Monday, December 08, 2008

Type it To Me

A bookshelf arranged by Post Typography to spell "HOME" for a design exhibition.

I like clever, and graphic design is full of clever. Not too much clever, of course. In the good stuff the clever is balanced out by actual smarts and classic design sense. Clever for clever's sake always makes me think of that scene in Fight Club where Tyler Durden turns to Jack on the airplane after he made a little joke about single-serving friends and says, "Very clever. How's that working out for you? Being clever?" Jack is flummoxed and his clever moment evaporates under scrutiny.

Post Typogrpahy's stationery system: Business cards, letterhead, and snail mailers.

Nobody's going to vaporize the work of Post Typography. The Baltimore-based graphic design studio started by duo Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen has all the ingredients for lasting impact: smarts, sight, and humor. They spilt thier time between illustrating for The New York Times and designing posters for punk bands.

Illustration for an article about two partisan Bush-bashing books in The New York Times

Concert poster for the band Les Savy Fav.

They also find time to throw in a little apparel decortating, post-it note wallpapering, and vandalizing. Good times.

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