Every now and then we get a little… bluesy, shall I say, because we don’t get nearly enough books to design. Quite a while ago in one of such moods, we designed and set a whole novel: Tom Robbins’ extravagant Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
Even though it’s a single copy printed for us so I guess you could call it a unique book, we wanted it to be rather practical and entirely readable. It didn’t have to, however, pander to any publishing standards, and so the cover is only a cream sleeve with a few holes punched through to show the red cover from underneath.
The title appears on the spine and on the title page. We went with our love for Futura and paired it with a more scripty, old-school typeface for all the display purposes but the text is set traditionally, in a serif typeface.
Each new part of the novel starts with a motto that we printed on fold-in pages with black circles suggesting both punch holes and bullet holes.
Obviously the circles on the external side of the part intro align with the ones inside to create a more realistic impression of holes.
And finally, for the climactic shoot-out scene, we did something we wouldn’t be able to do with a novel meant for mass publishing and punched holes in the page:
And frankly, we suggest you read the book if you haven’t already. If its tone doesn’t put you off from the start, you’ll probably enjoy it quite a lot.
A while ago we were asked to do something for a magazine and had a free choice of what exactly that something would be. We did a series of three illustrations, playing with famous characters.
We’re showing this one first to celebrate the return of the British show Sherlock (we spent a good part of Christmas time watching the first two seasons).
With Christmas sadly behind us (but the spirit of Christmas joy, and laziness, still lingering) today we’re sharing a few documentary photos from the process of making our Christmas card this year.
The card started as a geometric grid in Illustrator, printed out and patiently cut out by (my) hand with a vast selection of tools you can see in the .gif below (let it load). Then we folded the figures and glued elements that needed gluing.
Then came the always-joyful stage of setting the scene, which in all its documentary glory looked something like this:
And yes, Ikea bits and pieces are ever so useful for our creative purposes.
Finally, after some mysterious Photoshoppery the end was reached for all to enjoy:
As you may or may not have gleaned we at re:design are huge dog lovers. As we’re not alone in that sentiment and pop culture is full of beloved dogs, our today’s poster honors them in retro 8-bit aesthetics. Can you guess which dogs made it to the poster? Well, if you can’t they’re signed in the bottom of the poster (name, source and breed).
A few close-ups (signed below):
Enlarged dogs above as follows: 04 Pluto (Disney), 07 Dogmatix (The Adventures of Asterix), 08 Beethoven (Beethoven), 12 Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo), 14 Dino (The Flinstones), 24 Huckleberry Hound (The Huckleberry Hound Show). The opening image is, of course, Krypto from Superman.
If you happen to like the poster, you may own it, either from Society6 (where we’re now starting) or The Bazaar. All proceeds will probably go to supporting independent font designers when we buy their fonts so, you know, a good deed there.
And this is the full list of the dogs: 01 name: Krypto / known from: Superman / breed: Kryptonian Terrier 02 Grey Wind | Ghost | Nymeria | Shaggydog | Summer | Lady / A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) / Direwolf 03 Brian / Family Guy / undetermined 04 Pluto / Disney / Bloodhound 05 Gromit / Wallace and Gromit / Beagle 06 Fluffy / Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone / Cerberus 07 Dogmatix (Idéfix) / The Adventures of Asterix / Gallic Westie 08 Beethoven / Beethoven / St. Bernard’s Dog 09 Snowy / The Adventures of Tintin / Wire Fox Terrier 10 Astro / The Jetsons / Great Dane 11 Droopy / Droopy, Master Detective / Basset Hound 12 Scooby-Doo / Scooby-Doo / Great Dane 13 Scrappy-Doo / Scooby-Doo / Great Dane 14 Dino / The Flinstones / Snorkasaurus 15 Bolt / Bolt / White German Shephard 16 Lassie / Lassie / Rough Collie 17 Odie / Garfield / Beagle 18 The Hound of the Baskervilles / The Hound of the Baskervilles / Hound
19 Sparky / Frankenweenie / Bull Terrier 20 Toto / The Wizard of Oz / Cairn Terrier 21 Snoopy / Peanuts / Beagle 22 The Little Dog | The Big Dog / 2 Stupid Dogs / Dachshund | Old English Sheepdog 23 Lady | Tramp / Lady and the Tramp / Cocker Spaniel | mutt 24 Huckleberry Hound / The Huckleberry Hound Show / Coonhound 25 Dogbert / Dilbert / Beagle 26 Santa’s Little Helper / The Simpsons / Greyhound 27 Jake the Dog / Adventure Time / Pug 28 Lucky, let’s say / 101 Dalmatians / Dalmatian 29 Milo / The Mask / Jack Russell Terrier 30 Rover / Windows XP / Digital Retriever