#NaturesPlayground

If you’re heading to the east of England this weekend, look out for the National Trust’s latest advertising campaign encouraging visitors to have fun.

Designed by The Click Design Consultants and led by creative director Bobby Burrage, the campaign features a range of posters that look like warning signs or restrictions – such as “keep off the grass” and “reserved” notices – but invite people to play, sit, explore, take photographs and have some fun.

The signs also feature the hashtag #NaturesPlayground, encouraging people to share and comment on their visits to National Trust sites using social media.

“The new signs are a fun, tongue-in-cheek way to help people reconnect with nature and enjoy our outdoor spaces to the full. Some people still view us as being very formal with lots of rules and regulations. I would encourage those people to come along and see how we have changed over the years,” he says.

This week would have been the Birthday of Graphics and Film legend, Saul Bass. Here are some of his posters.

reblogged from dailyfeatorial:

Happy Birthday legend! 

We love these book jackets by Walter Allner, the Bauhaus-trained graphic designer and art director of Fortune magazine from 1962 to 1974 who introduced a European Modernist typographic sensibility to American magazine design, (New York Times)

Thanks to

citizendev:

(via typetoy)

Courtesy of the ever inspirational Letterology blog comes this lovely review of some of the great designs for the Olivetti typewriter company:

To accomodate international growth in 1929, Olivetti opened its first manufacturing plant outside Italy where they produced typewriters and other office machines. What followed were some of the most celebrated promotional posters in the 20th century from many of Europe’s most accomplished designers.


Typing never looked so cool. To see more click here.

Graphic designer Mike Joyce of Stereotype design in nyc has created an ongoing project called “Swissted”. Mike has a love of Punk Rock, and of Swiss Modernism, so in this project he has united the two to create these typographic style posters for gigs that actually happened, each one only uses the lowercase typeface berthold akzidenz-grotesk medium (not helvetica). Isn’t it amazing what you can create with just one typeface and some shapes? You can see the whole set here.

In a departure from the normal way of things (artist commissions), Students from Kingston University have this year designed the official poster for Wimbledon 2012. Showcasing an impressive mix of witty, abstract, and inventive interpretations of the theme, the final 12 designs have been brought together in one grid format to create the finished poster.

See more here.

With the Olympics not long off now, we thought a bit of olympic themed graphics might be in order for this weeks post. When researching we came across these brilliant Transport for London posters by award winner freelance graphic designer Alan Clarke.

The clever simplicity of how each sport is portraits is utterly beautiful!

Type Matters. We couldn’t agree more, and really like the look of this book by Jim Williams for Merrell Publishers. Based on a series of handout sheets for students that the former designer and typographer-turned lecturer produced whilst working at Staffordshire University, Type Matters is an excellent primer in the art and practice of typography for anyone interested in developing or honing their skills. Simply and beautifully laid out and focusing on illustrative examples throughout, the book has the feel of a vintage reference book, complete with a natty black faux leather cover.

We think it should appeal to all but the most experienced or snobby design-heads, and will be the first to admit to wanting a copy!