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1000 heads, my illustration book

Inspiring books for the creative type


18.3.05

The Imaginary World

I love The Imaginary World, not only for its cute illustrations, but (especially) for its collection of children’s packaging (cereal boxes, candy, soft drinks and more paraphernalia.) This archive is neatly classified and it’s a pleasure to browse. A must for retro-style fans and children-spirited people.

17.3.05

Drawn: inspiration is everywhere.

Drawn! is a multi-author blog devoted to illustration, art, cartooning and drawing. Its purpose is to inspire creativity by sharing links and resources. A collaborative weblog for illustrators, artists, cartoonists, and anyone who likes to draw, it offers a daily a dose of links and creative inspiration.
Albert Einstein said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources,” but what the hell did he know anyway?

14.3.05

Illustrations in the Project Gutenberg

Searching some text for a project I’m still working at, The Typephases Source Book (a little something that will be online soon, I hope), I found a charming illustrated volume, Hand Shadows by Henry Bursill, and realized there is a number of illustrated books in the Project Gutenberg archives.
These include Gustave Doré’s (Don Quixote, The Bible, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Gargantua and Pantagruel), the unique illustrations for Alice in Wonderland by Sir John Tenniel; a charming Alphabet of Birds, and more to explore.

There is one curiosity that I must mention, and give its full title:


DISPUTED HANDWRITING
An Exhaustive, Valuable, and Comprehensive Work upon
One of the Most Important Subjects of To-day.
With Illustrations and Expositions for the
Detection and Study of Forgery by
Handwriting of All Kinds
By
Jerome B. Lavay

The first work of the kind ever published in the United States.
For the Protection of America's Banks and Business Houses.

1909

TO THE AMERICAN BANKERS' ASSOCIATION

THAT POWERFUL AGENCY WHICH HAS ELEVATED THE STANDARD OF BANKING IN THE UNITED STATES AND AN INSTITUTION THAT FOLLOWS ALL WRONGDOERS AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE FRATERNITY RELENTLESSLY AND SUCCESSFULLY THIS WORK IS MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

13.3.05

Vintage posters - International Poster Gallery

There are a number of Poster Collections on the web, but Vintage posters - International Poster Gallery deserves a special mention because they have a large archive and they have carefully labelled each poster with subject, country and period, style, artist informations. The posters are for sale, and it is a good reference site anyway (although the reproductions could be bigger.)

10.3.05

MagazineArt

MagazineArt.org is a visual database of magazine cover art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. A valuable resource for any designer that lets you follow the ever changing trends in illustration and typography styles. You will find a variety of magazine covers, themes and tecnhiques, with good examples of vintage lettering. A must-see.

8.3.05

Need a wallpaper?

If you want to change your wallpaper, look no further thanVeer's huge collection of images for wallpaper, available for up to 1600x1024 px. Designed with their range of stock illustration, type and photography, there are dozens of models to choose.

7.3.05

My Friend Flickr @ DesignObserver

There is an interesting piece about Flickr in Design Observer .

6.3.05

Some of our logo designs

We have added some of our original logo designs in our Graphic Design section at Typephases Design. The page shows both finished client selections and other alternatives that were created for these projects but not used.

TypeCulture

TypeCulture is a Type Foundry and a good Academic Resource as well. Their articles, available in PDF format, cover different topics about font design and type history. Also of note: their movies about old printing technologies such as letterpress, linotype and monotype.

Trypo

Trypo is a new site dedicated to type links, providing a comprehensive links section, a forum for type fans and some other experiments and initiatives. The team responsible of trypo is based in Belgium. Good luck! A type resource is always welcome.

4.3.05

Getting addicted to Flickr

Flickr is full of great visual ideas and groups. For example:
· the One Letter which exhibits pics of single letters —great typographic inspiration.
· the Squared Circle group, dedicated exclusively to all kinds of round shapes inside a square photo.

These two are very imaginative, but there are many many more. For a complete list of the existing groups, visit http://www.flickr.com/groups_browse.gne
Many of these groups are a vehicle for creative ideas as well. And, of course, the FlickrIdeas section is devoted to brainstorming about the fascinating Flickr world.

NYPL Digital Gallery launched

NYPL Digital Gallery has been launched recently. It displays (with an innovative database system based on xml) rare manuscripts, photos, prints and other treasures from the New York Public Library collections. There is a really huge number of images that can be viewed for free. The website has taken four years of development!
(clipped from Jeffrey Zeldman’s website)

2.3.05

The (er...almost) Daily Pic

One addition to the (er...almost) Daily Pic GalleryFreshly made and hot off the oven, we will offer a new picture (er... nearly) each day that you can download and use at your will (under the terms of a Creative Commons licence.)
I plan to add new pictures frequently... well, saying it’s a daily pic doesn’t mean it’s a signature made with blood, is it? But, seriously, there will be fresh originals often.

Why?
This portfolio will serve as a means to share some interesting sketches and drawings that are collecting dust in my computer, and it also will be a way of enforcing a production rhythm that I often have projected and never really set it off. The compromise of coming up with something new and different every day is a creative challenge that I appreciate and enjoy.

Which images, really?
A bit of everything. Nothing is planned beforehand. There will be black and white and colour illustrations, photos, manual drawings, experiments with image filters, collages, anything that I feel like doing and experimenting.
The themes are a mystery. There will be many different things, occurrencies and whimsical ideas. Some will be simple, others complex; some will form a series, others will be isolated themes; and so on. There will be mutations, reworkings, homages, serializations, combinations and whatnot. There are no restrictions.

Share this resource or bookmark it
Let your colleagues and friends know about the Daily Pic. They will appreciate it. We have made it simple for you to send a link or keep it for yourself. Here it is the url of the (er... almost) Daily Pic project and handy RSS 2.0 or Atom feeds.

The amazing Flickr

Flickr is truly amazing. I had heard about it and made a quick visit, but when you look at it in depth you realize there are a number of very cool things about Flickr.
It is easy to use, packed with cool features, it has a large user base and it’s very flexible.
Most people use Flickr as a photo repository, but we’ll be using it for something else: our (er...almost)Daily Pic project. We’ll make original illustrations available under a Creative Commons licence. More details to come soon.

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