Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Candy cane handmade type

I created this candy cane typeface to form the word "Twist".

candy cane typeface
Create letters with actual candy canes.

Place wrapped candy cane in microwave.
Heat it for 15-20 seconds checking periodically after 15 seconds.
The curved part of the candy cane will be stiffer than the the straight part.

bending candy cane to form typeWhen candy cane is warm and flexible, take out and start forming desired form with your fingers. Some sections can be hot to touch. Hold the shape until the candy begins to harden within a minute.

how to form candy cane letters
Note: If heated too long, the plastic covering may melt apart and ooze candy.

candy cane holiday card
I then added the "ed" to make "twisted".  Here is the final card with the my original candy cane type.

hand made candy cane type

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Helen Dardik

 Helen Dardik masters colors and patterns and type.

Lov'in the apple pattern on the horse.
Helen Dardik
Helen Dardik
More bright and happy designs at Helen's website.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

mllongo magic

Wonderful variety of type executions from this studio in Spain called mllongo. The baby items are darling.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

grandpeople work

Beautiful work of collaging objects inside letters.
I like how the I and the L have objects drifting off.


This BOOM if one of my favorites in a long time. So interesting and so original and perfect for the photo.


Visit grandpeople site.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Suzie Pilgrim Waters

This woman is way talented. I LOVE her mix of collage and hand made type. So colorful. More of her work: Suzie

Suzie Pilgrim Waters
Suzie Pilgrim Waters
Suzie Pilgrim Waters

Friday, September 16, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Max Premo Collagist

Max Premo does type and collage in print, and I especially love his video/commercials.
Visit his website at: max premo

Thursday, June 23, 2011

MAC Cosmetics

mac cosmetics
mac cosmetics
That does it, I need to buy another lipstick from MAC Cosmetics. What a great MAC campaign using watery type and psychedelic colors. Surf, Baby, Surf!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Teagan White, illustrator

This illustration from Teagan White just stopped me in my tracks as I paged through the new CMYK. It is so one-of-a-kind

Friday, June 17, 2011

Paper punch type

So simple, so nice. Think I could use this concept on a Pest control site? Sorry I can't give credit, not sure where I found this.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Anaerobic Digester illustration

For this issue of AURI I need to visualize what an anaerobic digester does. Basically it takes cow manure, corn stalks, yard waste and in this case sugar beet tops and turns it into methane gas. The type was fun to assemble and send down the pipes.
For other layouts I have done, visit

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Royal wedding cake done collage style

In the basement of my mom's condo is an area where residents lay out their offerings as a way of recycling items.

My idea is to go there, select everything on the bench and make something out of it.

I asked my copywriter friend to look at the photo and write a few lines that came to his head.

I picked the line, "some old, something new, something brown and wirey, something blue".

Then, only using the materials I collected I began assembling the royal cake, fit for William and Catherine. Cutting out the tux section required a power tool and a bandaid.