Designing logos – Inspiration

As a graphic designer one of the most frequent tasks is designing a logo. A large and well arranged collection of different logos can be found in the book Symbol by Angus Hyland and Steven Bateman published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd. The book contains 1300 symbols which are grouped by different visual attributes. Every symbol has information about its client, designer, logo meaning and origin respectively. A few selected logos have a more information about their development process. I like skimming through this book, sometimes just to read one of the development stories, but I also like going through the book just before I start a new project for Cohezion simply to get myself into a creative mode. Definitely a very recommendable book.About the authors: Angus Hyland studied Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. He has been partner at Pentagram, London since 1998. Hyland has already published 5 books including C/ID: Visual Identity and Branding for the Arts and the Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration. Steve Bateman is a freelance writer who has worked together with leading design agencies of the UK. Bateman regularly writes articles for the Grafik magazine. He also writes for Nico, Varoom and ISTD Condensed.

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Business cards – born in the USA

As you already know, I revised the look of my company. Naturally I redesigned my business cards as well. Today, I would like to show you the result and introduce the person who helped me make it possible. It is very common that experts in a specific area of expertise can easily help others. But when it comes to developing something for themselves they stall. That is exactly what happened to me when I started a few weeks ago. After hours of pondering I realized that I wanted a simple business card and that I wanted to change the dimensions a little. No sooner said than down. I chose a narrow format. But because it seemed to simple printing the business cards in the usual manner, I looked for a special solution. Embossing was not a choice because it didn’t fit well with my design. I had the idea of using thicker paper and engrave the letters. After all, that looked good with my typewriter font. Excited about the idea I started searching for someone who could help me. I soon realized that the task proved harder than I thought. So I decided to expand my search radius and finally found Evan Calkins.
Evan runs the company Hoban Cards located in Centralia Washington. All Cards are handprinted on a 1902 Chandler and Price Letterpress. The result is truly unique. The Service is very good and Evan is very friendly. So if you are looking for something good and you are searching for an outstanding design I recommend peeking in here: oder Worldwide shipping ist not an issue. And here’s a short video showing Evan at work.

New School Hoban Press from DonVintage on Vimeo.

Thank you Evan, for those wonderful business cards!


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