I Wish That I Had Brazo's Girl

The May 1955 issue of Rangeland Romances features a salacious exposé by a former lover of House Industries Chief Strategist, Brazo Fuerte. Pick up a copy at your local flea market this weekend.

Posted by on March 22, 2011

Delaware State Motto

A while back, Dan Cassaro invited me to participate in 50 and 50, a collective project in which 50 artists were asked to illustrate the mottos of their home states.

Here’s one of my initial sketches (think turn of the century sign painter, John Ohnimus, working at Roth Studios in the ’60s), along with a detail of the final illustration.

Posted by on February 22, 2011

Iron-On Interlock

Ed Interlock makin’ the scene on some customized kids apparel.

Posted by on February 10, 2011

For Immediate Release

Not sure what our hand-lettered logo for MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden has to do with adhesion testing polycarbonate substrates or channel grooving with a duo vertical panel saw, but the October 2010 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated decided to feature the Kentucky Kid lettering anyway.

Posted by on November 15, 2010

Fonte Couture

One of the many classy letter styles that the inimitable E. Everett Fernandez designed for the StripPrinter portable film-lettering machine.

Posted by on November 9, 2010

Keepin’ It Casual

My Communication Arts article on mid-twentieth century informal script lettering recently hit newsstands. The column, which appears in the magazine’s Advertising Annual 51, also includes a few more lettering gems like the Rene Gruau piece above. Thanks for hookin’ up the photos, Ben.

Incidentally, it’s worth mentioning that there was a slight mix-up during editing: Ed Rondthaler, didn’t routinely meet with New York City’s prominent letterers, as mentioned in the article. Rather, the Photo-Lettering co-founder merely mentions the artists’ informal get-togethers in his 1981 autobiography, Life with Letters.

Posted by on November 9, 2010

Cooper Union Workshop Reprise

I’ll be conducting another lettering workshop this weekend at The Cooper Union. Although the seminar is part of the school’s certificate program in typeface design, there are still a few openings available to the public. Phone 212-353-4195 or email to register. See you there!

November 6–7
9 am – 4 pm

The Copper Union
30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

Posted by on November 3, 2010

L'House à MIT

What do you get when you mix House Industries, the Swiss consulate, University of Art and Design Lausanne and Massachusetts Institute of Technology? We’re not sure either, but come see what all the fuss is about next week when I’ll be lecturing with Swiss designer François Rappo at MIT.

Beyond Helvetica: a look at the power of typography
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
MIT Room 3-270

6:30 pm – Doors open
6:45 pm – Lecture
7:45 – Apéritif (That’s a fancy French word for free hooch!)

Posted by on October 19, 2010