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Just My Type

Just My Type

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts is a light-hearted collection of stories aimed at non-designers.

The stories behind car brand names

Saab logo

Etymology is the study of the history of words. There’s a collection of company name etymologies on Wikipedia. Here are a few choice picks from the automotive industry.

New work: TalkTo

TalkTo logo on tshirt

I recently created a number of identity design variations for Massachusetts-based startup TalkTo.

San Serriffe

San Serriffe

San Serriffe — my next island destination.

Tenerife

El Medano Tenerife

No blog/email/Twitter action this past week. Been in Tenerife.

Where to find the right designer

X mark

There are thousands of designers available at every level of cost.

How do you deal with unpaid invoices?

Past due stamp

What percentage do you bill a client for unpaid invoices?

From the reader #3

Saatchi

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently.”

You are the map maker

Your best idea

What’s the formula for blog posts that will get the greatest number of retweets? Which new product or service will make you the most money? Do you know?

What is meant by the word ‘creative’?

Painted background

Only one in ten thousand will really mean, “Give me something I haven’t seen before.”

Focus on art: Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti pencils

The intricate magic of pencil lead sculptor Dalton Ghetti.

New work: Clemente Tequila

Clemente Tequila

I worked with Malibu-based tequila connoisseur Gene Fein to design a wordmark and set of labels for a new 100% organic tequila brand called Clemente Tequila.

Handling the client approach

Football strategy

Here are a few things I do to streamline the back and forth when potential design clients first get in touch.

Canned air

Canned air

This air from Prague circulated recently, making me wonder who else has designed canned air packaging.

Stationery Design Now!

Stationery Design Now!

If you’re in search of a little stationery design inspiration, Stationery Design Now! is worth a look.

Smirnoff Caipiroska packaging

Smirnoff Caipiroska packaging design

This promotional packaging for Smirnoff Caipiroska by JWT Brasil caught my eye.

On creative block

Gerard Huerta quote

How do you overcome creative block?

some prints

Velvet Underground poster

Get yourself a free A2 print by Stockport-based Graphic Nothing.

New work: CampusIT

CampusIT sketches

CampusIT designs, develops, implements and maintains student management information systems for universities and colleges in the UK and Ireland.

From the reader #2

dpr house

Stand-out content from my feed reader.

Arwey notebooks

Arwey notebook

Any of the notebooks from Arwey would make a great designer gift. The mailman delivered these two.

Letterpress note cards

Letterpress note cards

Hoban Cards. Definitely worth a look.

Aesop on kindness

Mouse carving

This one isn’t just appropriate for the business of design, but for life in general.

How to package elastic bands

Elastic band packaging

The stronger the band, the more the box is squeezed.

Aesop on giving critiques

Two bags

According to ancient lore, every man is born into the world with two bags suspended from his neck.

Twitter lists

Twitter lists @DavidAirey

That Twitter thing last month? Turns out I’ve missed reading designers’ updates.

D&AD President offers advice to graduates on getting hired

D&AD President, Sanky, offers his advice for design graduates entering the profession.

Aesop on client focus

Dog hand silhouette

Don’t spend time dreaming of future clients when you should be focusing on those you have.

Aesop on design contests

Lion stone carving

No matter how much you have, never argue with quality.

Aesop on hiring a professional

Aesop the Greek

Cutting small costs can cause great wounds.