The typographic landscape in Costa Rica is dominated by bright colors and hand-painted typography. Some are done with machine-like detail, worked off of existing typefaces and vector references. Others are thrown up on whatever space is available, and the designer just goes to town with whatever flows from their hand. Loose or no rules, blatant inconsistencies in scale and repeating forms.

And it’s all wonderful. After a decade+ of computer-aided typography, I’m finding myself thoroughly refreshed. The sketchbook stage is the final stage, not just the exploration process. Here’s weekly sketch number 9, built off of iPhone snaps from the last few days, constructed in just under an hour to start my Monday:

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Monday, September 10th, 2012 Phase Collective No Comments

Featured: Dilyana Dineva

The “Signals” project by Dilyana Dineva, broadcasting from Sofia, Bulgaria. This is a fascinating topic to me, and I love how she has visualized something that we all are surrounded with every second of the day. This series depicts the invisible signals that weave through our day – television, radio, wireless data, mobile phones. In Dilyana’s words, we all share an “addiction to receiving”. I’d have to agree.

The photos are from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – wonderful lighting and color saturation mix in with the nighttime cityscapes.

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Friday, November 13th, 2009 Featured No Comments

PDF Releases

  • Phase 01 Brainstorm [pdf]
  • Phase 02 Community [pdf]
  • Phase 03 Play [pdf]



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