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Nutmegger Workshop sees making signs as an art form

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When I'm sifting through reader submissions, I never know what I'll find. From a fresh-faced illustrator hoping to get their first published piece or a seasoned creative who has turned a new leaf and is looking to share their new direction... surprise and delight are the hallmarks of a good submission.

The work of Peter Vogel of Nutmegger Workshop in Portland, Oregon prompted an immediate response from me—I began to follow him on Twitter, sent out a tweet, emailed a thank you and planned this blog post.

Peter introduced himself as a "30-year graphic designer/design director/creative director now making vintage sign art." His talent for lettering and his love of old signage is combined into his business of making vintage-looking signs. His signs are not meant as functional signage—they don't fabricate signs and to site installations—rather the signs are art meant to be hung interior settings, somewhat like charming set decoration or as interior design features. 

"Generations ago, sign writers were a busy, sought-after bunch, but the heyday of their hand-lettered art was no match for the rising tide of digital sign-making technology. Nutmegger Workshop was created to celebrate the alluring charm of this long-forgotten art form. It is our mission to offer the finest period reproductions and original designs — handcrafted works of typographic art that add unique personality to any well-designed space."

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Nutmegger gallery of signs and read more about Peter's approach to his art.

type tuesday: letterpress broadsides

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image courtesy of Chandler O'Leary

image courtesy of Chandler O'Leary

A collaboration project by letterpress printer Jessica Spring and designer Chandler O'Leary called Dead Feminists is a quarterly letterpress broadside series that features quotes by women in history tied in with current political, social and environmental issues. 

"Broadsides are arguably the oldest form of mass-communication–a rabble-rousing medium that has helped bring about social change for centuries," says Chandler. "It was gratifying to discover that the words of these women still resonate today, and that we had the opportunity to tell our stories through the language of typography."

Each broadside is illustrated and hand-lettered by Chandler and letterpress printed by Jessica. 

type tuesday: feed yourself with letterform

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Here's a feed to follow on Instagram: Letterform. Combining a love of food and typography, their online shop is called Nourishing Notes.

"Started in 2007 by Julie Morelli and Andy Schwegler (shortly after they opened their design studio Letterform) Nourishing Notes combines their passions for food, design, illustration, type, and laughter. One joke about a lamb shank quickly turned into the very first greeting card, which led to a crash course in letterpress printing, which led to a full line of stationery, kitchen towels, art prints, and lots more in the years to come." 


Grafolita

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Catarina Vaz is a Lisbon-based designer who makes beautiful notebooks. She describes her company, Grafolita, as "a small universe where paper, ink and colour rule." 100% crafted by hand, Catarina's notebooks are letterpress-printed and bound one by one. 

"Grafolita is about one person who self teaches doing what she needs in order to do what she wants: Special handmade notebooks, through traditional techniques, that are reinterpreted and used in a new design approach, in the care for finishings and materials."

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photos by Rui Abreu

photos by Rui Abreu

creative manifesto: Alessandra Lanot

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In our current issue #20 (released in January), we had a creative challenge asking our readers to submit their Creative Manifestos. Today we will feature some of the best submissions.

My Creative Manifesto: Follow Your Art

Your Name: Alessandra Lanot

Your City: Quezon City

Your Country: Philippines

Your website: http://www.lifeafterbreakfast.com

 

creative manifesto: Amanda Prouten

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In our current issue #20 (released in January), we had a creative challenge asking our readers to submit their Creative Manifestos. Today we will feature some of the best submissions.

My Creative Manifesto: A quiet life in loud colour

Your Name: Amanda Prouten

Your City: London

Your Country: UK

Your website: http://amandaprouten.com

creative manifesto: Jane Rainwater

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In our current issue #20 (released in January), we had a creative challenge asking our readers to submit their Creative Manifestos. Today we will feature some of the best submissions.

My Creative Manifesto: Beautiful Tyranny

Your Name: Jane Rainwater

Your City: Andover,CT

Your Country: USA

Your website if applicable: http://www.rainwaterdesign.com

creative manifesto: Mary Peterson

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In our current issue #20 (released in January), we had a creative challenge asking our readers to submit their Creative Manifestos. Today we will feature some of the best submissions.

My Creative Manifesto: Make. Help. Smile.

Your Name: Mary Peterson

Your City: Los Angeles

Your Country: USA

Your website if applicable.: http://www.marypeterson.com

creative manifesto: Maria Carluccio

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In our current issue #20 (released in January), we had a creative challenge asking our readers to submit their Creative Manifestos. Today we will feature some of the best submissions.

My Creative Manifesto: One.

Your Name: Maria Carluccio

Your City: Dobbs Ferry, NY

Your Country: USA

Your website: http://mariacarluccio.com

Perfetto Pencils

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Readers of this blog and UPPERCASE magazine will know that I quite admire Louise Fili. She has done it again with these dual black and red "Perfetto" pencils that are truly packaging design perfection.

