What started as a half-baked idea and a few late night scribbles back in 2006 ultimately grew into the full-figured yet confident Smidgen. I drew inspiration for the face from a couple of automotive lettering specimens by Dennis Jones and an unidentified artist spotted in an old vanning culture book courtesy of Mister Jalopy. With only a handful of letters serving as creative influence, I hashed out a complete character set in pencil before making the vector scene. I also developed a drop shadow version to give a nod to Smidgen’s roots. You’ll have to manually layer the drop shadow version in a drawing program, or we’ll do the work for you at photolettering.com. Smidgen’s generous proportions artfully juxtapose supple starkness with robust sensitivity to afford even the most casual user an intense typographic experience.
Posted by Ken Barber on September 8, 2011
House is honored to be participating in the inaugural series of Barcelona Type & Design Workshops this July. Geared to both English and Spanish speakers, classes will be conducted at the studio of Xavier Mariscal and will feature some of the best and brightest in the business. Sign up for Ken’s workshop now and take advantage of the early bird discount!
Barcelona Type & Design Summer Workshops
Presented by BaseDesign and Enric Jardí
Pellaires, 30-38, 08016 Barcelona
Headline set in Davison Baroque, a new alphabet available from Photo-Lettering.
Posted by Ken Barber on June 1, 2011
If you’re in the Baltics tonight, swing by the Vilnius Academy of Art where Ken will be layin’ down some House propaganda in his ancestral homeland as part of the Innovation Festival in Vilnius. Lecture starts at 6 pm.
Vilniaus dailės akademija
Maironio str. 6
Posted by Ken Barber on May 10, 2011
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 Ken Barber on March 22, 2011
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 Ken Barber on February 22, 2011
Ed Interlock makin’ the scene on some customized kids apparel.
Posted by Ken Barber on February 10, 2011
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 Ken Barber on November 15, 2010
One of the many classy letter styles that the inimitable E. Everett Fernandez designed for the StripPrinter portable film-lettering machine.
Posted by Ken Barber on November 9, 2010