Source: A 19th century Irish fellow suffering from brain freeze
Typefaces: hand-drawn lettering
Last week I finished reading my daughters Ivan Day’s new book about the history of ice cream in Britain. For a couple hundred years ice cream and flavored ices were enjoyed only by the wealthy. Street vendors first started selling ices in London sometime in the 1850s. An English journalist interviewed one of these vendors who described his working class customers’ first reaction to the cold treats. He spoke of an “Irish fellow,” who chugged the glass of water ice all at once and was surprised to receive what we would today recognize as “brain freeze.”
Growing up near Philadelphia, flavored Italian ices were always called “water ice.” I didn’t realize this was a regional thing. One time I went to a Rita’s in Maryland and asked for “cherry water ice.” The puzzled girl at the window told me “We have plain water and we have cherry ice, but we don’t have any cherry water.”
My hand lettering for this design was inspired by the type sketches of Matt Braun and daily drawings of Chris Piascik. The words were drawn in pen, scanned in, saved as bitmap files, and colored in InDesign. The ice texture background is actually a scan of a film negative which I picked from the free high res texture gallery on LostAndTaken.com.
Source: My grandfather
Typefaces: Nelly Script, Nobel
Here’s another of my grandfather’s quotes. I don’t know if he intended a metaphor for business or if he was simply talking about fishing. I’d say the statement holds true in either sense. The portrait of Harold is from a fishing trip to Canada during the 60s. The black & white photo was also his. The curly script typeface alludes to fishing line.
Source: Come Fill Your Glass With Us album cover
Typefaces: Nobel, Clairvaux
Last year I bought this old Irish folk music record. I stashed it away and didn’t listen to it until last week. All the text from this fake book cover comes from the back of the record cover. This 1959 album is predominantly about drinking and partying. 1959 was also the year that Disney released the film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People. The images on my cover come from a promotion photo and the poster. It’s an amusing film with lots of dancing leprechauns, creepy banshees, and a young Sean Connery.
Last year I read St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography by Philip Freeman. Holy smokes, what a fascinating story. Patrick was a the son of a upper class Roman family living on the West coast of 4th century Britain. When he was 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold into slavery. After several years herding sheep on the far side of Ireland God came to him in a dream and told him to make a break for it. He sneaked across the country, boarded a ship for Britain, and made his way back home. His parents were excited to see him, but Patrick felt God wanted him to go back to Ireland. He studied to become a priest, returned to Ireland, and started preaching. He was expected to be killed, but he actually made a lot of progress converting the pagan Irish. The church in Ireland was growing so much that his higher-ups in Rome wanted Patrick to quit, giving him the old “Nice work, but we’ll take it from here” bit. He told them to forget it and he continued living in Ireland for the rest of his days.
Source: 30 Rock
Typefaces: Monoline Script, Silica
In an epsiode from two weeks ago, Alec Baldwin’s character on 30 Rock defended his childhood dream of becoming an marine biologist. Talk of Jacques Cousteau reminded me of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. This cover combines a shot from that film with something of a The Love Boat treatment for the portrait.
If you don’t already have Seu Jorge’s The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions, you totally need to buy that album. It’s David Bowie songs sung in Portuguese.
Here’s some Life Aquatic inspired art I found in my image search:
I’m Sick of These Dolphins by Nan Lawson
digital Zissou portait by Matt Fontaine
Zissou vs. pirates by Scott Lava
ink Steve Zissou portrait by Kyle Steed
Life Aquatic poster by Alexandra Fanny Davis
acrylic Zissou portrait by Daniel Carver.