I am one of those nerds…I graduated in 2006 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Graphic Communication department. I never knew there was enough to know about fonts to constitute two whole classes. However, they were fun! I love typography, and I remember it was way too easy to get stuck browsing FontFace.com for hours looking for the perfect font for a project (even if you already knew what you were going to use). Our department also had (and still has) an awesome collection of old letterpress printing machines which we got to use for a project or two, hand-placing each letter one by one. I cannot imagine doing this for an entire newspaper. Oy vey. Typography and letterpress art is a huge market, and I ran across this cool little Etsy store not long ago, The Motivated Type. I wanted to get a little more into the design world apart from fashion on my blog, so here we go.
The Motivated Type is an English company that uses vintage typography and subway signs for inspiration, which I find neat because I have a huge affinity for vintage advertisements. It’s amazing the power just a few words can have on us, and how artsy and eye-catching they can be without any photos or imagery to back them up. I always am attracted to things that otherwise would be seen as boring, spruced up in endless ways to become appealing. Maybe that’s why typography and me stuck like peanut butter and jam.
Words have tremendous power. They can make us think, challenge us and inspire us. Words can make us smile, laugh and push us to our potential. One phrase can make all the difference between walking away and trying again. And one sentence can encourage us with a lesson that we never forget.”
These guys have already gotten a lot of attention from the likes of Glamour, HDTV, PopSugar and more! We all get a little sick of the crap life slings at us from time to time, so why not stick a bit of motivational eye candy around the house to help keep your chin and spirits up? Isn’t it crazy how, when put in simple terms, certain situations or thoughts seem to become much easier to handle? I think we all need these reminders in our lives from time to time, cliché or not clichés…
The Motivated Type also has a collection of artistic pillows. I would have featured a lot more of the typography prints above, because there are a lot more awesome where that came from. So lets take a break from the big names in this huge world and give the little guys some love.