Decorating with Typography

Good typographic layouts (to me) form pictures, not just words. They tell stories and invoke feelings. I love filling my walls with things I love, and just one of the things I love is beautiful typography. I also love how it merges my background as a graphic designer with my everyday spaces. From artwork to pillows, my house is filled with typography art.

 

Type is saying things to us all the time. Typefaces express a mood, an atmosphere. They give words a certain coloring.

Rick Poyner, Writer

 

10 Principles of Good Design by Dieter Rams

Not only does this print display my love for typography, it also represents my love for design and the design process. It’s a beautiful print that is mounted slightly off the matte, so you can see the depth of the letterpress.

 

Helvetica Posters

My friends know I have a thing for Helvetica. My friend sent me this link to this site and it was game over for me.

This Helvetica poster I’ve had for years. Originally for my office at work, now hung in my bedroom.

 

NYC Subway Identity System book

Houseguests ask me why I have a NYC Subway Identity System book…and I answer “because it’s classic design.” This was my first ever Kickstarter backer project and I’m so happy I did it.

 

Bedroom quote poster

A DIY project I did after getting inspiration from a Pinterest find. The frame is magnetic, so I can switch out the print anytime I want. Plus this is the best quote ever. :)

 

Marquee Boards

Quotes keep me inspired. I have collected a few of my favorites and swap out the quotes depending on my mood or season.

 

Local Maps

I love my city AND my state. Nothing better than surrounding yourself with local pride.

 

Pillows

I picked this pillow up on one of my work trips to New York City. A subtle embossed neighborhood map of Manhattan. New York always inspires me with art and design, and this pillow was just one of those times.

 

For all the other type lovers out there…how do you like to decorate with type? :)

 

Quote poster

After my bedroom tour post, I got a lot of questions about my poster above my bed. It’s been awhile since I made it, but here is a quick lowdown of how I did it.

First off, to accomplish my vision I needed to paint the large wall behind my bed an accent color. And as you can tell, I love the color gray. It’s moody…just like me. :)  I found loads of great inspiration online, and then finally bit the bullet and tried a few colors from my neighborhood paint shop. The middle one was just slightly too dark, and the left one had a purple tint to it at night…so I went with the one on the right.

 

I have been collecting lots of wall decor inspiration these past few years, and found one with a large quote. I loved this because it goes with my typography thing I got going on.

But creating a large print would require a HUGE frame, and that could get expensive. So I did a little online research and found these great large format magnetic frames from Well Made. The frame seemed perfect for my use, and I really liked that they have such heavy duty magnets to hold the poster in place. The bonus is I can switch out the poster with little cost if I get tired of it,

 

To determine the correct size of artwork, I cut out some kraft paper and hung it on the wall to see how the size looked. I landed on 50″ x 60″ with some input from a friend. :)

 

I created my artwork in Illustrator and submitted my artwork on FedEx Office online, and picked it up a few days later.

Once the wall was all painted, I measured and marked the wall to hang the frame with the included hardware. After that was done, I was ready to insert the poster. What do you think of the quote? What should my next one be?

 

Upcylced Pantone Art

Before I started doing UX Design I did mainly print design. For those who are familiar with print design, most of our days can be spent analyzing, and choosing the perfect color. I would spend a lot of time deliberating over the perfect shade of blue for a particular project. So when my mentor was getting rid of some stuff before he moved, and he asked if I wanted his Pantone chip books. These books and I had some history together, and I knew they might come in handy some day. (This is a crafter’s mentality.)

There were a few chip books so I consolidated the unused chips into one, and recycled the used ones. Before I recycled and tossed the extras, I chose a few GRAYS and did a quick little craft, fit for a designer. :)

Caveat: As designers may know, Pantone Chips don’t grow on trees. :) This craft was done using OLD Pantone chips. I wouldn’t suggest tearing up your brand new chip books to make this by any means.

TIME TO COMPLETE

It took all of 10 minutes…once I had selected my chips.

MATERIALS

  • 20 Pantone chips
  • Square shadowbox frame
  • Foam squares
  • Smooth white art board trimmed to fit your frame

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Pick out 20 chips. I chose a gray palette to match my decor. The options are limitless really…if you have a chip book to spare.

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Step 2:

Arrange them in a 5 x 4 grid on your art board. Why the un-even grid? Because the height of the chips is longer than their width, and I wanted to create a centered square grid inside my square frame. Once you have them in your layout, you may want to trim the bottom edges a bit to make them all equal heights. The chip books aren’t perfectly perforated, so you might have to do a little clean up work.

Step 3:

Starting with the upper left corner, take one chip, flip it over, and place one foam square on the backside. Turn it back over and stick it onto the art board where you had it arranged. Continue to do this to all of the chips. Making sure you stick them on the art board with an even space in between each chip.

There you go! A quick and dirty designer DIY.