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With uncommon (for us) consistency we push on to the finish line with Project Doolittle. This week it’s “Mr. Grieves” with script lettering made of – not really hair. But it sure looks like hair. What it really is is tow (and boy did I have to look up the English name).

We put off this project for a while, expecting the material to be hard to work with, but it surprised us with its relatively pleasant point between flexibility and stiffness. It only took minimum amount of cursing and re-shaping the letters: I imagine it would be much harder to work with actual hair.

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Two to go but we’re still deciding upon the last materials.

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Project Doolittle continues today with “Hey.” As this is the shortest of the titles, we could choose a material that wouldn’t work with a long word. We have a whole collection of small empty syringes used during pregnancies. We kept them precisely to use for a future project. We filled them with colored inks and arranged into letters. This looks better up close because the result turned out quite delicate but the subtlety contrasts interestingly with the sort of emotional punch that the sight of a syringe gives many people.

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Three designs to go and we’re getting there.

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Continuing Project Doolittle, which honors the Pixies’ amazing album, we tackled “Crackity Jones” this week.

During Christmas clean-up of the house we found three jars of colored stones which were probably intended for plant pots but we had bought them with some unspecified future design project in mind. And this turned out to be the perfect opportunity to try them. (Also our older son had so much fun with helping that this turned out to be a perfect family activity, too.)

And yes, we designed the letters digitally before we made them tangible.

Front cover of the single.

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Back cover.

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The stencil.

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Four more songs to go – and we’re working on it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

This year we are celebrating by returning to our old project which we never got to finish: Project Doolittle. Back when we started experimenting with tangible typography, we started a series of vinyl covers for songs from the Pixies’ album Doolittle. Life happened then and we only did a little over the half of those but as this years marks the 30th anniversary of the album, we decided to finish that work.

And we’re starting with “La La Love You” made from cookies and honey.

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Front cover.

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Back cover.

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Making of (sticky work it was).

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Did you know that Ikea cookies submerged in honey will float up? Now you do.

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Lots of St. Valentine-y love, guys.

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This week marks the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City, one of the cult TV shows of the late 90s / early 2000s, which changed the way people talked about sex and female friendship on TV. As you might have noticed, we like celebrating shows that were important to us with posters and so we have designed a poster for the occasion. Since one of the more characteristic things about the show (and one which has aged a little better than others) was always fashion, particularly Carrie Bradshaw’s crazy outfits, we have focused the poster on Carrie’s classic (and less classic) looks, 69 of them.

We did a whole lot of research (both re-watching the show and looking at many, many lists of “best outfits on SATC”) and sketched more than 90 looks that seemed important, then trimming the list down a little (it was still a lot of dresses to draw). We generally focused on those clothes which were somehow connected with the storylines and so, to my chagrin, did not include almost any of my personal favorites: the lunch outfits, but instead recreated various combinations she wore when breaking up and reconnecting with her significant boyfriends and experiencing .

If you like the poster, you may buy it from bza.co.

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And if you like the behind-the-scenes images, here’s what the research notes look like (we’re not those designers who make beautiful, print-ready sketches).

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Do you know it’s been over five years since we first published our series Iconic TV Shows? Our style has changed somewhat since then and lots of those shows are no longer remembered or they also changed completely. Time flies.

Still, it’s one of our favorite – and definitely longest running – projects and we like adding new posters to the series. This year one of our biggest TV discoveries (well, “discovery” is a big word for a show everybody and their aunt saw before us) was the series pictured below and so we proudly add it to the collection.

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And if you’re in love with Hawkins and want a bit of it on your wall, you can buy our poster here (also available as various other products) and here.

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(And here for your convenience links to all the rest of them on bza – and they’re also on Society6.)