Shawn Huckins (previously featured here) was not inspired by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, or DaVinci. As a young boy in the second grade, Huckins found inspiration in someone who he affectionately refers to as the ‘Big Kid.’ Observing the ‘Big Kid’ and his drawing talents during a school bus ride home, Huckins took to creating his own sketches. Now a painter, Huckins’ introduction to painting came in the form of a family loss when his grandmother passed away a year later and inherited her slightly used oil painting set.
Unfortunately, Huckins’ love affair with painting did not last long. As the medium was not quite what he was used to, he became increasingly frustrated, and stepped away from painting altogether until his college years. After a little globetrotting and some brief stints as a film major, an architecture major, and then as a graphic designer, Huckins found his way back to the medium that he now skillfully manipulates.
Now settled in a creative niche that he could call home, Huckins went onto create his most notable series to date, The American Revolution Revolution and The American __tier.
The most reviled and persecuted form of Graffiti, the Tag, is seldom appreciated for the raw beauty of its skeletal letter forms. Most tags are removed immediately, and thus the casual viewer seldom has a chance to discern the difference between entry level and advanced hand styles.
Within the pages of Flip the Script, author Christian Acker has systematically analyzed a cross section of American graffiti hand styles, contextualizing the work of graffiti writers from around the United States. Acker presents the various lettering samples in a clean organized format, giving the material a proper, formal treatment evoking classic typography books.
We don’t ride bikes as of now, because of the fear of death or serious injury in SF, but if we did move ourselves to Sausalito, California and needed a cruiser, we would go with this simple gem from Emer Bicycles with logo work by Seb Lester. The logo, as explained by Lester, “I was contacted earlier this year about designing the graphics for a new BMX frame, designed by Emer Bicycles. BMX was a big part of my life for the best part of ten years, and I still follow the scene, so I was really pleased to help out. Emer said they wanted a logo that conveyed speed and dynamic energy, as that’s what the bike is all about. It’s a very light and fast cruiser with 24″ wheels and modern BMX geometry. It seemed like a strong idea to make the letters out of the swooping flight path of a Swift with the inline treatment accentuating movement as well. The lettering style developed is a very modern, cursive, flourished script. Emer wanted the logo to look strong and robust, like the frame, so it’s got a solidly constructed feel to it without looking clunky.” (via)
With all of the graphic design blogs out there, September Industry manages to still stand out with their extremely good picks of graphic design collections from around the globe. Simply put, SI just has good taste in design, featuring some of the cleanest book arts and typography work on the web. The cool thing about this site though, is that they offer an in depth interview with the designers and their work. Not only giving viewers eye-gasms all over their screen, the artists are able to share insight to their process, mantras, and influences that leaves the audience with a better understanding of how the work came about, as well as feeling pretty damn inspired.