This morning I had some fun hand-setting some vintage letters to be used in one of the magazine's upcoming articles. We're still accepting submissions for The Lost Art of The End: click here for more details.
Here are some shots of a client design project I completed just before my Scandinavian holiday. Resonant Dialogues is a five book box set in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Truck gallery (aka Second Story art Society). Thanks Renato and Linda, it was a pleasure to work with you on this. The book was printed by Printcrafters (they print UPPERCASE magazines and books). Check out the alignment of the Truck logos on the book spines. nice!
Would you like one of these sets? On Friday, I'll draw names from everyone who answers this question for the magazine (leave your comments in the Pantone post). The sets are also available at Truck for $25.
Pardon the boxes in the gallery, but the Jen11 show has arrived! I'm not sure how I'll fit it all in, but that's this weekend's challenge. The Jen11 show opens next Thursday, June 4.
Working on something for issue #2!
This borrowed lead type is on my desk today.
The beauty about being small is that we can connect directly with our readers. Our subscribers are already an integral part of the magazine's content: in the second issue you'll be able to meet some of them in our subscriber profiles. We've also commissioned illustration and photography by people we've recently discovered through the suggestion form and from peeking at our subscribers' website. (Yes, we google you!)
For those of you who've had the chance to read issue one, we invite your comments and hope that you'll respond to this quick survey (click here).
I've been twittering lately and I must say that I'm becoming a fan. Follow us here and I'll reciprocate!
Reading this week's New Yorker, I also came across some very cool cover art.
Jorge Colombo's iphone sketch, conducted "using Brushes, an application for the iPhone, while standing for an hour outside Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square" is quite an impressive piece of techno-finger painting.
Watch the video of his work-in-progress here.
Apparently Albert Lamorisse's 'La Ballon Rouge' is in the air. I came across this unofficial video of "Two Weeks,' a song off of Grizzly Bear's new album Veckatimest, on Sasha Frere-Jones' New Yorker music blog.
Frere-Jones calls it a "big fat ice-cream cone of a song" and I have to agree. Goes down smooth with floating balloons.
Click here to watch the newly released official video directed by Patrick Daughters.
Meet Nick Sambrato. He runs a print shop in Orlando, Florida called Mama's Sauce.
Nick isn't a very smart guy. At a time in history when the print industry is pouncing from one space-age technological advancement to the next, Nick has decided to take a giant leap backwards into the industrial revolution.
Meet the Kluge letterpress. An 2,000 pound, cast iron, electric powered monstrosity of vacillating rods, giant spinning wheels and pneumatic hoses. The Kluge is Nick's weapon of choice in his battle against the future.
So why does Nick use the Kluge? A clearly outdated, cumbersome and obsolete machine? The same reason any craftsman uses any tool: for the quality of the finished product. A letterpress offers a tangible, three-dimensional look and feel to the printed image that no other technology can replicate.
Let Nick take you on a trip back in time as he runs through the process of turning an ordinary piece of paper stock into work of art.
I really enjoyed this video; there are some great shots, closeups of the letterpress, one of my favourite Radiohead songs... and it's all shot on the Canon 5dmkii. (This is the kind of camera that I have and I'm hoping to learn more and more about filmmaking and shooting with the 5d.)
Set in the 1930s, I Capture the Castle (directed by Tim Fywell in 2003 and based on Dodie Smith's 1948 novel) has plenty to say about modern romance. The film chronicles the adventures of the Mortmains, an impoverished, eccentric writer's family living in a dilapidated English castle and looking for love and inspiration in quite a few of the wrong places.
First love and loss is captured with uncommon grace by the film's narrator, Cassandra Mortmain, the more bookish, quiet sister pictured below in a heart-to-heart with the beloved who is about to break hers.
Click here to watch a trailer for the film.
Nobody does modern english romance like Jane Austen, and while the BBC productions (and Colin Firth!) take the cake, Hollywood has offered up some fine guilty treasures.
Things I did this morning.
In the spring of 2009 under the creative direction of artist Colin Menzies and photographer Wilmer Aburto, a group of children from the Boys & Girls Club of Calgary were inspired to create a world of their own. Each child was presented with the question, “If this balloon was magical, and could fly you away to any other world - what would that world look like in your imagination?” The young artists then added their own illustrations to the photographic portraits. The project will be exhibited with the Creative Kids Museum Exhibit at the Science Centre in Calgary from May 21st to June 25, 2009.
Karen Klassen is a local Calgary illustrator represented by Colagene in Montreal. She does beautiful work, as you can see in this spring image project for Market Mall and the Shisomiso ad that she made for issue #1 of UPPERCASE magazine. Visit Karen's blog to see some of her process for the Market Mall project.
Karen is one of the artists that we profiled in Work/Life: the UPPERCASE directory of Canadian Illustrators & Photographers. Work/Life is a great resource for art directors as well as aspiring creatives. Through interviews, studio images, sketchbook pages and personal mementos, you really get to know the artists. Click the image below to see it larger and to read the article.
Work on the second issue is well underway and we have a few pages reserved for advertising. I would like to feature one page of Etsy sellers since the site has been such a great resource for finding artists for the gallery, sellers for my store, illustrators and photographers for the magazine, and great inspiration and advice from Etsy's articles and emails.
Since the magazine was first announced, the vast majority of UPPERCASE magazine single issue purchases and subscriptions have been from online customers: our readership are people who do shop online, making them a the perfect audience for Etsy sellers from near and far.
The rates for these small marketplace ads, as illustrated above, are very inexpensive for print advertising. We also include a link to your site (which will become a bit more prominent as the website organization evolves over the next weeks).
Please fill in this form to apply for an ad space.