potentially getting killed as I was about my downhill momentum being destroyed right before my final up-hill.
Picture 3: I finished the 50 mile route riding a fixed gear bike in the very hilly Blanco, Texas. The roads were punishing cheese graters and the head-winds seemed to stop every single descent. The string of obscenities that came from my mouth as I cursed at no one would’ve made my mother blush. I couldn’t take my hands off the handlebars because the cross winds were blowing against my deep profile wheels. Letting go of the bars would’ve meant me crashing at 30+ mph. Compound the awful roads with the headwind, and you end up with completely numb hands. The photo you are looking at came a mere moments before I broke down into tears. I could not understand why I was crying. My only explanation was that I had put my body through so much trauma, that it had no other option than to revolt.
Posted by Rich Roat on May 22, 2012
New House Industries AMAC Canister Boxes!
Buy them now for $35 on fab.com (you may have to set up an account) or in Fab’s New York pop up shop at FLOR, 142 Wooster St.
California-based AMAC was founded seven years before Mr. Maguire told a recently graduated Benjamin Braddock that plastics were the future. We decided to get in the game a half century later by embellishing AMAC’s exceptional extrusions with our alphabetic elements.
Posted by Rich Roat on May 17, 2012
This miniature representation of the Eames-designed Herman Miller shipping boxes features alphabetic elements from our Eames Century Modern font collection. We originally created the Shipping Blocks for Herman Miller Japan in 2010, but the folks in Zeeland liked them so much that they commissioned us to create a set for the U.S. market.
Available through July 1, 2012 at the
Herman Miller pop up store.
68 Wooster St., New York, NY
If you can’t do the Soho shuffle, the blocks will be available through Herman Miller’s online store after July 1.
Posted by Rich Roat on May 15, 2012
House Industries World Tour stops in South Carolina for two nites only!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
1301 Gervais St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Thursday, May 24, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
301B King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Headline brought to you by Photo-Lettering’s Copeland Milo.
Posted by Rich Roat on May 14, 2012
Congratulations to Kaisa Leka on being named Finland’s Cyclist of the Year. Read about it here (at least we think that’s what the article is about). When showcasing her major award, Kaisa always chooses her Banjo H-Pattern Giro Reverb helmet.
For more on Kaisa, check out these posts:
Finnish NY Expedition
To Russia with Love
Can I Finnish?
The Finnish Line
Finns and Firsts
Posted by Rich Roat on May 7, 2012
Wondering what to do on your summer vacation? Why not spend it drawing letters during a pair of back-to-back bicoastal workshops?! From June 3–8, I’ll be laying down the basics of display typeface design during a hands-on TypeCamp powwow in Templeton, CA. The following week, from June 12–15, I’m back at Cooper Union in NYC for a few days of logotype lettering instruction. So sign up now and kick off the summer right by cranking out some custom letterforms—registration is still open for both workshops!
Keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming House stationery like the notepad shown above. In the meantime, acquaint yourself with some other fine House Industries offerings.
Posted by Ken Barber on May 1, 2012