summer of love at the mfa boston.

“One pill makes you larger And one pill makes you small And the ones that mother gives you Don’t do anything at all Go ask Alice When she’s ten feet tall”
– Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting “The Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design” exhibit, currently showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit, on view until October 22, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Visitor’s can take in more than 120 posters, album covers and photographs that center around the artists, albums and performances of an iconic moment in culture and music.

As a student of graphic design, I was particularly interested in the trends that emerged at this time around typography. Throughout the exhibit, visitors can see a trend in type which mimics the movement of lava lamps and sets reverberating colors in contrast on both album covers and concert posters. This effect is used deliberately and forces readers to engage more closely with the art in order to read words on the page. As a web designer, I know the effort that is spent in today’s digital media to ensure contrast and legibility standards so it struck me that 50 years ago the design trends of the moment encouraged just the opposite.

The MFA and their contributors generously allow visitors to use photography throughout the exhibit, and encourage sharing via social media (#SummerOfLove). I took a handful of photos while there which I’ve shared below. Enjoy!

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bits of inspiration – #89.

Like all designers, typography holds a special place in my heart. And as I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I love a good infographic. Since first seeing it back in June of this year, I’ve found myself re-searching for this Fontsmith infographic on typography terms again and again. For all the type nerds out there, here’s a good one to save to your bookmarks or print for your desk.

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melanie & jason weding invitations.

I recently had the privilege to design a wedding invitation for my good friends Melanie and Jason. Melanie was my freshman year roommate at Providence College and I’ve been fortunate to call her a friend ever since. In October of this year Melanie and Jason will marry at the Glen Cove Mansion in New York. The bride asked that the invitations reflect the elegance and historic nature of this Georgian-style estate that will be their venue.

Invitation suite

type pairings from around the web.

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Like most graphic designers I have a special place in my heart for typography. Whether designing a website or a wedding invitation, one of the most time-consuming challenges for me can be finding two typefaces that really compliment one another. This article by designmodo offers some really well-excuted type pairings from around the web. I’m especially loving the Europa/Garamond pairing from exposure.co.