BYU – Banyan Yearbooks

September 24, 2008

According to the all-knowing-internet, the term ‘Banyanis a tree, “native to India and part of the Mulberry family, is an enormous tree with many uses and a vast history. Young plants put forth roots, which form secondary trunks to support the expansive limbs. These trunks send out more roots until they crowd out the host tree. The leaves of the banyan tree are large, leathery, and used as animal fodder. The tree produces figs which are popular with birds and monkeys, and also produces flowers that attract wasps for pollination. Older trees can reach more than 200 meters (656 feet) in diameter, with a height of 30 meters (98 feet)”

Brigham Young University used to have yearbooks from the early part of the century to about the mid-eighties that were always entitled ‘Banyan’. My parents have a few of these from their days at BYU and once again, I rediscovered these books in a new light and greater appreciation for typography and logos from this era. I wanted to post some great examples of type treatments and graphics that offer some inspiration.

These are a few covers of the BYU Banyan yearbooks…

BYU - Banyan Circa 1970

BYU - Banyan Circa 1973

BYU - Banyan Circa 1970

BYU - Banyan 1971

Here are some great type treatments and logos…



September 21, 2008

This was one of my dad’s Oakdale (CA) High School yearbooks. I came across this on my last visit and really like the cover.

Oakdale (CA) High School

Oakdale (CA) High School

70’s era German Textbooks

September 21, 2008

While visiting my parents in Maryland last week, I came across some old German college textbooks. I’ve always been a fan of old book covers. They were always simple with interesting type. I grew up with these various books on the shelves of some of our bookcases, but only recently rediscovered them in a new light.

Now that I think about it, looking at ‘Typisch Deutsch’, what would really have made this book complete is Otto Graf’s autograph inside on the front cover!

Helvetica – A Documentary

September 9, 2008

I thought I would post a little something about this film. As it is now out on DVD for purchase and has been for a little while now, I’d just like to add my recommendation to at least go watch it, if not buy it. My wife and I saw the screening at the Tower Theater when it came to Salt Lake City last year and we (at least I) really enjoyed it. She was nice enough to come along with me. It was fascinating to learn a little more about the history of probably the most common typeface that has existed. As common and regular as letters can be, Helvetica is easily one of my favorites. Perhaps you just have to be a ‘font nerd’ to really appreciate it. My non-font nerd friends looked at me to see if I was serious when I told them how neat the documentary about a font could be. I’ve got to admit it is rather amusing to think about. So in the words of Lavar Burton on ‘Reading Rainbow’, “You don’t have to take my word for it.”

We inherited a big box materials like these from my in-laws. As we were going through them I came across some early to mid-1970’s publications. As I skimmed through the pages I became fascinated with the illustrations and graphics that the LDS Church designers created during that era. These are just a few I liked. I didn’t take the time to clean them up, so they maintain their creases and wear. Check out that super computer!

Encountered Type

September 4, 2008

DIG, an old Parker Brothers game. A friend of mine has a ‘cabin’ out in the old, tiny mining town of Rico, CO. We came across this gem a few years back.



Vintage Logo Flickr Photoset

September 3, 2008

For those who love logo design, this Flickr set is a must see! These pages come from ‘World of Logotypes’ by Al Cooper (1978). Of course it’s out of print, but I’ve got to track down a copy of this book.