A graphic designer’s paradise

April 29, 2007

If there is a place where graphic designers go when they die, it must look like The Neon Museum Boneyard on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Behind a fence on a large site on Boulevard North, The Neon Museum keeps retired, damaged neon signs in all shapes and sizes. A part of the collection has already been restored to its former glory, and put on display in the Freemont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. But as the non-restored leftovers sit there awaiting paintjobs and repairs, they form a graphic designer’s wonderland too amazing for words. Giant letters and odd shapes are casually stacked against one another – some have fallen over, the bulbs are broken or missing and the old paint is peeling off. Most of these signs will properbly never shine again. Though the Boneyard has been visited many times before, it is hard not to think of it as a hidden, unknown treasure. It has the melancholic beauty of a closed down, forgotten funfair, making it very special indeed.

The Boneyard can be visited by appointment only. The good people of The Neon Museum will give you a tour of the site, but feel free to fall behind exploring the paradise on your own. By special arrangement (and money) the site can be used as a backdrop for films and fashion shoots. If you are ever in (or near) Las Vegas – don’t miss it!










Clea, Vegas


Sweet Talk 18

February 8, 2007

Sweet Talk
Sweet Talk

Hey everybody in Copenhagen (and vicinity),

this might be short notice but tonight there’s going to be an event at Republikken on Vesterbrogade, if you want see and hear some nice work come and take part.
Sweet Talk is happening in Dublin, New York & Copenhagen.
Just to get an idea here are some pictures for you to view

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Here is what Richard Seabrooke from Sweet Talk has to say about it:

SweetTalk started over a year, and 17 editions, ago to encourage stimulating conversations about Design, Illustration, Motion Graphics, Fine Art, Animation, Photography and all those excellent disciplines in between that make up the fantastic creative world around us.

SweetTalk is about seeing the people LIVE onstage who practice these disciplines best… Pioneers, Legends and forthright thinkers. They are there so you can hear them firsthand in a relaxed, enthusiastic atmosphere,not a stuffy cold conference style format. People who attend get to make up their own minds on what the speakers have to say about their work and working process. We try as much as possible too not to tax the patrons, preferring to charge the minimum amount to cover costs and keep this going, something that has stood as we’ve moved out of Irish only editions to the UK, Scandinavia and now the States…
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Candy in association with Tiger Beer present Sweettalk 18, Copenhagen.

Admission: 75DKR. Tiger Beer reception from 7pm, first speaker 8pm.
Limited edition treats for early arrivers!

Bleed (Norway). http://www.bleed.no
Martin De Thurah (Denmark). http://www.dethurah.dk
Ingen Frygt (Denmark). http://www.ingenfrygt.dk

Hope to see you there
– Shaft

Typography blogging and Chris Bolton

January 28, 2007

The Art of Type is a panel discussion about typography from Extensis, go and listen now!

Extensis Font university
“This year at the Macworld Conference and Expo, we hosted a number of expert font panel discussions at our booth on the show floor. The discussions turned out quite well, and for those of you who were unable to make it to the show, we’re happy to report that we recorded everything!”

Chris Bolton is a Finnish designer, not only does he make interesting work, but so is his site: It is built on xml and xsl styleshees, making it quite fast to update and in a logical way too.

Letter by Circle is founded by Dante H Carlos, and you will like it.
Outlandish is photography creation house for young Belgian talent, not to be mistaken by the Danish music group.
Hey that’s my pencil there

Last but certainly not least check out Tony vs Paul, they really are rivals huh?!

– S

Werkplaats Typografie

January 22, 2007

nice work from Dutch firm Werkplaats Typografie…good work but the navigation could probably use a little TLC

– S

Sundance Film Festival & others

January 22, 2007

This is going to be super interesting for anybody who enjoys quality films, from up-an-coming directors. The Sundance Film Festival is showing their entries online!

Here is what they are saying: “Invited from the same short film program as its namesake event, this exclusive collection of premiere work in short filmmaking premieres first in Park City, Utah — and then rolls-out streaming to you. Free from anywhere in the world.”

And here are the others

Beautiful work from Mario Hugo.

And one of my personal favorite artists Lee Misenheimer from Brooklyn, NYC

Concept & Art Direction from Stockholm(via Newstoday)

– S

Erik Spiekermann – SpiekerBlog 2.0

January 16, 2007

If you are a typomaniac then you know Erik Spiekermanns, he just recently updated his blog from German to English. Go check it out, especially under the download section where you can download and view the movies he has made over the years about typographic.

Just to give you an idea of his work here are some of the typefaces he has designed: ff Meta, itc Officina, ff Info, ff Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk.


– S

New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual (1970)

January 16, 2007

Beautiful typographic work from days long gone. And by the way the typeface is called Standard Medium, but Akzidenz Grotesk is quite close to it. (Via DanskDynamit)

NYC transit 1
NYC transit 2
NYC transit 3

– S


January 11, 2007


Go look at Typographica for more typomania

Typographica is a journal of typography featuring news, observations, and open commentary on fonts and typographic design

 – Shaft

Helvetica turns 50

January 10, 2007

Inspired by the occasion, Gary Hustwit has produced and directed Helvetica – which must be the first feature-length documentary about a single typeface. Shot in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium, the film includes interviews with Erik Spiekermann, (the excellent) Wim Crouwel, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister, David Carson, Norm, Experimental Jetset and many more… The film is currently in post-production, but should be released early this year.



to guide you:


to entertain you:


to inform you:


to warn you:



Typography Primer

January 10, 2007

Here’s a good resource for anybody interested in typography (more to come later):


Type Basics 101
Type basics 101
Type basics 101

– Shaft