If you follow Friends of Type — please, do if you don’t — these posters will come as no surprise, since they consistently show amazing hand-crafted and computer-crafted lettering, whether it’s their own sketches and final renderings or those of their friends. While all this goodness lives on screen, the itch to translate that into the tangible world of print was probably inevitable:
We started Friends of Type as a place to throw our sketches and push each other to do things that we love. One of the things we love is printed matter and, as luck would have it, Jason Wong is also half of enormous champion where his wife Jordan is an expert printer. While 950 pixels is a good format for a blog, we yearned for 8 × 10-inch output. We combined a few posts and phrases that had come up in the blog and each took a word from “Always Play Amongst Friends” to create a series that works well together as well as in separate.
With Jordan as a vested interest — you could say profit sharing, if indeed there is profit — we could actually afford the project, mixing passion and business in a way that was fun, if a bit dangerous. This also made the series accessibly priced for people just as passionate as we are about collecting letters on paper. We hope those people like the prints as much as we do!
We do, fellas, we do!
FPO (For Print Only), is a division of UnderConsideration, celebrating the reality that print is not dead by showcasing the most compelling printed projects.
FPO uses Fonts.com to render Siseriff and Avenir Next.
FPO is run with Six Apart’s MovableType
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UnderConsideration is a graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events and judged competitions, and designs for clients.
Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
Speak Up (2002 – 2009) / Discussing, and looking for, what is relevant in, and the relevance of, graphic design. Archives Only.
Word It (2003 – 2010) / Encouraging creative diversity in the community through monthly, one-word challenges. Archives Only.
Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.
Department of Design / Designing corporate and brand identities and full development of printed and digital matter for clients.
The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.
The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.
Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.
Events & Judged Competitions
Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand New Awards / Celebrating the best identity work produced around the world.
FPO Awards / Celebrating the best print work from around the world.
Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.
Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.
The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.