Tag Archives: mid-century

The Ludlow: Typographic Influence, 1931–1962

On Saturday, November 12, I gave a brief presentation at the International Printing Museum about a selection of typefaces that were designed by Robert Hunter Middleton for the Ludlow Typograph, a letterpress linecasting machine (for which we just so happen to be doing a Kickstarter Campaign). Focusing on the idea of “typographic influence,” I have […]

Wiener Städtische original poster art

This is a very proud acquisition for me: it’s the original, hand-constructed artwork that was used to create a mid-century modern Austrian poster, advertising the Wiener Städtische Versicherung (Vienna Insurance Group). I’ve done a little searching, but I haven’t found any of the actual posters; it’s possible that this was never produced, or it might […]

Vari-Typer T-Shirt

A sneak peek at a t-shirt the Night Shift created at the International Printing Museum. The silkscreen was created without the use of cameras, scanners, computers, or the like; it’s completely analog. The Vari-Typer Headliner, a photocomposition typesetting machine from the 1950s, was the descendant of a line of complex typewriters. Unlike its predecessors, the […]

Diagonal, fake Vertigo prop poster

Diagonal: Fake Vertigo Poster?

While I’m on the topic of prop documents, this has been bothering me for months: a while back I was watching TV1, and I saw a poster in the background that looked quite a bit like Saul Bass‘s famous Vertigo one-sheet. The typography is almost identical in style. The colors too. The imagery and composition—same […]

Incredible Secret Knowledge—The Night Shift

Incredible Secret Night Shift Knowledge

While perusing through one of the many beautiful type specimens at the International Printing Museum, a looseleaf page advertising “incredible, logic-defying, outrageous secret knowledge” fell out unexpectedly1. Seems that there may have been a Night Shift long ago. Seriously, though, if anyone knows of a film studio or prop house looking for an obsessive level […]