As sports fans go I am generally behind on the news and usually oblivious to what is going on with my teams. So as you could have guessed sports is not one of my die hard passions, however I love Steelers’ and WVU Mountaineer football. So during the season I am usually on top of things but at this time of year as we are entrenched in the excitement of basketball or anticipating the warmer days and the boys of summer, I don’t follow sports.
Well, today I learned that Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been released. This has no doubt been heart breaking news for all of us who follow, cheer or bleed black and gold. Ward was one of my favorites. You would be watching a game and see him make a great catch and gain a first down and some nice yardage and then get pummeled by a defensive tackle. You would cover your eyes and say “oooooohhh! That had to hurt!” and uncover your eyes hoping to see that he was ok. What you would see is Hines Ward get up on his feet, shake it off and start running back to the huddle for the next play, nearly all in one motion. The icing on the cake was Ward’s big shit eating grin as he was doing it. Hines Ward loves football, every last bruising minute of it. From the glory of making it into the end zone for a touchdown in a Super Bowl, to the humiliation of being knocked on his ass from out of no where. Ward loves football, and Ward loves the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s a shame that the organization is letting him go. It’s just wrong.
So… anyway, I did a new versal for the letter ‘P’. I don’t really have an archetypal image of a ‘P’ but today I want to give a shout out to the ‘burgh by using the Pittsburgh Pirates ‘P’ logo. Here’s to warmer weather and to Hines Ward. We love you and we thank you for being so dedicated to the sport, as well as to the organization that could not reciprocate.
Tonight’s modern versal is the letter ‘O’. The ‘O’ is set in the typface Americana Italic. And the colorful fruit loop-esque background is derived actually from a letter ‘O’, repeated and scaled, from another typeface, Code Bold.
Rolling out a quick modern versal for you this morning before I roll out the door for a small road trip to my hometown in West Virginia. Ya’ all have a great Saturday and I’ll be back with another design on Sunday evening, ‘k?
Rolling right along with the Versal-tility series. Tonight’s design was probably one of the easiest I have ever had to conceptualize. For me, the archetypical image of a ‘J’ is in it’s lowercase form set in Bodoni italic. Don’t ask me why, it is just that way for me. If I close my eyes and you say “the letter jay” to me I will instantly see it this way. The obvious visual aspects of the ‘J’ in this form are the round terminal at the bottom and the circular dot at the top. I decided to play upon these visual characteristics by framing the main portion of the character within a large circle. That’s it for today. Hope you like!
Tonight’s modern versal is the letter ‘I’ and the typeface chosen is one of my favorite mid-century casual, block serifs, Hellenic Wide (actually the font is a cheap/free knock-off called “Hefty Regular”). Hellenic wide was very popular in the 1960’s and you will probably recognize it in designs created for the entertainment industry. Many an album cover designs and intro title sequences to movies used Hellenic Wide for typsetting. Anyway, another fun evening playing with color and texture and type. Hope you like it too!
Quick design tonight. As I went through several typefaces to pick my ‘G’ this evening the ornamentation of this typeface (Jazz LET) kept catching my eye. I am often reluctant to use typography like this. This evening, however I found an unusual appreciation for this one as it is easier and perhaps pleasing to look at in small, single character, doses. Surely, setting even a small amount of copy in a face like this would be distracting to read. It works nicely for a single character and perhaps a very specific logotype or very short headline. As a second thought on the texture, creating a metallic texture, like brushed metal, might have been a nice touch for this one.