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“Blink” Arts: The Gift of Inscriptus

Friday, December 6th, 2013

I love a good bit of typography. I get quite excited by clever graphics, incorporating a sexy font (yes there is such a thing) working in perfect tandem with the words that it is being utilized to express. In fact I have a couple of Pinterest boards dedicated to these very things. I think it’s something in my gene pool as my brothers are both super creative and one is in fact a very well respected typographer. That typographer brother of mine bought me a rather fabulous graphic design oriented and typography related birthday gift, that also rather cleverly incorporates my love of classic hip hop.

'Damn it feels good' by Anthony Elder

'Damn it feels good' by Anthony Elder

This is the work of graphic designer and ‘letterer’, Anthony Elder. Under the name ‘Inscriptus’ he is creating stunningly hand-calligraphed works of art featuring classic rap lyrics. I absolutely love the surprise of the beautifully curlicued lettering to express words that you would more naturally associate with grillz, blunts, bling, shoutyness and booty shaking. As each piece is hand drawn, each one is an absolute one off. I’m already considering purchase number two from this young, Brooklyn based artist…

the work of Anthony Elder

the work of Anthony Elder

the work of Anthony Elder

the work of Anthony Elder

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“Blink” Graphics: Unite and Type

Friday, July 26th, 2013

One of my absolute pleasures in life is discovering a delightful new shop. Yesterday I was afforded that rare pleasure as I ambled along the most northern end of Portobello Road. I must admit that my route used to stop at the junction with Goldborne Road and I’d turn right, heading up to the antique shops, via Lisboa for a custard tart, and then to Rellik for some premo vintage. Now I have to rethink my walk as this little bit of Portobello Road, across the junction with Goldborne Road, has been undergoing a wonderful transformation.

There are some great cafes and coffee shops, photographic art shops, a great spot for a mani/pedi, and also yesterday’s newest discover, Unite and Type which is a unique proposition from the Big Tomato Company. I met Gloria, the boss, who very kindly kept the doors open a bit longer for me as I ooh’d and ahh’d over the product. Here they have mixed some well selected vintage furniture and ‘objet’ to sit alongside some great graphic art from the likes of Anthony Burrill, as well as their range of pre-printed ceramics, and the ceramics awaiting your choice of text motif.

The Big Tomato Company are passionate about British production (all the ceramics are made in Stoke on Trent), typefaces and customization. They combine these passions by allowing you to select a shape from their ceramic collection, choose your font, colourway of type (real gold of platinum anyone?!) and message. Then they lovingly turn your vision into reality!

If you’re a font fanatic and keen on learning some letterpress skills, then this store also houses a vintage letterpress printer and a plethora of vintage fonts. You can attend a one day workshop to create your own text based work of art as well as being able to dazzle your friends with your knowledge of leading and kerning!

Gloria in her shop, Unite and Type

Gloria in her shop, Unite and Type

Unite and Type from the Big Tomato Company

Unite and Type from the Big Tomato Company

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“Blink” Streetstyle: Brick Lane, East London

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Brick Lane

Brick Lane

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“Blink” Graphics: Noah and the Whale express themselves

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

I really love the direction for more subtle band advertising/ fly posting with integrity, and these Noah and the Whale posters are a perfect example. The graphic impact is one very gorgeous and important part of it, but once your attention has been caught and you’ve stopped for a moment, the wonderful poetry of these Noah and the Whale posters is really rather lovely.

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale

If you’re interested to see what these guys are about musically, here’s a video of one of their new tracks, Lifetime, from the new album, Heart of Nowhere.

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“Blink” Love: Valentine’s at Liberty

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

You had us at ‘Hello’, Liberty. You always make my heart beat faster- and not just ‘cos you have us listed as one of your favourite blogs…

Today, you also induced a couple of belly laughs with your brilliant Valentine’s campaign. Genius!

Liberty's Valentine's Day campaign

Liberty's Valentine's Day campaign

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Bright Young Things, Selfridges

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

And here’s our final post about Selfridges Bright Young Things. We really love good graphic art, and there were a couple of windows that created such stunning graphic impact, with stark monochrome and energetic scale play, we just had to share them with you. First up is graphic designer, Archie McLeish, followed by the work of menswear designer, William Richard Green.