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Read more about Louise in a feature in issue #9 and see her Beautiful Bitmap contribution to issue #15.

type tuesday: learn how to paint signs in London

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The Better Letters Company offers hand-crafted lettering events and workshops around the world. They have a series of London-based workshops and seminars coming up. Head on over to their website for the details!

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type tuesday: littered with glitter

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I spy UPPERCASE issue 20 amidst this glorious jumble!

I spy UPPERCASE issue 20 amidst this glorious jumble!

Great photos and styling for these sweet posters.

Great photos and styling for these sweet posters.

Tiffany Pratt and Stephanie Sterjovski

Tiffany Pratt and Stephanie Sterjovski

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Stephanie Sterjovski and Tiffany Pratt have a series of limited edition glitter- and gold-theme prints available at SS Print Shop. If you need to add some glamour and pizazz to your studio walls! (Photos by Anna Tsoulogiannis.)

type tuesday: Medusa

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Medusa by Retype, designed by Ramiro Espinoza

Medusa by Retype, designed by Ramiro Espinoza

type tuesday: The Grolier Club

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St. Nicholas, 1902, Part one. (November 1901–April 1902). New York: The de Vinne Press. 91⁄2 × 71⁄2 in., 576 pp.

St. Nicholas, 1902, Part one. (November 1901–April 1902). New York: The de Vinne Press. 91⁄2 × 71⁄2 in., 576 pp.

Founded in 1884, The Grolier Club is America's oldest society for bibliophiles. Located at 47 East 60th Street in New York City, the Club mounts exhibitions and publishes books to preserve and promote knowledge in the graphic arts.

Their next exhibition opens February 19 and documents Theodore Low De Vinne (1828-1914), one of the nine founders of The Grolier Club, on the centenary of his death. De Vinne produced the majority of the organizations publications prior to 1914, and selections of these will be on display along with design drafts, proofs and other memorabilia.

"De Vinne was a lifelong advocate for the highest standards of printing and book design, and he rose to prominence among his fellow printers because he sincerely loved the printing craft. Following in the footsteps of his Methodist parson father, De Vinne was an evangelist, preaching the gospels of loyalty first to the printing shop, and then to the printing industry as a whole; attention to mechanical details; clarity and readability in books and magazines; and respect for the history of printing. He had a consuming interest in typography, and although nurtured in fussy Victorian typographic styles, he came to value simplicity in typographic design and campaigned tirelessly on its behalf."

In 1896 De Vinne produced this line-by-line re-creation of the first printing manual in the English Language, Joseph Moxon’s 1683 Mechanick Exercises.

In 1896 De Vinne produced this line-by-line re-creation of the first printing manual in the English Language, Joseph Moxon’s 1683 Mechanick Exercises.

The exhibition runs until April 26.

Are you a type designer under 25 years old?

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FROM THE SOCIETY OF TYPE DESIGNERS:

 

SOTA Catalyst Award Call for Entries

The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce the fifth annual SOTA Catalyst Award. The award is targeted at young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. It recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet have broad exposure in the profession.

The recipient will be awarded up to $1,500 USD in reimbursement for transportation and lodging expenses to attend the TypeCon2014 conference in Washington, DC — July 30th to August 3rd. They will also have their conference registration fee paid for and will be required to give a 20-minute presentation during the main conference program. Recipients should be available to attend the conference from Thursday to Sunday.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 2nd, 2014

Typies

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Soraia Balelo created Typies out of a love of the typographic form. Each product is handmade in Barcelona. Soraia writes, "We are detailed and caring along the process, we love to give life to each letter and character. It started almost two years ago and it was very experimental, limited edition and made to order. This year we launched the second collection with a screen printing pattern specially made for this season."

Go for the glitter

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I missed out on a few destinations during my quick 3-day trip to San Francisco. One such place was Tantrum, a gift shop with lots of interesting items for children and grownups. If you need some Valentine's Day gifts, there's lots in store from classic children's books to contemporary prints. They have these fun glitter alphabet stickers by Meri Meri if you're in DIY card-making mode.

Show and Tell: more from Letterform Archive

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Rob Saunders of Letterform Archive wowed the group by bringing in a book of scripts from 1605.

Lehmann Label and Lithography Company

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When visiting the Letterform Archive, the piece-de-resistance was this collection of food labels, one of Rob Saunders recent acquisitions. Not the lithographed finals, this collection is comprised of the artist mockups of label designs. Accomplished with fine brushes in gouache and the occasional metallic, these miniature pieces of art were incredible to inspect in person.

The images below were photographed by 42-line, a San Francisco company that specializes in digitization of rare papers, manuscripts and books.

"Lehmann Printing & Lithograph Company of San Francisco, founded in 1911, was one of the largest manufacturers of labels in the world. Labels were created individually for product containers by Lehmann’s permanent staff of artists who provided the illustrations, hand lettering, and designs. The sketches in this collection are hand painted in gouache by an unknown artist, are from 1920–1930 and are sized to fit the bottle, jar or can." 

A calendar of this label artwork can be purchased from 42-line's website.

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