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.




Wisdom of pirates

December 3, 2008

I like this poster. This would make a good Christmas gift!



Other good ones…


Seb Lester



Cape May, New Jersey findings

November 26, 2008

I had forgotten about these. While driving today in Riverton, UT I acknowledged their street signs as I have done in the past. They at least made some sort of effort to break away from the standard, boring type that is usually used and did something different. I’ll have to take a photo and post it sometime. But the reason I bring this up is because it reminded me of the street signs in Cape May, New Jersey. I was there about a year and a half ago and remember being pleasantly suprised at their signs. Some of the coolest I’ve seen.

Street signs in Cape May, New Jersey

Street signs in Cape May, New Jersey

Here are a couple more local findings…



I came across this the other day and was amazed at not only the coordinating outfits and hair, but their type treatments on their albums! They’re awesome. Don’t think this is all…you can see ’em all here.






so guys...uh, how do you pronounce that?

so guys...uh, how do you pronounce that?


November 25, 2008

I’m always amazed at how different people can approach a calendar and add a little something to it and have it be new again. Here are a few calendars I’ve come across recently that were fun…

Seeing Eye Calendar
Seeing Eye Calendar


The cat calendar


Malota Calendars -
Malota Calendars


2009 Calendar Cushion




Matchstick Calendar


thirft store picture frame

November 14, 2008

Mom & Dad

Mom & Dad

I found this beauty at the Deseret Industries store in American Fork for like $.25. Now, we’ve just got to take some really funny portraits of ourselves.

Found Typography

October 25, 2008

I was going through some old photos of our summer in Minneapolis and found some interesting photos I forgot I had taken…

From the light house fog horn in Duluth, MN

From the light house fog horn in Duluth, MN

I wonder what clip art book they found this odd looking skateboard image?

I wonder what clip art book they found this odd looking skateboard image?

I love the type on this Art Deco electrical box

I love the type on this Art Deco electrical box

Stamped into the sidewalk on 11th & La Salle

Stamped into the sidewalk on 11th & La Salle

Mmmm, tasy, tasty Buca di Beppo

Mmmm, tasy, tasty Buca di Beppo

This next photo is particularly funny to me. This a pole on the corner next to the Target HQ. I walked passed it every day. But the reason I found it funny is because I used to collect Jim Abbott baseball cards when I was younger. I’m not even quite sure why I chose Jim Abbott to collect. It was probably because he didn’t have a right hand and I thought it was cool that he was a pitcher. It was as if the sticker was there just to say, ‘hey, remember when you used to collect Jim Abbotts?’

Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott

window at bus stop

window at bus stop

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…

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.”