The Poster Art of Mig Kokinda

The Poster Art of Mig Kokinda

A few years ago I came across some really interesting poster art by Mig Kokinda at Flatstock during SXSW. He’s more known locally in the Austin and San Antonio area for his work as a tattoo artist (currently working at Electric13 in Austin), but his poster art is extraordinary and you can hang it on a wall and enjoy it …


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Review: ‘Use Any Font’ Plugin for WordPress

Everyone wants to use live fonts on their website. This is a plugin for WordPress which does it seemlessly with none of the inconvenience or technical problems of Google Fonts or other implementations.


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Blue Genie Art Bazaar in Austin

A few years ago I wrote a review of Blue Genie Art Bazaar in Austin. Blue Genie is still there and going stronger than ever, in fact this year they’ve added additional space and a bunch of new artists. and in just a few years it has come to offer some real competition to Austin’s classic Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


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Review: The Typewriter (In the 21st Century)

Today it’s all about speed and ease of access and cross-platform accessibility, but there is something to be said for a slower process of writing and the mechanical experience of using a typewriter. When I first started writing and publishing I worked on an old Royal manual typewriter. With the Royal typing was like heavy manual labor. Then for years …


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Desktop Publishing on a Budget

Our customers include a lot of novices in the area of graphic design who may not be well prepared to work with images and fonts effectively and often lack basic software appropriate for desktop publishing and graphic design.  Everyone seems to have Microsoft Word, but it just doesn’t do the job when it comes to even fairly simple integration of …


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Vintage Postcards at Voices West

While working on a design project for a local group here in Texas I ran across an interesting website with a really unusual collection of images of vintage postcards. Vintage postcards in general have always been an interest, but this collection is unusual because the cards are selected on an unusual basis. They’re all postcards which include the lyrics of …


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WWI Propaganda Posters

I hope readers don’t find it tedious, but my mind tends to run in certain courses and right now everything seems to be coming up propaganda posters, particularly from the World War I era. After the recent pieces on the work of Alexander Rodchenko and the early soviet constructivists, my mind – which is sort of like an organic version …


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TeeFury – Cool Shirts and a Smart Gimmick

My daughter recently turned me on to TeeFury a website that sells original, limited edition t-shirts with a very clever marketing gimmick. It’s worth looking at here because good art and clever marketing are our bread and butter. The concept of TeeFury is very simple. Artists submit t-shirt designs which they produce and sell at a reasonable price with a …


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Review: Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Capitalizing on newfound popularity resulting from the use of his novel On Stranger Tides (featuring our Queensland font on the cover of the original edition) as the basis of the most recent movie in the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, Tim Powers has released his first new novel in several years, Hide Me Among the Graves. It is a quasi-sequel …


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Don’t Miss Flatstock 33 at SXSW

Every year one of the best parts of the giant SXSW everything festival here in Austin is the Flatstock paper show brought to the Austin Convention Center by the American Poster Institute. The music and the video and the other aspects of the festival are great and way too crowded, but I find the posters and graphic arts materials at …


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The Colors of Tiny Wings

Now this is an odd thing to cover here, but nothing interesting should be off limits. There’s a popular game for the iPhone and iPad which caught my eye because it has the most remarkable use of color. The designer is Andreas Illiger and in addition to being able to design a fun, playable game, he has a real eye …


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Flatstock 29: A Plethora of Posters in Austin

For the second year in a row I braved the crowds and the chaos which is the South by Southwest festival in Austin to check out the Flatstock poster show at the Austin Convention Center. It was a great experience last year, and I was not disappointed to find much more of the same this year. As a graphic designer …


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Blue Genie Art Bazaar in Austin


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Political Signs: the Bold and the Baffling

In the next few weeks we’re all going to see an awful lot of political signs. Every candidate has them, from the lowliest office to the highest in the land, and based on the variety of designs there’s no absolute consensus on what makes one effective. I’ve thought about this before. I’ve even designed quite a few fonts specifically for …


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Scurlock on the Game Shelf

Scurlock has always been one of our most popular fonts for designers working in the board and roleplaying game industries and it has recently shown up in a couple of new games in your local game specialty store. A couple of years ago Scurlock was used for the box cover and interior titles of a lavishly produced Arthurian-themed game called …


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Robin Hood and the Fallacy of Gilding the Lilly

There’s a strange tradition in book publishing which compels editors to decide periodically that a classic illustrated book needs to be reinvented and illustrated by a new artist to appeal to a contemporary audience. This decision is usually driven by the belief that you can sell more books if you can pass them off as worthy of purchase because of …


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