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The Typofiles #133: Neutraface Slab Lookbook

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Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

Just like everyone else, my mailbox seems to be overflowing with junk mail on most days. So when something really good does show up, it definitely stands out. A catalog from House Industries is always a welcome arrival. The latest issue is dedicated to the very awesome Neutraface Slab.

Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

I grabbed a stack of catalogs and magazines (including this beauty) to peruse when I hit the road — my (very) temporary digs in Venice felt like the perfectly cozy place to play catch-up on reading material. Sidenote: I want a table like that someday!

Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

I’ve long admired the extreme care House Industries takes when it comes to the details of their products and they put that same attention into every one of their catalogs. They’re definite keepsakes.

Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

The best part about House Industries catalogs? They’re completely free! Finally, your mailbox doesn’t have to be such a pit of despair.

Have you signed up yet?


Featured: House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook
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The Typofiles #132: Beached Days Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | Beached Days Magazine

I’ve long felt that skate and surf magazines have some of the best design out there and Beached Days is no exception. I’m always scanning Barnes & Noble for new titles and this magazine caught my attention with its blazing yellow cover coupled with minimal headlines.

Nubby Twiglet | Beached Days Magazine

Inside, the photos take center stage while the typography follows tight grids. High impact action shots are balanced by simple type treatments and the occasional smattering of dots.

Nubby Twiglet | Beached Days Magazine

Only on its fourth issue, the magazine already has a recognizable style — I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.


Featured title: Beached Days
Sunglasses: Cutie Dynamite

The Typofiles #131: Elle UK Accessories

Nubby Twiglet | Elle UK Accessories

Over the last year, I’ve been crushing hard on the editorial design laced throughout Elle UK. During the holiday break, as I cleaned a solid 50 magazines out of my office closet, I came across this supplemental accessories guide.

What struck me most is that the design was completely of the moment but the executions were very timeless. Elle always balances edge with sophistication, both in its fashion and editorial design.

Nubby Twiglet | Elle UK Accessories

Throughout the pages, there was a fair amount of color blocking but it was done in completely unexpected pairings. Set in very standard columns, type was then rotated on the page. Dividing lines broke up content but instead of being black, they were done in full-on magenta. When it came to sunglasses, hand-drawn lines were woven through the page to draw attention to particular pairs. It’s all these subtle details that make the magazine such a standout.

Nubby Twiglet | Elle UK Accessories


Featured: Elle UK
All scans and photos: Shauna Haider
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The Typofiles #130: Denizen Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | Denizen Magazine

When you’re traveling for weeks at a time with a just a small suitcase and carry-on in tow, space becomes sacred. Each little thing you buy could be the point of no return when it comes to zipping your suitcase closed. One of my vices when I travel are local magazines but as you know, they get heavy and bulky!

One afternoon, Gala’s parents took us to a cute little coffee shop in Wellington and I spotted Denizen. It was amazingly good — the styling, the fonts and the layouts were all pitch perfect. One flip through and I was asking Gala’s mom where the nearest newsagent was! It was one of only two magazines I hauled back.

Nubby Twiglet | Denizen Magazine

Launched in 2010, Denizen is an Auckland-based publication that focuses on the art of living well. It’s not just about a singular subject but more about a lifestyle filled with great food, beautiful spaces and a killer wardrobe. Learn more and subscribe here.


Featured: Denizen
All scans and photos: Shauna Haider
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The Typofiles #129: French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

To me, French Vogue is the epitome of a chic when it comes to design. As I was digging through my collection of magazines recently, I found this gem from a few years back dedicated to the history of rock and roll. And really, who can ignore Kate Moss posing as Ziggy Stardust?!

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

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French Vogue has a knack for art direction and the care they put into each feature shows. I wish more American magazines would take a cue from their beautiful yet restrained type treatments and attention to detail. This is definitely an issue I’ll be holding onto forever.


All images: Scanned from French Vogue by me.
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The Typofiles #128: Esquire Big Black Book

Esquire Big Black Book

I have no interest in menswear but these days, a lot of the men’s style magazines are killin’ it in the design department. I’ve picked up the last few issues of Esquire’s Big Black Book because they’re full of design done right.

Esquire Big Black Book

The editorial design style of Esquire is all class — it touches on current design trends but still comes across as timeless with its layouts and type choices. Most surprising are its covers for these special issues. It takes a certain amount of confidence to go all big and bold with the type and not feature any images.

Esquire Big Black Book

If you’re on the hunt for a copy of your own, I picked this up at Barnes and Noble.


Photos and scans by me.
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The Typofiles #127: Peeking Inside J. Crew’s August Style Guide

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Every few months, J. Crew’s Style Guide lands on my doorstep and I always find myself drawn in. Occasionally, it’s because of the clothes but more often than not, it’s because of their choice in color palettes, styling and type. There’s a certain quiet confidence that comes through in the simplicity of their layouts that I really admire.

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And while we can all agree that junk mail is super annoying, I do always look forward to getting new catalogs in the mail — you can sign up for the Style Guide here and if you’re looking for more options, this post lists some more of my favorites, all free.


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Speaking of J. Crew, have you seen their site lately? I’m loving the way they’ve modified the best design elements of their catalog for the web. It’s fun, fresh and while it has a definite print design influence, it veers from being too fussy.


Source: J Crew.
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