Shaking off your blues
For most of us, even our favorite pair of jeans are an afterthought — a trusty partner that dresses up and down on command, an unassuming piece that lets the shoes do the real talking. But when Victor Lytvinenko met his perfect pair, it was love.
Design Porn: 10 Typography T-Shirts
Like Kanye, do you sometimes get emotional over fonts? Good news: Hide Your Arms, a blog devoted to the independent clothing industry, just posted a roundup of 250 beautiful typography shirts. We’ve pared down their list to 10 essential tees that we believe deserve a new home in your closet. Note: Despite many of these photos, you don’t need to be skinny white dude to enjoy rocking a typographic tee.
What They Bought: Art in the Age
When Philadelphia adman Steven Grasse talks about his 20 years at the helm of Gyro Worldwide, the successful agency he shuttered in 2008, his assessment is as blunt as you might expect from the man who invented Bikini Bandits, a video series about strippers, guns, and hot rods: “I was the asshole who did the Camel ads,” he says. “At Gyro, we had this ‘I’ll fuck anything that moves’ philosophy.” That all changed in 2008, when he sold Sailor Jerry — the rum brand he created before going on to help develop Hendrick’s Gin — to William Grant & Sons for “more money than I ever made in advertising,” he says. Grasse quickly changed the name of his agency to Quaker City Mercantile and transformed its mission completely. “Now we only work on brands that we create and own or with clients I truly like personally,” he says.
What To Do This Weekend
Good morning everyone!
Tonight, Art in the Age is hosting the opening reception for Jessica Hische’s Illustrative Initials from 5-7pm. The exhibit also includes letters from her popular project, Daily Drop Cap. Check out a video here explaining why Jessica loves lettering, and then go out and immediately rent Helvetica.
Jessica Hische letterpress drop caps
Typographer extraordinaire Jessica Hische has selected her favourite letters from her Daily Drop Caps series and had them beautifully letterpressed in bold red and black. I love the idea of buying a few and spelling out a word with them for a big impact - they're just $40 each from her store.
Here's a nice video of Jessica talking about her caps and the letterpress printing process, which was shot at her solo show at Art in the Age in Philadelphia.
2 oz Root Liqueur
1/2 oz Rich Demerara Syrup
1 Whole Egg
Shake once without ice and once with, strain into a fizz glass, and top with pale ale (Sierra Nevada).
Normally, I do not like to post recipes that require specialized ingredients that I have not seen on the market, but this drink was damn tasty. And it also used a beer float to a great effect which is always a bonus in my book. Root is a liqueur based on Colonial recipes for root tea that was brewed from sassafras, sarsaparilla, and wintergreen birch bark amongst other roots and herbs. With the temperance movement at the end of the 19th century, this spiritous brew morphed into root beer soda. While Art in the Age's version does not use sassafras (banned by the U.S. government in the 1960s), they have tried to replicate the flavor as best as possible. So far it seems that their current day product has not moved too far from Pennsylvania yet.