Archives for category: Typography
Where’s Walrus?
Where’s Walrus? The Cover Shot

So… I fell off the blogger wagon. Pretty hard. But I’ve got more free time now, and finally decided I should start this up again. I had a lot of fun doing this and stopped because I stopped being around kids books all the time, and I really miss it. So I’m going to make a conscious effort to visit my bookstore friends more often and get on this again.

A week or two ago, (I mean, May of 2011, obviously…) I was at the Kids’ Desk on a Sunday, when I noticed tons of brand new picture books on display. Naturally, I was excited. I grabbed a stack of the most promising ones, and brought them back to the desk. These are the best of the lot, that day anyway.


Where’s Walrus, by New York Times (among others) illustrator Stephen Savage, is a wordless picture book about an escaped walrus, and a zookeeper who won’t give up the search. It is, of course, the reader’s duty (and pleasure) to find walrus in every spread. Though s/he isn’t hard to find. This book was very fun to look through.

walrus dancing cancan cabaret

Walrus Spread

Walrus in a fountain

Walrus Winks
Walrus Winks

It is wordless, so there is only a little bit of typography in this book. That being said, I was impressed by what there was, even the copyright page was pretty (it was set in Gotham, so that helped). It made me think about how important it is to make your type nice, especially if there is little of it.

This Plus That

This Plus That

This Plus That, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, with illustrations by Jen Corace, is a really fun one. It is full of “little equations” very nicely put together by Rosenthal. Such as “chalk + sitting = school” &“chalk + jumping = hopscotch.”smell of pancakes - alarm clock = weekend

Oh, Amy, I only wish that were true…

Birthdays & Sprinkles

Birthdays & Sprinkles

Yes, Amy. Anything is better with sprinkles. Life’s little truths summed up perfectly for the rest of us.

Purple Little Bird

Purple Little Bird

#3Bird & Vase!

Lightbulb Bird!

Lightbulb Bird!

Find out what Purple Little Bird (by the multi-talented Greg Foley) learns, and how he implements it. (PS: This is a great color learning book, with an actual story and a sweet message to go along with it.)

Amanda & Her Alligator

Amanda & Her Alligator

#4I gave you a little sneak preview of this one last week. It’s Mo Willems, doing what he does a lot… Writing funny picture books. This one, Hooray for Amanda & her Alligator!, is no exception. It’s got stories, like George & Martha, like Sylvie & True, short stories that together, tell a story. Just a story about a girl and her gator. And it’s funny. And the illustrations, like Amanda lying on her back reading, they’re great.Amanda lying on her back reading

More Amanda being a normal kid

I love the way that it looks so silly, and you think, “what a weird kid!” until you remember reading, completely draped over the furniture, in the strangest positions, and you realize that it’s just too familiar. This is REAL, guys.It’s full of funny little instances of surprise, jealousy, failure, triumph, friendship, you name it—you got it. This book has it all. Much like life.

The Real Joe Brokken

The Real Joe Brokken: we sometimes step away from the desk.

UCDS identity!!!

UCDS Identity: I've been working on this ALL QUARTER!

Inside Spread #1

Inside Spread from the Graphics Standards Manual I created

Inside Spread #4

Collateral. I didn't realize I took so many pictures of this thing...

Breakfast for Dinner!

We literally had cereal 2 out of 3 meals today.

From The King's Speech

My friend made this for his boyfriend in like 3 seconds.




TOM SAYS jump and we say HOW HIGH?

Nigh on done (with one final)! Here are some images from my night. And week. More to come at a less crazy time.

Inside Spread #2

Another spread

Inside Spread #2

Some UNACCEPTABLE logo configuration examples.

This is what my desk at school looks like right now.

This is what my desk at school looks like right now.

It’s been a crazy week. I have been sick, and so has everyone else.  We had a huge project due Monday, then a huge project due Tuesday, and now the rest of the week just keeps chugging along, like it always does. This is the way it goes:

UX/UI (excellent). Posters (excellent). Logo/Corporate Branding (Pretty good). Flash/HTML5 (Eeek). Screenprinting (Best day ever). Lather, rinse, repeat.

