Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Amazing Accolades

It's been a WHILE since we've been able to post some news, that's just how busy we've been. But in the interim, we've received some amazing awards and reviews.

The folks over at Oppenheim Toy Portfolio have just bestowed a Platinum Best Book Award upon Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types, and Gold Awards were given to Colors and 1-2-3, both by Simms Taback, How to Win Friends and Influence Creatures by Deborah Zemke, and DwellStudio's Look.

Also, Alphabeasties has received a STARRED review in Publishers Weekly! Here it is:

★ "No ordinary abecedarian, this typographical trip will wow design fans and suggest creative projects with letterforms. The book's introduction speaks affectionately of typefaces—“just like people, they look different and have different personalities”—before embarking on a thrilling spin through the alphabet. The first spread presents an alligator's silhouette, made up of capital and lowercase As, as the repeated word “algae” forms green strands around it. A bat shaped from gothic Bs holds vampire connotations; tall, skinny Gs evoke the height of a giraffe that hides behind leafy, vertical folds; and breathless italic Rs make a rabbit seem poised to leap. Werner and Forss, a debuting team of graphic designers, devote page borders to extra wordplay: a C becomes the curved back and tail of a cat, a K's extended foot kicks a soccer ball, a cursive L is a lasso and rounded Ps nestle in a pod. Innovations arrive several to a page, rewarding repeat visits and encouraging readers to muse on the power of type and all that letters and words can imply or insinuate."

More to come!