So after having been ditched by Mos Def twice in a month, I must admit that I was kind of looking forward to seeing Wale perform earlier this week hoping to get some sort of redemption from seeing an up-and-coming artist after being ditched by the vet. Truthfully I didn’t even know that he was performing in town until last weekend when I was turning the pages of the newspaper Saturday morning as I’m known to do and discovered that the DC rapper, most famous for his song featuring Lady Gaga, was to perform to a small crowd at none other than Tattoo Rock Parlor.
As my mother-in-law knows all too well, I really like old things. Vintage illustrations and package design hold a very special place in my heart. While shopping for pens at Midoco in the Annex I was drawn to the bright packaging for Ridley’s house of novelties toys which just popped off the shelf. Ridley’s has a line of about 20 classic toys, games and magic tricks, all with amazing packaging. The simple illustrations jump at you from their bright, lively backgrounds, bordered with old newspaper and screen printing textures. The typography is clean and bang on for the look and feel, making it an all around 10 in the school of k.i.s.s. (keep it simple stupid).
And so it’s Thursday again and it’s a good day. Sure I may have skipped the Raps game last night but it was for a good cause: I hung out with my little brother and watched Canada whoop the Russians in a little Olympic hockey tilt that was tabbed as one of the greatest games ever but ended up being a complete blowout of Ovechkin & Co.. So there I was watching the game and enjoying some adult beverages fully knowing that I should be staying on top of my work when it hit me that this was in actuality work and not only was I doing some market research but also getting some valuable material for my Thursday blog post.
Art and design have always been a barometer of the times and current cultural climate. Typography in the Renaissance was a direct interpretation of ornate handwriting of the day. Renewed interest in Greco-Roman culture influenced the Humanist type faces that basically define modern typography to this day etc. etc..I could sit and regurgitate Robert Bringhurst’s “The Elements of Typographic Style” but Id rather not.
I may just be the worst person in the entire world for maintaining my own blog but lets face it; Blogging is if not more important than voting in the elections. As an advertising agency / creative boutique this is one of the very first things we explain to our clients. The importance of building your community and interacting to your target market. Its not as difficult as you may think so go ahead and start a blog.
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