Soviet Poster Art: Dmitry Bulanov

I spent an afternoon at my local public library (check out the ninth floor winter garden if you’re ever in downtown Chicago!), and came across a book published in 1987 titled Soviet Commercial Design of the 20’s. Amongst a myriad of Soviet propaganda-leaning gems was a series of posters by Dmitry Bulanov. The internet yielded little information on Bulanov’s […]

1964 Ford Falcon Typography

I just recently purchased a new car, a 1964 Ford Falcon. After owning the car for a short time now, I’ve noticed lots of cool little typographical nuggets in and outside of this awesome new old ride. Here are some shots I took of all of the cool stuff we found. I love that Ford […]

Lost & Found: Milky Way

Milky Way is popular for their Halu-halo (an assortment of fruits and beans with shaved ice, leche flan & ice cream) and Ice Cream, but I personally liked their Ginumis more. When I went there over the weekend to try out their desserts, I was attracted to the cafe’s charming retro angular wordmark on the plates and saucers. […]

Making of: The Manicule Animation

To celebrate our turning 3 years old here at Lost Type, we did some of our favorite things – we released some fonts and put out some new merchandise. To announce the addition of the Hank Pro family to Dan Gneiding’s monster Dude collection (which now comprises over 15 fonts) we also worked with some […]

Alain Grée — Planes, Trains, and Magic

I recently discovered the work of the french illustrator Alain Grée (b. 1937). What struck me about his work is his unique combination of the technical — he loves diagramming and dissecting and much of his work features boats, planes, trains or machinery — and the childlike warmth and joy with which he draws. Grée […]

The Book Covers of Victor Palla

While scrolling the depths of book cover treasure trove livingdeadcovers, I noticed the recurrence of designer Victor Palla. In post-war Portugal, Palla founded a series of publishing houses that published both imported translations and political titles. Most of his design work is limited to this period and the production methods available in mid-century Europe, but his architectural training […]

Aaron Scamihorn for Lost Type

Years ago, when we first put up a store to sell physical items on our site, I asked my talented pal Aaron Scamihorn if he was up for drawing a banner image. And he took it literally! He put together a killer illustrated banner and put some of our fonts to use. Recently when it […]

Mary Blair’s killer color palettes

Mary Blair is best known for her illustration and consulting work for the Walt Disney studio. Her modernist, stylized illustrations informed the It’s a Small World ride and park murals, and she drew concept art for several animated features. Regarded highly for her innate sense of color styling, Walt Disney recruited Blair’s expertise for projects […]

Diagrams – John Philipps Emslie

Well-designed infographics are fascinating, synthesizing huge quantities of numbers and details into understandable diagrams. Nicholas Felton’s insane annual reports have dominated this arena in the 21st century, but scientific engravers have been organizing and illustrating dense statistics for centuries. John Philipps Emslie illustrated a large number of maps and contributed to the British topographical archive […]

Sign Painters Documentary – Now available!

Back in March of 2013 I posted a trailer for a film about Sign Painters, which I have since seen at a screening when it came through town. It’s a wonderful film, and you can now watch/download it online here! Use the coupon code below for $1 off.