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Graphic Design In the Wild – Day 6: Hyper Bike Company

I love when a company is created by a person who loves the product they’re building. It doesn’t always mean success, but at a minimum it’s a genuine attempt to improve things.

Hyper Bicycles was created in 1990 by BMX pro Clay Godsmid. It originally focused on building BMX racing frames and components. They have since expanded to mountain bikes.

Their typeface logo is an exercise in contrast. Something I learned a little about from Chris Do. From his ebook Typography Manual Vol. 1:

Go from light to bold, or from medium to extra bold when changing font weights. The key to great design is contrast.

– Chris Do

The “Hyper” font is chunky, thick, and bold, like the frame of a freestyle BMX bike. The “Bike Company” font thins out, but remains solid, like a pair of handlebars.

Contrast is king.

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Graphic Design In the Wild – Day 5: Dark Horse Wine

Dark Horse Wine was founded in 2010.

Their goal was to deliver a premium tasting wine at a reasonable price.

But have you ever been to the wine aisle? There’s a glut of brands lining the shelves. How does a wine company stand out amongst the endless rows?

This was a challenge head winemaker Beth Liston understood. As she mentioned in a 2019 interview with The Buyer:

Trying to stand out in a sea of wine, and how to differentiate yourself. What is going to make someone standing in an overcrowded wine aisle pick your bottle rather than someone else’s has to be the biggest challenge.

It’s GRAPHIC DESIGN time.

Some may same say their logo is cliche. But to me, the wine glass silhouette as the horse’s blaze is graphic design brilliance. It turned my head in the wine aisle, and I was on my way to the frozen pizza. The use of negative space takes a few seconds to click in the mind (for me any way), but when it does, the entire brand is seared into your subconscious.

That last sentence might be fluff, but either way it’s a memorable piece.

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Graphic Design In the Wild – Day 4: Bird Scooters

Throughout the history of graphic design, logos emblazoned with wings are a mainstay.

You have the Detroit Red Wings, Redwing Shoes, The Athlete’s Foot, Birdman’s forehead insignia

But the electric scooter company Bird, locked up the “winged” logo game for at least the next 6 months. It’s simple (only 7 lines). It’s distinct (recognizable 30 feet away). And still looks dope sweaty and beaten down.

And going back for seconds, Bird gives you three logos for one. Look close. Can you see the pair of wheels? The pair of raptor eyes? The pair of wings?

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Graphic Design In the Wild – Day 3: Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina Restroom Signage

I can’t resist hand-painted lettering. A steady hand and brush can enliven any space. Even a restroom hallway.

Papa Lopez Cantina understands this. It would’ve been cheaper, and still effective, to slap the old Men and Women restroom signage to the doors. But somebody in the Papa Lopez art department believed in better.

Look close. You can still see the paint drying.

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NEW PROJECT: Graphic Design In the Wild

Greeting friends!

Starting tomorrow we’re beginning a new project, Graphic Design In the Wild.

The goal? Capture a piece of graphic design in the physical world, for each day of April.

The two criteria for a daily piece are these:

1. The piece exists in the physical world. We can hold it, touch it.

2. The piece catches our eye.

I’ve wanted to do a project like this for a while, but fear and complacency have held me back.

Sometimes you have to leap.

See you tommorrow.

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Pete Doctor’s advice to his younger self? DRAW!

Pete Doctor is Pixar’s chief creative officer. Recently he sat down for an interview with economist Steven Levitt. On his People I (Mostly) Admire podcast, Steve asked Pete one of my favorite, but ridiculous interview questions. What live advice would you give the 20 year old Pete Doctor, knowing what you know now?

Pete’s response:

I’d probably tell myself draw more. Just get outside and draw, cause your draftsmanship skills are always handy. But more importantly I think, drawing for me, really connects me to stuff. It forces me to see things. I can walk past a house everyday, but then if I stop and draw it I suddenly notice details and things about it that I’d never payed attention to before. So I feel like drawing is a way to slow me down and really connect me to the world that I’m inhabiting that I’m not always fully paying attention to.

An excellent interview for all you drawers out there. Listen in full here.

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Four Panel Friday: Neil Gaiman’s Four Panel Comic to Steve Bissette


Neil Gaiman’s script work on Sandman is well known. But he also drew comics for fun. Inspired by Steve Bissette’s 24-hour comic day shenanigans, Neil drew a four panel comic about his shades.

From – Art of Neil Gaiman: The Story of a Writer with Handwritten Notes, Drawings, Manuscripts, and Personal Photographs

By – Hayley Campbell

Pencils – Neil Gaiman