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New Book on Type and Texture

Vol 1 Northern France
By Brenton Smith

With an update including an expanded photo index, Type and Texture, Northern France is back on the market.

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Vacation T-shirt

What does a graphic designer do when he goes to the beach with his wife and friends? Create a t-shirt to commemorate the trip for all 8 of them (plus a few extra). Thanks to the guys at Danger Press for helping me rock this out.

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Pee-Tainment

Sometimes an idiotic idea actually is a good one. I recently saw Avatar while drinking a super large soda. I didn’t want to get up to run to the facilities, so the last 40 minutes of the film were really uncomfortable.

Later, a friend showed me exactly what I needed that day. It’s the site, runpee.com. It tells you the best time to slip out of the theater to hit the little movie goers room and what lesser important stuff that you’re missing while you’re there.

Brilliant. Well, at least someone has found a way to watch movies for a living and be a benefit to society.

Sadly, the site one of the ugliest things out there, but they do have an iPhone app as well.

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805 Collective Design


[Jeremy][Light boxes with prints of the tallest people in the world (to scale) in the bathroom). The light switch also turns on the radio.]
[Wall art from a local artist in San Luis Obispo.]
One of the piano desks.

I had a great time hanging out with Jeremy of 805 Collective Design. He is a great designer with an awesome design studio. He has a collection of upright pianos they use as desks among other amazing spaces. Check out their work at 805collective.com

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Off the Tracks



A friend of mine is the drummer for this L.A. band, Atlantic Line. Their sound is soaring and cinematic and their design is equally striking. I am drawn to the variety and strength of their poster design, thanks to another friend of theirs, Corey Capetillo.

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Very Frenchy


Here’s a link to my photo galleries featuring a selection of shots from my recent trip to France. A photo book geared for Graphic Designers is in the works. It features an array of Type and Texture from Northern France. Stay tuned.

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Type & Texture Begins

I am in France doing an Art program and so I thought I’d like to do a design project that reflects what interests me and could give me inspiration for the future. To that end, I am doing small book on Type and Texture. This area is rich in historic places, so the textures on the surfaces are amazing and the type is a mix of old and modern in a beautiful way.

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Poster Book


Here’s a great poster book on band/concert posters that I checked out recently. It’s great inspiration for poster design.

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Brewing by Design



A few friends and I have started home brewing. This is the first batch that I helped to brew. One of my contributions, is naming the brew and designing a label for it’s debut to a group of 50 or so friends.

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Creative Spaces


In looking for inspiration to design our new office, my friend Dawn found the site, This Ain’t No Disco. I love it’s compilation of creative work spaces. I am only sad I didn’t know about it sooner.
Here’s one of my favorite recent spaces they’ve posted:
Creneau International from Hasselt, Belgium

P.S. the “This Ain’t No Disco” book is coming out soon.

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