Quand j'étais petite

So sweet: L'Étagère du bas has published a French edition of When I Was Small. It was nice of the publisher to send over a package, She even used very cute tape for the address! If only I could mail myself back to Paris. Too bad I'm not small...

 

And yes, I'm back up on my Instagram @robinmitchellcranfield . I am kind of rusty, but I'm catching up!

 

resources for design & publishing students

audio & visual

design documentaries: http://designers.watch/

audio with janet froelich: https://designobserver.com/feature/janet-froelich/9327/

netflix design documentaries: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/02/09/netflix-design-documentary-series-abstract-art-design/

revision path podcast showcasing Black design talent: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/revision-path/id834173190?mt=2

edward tufte's vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/et

https://vimeo.com/45232468

YouTube: Wolfgang Weingart, postmodern designer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX3GMv6oXK4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg-bGZ5-vG0&t=477s

https://www-tc.pbs.org/independentlens/helvetica/resources/helvetica_discussion.pdf

http://www.signpaintersfilm.com/#watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8O3X_VfUVo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=287qd4uI7-E

https://vimeo.com/95723855

 

blogs, designers, & foundries

http://www.alphabettes.org/category/typefaces/

https://www.brainpickings.org/

http://www.designishistory.com/

https://www.canva.com/learn/typography-terms/

https://www.grillitype.com/blog

https://ilovetypography.com/tag/type-history/

https://www.typotalks.com/

https://www.typotheque.com/

https://www.canva.com/learn/best-free-fonts/

https://www.emigre.com/Essays

https://www.fontshop.com/glossary

https://playtype.com/about/typefaces/glossary

https://typedecon.com/

https://www.monotype.com

https://www.monotype.com/resources/articles/new-from-old-the-why-and-how-of-reviving-a-typeface/

https://www.linotype.com/

https://www.fontshop.com/glossary

 

 

designers

http://www.chipkidd.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi

http://bantjes.com/

https://www.louisefili.com/

http://brody-associates.com/

http://www.printmag.com/daily-heller/janet-froelich-hall-of-femmes/

https://www.aiga.org/medalist-zuzanalickoandrudyvanderlans/

 

journals & magazines

https://designobserver.com/

http://eyemagazine.com/

http://www.idea-mag.com/en/

http://www.howdesign.com/magazine/

http://www.printmag.com/

http://www.typegeist.org/

 

 

resources

flatplans: https://www.aiga.org/flatplan-content-flow-editorial-design-magazine/

https://fontstruct.com/

http://www.identifont.com/

https://www.skillshare.com/site/join?coupon=bryn3mth&teacherRef=5802170&via=teacher-referral-partner&utm_source=bryn-essentials&utm_campaign=2016-12-2-brynessentials&utm_medium=teacher-referral-partner&enrolledRedirect=1&type=Question&category=design&t=Calligraphy-Essentials-A-10-Day-Challenge&sku=1421796389

https://www.thewonderforest.com/2015/06/how-to-transfer-artwork-or-lettering-to.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+WonderForest+(Wonder+Forest)

http://www.alphabettes.org/making-matrices/

http://piim.newschool.edu/journal/issues/2013/01/pdfs/ParsonsJournalForInformationMapping_Childers_Griscti_Leben.pdf

https://books.google.ca/books?id=rs6gyb2hPF4C&pg=PA51&lpg=PA51&dq=catherine+dixon+book+classification&source=bl&ots=SJEcFdoxoT&sig=6TPxoSn3_-tRRLeZQVbO9DVoI6w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEYQ6AEwBmoVChMIrKPOo-CdyAIVS5mICh3y0gcn#v=onepage&q=catherine%20dixon%20book%20classification&f=false

http://www.archiviograficaitaliana.com/

 

organizations

https://www.aiga.org/

 

key texts

http://t-y-p-o-g-r-a-p-h-y.org/MEDIA/PDF/ThePrinciplesoftheNewTypography.pdf

http://www.veryinteractive.net/library

http://www.veryinteractive.net/library/the-crystal-goblet

 

libraries & museums

http://lubalincenter.cooper.edu/

https://www.moma.org/

http://www.dutchtypelibrary.nl/

 

essays & articles

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/jia-tolentino/the-adorable-ads-that-are-about-to-invade-your-text-messages

https://www.fastcompany.com/3041866/why-monotype-bought-an-emoji-company

https://ilovetypography.com/2014/12/10/first-bible-set-roman-type/

https://ilovetypography.com/2015/10/27/the-first-printed-childrens-books/

https://ilovetypography.com/2014/10/15/the-first-female-typographer/

http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature/article/reputations-josef-muller-brockmann

https://designobserver.com/feature/pierre-bernard/39111

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/27/nbc-universals-new-logo-d_n_815212.html

http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/metropolitan-museums-new-logo-the-met.html#

