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Design Curiosities: Vanessa Lam for Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

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Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty showcases some of Degas’ most experimental and radical works—notably 120 rarely seen monotypes. To accompany the exhibition, Vanessa Lam, senior graphic designer at MoMA, created a custom typeface inspired by a French type specimen from the same period as the work in the show. Simplifying aspects of the typeface that were too decorative, the result is historical for sure but unmistakably contemporary.

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty will be up at MoMA through July 24.

※ Photographs by Vanessa Lam and Andrew Toth

Design Curiosities: HEWN Identity by FÖDA

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HEWN is an Austin-based architectural woodworking shop with a team of master-craftsmen specializing in custom woodwork, high-end millwork, metal fabrication, and custom furniture. FÖDA recently reworked their identity from the ground up—name, brand strategy, identity, marketing collateral, website, and environmental graphics. The whole lot!

Curiosities: Examples of Penmanship & Typography from the BHL

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A consortium of botanical and natural history libraries, the Biodiviersity Heritage Library is working towards digitizing their collections of public domain journals and books. It is an endless resource of images and information that can be used freely, depending on its copyright status. Delving through the collection led to an unexpected discovery of many beautiful examples of penmanship and typography.

※ The images above were edited for DC, originals are below.

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Le Penguin

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The Goosebeek’d Whale
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Pigeon Blondinette Noir
Noir Pigeon Satinette

Design Curiosities: Book Covers by Daniel Benneworth-Gray

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I love it when designers focus, but Daniel Benneworth-Gray is honing an aesthetic that really inspires me. He has figured out how to imbue the most minimalist of compositions with warmth and surprise. In addition to his prolific book cover output, he also writes regularly for Creative Review and his own newsletter, Meanwhile.

Design Curiosities: ETC for Sightglass Coffee

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Everything Type Company (ETC) has been working with San Francisco-based independent coffee company, Sightglass, for some time now. The results of this creative partnership speak for themselves.