Posts in Category: How-to

How I created the Jalopnik Lancia Stratos typeface

If, years from now, my legacy is the guy that made a font based on the Stratos logotype, I would be entirely okay with that. After obsessing over the Stratos lettering for years, and then lamenting that there wasn’t a good vectorized version of the logo available online, I started to create my own. Naturally, that led to creating more letters, and soon it became a full-blown alphabet project.

It was winter, I was post-college-unemployed and living in a poorly-insulated apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I had just read through the House Industries hardcover non-stop; the book profiles a design studio that specializes in beautifully ornate and offbeat type designs, and it left me dying to create some kind of alphabet, mostly so I could create a slick poster to promote said alphabet.  Continue reading…

Just the beginning: Experiments in Light Painting

Lightpainting is a process where you take a long exposure image at night, and selectively illuminate what you want to show up with conventional lights (not flashes). So instead of a strobe, you can use a flashlight, and whatever you don’t hit [paint] with the light will stay dark. You have to go somewhere that’s pitch black, because the long exposures (15 seconds or more) will amplify any ambient light in the background or reflect on the car. Finding somewhere completely dark isn’t easy when you live in a city of sprawl such as Houston, Texas.  Continue reading…