Posts by Carli Krueger

Letterform furniture by Matt Innes and Saori Kajiwara

Matt Innes and Saori Kajiwara bring font and furniture together in their functional collaborations. Together they have made tables out of Kanji characters and ampersands, as well as, a unique bookshelf and an incense holder. The two started with the EastWest tables after becoming interested in the structural qualities of Kanji, or Chinese characters that the Japanese language adopted that developed from brush strokes. Innes said they could see the modular structures with repeated elements that Kanji has refined into, would make for “surprisingly functional and beautiful objects.” Only slight changes were made to the form of the  East and West characters to make them into beautiful physical structures.

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Target Practice with Vault49

Numerals by Vault49

In honor of their 10 year anniversary, Vault49 had Creative Director and Founder Jonathan Kenyon design these targeted numerals. The New York-based design firm has always held “target practice” as running theme in their studio, meaning they’ve continued to set lofty goals and doing what they could to achieve them. Vault49 is a multitalented organization. Over the past 10 years, has explored everything from branding, web design and animation to set design, installations, music promos and projection mapping. To celebrate their decade of operation, they sold these numbers as individual posters.

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Turn the Lights Off with Rizon Parein


I don’t think we can talk about neon (or the absence of it at least) without looking at some of Rizon Parein‘s work. In particular, his personal project Lights Off. Lights off is a surprisingly sexy what is really just tubes and wires when you remove the neon. And believe it or not, these posters are 3D digital models, not physical signs. Parein was originally contracted to make these neon signs for an Eristoff Vodka campaign called “Bring On The Night” but while working on the campaign’s 20 headlines, he fell in love with unlit signage. Parein thought turning the lights on killed the esthetics of what he was making so he decided to make a series of his own posters.

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El Camino food truck branding by Savvy-Studio

Should you spend any time in Monterrey, Mexico, keep an eye out for El Camino, the community food truck. The black truck coated in white scrawlings would be hard to miss. Inspired by the kind of badassery that comes with biker boys and prison tattoos, the rolling vendor certainly makes a statement while serving up a mix of Texas-style burgers and vegetarian options. Savvy Studio, a design firm based out of Monterrey and Mexico City is responsible for El Camino’s branding. They wanted to convey an “Easy Rider” or “Born To Be Wild” Americana vibe through the use of taglines and claims. As tough as the truck looks, the phrasing creates a very approachable and quite intriguing feel.

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Type Nerds, eat your heart out over “The History of Typography”

Ben Barrett-Forrest's “The History of Typography”

This is a little overdue but if you haven’t seen Ben Barrett-Forrest’s “The History of Typography” video, you must. I came across this video a few months ago and promptly proposed to him via Twitter out of nerdy adoration. (He said yes!)

The Canadian designer and self-proclaimed type nerd, decided the world was lacking in good typography videos. Over 140 hours, 291 paper letters and 2,454 photographs later, he’d filled the void. Barrett-Forrest used traditional stop-motion techniques to illustrate how printed type came to be and how it has evolved since its start. The video gives background to italics, serifs and various categories of sans. The video felt like a condensed version of Simon Garfield’s Just My Type to me and will make for a great tool in beginning typography and design classes.

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Fonts of Instagram: Our 10 Favorite Type Obsessed Accounts


Foodagraphs, puppygrams and landscapes in Valencia, while interesting, are not the most inspiring images to clog your instagram with. Because boredom, creative block and habitual swipe scrolling will lead you there anyway, I’ve compiled a list of accounts that will fill your feed with double tap-worthy typographical inspiration.

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Meaty Messages in Embroidered Type By Ali Lander-Shindler



I want to reach out and touch Ali Lander-Shindler’s stitched meat series. The Chicago-based freelance artist contrasts the delicate craft of needlepoint with crass, fleshy innuendos and humorously marries them with familiar type. The embroidery has a delectable texture that would make it difficult to refrain from running my fingers along it.

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Type with a sense of place by Tyler Thorney

Tyler Thorney Prints

Having just moved away from Missoula, Montana I am really missing the Northwest. But the letter-work from designer Tyler Thorney’s portfolio takes me back to the mystic mountains of my former home so quickly. Thorney’s hand sketched type compliments its surroundings rather than standing out starkly. Even when he overlays images with type, they could both stand alone yet they work together without conflicting.

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