When Help Ink approached me a year ago to design a poster to raise funds for a charity, I was immediately fascinated by their charitable business model and wanted to participate. However, I requested that my contribution occur in the Spring of 2013, and well — today is the day! I’m delighted to be one of the first to design a shirt for charity as part of a new initiative launched by Help Ink.
Buy a Make It Work shirt and support the fantastic folks over at All Hands Volunteer. The shirt will only be available for the next 6 days, (until midnight on May 12th), so don’t hesitate to grab one as soon as possible.
So, I wanted to quickly mention that through the process of designing this shirt, I illustrated parts of the typography 3 times. I failed to “nail it” in the first pass, and had to grind through iterations in the evenings to meet the deadline. The original direction for the lettering that I conceptualized didn’t work as much as I’d liked, but I managed to salvage the “MAKE” type and execute lettering underneath it (twice).
I think it’s important to share “failures” as most projects aren’t as ‘clean’ in terms of their production as perceived by the final, polished presentation. Here are a few Instagram shots of how I produced the work:
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It’s been a while since I’ve gone through a UI exercise, so I decided to put together a new product for sale on Creative Market: the Mothma UI Kit.
Mothma UI Kit contains a variety of web elements to aide you in building your imperial website, rebel app, or bounty hunter digital platform. The PSD kit has a light, modern look that combines a subtle canvas fabric texture and a limited color palette of whites, grays, rebel green and imperial red; in addition, it uses the Open Sans font family via Google web fonts.
Many Bothans died to bring you this information. Enjoy!
Buy it on Creative Market.
Today, I’m pleased to introduce my 3 latest typeface designs: Peruse, TerraStamp, and NimblePen. You can buy them and my previous fonts over on my shop page.
Peruse blends simple modernism with vintage charm. The uppercase letterforms have containers with rounded interiors that were inspired by lead came joints used in the process of making stained glass. The intention for this font was to reinvent retro stylings with a fresh lens. Supports English only. Get it here for $15.
TerraStamp combines the best of hand-stamped texture, geometric shapes, and stencil technique. The font contains two sets of uppercase letterforms – mixing circles, triangles, and squares for a variety of letter options. The 2-font family offers a Regular (simplified outlines, no texture) and Textured (detailed outlines with inner texture). Supports multiple languages. Get it here for $15.
Inspired by the act of sketchnote taking, NimblePen is a reliable hand-crafted sans serif typeface that contains two variations of uppercase letterforms only. By typing a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters with NimblePen, you can create bold, natural words as if they were drawn by hand. Supports multiple languages. Get it here for $5.
During the month of August, I decided to try my hand at creating some new illustrations that combined short nature quotes with simple integrated imagery and stylized lettering. I selected quotes from John Muir and Theodore Roethke as my starting points, and laid out a simple wireframe for each piece in Illustrator with the pencil tool. Next, I printed the templates and inked over them on tracing paper. While inking each piece with my microns, I attempted to create different textures in the visual elements. Overall, I’m really pleased with how these turned out.
The Muir screen print and the Roethke screen print are both available for sale on our Satchel and Sage Etsy shop.
Inspired by the playfulness of arranging individual wood type letters, I created HANDBLOCK — a pair of typefaces that contains four variations of uppercase letterforms. By combining a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters with HANDBLOCK regular, bold, or both, you can create uniquely weighted headlines, strong emphatic quotes, and other typographic elements full of bold personality.
HANDBLOCK contains two font files (regular and bold) in .ttf and .otf file formats; it also contains 3 pre-packaged @font-face kits (regular, bold, both) for web implementation. You’re free to use this in commercial & personal work (please review the EULA doc in the zip package), but please don’t redistribute or resell this typeface. HANDBLOCK currently only supports the English language.
You can buy HandBlock for $15 in my shop starting today. Enjoy!