Thursday Apr 18, 2013 by mike
While I was in Cambodia this past March, I became fascinated with the Khmer alphabet and the signs featuring those letters (See my earlier post about the signs and visuals I found in Cambodia and Laos). While shopping in Phnom Penh, I found a great book entitled Hand-Painted Signs of Kratie filled with photographs of signs found in Kratie, a small, rural city in Central Cambodia. Check out a few pics from the book and then order a copy! It makes a great companion to the popular Faythe Levine & Sam Macon Sign Painters book released last year.
This print from the Flatstock at SXSW 2006 was thought to be long sold out. We recently unearthed a nice big chunk of these and are making them available to YOU!
This is the only print which features contributions from Wes Winship, Mike Davis, Aaron Horkey, George Thompson, and Todd Bratrud all on the same page at the same time. Definitely one for the Burlesque history books! All of the letters were assembled by Wes, who also printed this beast just before hitting the road for Austin.
26 x 20"
3 color screenprint on French Whitewash paper
Monday Oct 29, 2012 by mike
I'm never not taking photos of handpainted signs, logos, or other design artifacts when I'm walking around. Here's a batch of recent images I've come across. Enjoy!
More logos! Here's a collection of logos, type experiments, and other graphic noodlings by our resident vector wizard Mike Davis, all compiled into a cozy cluster and printed up in six colors for your viewing pleasure. We even threw in some metallic gold ink to really seal the deal. This will fit perfectly in your cubicle, kitchen, studio, VIP booth, wine cellar, foyer, meat locker, dungeon, or anywhere else you like to hang up prints.
7.5 x 11"
5 color screenprint on French Butcher Blue paper
Open edition signed by Mike Davis
Printed by Ben LaFond
Monday Jan 23, 2012 by mike
Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our very first Spotlight Series interview with James White. We're picking up right now with episode two, shining the spotlight on our friend Justin Thomas Kay. Justin first came into our radar in 2004 when he phoned up the Burlesque office to ask us to create an editorial illustration of rapper Common to be featured in Complex magazine. From there, we quickly fell in love with his type and design skills and we've stayed in touch over the years, collaborating on several projects under his art direction. Read on!
Our own Mike Davis took on poster design duties for The National's two-night run at the legendary Academy of Muisc in Philadelphia, capturing the history and majestic qualities of the Academy as well as the colorful fact that this is a rock concert! Two rock concerts at that! A highly detailed architectural rendering of the venue meets groovy patterns and ornate lettering. It's all here! Yo La Tengo and Wye Oak also performed.
Signed and numbered edition of 100 posters, screenprinted by Ben LaFond.
19 x 25"
3 color print on French Nighshift Blue paper
Thursday Jun 30, 2011 by mike
Whether we know it or not, we all grew up with Michael Manoogian's design work in our lives. Since the late 1960s, Manoogian has been hand-crafting stunning and time-tested typographic logos for clients in the music and entertainment industries. In May 2011, his name appeared in my email inbox. Out of the clear blue, this legendary letterer had written to express his appreciation for my So Much Pileup blog. I humbly asked Mike for an interview for the site and, not only did he oblige, but he was also generous enough to send over a large number of his original sketches from some of his projects. And now, with no further ado, I present this exclusive interview with the great Michael Manoogian.
Please introduce yourself and explain what you do.
I fell in love with graphic design while studying at Rhode Island School of Design. I’ve been involved with it ever since. I dabbled in everything there, design-wise – posters, book covers, ads, photography. But it was lettering that caught my interest the most. On a scale of 0-10, interest is at the top.
Monday May 9, 2011 by mike
Designer Jun Kanai created this typographic uniform for waitresses at Yankee Stadium to wear.
It's a whole pile of brand new and classic designs from Mike Davis, all screenprinted and ready to be hung up in your studio, cubicle, library, salon, foyer, porch, master bedroom, or parlor. You get all six prints: Pyramid World, The Beast, Raccoon, BRLSQ Holdup, BRLSQ Viking, and the original Twelve Car Pileup logo from Mike's first freelance graphic design outing in 2002 just before moving to Minneapolis to join Burlesque.
Mike Davis' newly-designed poster for Arcade Fire's Autumn 2010 shows in France and Germany. What would the suburbs look like from a bird's eye view?
19 x 25"
5 color on French paper
Signed and numbered edition of 150