studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Friday, July 31, 2009

Typography Videos

Two very different, yet equally interesting videos on typography.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gil Elvgren and Janet Rae Pinups

If you're a fan of illustration, photography, and 1950s pinup art, then you will love this post.

Posted on flickr by the model's (Janet Rae) son, is a collection of over 75 pinup paintings featuring Rae by artist Gil Elvgren. While this in itself would be blog-worthy enough, the original black and white studio photograph from which the artist worked accompanies each illustration. It's phenomenal to be able to see the photos and paintings side-by-side...a rare collection indeed.

  • Gil Elvgren pinups
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    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    Miller Genuine Draft can design, Russia

    Miller (Russia) allows you to browse through their user-submitted can designs created for the Miller Genuine Draft brand. By clicking on one of the three winning designs, you are able to view the non-winning designs as well.

    You must 21 years old to enter the site, and aside from the age verification text, everything appears in Russian only.

  • Miller, Create your future

  • Google translator (if you need to know what the text says)
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    Tuesday, July 28, 2009


    I have been meaning to post this for quite sometime – better late than never I guess.

    Thirst, the Chicago based studio, relaunched their site earlier this spring, with additional work and a new interface. Thirst is one of the nation's preeminent design studios with the following philosophy...

    Thirst is a firm devoted to art with function and serves a collection of clients whose refined and enlightened design sensibilities yield rewards in the experience of creation.

    Our passion for design and embrace of new technologies make for a dynamic union of imagery and inspiration.

    Thirst's strategic and creative versatility continues to lead the discourse and pursue the elusive ideals of intelligence, fashion and real human presence within today's world of communication.

    If you're unfamiliar with Thirst, you will definitely want to take a few minutes and check out their work.

  • Thirst
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    Rick Valicenti

    I decided to split one long post into two shorter ones, so it's a two-for-one day.

    In honor of yesterday's black and white drawings, and today's post about Thirst, here are some personal works by Thirst founder, Rick Valicenti.

    Rick was recently awarded the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) Medal in 2006 for his sustained contribution to design excellence and development of the profession. This medal is the highest honor in the graphic design profession.

    Rick Valicenti provides inspiration to his colleagues and mentorship to a generation of students. For the past two decades, Rick has lent his time and energies to college and high school students in the form of workshops and personal critiques on the design industry.

  • Rick Valicenti
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    Monday, July 27, 2009

    Patrick Nilsson

    I'm back from my mini summer hiatus.

    It's not often that I come across interesting drawings composed entirely from black crayon, but so is the case with Patrick Nilsson. Nilsson resides in Sweden, and is an artist, educator, and one of the founders of av-mobil.

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    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    Shell, Performance: V Power

    Shell, Performance: V Power from Stardust Studios on Vimeo.

    It's not everyday that you a see a watercolor-inspired gasoline ad, but that's the concept behind JWT London's, Shell Performance: V Power 30-second spot. The results are unexpectedly interesting.

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    Monday, July 13, 2009

    Tad Carpenter

    Some interesting illustration and design work from Kansas City-based Tad Carpenter. His site is nicely constructed as well.

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    Friday, July 10, 2009

    Current Work : Poster Design

    Semi-related to yesterday's post, I too have been working on a set of typographic-based posters. Click the link, and you can preview the first two posters from the series...

  • Tom Davie : Typographic Posters
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    Thursday, July 9, 2009

    Typo / graphic Posters

    Although the quality of the work can be hit-or-miss, typo/graphic posters is a fantastic resource for typographic-based poster design. The directory of typographic and graphic posters has a nice mix of styles and a variety of approaches to poster design that makes the site quite appealing.

  • Typo/graphic Posters

  • Banner poster by Boris Bonev.

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    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    Hello Monday

    I like Flash as an application, but I typically don't care for most web sites that are created in it. With the combination of resized browser windows, and slow navigations or overall loading times, there is usually something frustrating about visiting a flash site.

    However, none of that applies to Denmark-based Hello Monday. The "designery" specializes in identity, illustration, flash and campaign development, and the firm also has one of the nicest studio sites out there. Check it out.

  • Hello Monday
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    Tuesday, July 7, 2009

    Super Seven Incher

    I hate to admit it, but nothing gets me hotter than a poorly designed blow job ad peddling fast food sandwiches.

    Phallic object...check. Reference to penis size...check. Dripping sauce...check. Woman in utter amazement...check. Ruby red lips...check.

    That kid in my fifth grade science class must have been an advertising prodigy, because I'm pretty sure he drew this concept in his notebook over twenty years ago. I guess a good idea never goes out of style.

  • Burger King ad via Jezebel
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    Monday, July 6, 2009

    Jim Flora

    This is a really nice site dedicated to the late illustrator and fine artist Jim Flora. Most widely known for his album cover art of the 1940s and 50s, and as an illustrator of over 15 children's books; Flora had an energetic and playful style that is as contemporary today as it was at its creation. combines a store, artist interviews and articles, as well as galleries of work. If you are unfamiliar with Flora, this site will get you acquainted with one of mid-century's finest.

  • Jim Flora
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    Friday, July 3, 2009

    All Systems, GO.

    The redesign is official. Let me be the first to welcome you to the home of the new studiotwentysix2 blog. It may take a while to get used to the visual changes, but hopefully they are for the better. This entry represents the new post formatting. The main text column has increased in width, and the images will now be a consistent 550 x 300 pixels.

    I have no intention of going back and updating previous posts with the updated format, they will remain 'as is.' You may also notice some funky characters in previous posts as well; it appears that all special characters did not make a smooth transition with the upload. I may go back and fix those, as time and energy allows.

    If you have feedback on the new-look blog or site, feel free to let me know what you think. I will be back to my regular posting duties on Monday.


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