Archie McLeish

Archie McLeish

William Richard Green

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Graphics: Final Favourites, part 3

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

So, here’s the final farewell to our lovely “Graphics” report, care of our resident graphics whizz, Christian. He’s selected his favourite images from the Winter report and has shared with us the reasons why he’s chosen these particular shots. We’re always really inspired by brilliant fashion graphics and the huge amount of amazing and ever changing street art in London, so we’re pretty sure this is not the end of great graphic inspiration on the blog, so no need to panic folks!

Markus Lupfer. A lot of hand cut typography seems to be around at the moment, which can only be a good thing.

Luna and Curious. I like the look of Victorian styled advertising art.

Hanbury Street. COPYEM copying some Barbara Kruger typography.

Scream Gallery. This reminds me of a FAILE piece and I love FAILE.

Redchurch Street. A take on the Richard Avedon Beatles posters, the originals are the best though. Who fancies buying me a set?

Golbourne Road. RIP Amy. Nice work by Don

Fendi. Loving the handprinted, cubism look offered up by Fendi, very well done.

Ardingly Antique Fair. Looks like I'll be at the next Ardingly to see if these signs are still for sale...

Kingsland Road. Great design by one of my favourites, Parra. Great stuff.

Thanks Chris. If you’d like to see more posts on the graphics theme, just click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Graphics: Final Favourites, part 2

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

We found lots of great message oriented imagery to fill this final ‘Graphics’ report, so thought we should share some of the best of the best with you. There are still a few message T’s out there, but nothing like the previous resurgence of Hamnett inspired, 80’s throwbacks seen in the Summer. Here we look at a combination of fashion graphics and street art. Some are pure promotion, but in quite a clever way. Some are declarations of allegiance. Others are a call to action, and some are just, well, just for the hell of it I guess. Regardless of whether you feel inspired by the message, we hope that you feel inspired by the graphics.

Brick Lane, East London

COS, Knightsbridge

Hanbury Street, East London


Sister by Sibling, LFW

Spital Street, East London

Urban Outfitters

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“Blink” Graphics: Final Favourites, part 1

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

So, we’re just working on pulling together the final issue of our quarterly ‘Graphics’ report. Its been one of our favourites to create, but we’re having to focus our energies on other new reports and this one sadly has to bite the dust. We will be adding a little pop of graphics inspiration into our monthly ‘Jersey’ report instead, so all is not lost.

In honour of the final issue, we’re dedicating this week’s posts to our favorite shots from the Winter’11 report. We’re starting with this genius image, shot in Shoreditch. It sums up much of what is great about British street art with its graphic impact, humour, intelligence and spontaneity. If you know who is responsible, please do let us know. More great imagery to come over the next few days.

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Blink Graphics: Autumn ’11 Highlights

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

We asked our resident graphics expert, Christian, to select his favourites from the Autumn ’11 quarterly ‘Graphics’ report. He scoured the 300 or so images that make up this report and pulled out those that he felt are the most inspirational and innovative. This is the penultimate issue of this report (boo!) but we have added another new report to our offer which means we have to refocus our energy. We still find graphic art incredibly inspirational, however so we will still be dedicating the occasional post to this theme, as well as adding in some great T shirt graphics into our ‘Jersey’ report.

St Bride at the Vintage Festival

The art of Letterpress is in the process of a massive revival at the moment. Keep your eye out for one off posters and letterpress woodblock fonts. Check out St Bride for lectures and shows, always interesting.

Bacon Street, East London

Bacon Street, East London.

Loving this line drawing graffiti style, differing from the norm.

The Peter Blake bus, spotted at the Vintage Festival

The Peter Blake bus is a wonder, pure British eccentric design.

Buxton Street, East London

Some street art by Anthony Lister, always great to see up. A very interesting artist.

Anthony Burrill

Letterpress goodness by Anthony Burrill. What’s not to like?

Ardingly Antiques Fair

I love old signage, a disappearing art which is a shame. Great reference here.

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