// Designer Geek

30 11 2010

No, that’s not designer clothing, but rather than profession of being a designer, and all things designer-geek that go with the territory…

As you’ll have no doubt gathered by now, I do have a bit of a ~thing~ for ampersands (and other pretty design related things), so these are yet more beautiful pieces to add to my ongoing designer-geek-wishlist. I know for a fact that these stunners would be lovely additions to the accessories corner of my bedroom:


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// Fonts: ligatures

29 05 2010

I’ll keep this brief, but I’ve been baffled recently when working on a logo development project (freelance) as to just how many typefaces don’t include a simple ‘fi’ ligature.

I’ve mentioned in the past just how enamoured I am with typographic ligatures, but these are mostly the discretionary ones such as the c/k and s/t shown on the Calluna sample, which I appreciate aren’t integrated into every typeface in existance.

They make those letter combinations simply beautiful, but those combinations also work fine as they are; to me, the f/i combination sans-ligature looks somewhat unsightly, not to mention awkward.

Image credit: Daniel Ullrich





// Numbers

26 01 2010

I get weekly emails from both Typography Served & Photography Served. This week, rather than the typography, it was actually some of the showcased photography which caught my eye – in particular the series below.



When they’re reduced to small scale as below, they aren’t instantly recognisable for what they are; the naked human form (all female), artfully arranged into numerical forms. Whilst this series of number is entirely female, there is also a set of male numbers on the creators website (featured below). I love how fluid the numbers appear, and see no reason why the sequence couldn’t be expanded in the future to also include letterforms.

I feel like this concept is the kind of thing which could work really well within a Sanex / Vaseline ad campaign; their television adverts lean heavily towards imagery of nude models, so in my opinion this would align perfectly as a headline typeface or similar. They’re eye-catching to say the least!





Sequence of numbers created by Arjan Benning | Credit to Kimberley Chan for reminding me what the naked-adverts were when I’d come up against a total mind block.





// Ampersand accessories

25 08 2009

As I was saying yesterday about constantly getting caught up in the cycle of clicking into things and getting distracted, well it’s happened again today. Who knew you could lose hours of your life just by browsing the internet?

There’s a whole host of ampersand objects available, and I just can’t stop looking at those delectable curves and flourishes. I’ve found far too many things that I want to share to fit in one blog, so this one is dedicated solely to ampersand accessories (of which there are plenty – believe me)!

Let me know which your favourites are from the items I’ve posted, and if you know of any other ampersand accessories that should’ve made the list, I want to see them!





1. By Isette, sold on Etsy // 2. From a selection at Berdene.com // 3. From a selection at Berdene.com // 4. By Priscilla Carpenter, sold on Etsy // 5. From Veer // 6. By Isette, sold on Etsy // 7. By Isette, sold on Etsy // 8. By kristi222, sold on Etsy





// The Ampersand

24 08 2009

The ampersand is a ligature, which combines e and t to form the Latin et, which means and. The array of typographic designs for the ampersand are wildly varied, but in most of them, you can still make out the ‘e’ and the ‘t’ characters.

I’ve just spent the last couple of hours trawling the internet. Looking at one image, browsing through the blog it’s been posted on. Seeing a few more images I like. Searching for others and beginning the cycle once more…One of my favourite finds this evening is this. I think one day, when time allows (that’s right, even when not working I never feel as though I have enough hours in the day), I’d like to try my hand at creating something along the same lines.

Whilst perusing various websites, I realised just how many ampersand objects there are. So many in fact, that I could (and probably will) write a blog entry solely about them.

Do I have you running for the hills yet readers? A mid-twenties girl who seems pretty normal, but is actually obsessed with ampersands and pretty typography.

Don’t worry – I’m not even close to being finished discussing my favourite typographic character ;)





// Ecclestone & Miller

23 08 2009

Speculative logo design work created (whilst employed at a Leeds studio) for regional cleaning company Ecclestone & Miller. The colours I opted to use are complementary, providing a strong, vibrant contrast throughout the brand, and all four logos featured a prominent ampersand. The one featured here is by far my favourite of the set.


It’s possible that I’ll blog about ampersands in the future, as I find them such a fascinating letter form, and only discovered today that the ‘&’ is often regarded as the 27th letter of the alphabet.





// Helvetica

18 04 2009

I can’t say I’m one of those designers who relies upon Helvetica for all design work, in fact, I used to see it so frequently throughout university that I actually came to dislike it (through no fault of its own). It’s no secret that my heart currently lies with Swis 721 (thin & light in particular) ♥


However, I recently came across Helvetica when font-browsing on my work computer and I realised that actually, I do quite like it! To the extent that I opted for a new desktop image:





I also came across a really interesting article the other day, when perusing webdesignerdepot.com. I’m not actually a web designer, but the website also features a multitude of general design related things which makes for interesting reading. The article I’m referring to is ’40 Excellent Logos Created with Helvetica’.


My favourites out of the selection provided are Tupperware, Skype and The North Face. They’re all simple, yet effective, and obviously they are all well known, well established brands. Which are your favourites?