Century: 100 Years of Type and Design

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In celebration of the AIGA National Design Center’s centennial year, an exhibition curated by Monotype called “Century: 100 Years of Type in Design” is on display at the AIGA in New York City until June 18.

The exhibition, designed by Pentagram partner Abbott Miller celebrates typeface diversity and the role that texts and fonts have played throughout the past century. 

"Monotype made the entirety of its libraries available to Miller for the project,” notes the Pentagram website. "The idea of multiplicity is highlighted in an environment that communicates the endless diversity of typographic form: the walls and floor are covered in a pattern of 1,058 different periods, drawing from 630 typefaces. Displayed in the gallery window, Miller’s identity for the exhibition is a letter “C” rendered in segments of different Monotype fonts."

For location and hours of the exhibit, please refer to the AIGA’s website

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Society of Illustrators

I had a wonderful time last week being a judge for the Society of Illustrators. The best part of the experience was being able to look through their permanent collection. The video above captures some of the fun!

Judges for this year's "uncommissioned" category:
George Bates, Illustrator
Julia Breckenreid, Illustrator
John Cuneo, Illustrator
Aya Kakeda, Illustrator
Alex Spiro, Creative Director, Nobrow
John Martz, Illustrator
Francesca Messina, Senior Group Art Director, McGraw-Hill Construction
Janine Vangool, Publisher, Editor, Designer, UPPERCASE Magazine

Thank you to Jillian Tamaki, Anelle Miller, Kate Feirtag and Eric Fowler.

on the street

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Whether grey or colourful, there's lots to see on the streets.

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Tinsel Trading

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Treasured Notions features crafts inspired by the vintage beads, buttons, ribbons and trim from Tinsel Trading.

Treasured Notions features crafts inspired by the vintage beads, buttons, ribbons and trim from Tinsel Trading.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I was on a mission to find a particular store that I had heard a lot about... Tinsel Trading Company.  Alas, when I got to the address, there was a simple letter-sized sheet of paper in the window saying they had moved. I couldn't go this far and not go the entire distance, so I hopped back on the subway to 828 Lexington Ave. (I guess Google Maps didn't get the notice!)

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I have to admit that the small put pretty shop bedazzled with lovely Wendy Addison glass-glittered letters and letterpress labels wasn't what I was expecting. When I told the clerk I was from Canada, shared a copy of the magazine and asked to take pictures for the blog, she opened up that they had been forced to quickly move locations when the previous building was sold. It sounds like they had very little time to find a new location and thus had to downsize their retail space considerably.

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You can get a sense of the previous store (and the amazing, but likely heart-wrenching moving sale) from their Facebook page.  They still had some vintage ribbons and embroidered patches and things for sale—and the massive inventory of vintage stock is in their warehouse—but I was imagining the beauty of seeing all of that vintage stock on old displays in a grand New York style. From the fondness and sadness in the clerks voice, it was clear that it is missed by all.

My purchases: a spool of yellow trim, a package of assorted vintage trim from the Tinsel Trading archives, some vintage thread and French General's book Treasured Notions featuring supplies from Tinsel Trading Company. (Published by Chronicle Books.)

My purchases: a spool of yellow trim, a package of assorted vintage trim from the Tinsel Trading archives, some vintage thread and French General's book Treasured Notions featuring supplies from Tinsel Trading Company. (Published by Chronicle Books.)

It was still an awesome store to visit and I hope that Tinsel Trading will have continued success. Here's a video about the French General book as well as an older video that shows what their previous location was like... 

sequins and chandeliers

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The store I was looking for had moved, but it was fun to window shop near the 34 Street subway stop. Store after store of beads, bling and outlandishly sequined gowns. 

Etsy Lab

One of the events of the Nearly Impossible conference was the "Expert Lab" in which you could book 15 minutes with an advisor. It was held at the Etsy headquarter's Lab/event space. 

One of the events of the Nearly Impossible conference was the "Expert Lab" in which you could book 15 minutes with an advisor. It was held at the Etsy headquarter's Lab/event space. 

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This card catalogue was full of creative tools and materials.

This card catalogue was full of creative tools and materials.

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Hmmm... I think UPPERCASE magazine and books should be on these shelves.

Hmmm... I think UPPERCASE magazine and books should be on these shelves.

A t-shirt screenprinting area.

A t-shirt screenprinting area.

Etsy Lab coats.

Etsy Lab coats.

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The space was loud and buzzing with conversation.

The space was loud and buzzing with conversation.

I don't know why, but I love photographing scissors.

I don't know why, but I love photographing scissors.

Hoodies provided to conference goers by Amplifier.

Hoodies provided to conference goers by Amplifier.

Scoutbooks provided these little notebooks.

Scoutbooks provided these little notebooks.

Per Aspera Ad Astra = Through hardships to the stars

Per Aspera Ad Astra = Through hardships to the stars

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Maybe next time I'm in the city, I'll visit the Etsy headquarters, a few floors above the Lab. 

Maybe next time I'm in the city, I'll visit the Etsy headquarters, a few floors above the Lab. 

the newsstand

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featured stockist: Purl Soho

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Purl Soho has been a stockist and advertiser since nearly the beginning of UPPERCASE. So wonderful to finally experience all of this in person! A rainbow of amazing textures in a gorgeous store. (They were out of stock of UPPERCASE during my visit... we'll have to take care of that pronto!)

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nightlights

Last night in Times Square

tourist attractions

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type tuesday

It is easy to lose track of the days when you're away from the routine of home! Here's a type tuesday scene.

It is easy to lose track of the days when you're away from the routine of home! Here's a type tuesday scene.

