I am still baffled that I never wrote about Javier Garcia while actually in San Francisco. Well better late than never—especially for such an awesome illustrator and designer (and all around nice guy). Javier’s style is graphic with strong vintage influences, yet it always feels like his own take on it. I particularly love his fictitious record covers—geometric and playful—there’s no doubt that you would snatch these up had you come across them at an antique or thrift store. To check out more of his work be sure to visit his site. Enjoy!
We were beyond thrilled when Purina ONE approached us with a fun idea—go out into the world and make a positive impact on your life and your pet’s life. Who can turn down something like that? As part of their Ingredients for Good initiative, Purina ONE sponsored a little family outing for the two of us and Eli of our choosing. In our minds, there was only one place on the list—Fort Funston.
Fort Funston is a national park and off-leash dog area right on the Pacific Ocean. We were introduced to it by some friends when we first visited San Francisco four years ago. It is an amazing natural wonder with large cliffs, California flora and fauna, and ocean views. I’m pretty sure it’s Eli’s favorite place in the world.
The day we went the weather was gorgeous and sunny without a cloud in the sky. The waves were unusually big that day too. We’ve been fortunate to have seen hang gliders there on a couple of occasions but hadn’t yet seen surfers. That day there were a number of surfers in the distance riding the waves, pretty fun to watch.
The beach was bump’n—as it usually is on a weekend. Dogs of every shape and size. Eli had a blast. He carried his red ball from beginning to end, splashed in waves, rolled in sand, sniffed out treasure, and made new friends. We couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday—Thanks Purina ONE!
Earlier this summer we had the great pleasure of meeting the Lost Type crew during their Field Trip SF, where they went letter hunting in San Francisco’s Mission district. In the end, producing their first installment of Mission Script, designed by James T. Edmondson. While they were here, another Lost Type masterpiece was also in the making. Let me introduce to you DUDE by Daniel Gneiding. Dude is a robust slab serif with a remarkable twelve different styles—pretty unreal! We were definitely honored to play a part, contributing a spread to the Dude Type Specimen Book. Great job Daniel and everyone who contributed to the book.
Last night the crew at Office put together a fantastic fundraiser benefiting 826 Valencia. I Don’t Believe in You Either, a big foot inspired art show, was held at The Bold Italic’s space and was the perfect match of decor! We are so excited that someone finally nabbed all those awesome thrift store works of art that every designer has always wanted to paint on as well—and they did a phenomenal job. You can see the official preview here. As for the pieces that didn’t sell last night, well, they can be scored (shortly) in Office’s shop.
Since we’ve been in San Francisco, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Brett MacFadden (pictured above: right) of Macfadden & Thorpe. Brett’s work with design partner Scott Thorpe spans a wonderful array of styles, is quite thoughtful and always striking. Their recent installation for the 25th International Brno Biennial got me thinking: “Hey I should do a post on these dudes.” Enjoy!