Category Archives: Typography

I am Officially Blogging at JohnnyBrazil.com

I have made the switch, if you visit this site through wordpress, visit me here.

My Font Experiment

Kris SansSo, If you don’t know this about me, I really enjoy typography. So with that being said, I wanted to make a simple font, with a straight line and a circle. Thats it. Rules were that I could rotate the line any degree however I could only crop the line and circle at 90 degree angles, the only rule i bent was to slightly increase the x height of the lowercase o, apparently your eye plays tricks on you if you don’t. So here is my complete lowercase set for what I am calling Kris Sans. Simple like my name, no frills and my first attempt at creating a font. Surprisingly, this took a lot longer than I thought it would. I can see how people get lost in the little details of a letter on the micro level.
Kris Sans

Photography of the Moment: Andy Clymer

Steam

I just recently found this photoblog by Andy Clymer, type designer at Hoefler & Frere-Jones, and really love this Steam picture. Check out his site, for his other photos and buy beautiful fonts from typography.com.

NYC Taxi or Why I’m Tired of Wolff Olins*

NYC Taxi

A few weeks ago I was in a cab with j and finally wanted to know what the deal was with the redesign of the NYC Taxi logo. I insanely asked my cab driver expecting him to go into a design brief about the subject; to no avail. After seeing it for some time, looking out that window it bothered me, it looked haphazard, slapped together, and the letter spacing of AXI unnerving. I got to my destination, got into a conversation about the evening and that was that.

Tonight I just saw a post via quipsologies about the background and some critiques of the logo. Understanding first hand how politics and too many cooks in the kitchen can interfere with a well thought out design concept, I can’t help but appreciate the attempt. However, it makes me sad and nostalgic about the times when good classic design won (I’m only 26, so I don’t recall such a time, but i’ve heard stories). When not everyone was a designer, when graphic design was clean and not ugly. While Carsonesque design has it’s place, NYC Taxi’s are a staple, they are above a trend. Classic design transcends words like futuristic, and edgy. From ugly on purpose to football uniforms, i’m tired of the anti-design, I love NYand I’m tired of design that so quickly becomes dated.

By the way NYC already has a logo and I love it.

*Wolff Olins created the NYC logo incorporated into the taxi logo as well as this abomination sometimes referred to as the Lisa Simpson Giving Head logo.

AIGA/NY Typographic Walking Tour

Type Tour

Well, the weekend came and went, and I did not actually don a mustache and stalk Tobias Frere-Jones’ walking tour. Somehow tickets went from not for sale to sold out real quick. However, who needs to go when you have flickr. Here are a few photo sets. More to come as I find them.

Karen Horton

Matt Sung

John Kwo

*New* Michael Surtees

Observations on Helvetica (The Movie)

Helvetica

So I just got back from seeing Helvetica at IFC, and I really enjoyed it, with sharp observations by Michael Bierut, the intensity of Erik Spiekermann, and a humorous, and not drunk David Carson just to name a few.

Here are my personal highlights.

-Massimo Vignelli’s studio.
-Lars Müller pointing at Helvetica signs in what looks like a smock.
-Paula Scher sitting way to far away from her computer.
-Erik Spiekermann’s soldier helmet comment.
-David Carson’s third date, first date joke.

Although, like the movie Munich, I left not knowing what side I was supposed to empathize with.

Latin American State of Mind…

Latin

Lately I have been trying to get into the mindset of classic latin american design (you’d think that would be easy for someone who’s refered to as “Johnny Brazil”). The people over at colour lovers put together a nice color set on peru, and the amazing typographers at typophile put together a great list a few years ago, and yet i am still seeking inspiration… it’s gonna hit me all at once, I can feel it.