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Stella Dallas Living

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 Stella Dallas Living in Williamsburg is a great mash of vintage blankets, tablecloths and doilies. Fun to look at, that's for sure. Maybe someday when I have a chic cabin by the lake I'll outfit it in miscellaneous vintage quilts and tablecloths...

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Sunday walk

The NYC Marathon was on today, thwarting our paths but providing an interesting view of New Yorkers. Finley was not a fan of all the noisy bands and load noises.

The NYC Marathon was on today, thwarting our paths but providing an interesting view of New Yorkers. Finley was not a fan of all the noisy bands and load noises.

Finley pauses to notice things like broken flower pots, rocks, rough patches on the sidewalk—and hearts.

Finley pauses to notice things like broken flower pots, rocks, rough patches on the sidewalk—and hearts.

Williamsburg texture

Williamsburg texture

Artists and Fleas offered a variety of tshirts, vintage clothing, jewellery but we just did a quick walk through; too crowded for us.

Artists and Fleas offered a variety of tshirts, vintage clothing, jewellery but we just did a quick walk through; too crowded for us.

Went to the Williamsburg location Brooklyn Flea to have a look-see.

Went to the Williamsburg location Brooklyn Flea to have a look-see.

The overall colour of the flea was "tweed".

The overall colour of the flea was "tweed".

A view of Manhattan from the flea market.

A view of Manhattan from the flea market.

Letters lying around, but nothing really grabbed my attention or wallet.

Letters lying around, but nothing really grabbed my attention or wallet.

This guy.

This guy.

Colours of Brooklyn.

Colours of Brooklyn.

Finley is used to standing in front of walls for mommy!

Finley is used to standing in front of walls for mommy!

thumbs up from Swiss Miss

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Here's a great way to start off our trip to New York City (we leave early Saturday morning)... with a webcam virtual thumbs up from Swiss Miss herself, Tina Roth Eisenberg. We feature Tina's coworking space Studiomates in the current issue and I'm so happy that I'll actually get to see it person next week and meet one of my creative entrepreneur heroines!

Bill & Editta: New York City

The countdown to my New York trip is on: the whole family is leaving this Saturday for a week-long experience. I'll be a judge at the Society of Illustrators and will be attending the Nearly Impossible conference. It's going to be a whirlwind, but if there's anything that you think is a must-see activity, event or destination, I welcome your suggestions in the comments on via Twitter.

A still from the movie, Bill Cunningham at home on the streets.

A still from the movie, Bill Cunningham at home on the streets.

To get in the New York state of mind, this weekend I thoroughly enjoyed watching the documentary Bill Cunningham New York . It chronicles the 80-year-old-and-then-some Bill, an intrepid street fashion photographer. It is an amusing and touching portrait of a man who has literally dedicated his life to his creative pursuit.

For most of his career, Bill lived a monk-like existance in an artist studio above Carnegie Hall. Surrounded by filing cabinets and stacks of books and magazines, he slept on a simple cot and didn't have a kitchen. During the filming of the movie (released 2011), Bill and the other residence were faced with finding new accommodations. There is another documentary dedicated to these artists and their stories: Lost Bohemia.

For most of his career, Bill lived a monk-like existance in an artist studio above Carnegie Hall. Surrounded by filing cabinets and stacks of books and magazines, he slept on a simple cot and didn't have a kitchen. During the filming of the movie (released 2011), Bill and the other residence were faced with finding new accommodations. There is another documentary dedicated to these artists and their stories: Lost Bohemia.

The film also introduced me to classic celebrity photographer Editta Sherman—she just celebrated her 101st birthday. 

Bill photographer Editta in 1976 for a fashion book entitled Facades, a celebration of 200 years of fashion and architecture in NYC.

Bill photographer Editta in 1976 for a fashion book entitled Facades, a celebration of 200 years of fashion and architecture in NYC.

Unique NYC: guest post by Yvonne Rock

Visitors explore all of the many amazing creatives with work on display at Unique NYC. 

Visitors explore all of the many amazing creatives with work on display at Unique NYC. 

These beautiful photographs and posts from Unique NYC are by Washington, DC-based photographer Yvonne Rock.  

Have you checked out the Unique NYC event in the Chelsea yet? It continues through Sunday at the 548 Center; so, you still have time! I had the chance to attend on behalf of UPPERCASE magazine and I hope the following highlights from today will motivate even more enthusiastic shoppers to attend tomorrow.

It is an amazing chance to discover many local artisans as well as shop all of their unique items—all in one place! Get that holiday shopping started early here!

Support local business! Featured here is Smith & Chang General Goods' booth. 

Support local business! Featured here is Smith & Chang General Goods' booth. 

The lovely Caroline Zucchero Hurley and her truly special jewelry and painted fabrics. I'm very much looking forward to sharing more details of her work with you this week.

The lovely Caroline Zucchero Hurley and her truly special jewelry and painted fabrics. I'm very much looking forward to sharing more details of her work with you this week.

Cheerful shoppers chat with the very personable and friendy Susy Jack (more to come!).

Cheerful shoppers chat with the very personable and friendy Susy Jack (more to come!).

Pretty jewelry showcased by Sewaphine. I loved all of their many colors.

Pretty jewelry showcased by Sewaphine. I loved all of their many colors.

UPPERCASE on display!

UPPERCASE on display!

Beautifully designed bookmarks from Unique! I couldn't help but take one (or two).

Beautifully designed bookmarks from Unique! I couldn't help but take one (or two).

UPPERCASE subscription cards.

UPPERCASE subscription cards.

Unique NYC continues tomorrow (Sunday, November 18) from 11-6pm. Look for more posts from Yvonne over the coming days.