Typography & Pop-up books

December 5, 2008

This is a great little book. For those typography nerds or little kids (is there much of a difference really?) this would make a fun gift. ABC3D takes the 26 letters of the alphabet and creates an entertaining way to look at them.




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!

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.

Los Logos 4

August 7, 2008

The 4ht installment of the best logo design books around

The 4th installment of the best logo design books around

I was hoping Gestalten would continue publishing their brilliant logo design books as they have done in the past. About every two years they come out with another great book. Los Logos 4 will be available September 2008. I can’t wait to add this to the other three on my shelf! Go pre-order yours!