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160830-mcdonalds-golden-arches-the-strange-story-of-an-icon?platform=hootsuite

http://www.typeroom.eu/article/kodak-met-brand-new-visual-identities-matter

 

class 12 resources

http://invisibledesigns.org/neon/

http://creativeroots.org/2012/11/chinese-gothic-typeface-by-tao-chen/

https://blog.typekit.com/2017/03/08/an-interview-with-dr-fiona-ross/

http://www.chilliant.com/unifont.html

http://thepoliticsofdesign.com/blog/discovering-the-inuit

https://www.fontshop.com/content/japanese-typography-writing-system

https://www.fontshop.com/content/japanese-typography-writing-system

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=784922&partId=1

https://norbertlindenberg.com/2015/10/bringing-balinese-to-ios/index.html

http://www.alphabettes.org/buginese-script/

http://typefacedesign.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Pistachio.pdf

https://thetype.com/2015/09/9488/

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MjM5MTM2Mjc5Mg==&mid=2650030998&idx=1&sn=658f67560b1422d6534b447207cca014#rd

http://www.printmag.com/typography/design-history-of-braille-design/?utm_source=printmag.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pr-cbu-tw-170110-Building%20Braille:%20The%20History%20&%20Future%20of%20Designing%20Text%20for%20the%20Blind

http://www.blindscholar.com/2017/03/04/my-braille-toolbox-a-guided-trip-through-braill-writing-history/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/world/asia/tibet-derge-parkhang-buddhist-texts-ancient-printing-press.html

http://www.tengistype.com/info

http://alaaddinsmagiclamp.tumblr.com/post/78209438307/flaviogallozzi-sh%C5%8Ddo-calligrapher-hiroyuki

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5pPMic9EdWAR0c4TkJYUW4xZm8/view

http://www.creedictionary.com/syllabics/maskwacis.php

https://typographica.org/typeface-reviews/huronia/

http://www.alphabettes.org/mariko-loves-the-chinese-oracle-script/

 

 

birch & maple

I've prepared a little printable with a blueberry jam recipe from Wild Berries and a couple of labels for a jar, in case you want to give a gift to your neighbour, or something. The recipe is in English and in Swampy Cree, also known as n-dialect Cree from the Cross Lake, Norway House area. Illustrations by Julie Flett. Translation by Jennifer Thomas. This printable is here with permission from the author.

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the weather

(This happened in February on twitter, but I'm behind on my studio housekeeping.) I was reading a story in LA Review of Books about Lisa Robertson and was surprised and happy to see the cover of the book The Weather referenced: 

'From the three floating blue circles in a white box on a sky-blue cover, signaling a Canadian pastoral poetry I had never before encountered, to the mix of conventionally paced lyric poems contrasting the justified prose blocks, it was, as she would say, a “sweet new style.”'

The Weather was one of my first design projects. Last year Paper Hound listed The Weather on its list of favourite local book design, and recently, New Star got in touch with me, and I'm working on some new covers for them. So it came back from the early 2000s (You can see on the back cover, it's for Steedman Design)! It's nice to be working on books again, after a bit of a break. 

the_weather_lisa_robertson

A few years later, I laid out Lisa's book The Office of Soft Architecture, designed by Tae Won Yu for Clearcut Press. The illustration appeared in that book, and it was nice because I got to choose a Toyo colour and it was printed on a soft white bamboo paper, which was a good surface for it, and a nice contrast to the gloss coated version. I'm happy with both of them, which is a good feeling (that you don't always get as a designer to be honest). Also, Lisa, who is a very great person, came by my studio one time right after Windy had been rejected for something or other, and she gave me a very good book rejection pep talk. You need those pep talks when you're starting out.

And that's all about The Weather!

word festival

Yesterday I held a small workshop on the Word festival in Vancouver, meeting with aspiring children's book authors. It was fun, hope to do it again next year. I couldn't take a good picture in the middle of everything, so no photo :)

Everyone had different projects, but I think two statements which applied to everyone were:

1. Identify the specific age range you're trying to reach (3–5 etc.)
2. Have a clear synopsis of your story

Most people are not sure where to begin a conversation about their project: the best way is to describe your audience, their needs, the main characters in the story and the story itself. Also, it's very helpful bring samples of your work with you. Good luck, everyone!