23 December 2011

Annual Traditions

For the holidays, many people have traditions that they keep every year. One of ours is making (really strong) egg nog. And me being a designer, I feel the need to create a new label for it every year. Here's a look at this year's label along with the other ones from the past. This is the third year we've made our nog. Happy holidays!

2012 Label
Tons of type returned for 2012 with a bold blackletter. Printed on gloss white crack and peel.

2011 Label
This one has to be my favorite so far. Tons more type on the label and the brown kraft crack and peel will probably be making another appearance in the future.

2010 Label
I loved the colors on this one... and the big, chocolate colored type. The homebrew bottles were introduced as a vessel.

2009 Label
This was the first one and done in a hurry. Literally, I started designing this 30 minutes before attending a holiday party in which we were taking this egg nog.

19 December 2011

The Designer Fund

This has to be one of the best infographics I've seen lately. The Designer Fund came up with this awesome, fully interactive infographic to show billions worth of value created by startups with designer co-founders. You can flip the cards more for information or sort on the left, which is a wicked cool touch. Try it for yourself.

29 August 2011

Linotype and Books

There was a great post from Font Feed today about the labor intensiveness of printing books back when Linotypes were king. This video explains it all. See the full post here. Oh, and even though Doug Wilson's Kickstarter project is 100% funded, you should still donate.

14 August 2011

Periodic Table

This design is based on my previous infographic about elemental composition of the human body. This project also came from a desire to have a well designed periodic table. The element boxes are almost the same as the human body infographic, but instead of showing composition percentage this periodic table of elements includes the atomic weight of each element.


12 July 2011

Tweet to Metal

If you're on Twitter and into printing or design you may have seen the hashtag #lino125 all over on 3 July 2011. That's because the day marked the 125th anniversary of the Linotype being demonstrated by Ottmar Mergenthaler in New York City. Anyway Stumptown Printers, an offset a letterpress shop in Portland, Oregon, celebrated the day by turning tweets about Linotype into actual metal, printing, photographing and retweeting them. My tweet is below. There's a good article on Printeresting today about it. See more of Stumptown's Flickr album here.

Photo © Stumptown Printers

20 June 2011

Linotype Lives!

Yesterday my husband and I made the short trip to the town of North Andover, Massachusetts, which is home to the Museum of Printing. Normally this would excite me, but the fact that they actually run the equipment every Father's Day was enough to put me over the edge. We were unable to go last year so I was really looking forward to this.

They host a Printing Arts Fair and there were a few vendors out front, as well as a paper making demo, when we arrived. We went inside and got the basic info from the volunteers and we were on our way. Most of the stuff was exactly what you'd expect--wooden type, letterpresses, RIPs, assorted printing books, phototypesetting equipment, typewriters, old Apple computers and the rest.

Then I turned a corner and there she was staring me right in the face. The Linotype. This was the most important, most elusive piece of equipment in my entire printing career as I have never seen one in the flesh--or in the metal, I should say. I won't bore you with the details, but it pretty much revolutionized typesetting and the publishing industry.

I was really excited to see this, poked around for a bit and went about our business. We then entered the room where the equipment was running and lo and behold there was a Linotype running! Enter Ray, who is probably one of the coolest guys I've ever met. An experienced Linotype operator from back in the day, he seemed to be having the time of his life explaining this wonderful piece of machinery to anyone who would listen. You could tell this man had passion and he enjoyed answering questions from a handful of us that were around. This video is Ray describing the Linotype and how it works.

Linotype from Brooke Hamilton on Vimeo.

It's not surprising that Thomas Edison called the Linotype, "The eighth wonder of the world."

Even if yesterday wasn't Father's Day, I would have called my dad anyway because he is the only person I know that would appreciate my experience. He's been in printing since high school, graduated from RIT and has probably forgotten more than I know about printing today. He told me that when he was in college he was taking typing and Linotype at the same time. I can only imagine how hard that could be due to the fact that Linotype keyboards are completely different than your standard qwerty format. Personally, I found the ligatures on the Linotype interesting.

You can read more about the Linotype here. And it should be noted that there is a documentary currently being made. You can learn more about Linotype the film here.

25 May 2011

Get on Your Bikes and Ride

Freddie Mercury said it best. May is Bike Month and this is for you to be inspired to grab your bicycle and go for a ride. This infographic about bicycling statistics is more wordy than the last, but informative none the less. Enjoy.

See more of my work here.

17 May 2011

The Noun Project

If you haven't found The Noun Project yet, it's a great site whose mission is, "sharing, celebrating and enhancing the world's visual language." The man icon I used for the body composition infographic is from them. Yesterday my infographic was featured on their blog. See the post here.

20 April 2011

Infographic | The Human Body

I am curious about a lot of things. The makeup of the human body happened to be last week's topic so I decided to make an infographic to represent it visually.

The body icon is color coded to correspond with the elements, and the elements are color coded by group. Below, blue shows nonmetals, red represents transition elements, green shows halogens, brown represents alkali metals and orange describes alkaline earth metals. The organization of the elements is relatively close to their placement on the periodic table itself. The percentage of mass is shown on the element detail, as well as the symbol and atomic number for each element.

Source data for this was taken from Wikipedia. See this and more of my work here.