Design Curiosities: Algo FY

Sights: On the Grid Houston





I completely underestimated the work that would go into coordinating and participating in On the Grid when I signed up to take on the role of Ambassador. With that said, it has been an amazing experience, learning to put aside my introverted tendencies and self-doubt. If you ask me what I do, I normally shirk the details with some casual response of how I help out Steven with his freelance work. I didn’t go to art school, I don’t have a graphic design degree, I don’t know how to use all of the manual settings on my camera, we have a small design website, and I sort-of make art. Truth is, it’s always seems easier to be self-deprecating than confident.

Because of this, documenting what we love about Montrose seemed a little out of my comfort zone, especially when the reality of it all started to sink in. As it went on it became less intimidating, and standing confidently behind the camera felt more natural. We met so many kind folks, and made many priceless connections. In the end, we felt incredibly inspired by the entrepreneurs and designers in our community. Without sounding too sentimental (although it may be too late now), I’m so grateful Hyperakt trusted us to take this on. It’s a beautiful project, and we hope we did Montrose and Houston proud.


Design Curiosities: Basic Stamps by Duane Dalton


Duane Dalton is a Dublin born, London based graphic designer currently at SEA Design. Lately he’s been designing Basic Stamps, and they’re really good.

Sights: On the Grid


I’m participating in Hyperkat’s On the Grid city guide for Houston, and it’s giving me a great opportunity to photograph some places around town that I love.

※ Photograph by DC

Curiosities: Japanese Book of Science










We have amassed quite the collection of old books from local bookstores and resale shops over the years. They have two functions, it seems. Sitting in a credenza, and being heavy in moving boxes. To change this, and to return them to the purpose they were purchased for, I’ve started photographing and scanning them to be put to use as design inspiration. There are three distinct sections in this series. Firstly, photographs of the books themselves, unchanged (1-3). Secondly, images and figures scanned from the book, isolated and slightly altered (4-6). Lastly, original work created from the images (7-9).

Design Curiosities: Algo FY

Algo 1

Algo 2

Algo 3

Algo 4

This year the Club des Directeurs Artistiques named Michel Derre’s Algo FY the best new original typeface. Although clearly grounded in blackletter and calligraphy traditions, Algo is amazingly fresh. It is available in 3 distinct weights, or in this case styles, as the writing tool used for each remains fully expressed.

Michel Derre practices and teaches calligraphy and lettering in Paris; surprisingly this is his first type family release.

There are great images of Michel’s process here.