studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Advertising in America, 1850-1920

Duke University libraries has compiled a fantastic digital archive of Mid-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century advertising, ephemera, and photography. The site isn't much to look at, but it's easy to navigate and the content is wonderful.

  • Advertising in America via Duke University
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    Monday, January 25, 2010

    Clients From Hell

    "A collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories from designers."

  • Clients From Hell
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    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Avant Garde, Issue 2

    I was lucky enough to find and purchase seven of the fourteen issues of the influential art and design publication Avant Garde.

    It may take awhile, but I plan to document each of the issues, starting with number two. Issue two was published in March of 1968. It was edited by Ralph Ginzburg and art directed by the legendary Herb Lubalin. The issue features a screen-printed cover, and a series of twelve Marilyn Monroe-based serigraph (screen) prints by Bert Stern, with various contributing illustrators throughout.

  • Avant Garde 2, via studiotwentysix2 flickr
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    Wednesday, January 20, 2010


    onlab, a Berlin-based graphic design studio that produces a combination of client and self-initiated projects. I quite like the Quarry Workers publication; it has an interesting format and is a great solution for 1-color printing.

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2010


    Stewart Smith, founder of Stewdio, is responsible for the squandering of hundreds of billable hours thanks to his desktop Pong.

  • Pong via Stewdio
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    Thursday, January 14, 2010

    Teddy Pendergrass

    Rest in Peace Teddy, 1950-2010.

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    Nicole Gastonguay

    New York-based fiber artist and graphic designer Nicole Gastonguay makes the cutest toys ever. She has a great sense of humor too.

  • Nicole Gastonguay
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    Monday, January 11, 2010

    KitKat Jesus?

    There hasn't been a "religious figures in random objects" post in well over a year, so this group of 25 images from Holy Taco should make up for lost time. By the way, this image of KitKat Jesus is absolutely fantastic.

    Be Advised : There is a pic with a more-naked-than-not female on the link page of which your grandmother would not approve.

  • 25 Holy Images In Everyday Things
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    Saturday, January 9, 2010

    Tom on Twitter

    There are a few items of note I wanted to share...

    I now have a twitter account: @tomdavie. Unfortunately I won't be using it to update you on where I am, or what I'm reading, watching or eating, because honestly, my pizza eating schedule is really not that interesting. I will be using the account to automatically feed new updates on the studiotwentysix2 site and blog, as well as Good Type, Bad Type, Well Designed and interactive alley. A one-stop-shop if you will.

    Good Type, Bad Type was created as part of my introduction to typography teaching process, and although that class finished in December, I will keep the site updated as often as I can. I'm always looking for new work to post, so if you run across something of interest, send the URL my way.

    Well Designed and interactive alley are also to be used as teaching aids. Well Designed is dedicated to all forms of print, packaging and publication design, while interactive alley is dedicated to site design, movies, title sequences and kinetic typography. Again, if you come across some impressive work, please let me know.

    As for this blog, the titles of each post are now clickable links; this will make it easier to get the permanent URL for bookmarking and sharing.

  • Tom Davie via Twitter
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    Friday, January 8, 2010

    Radical Cartography

    A site dedicated to map-based projects.

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    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Letters and Lettering, 1938

    While visiting family over the holidays, I stopped into one of my favorite used bookstores, and ended-up with a few spectacular finds. Including this 1938 type style / specimen book by Paul Carlyle and Guy Oring. It's a hardcover Wire-O / double-loop bound book, printed two-colors on cover weight uncoated paper stock. The specimen is around 130-pages of typographic goodness, and I photographed a sampling of 36-pages for your historical enjoyment.

  • Letters and Lettering via studiotwentysix2 on flickr
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    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    Greg White

    London-based photographer Greg White has a really beautiful portfolio with an engaging mix of subject matter, including: minimal architecture, portraiture and several complex studio shots. His site design by Tom Munckton is fantastic as well; I love the overall simplicity and bold use of red on the home page. Impressive stuff.

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    Monday, January 4, 2010


    I was searching through flickr, and came across this fabulously large group of images dedicated to Modernist type and design. If you are a design student, you should be saving this link as a bookmark right

  • International Typographic Style image pool via flickr
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    Friday, January 1, 2010

    Damjan Stankovic

    The Serbian-based industrial / concept designer has developed these hip drinking glass prototypes for a personal project titled Cipher.

    Mmmmm...chocolate milk.

  • Damjan Stankovic, Cipher
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