Here on my desk, you can see two other versions of posters, as well as my final Wrath, in the foreground. You can see my logo concept sketches for my rebranding project. You can see a witchy grab-it tool, courtesy of a classmate who isn’t coming back till next year, and you can see the colossal mess that is my desk.


Wrath Poster, final

Element of Surprise

Window Cover-up Concept for the MAC, SCCC's Activity Center

Close Up

Close Up

Close Up 2

Close Up 2

This is a prototype window covering for the Charles H. Miller Activity Center, AKA the MAC, or the gym at my school. Behind the actual windows is the saddest, emptiest pool. Gym authorities want it covered up so no one wants to swim and then is disappointed. I worked with my friend, Kevin Cox, to come up with this concept. The idea was to bring both light and humor to a dark and very drab hallway. The hope is that passersby would at first see people in action, getting their sports on, and maybe see something more if they looked closer. We wanted to put a little smile on someone’s face, a little question in their head. I hope it works!

Beware the Frog, by William Bee

Front Cover...

Beware of the Frog, Back Cover

... Back Cover

Beware of the Frog, by William Bee is a fun book. I LOVE the dual covers: the minimalist design, the crazed glint in the eye of the frog, the colors. I love the backwards type. This story is a little … well, it’s like many of the picture books I love, in that it’s a little dark and someone perishes in a humorous fashion. I love the wide-eyed silliness that this book possesses.

More pictures from inside:

The ProblemThe SolutionI’ve been AWOL because I have had a ton of homework to do, plus I was really sick. So I’ve been busy. But I’ve got some great books to write about coming up, so we can all look forward to that!

The Red Shoes, by Gloria Fowler, illustrations by Sun Young Yoo

Detail of the cover

It’s the lack of color that makes this book.

That’s a lie; the illustrations are gorgeous, and would be equally gorgeous with a little color. But why gild the lily? The fact that they are illustrations for an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’sThe Red Shoes” and that there is NO RED anywhere in the book except for the book cloth (hidden by the matte white dust jacket) is what makes the whole operation a little cheeky. Not too cheeky, just enough so you think you might find a splash of it somewhere, as startling as blood. And when you don’t, you find you are not disappointed.

The Red Shoes: under the dust jacket

On a really beautiful book, I always peek under the DJ, just in case. This time, I was totally rewarded!

Or I did, anyway. I looked at the cover, and thought, “ooh, I bet there’s like one page of red, or a bit of red on each page.” I got so immersed in the gorgeous lines of Sun Young Yoo‘s illustrations and the absolutely beautiful typography that I forgot to check, and by the time I was done, I realized a trick had been played on me. And I loved it. How important is the color red to this story? Answer: really not at all.

ENDPAPERS! Beautiful.

You can't ignore endpapers this pretty.

Look at the type!


More and more beautyThe Red Shoes was published by AMMO Books in November 2008.

Shirley Chisholm

Poster for African American History Month

This week the assignment is a randomly chosen (by drawing) person from a list my teacher got off the internet. Actually he said he spent some time researching. I’m stoked I got Shirley Chisholm. Not only because she was awesome, but also because this picture of her is amazing.

She has a wonderful quote that I wasn’t able to use it in full, but here it is, in all it’s glory:

“When I die, I want to be remembered as a woman who lived in the twentieth century and who dared to be a catalyst for change. I don’t want be remembered as the first black woman who went to Congress, and I don’t even want to be remembered as the first woman who happen to be black to make a bid for the presidency. I want to be remembered as a woman who fought for change in the twentieth century. That’s what I want.”

I wanted to focus on her as a woman, doing my best to respect her eloquent wish. All the time she spent in legislature (1964-82) she said she “had faced much more discrimination because she was a woman than because she was black.”

The fonts used here are DIN 1451 and DIN 30640.

Another poster designed for school

“When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.” —Walter Lippmann

For this weekly assignment, each of us must make a poster and be finished by 9 am, with it printed and mounted. No other requirements, other than it must have whatever subject given to us that week. This week, we had Walter Lippmann’s quote. One of my classmates had the idea that we all make the same poster, and so we did. Bold Helvetica on white.

As a failsafe, we also designed our own posters for this assignment. In case our instructor didn’t like our little statement. You never can tell!