Signs You Might Be in a Canyon

01.08.18

There’s a heck of a lot of places to go wandering around nearby our digs in Colorado. Here’s a few signs you might be in a canyon.

Just don’t wander off the trail—there’s snakes out here.

Trump Scrabble

11.07.18

All you need to protest Donald Trump is, well, Donald Trump. It goes for his character as well as his name. Download the kit here.

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So we drew DONALD TRUMP! in a typeface inspired by old-school civil rights signs and uploaded it here for you to download. If your Sharpies have gone dry just keep these files on hand and print, cut, protest.

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We’ll also make requests of any digital posters, so hit us up with your best Trump scrabble job and we’ll send it to you!

Disclaimer: this post was written by a natural-born American citizen. Please post any complaints here.

America, Give Us A De-Sign

26.06.18

When it comes to graphic design, we can be a bunch of nostalgic Americophiles. Our Jonny recently visited the great US-of-A and soaked up a load of Americana, and since most of it was bolted down and his 3rd suitcase was reserved for purchases from Goodwill, he only made it back with photos.

 

Neon-and-on-and-on.

In the States, neon signs seem to be everywhere. I can’t get enough of the twisty glass charms. Driving around post-dusk became increasingly dangerous the more enamoured I became, but thankfully we made it back in one piece.

 

Landscape portraits.

Man-made signs can seem like visual pollution when erected in areas known for their natural beauty. That said, they aren’t going away anytime soon, and I’ll be darned if I don’t find them enjoyable. Especially the duck-billed platybear.

 

Sk8r allig8r.

Travelling to the skateboarding mecca of the world made this overgrown boy-man very excited. Companies all over SoCal are inspired by graphics rooted in skate and surf culture, so a wonderful time was had soaking my eyes in low-brow stickers and vintage deck graphics.

 

Chunkography.

America is a playground for those with stranger typographic sensibilities. Weird type appears all over the place, so as someone who fell in love with Cooper before it was cool, I was happy as Larry.

Obviously this is but a fraction of what the Land of the Free has to offer. However, as far as graphic safari spots go, it’s one of the more intriguing places to visit. If you’re Stateside, drop a note to Josh in the Denver O ST studio and you can share some beers that we bought because of the labels.

—Jonny

O Street’s top design podcasts

10.08.17

Plug things in your ears and learn about design. What a world! Here’s our must-listen list for design podcasts.

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99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design—everything from IKEA hacks to how sound waves work. Technically a radio show, this pod is polished, well-produced and a good call if the rough-and-ready nature of some podcasts puts you off.

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Design Matters with Debbie Millman is an oldie but a goodie — she was uploading interviews onto Soundcloud before there were podcast apps. Millman has talked to pretty much all the greats over the past twelve years, so check out the archive for your favourite designers.

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It’s Nice That is a podcast where you never know what you might find, but you’re glad you stopped by (kind of like their website). Let these lads take you someplace new.

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The Observatory features two heavyweights of American design, Yale’s Jessica Helfand and Pentagram’s Michael Bierut. They discuss “what’s going on and what’s in the air.” This podcast is a must for anyone specifically looking for a graphic design slant on things.

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Sprint is the only pod here focused on a specific practice — UX design. Unlike every other UX show on the web, it won’t put you to sleep. The hosts Cody, Kyle and Michael are insightful and genuinely hilarious.

What are your go-to design podcasts — are there any egregious omissions here? Let us know via email or Twitter!

True to Life

07.07.17

Are you in Edinburgh this weekend? Pop down to Modern Two for True to Life, a look at British Realism in the 1920s and 30s. The show gathers some 70 paintings by a hugely talented yet overlooked generation of artists.

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O Street designed the exhibition identity and marketing. True to Life focuses on a particular style of “hard edge” painting. We play on this theme by setting typography along a hard edge.

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We also selected a colour palette pulled straight from the paintings; a literal approach for literal art.

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It’s a riveting exhibition, so don’t miss it. True to Life is on at Modern Two until 29 October.