Lookbook #6: Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

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I own a handful of books on typography and while they’re educational and inspiring, the overall design isn’t all that beautiful. They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but for a designer, that’s easier said than done.

While the titles on my bookshelf covered the history of typography, there weren’t many images. I wanted to see more visuals of type specimens and the effects history and design trends had on typography as a whole. I knew that there had to be some meatier books out there that covered what I was looking for.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Then, I discovered Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles (try saying that 10 times fast!) and it was perfect. Comprised of two volumes, this book is a visual masterpiece. The first book covers pre-20th century type specimens while the second covers 1900 through the mid 20th century.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Weighing in at 720 pages, this book expertly traces the history of the printed letterform and has snippets from signs, books, catalogs and more. In my opinion, it’s a total must-have.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles


Featured title: Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles
Photos and scans: Shauna Haider

The Week In Pictures: 1.31.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Sometimes I feel like I’m just floating through days because they’re so irregular. 2014 so far has been one strange trip. For someone who thrives on structure, I’m learning that it’s okay to just let go — good things don’t always happen inside the confines of structure.

This week especially, I had many of those, “Who am I, what am I doing and is this my life?” moments.

First, a call came in from my all-time favorite fashion magazine. I managed to not completely fangirl out…but just barely. Because I’ve read every single issue for the last 15 years.

With Branch, I delivered our first really big pitch for a dream client (thanks to a whole lot of coaching and talks off the ledge). I was reminded that you should always surround yourself with people who are much, much smarter and more experienced than you. Let them shine and do their thing. Learn from the best instead of feeling threatened.

Then, back-to-back client calls happened. Not just 10 minute check-ins but more like 2 hour reviews of 170 page photography books. Remember? I’m not a phone person. Well, so many calls had happened by Tuesday that I was pretty much over that fear.

A last-minute meeting with my accountant followed. I rushed into his office in head-to-toe black, clutching a binder full of paperwork. Our conversation started out with, “A lot has happened since I saw you last year.” Lots of laughs followed. And then, lots of highly entertaining stories involving scary audits. More laughs.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My no-fail lunch spot lately has been Por Que No and on these winter days, nothing is better than a mug of piping hot spiced apple cider. For drinks, I’ve been enjoying Sweet Hereafter. Rustic wood walls, red cross emblazoned ceiling panels and a killer menu of vegan delights. What’s not to love?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m heading out to Palm Springs soon for some Blogcademy projects and my head-to-toe black layers just won’t cut it in the desert. Luckily, all the cute summery stuff is on sale on Asos so I picked up some new looks for a total steal. And…Rocky can’t handle having the focus taken off of him for even 10 seconds.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Over the weekend, I stopped into Schoolhouse to pick up a light for my brother’s bathroom (we’re on the home stretch of remodeling — though Joey is hating applying the black grout!) and their displays are always so spot-on.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This was a great mail week. A copy of the Designer Vaca book showed up from Artifact Uprising and I am so impressed with the quality of their products. The paper is totally matte and so beautiful — I’m definitely inspired to do a portfolio project or even some media kits with their books now.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Okay, it’s time to finish packing! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. xoxo

Link Love: 1.30.14

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• A logo should tell a story.

• Should small business owners help each other?

Being lonely and drifting: the flipside of traveling the world.

• Highly entertaining: a shopping list compiled from an 1897 Sears catalog!

• The most popular and pointless new years goal.

• It’s interesting to see side-by-side comparisons of U.S. and U.K. covers for the same books.

• The New Yorker digs into the anxiety phenomenon.

• A 1920s tourist guide to New York City etiquette!

• Winter equals dry lips. Here’s a roundup of the most moisturizing lip balms.

• 20 songs written by women that will turn 20 this year.

• Thoughts on making things and the internet.

• Fast Company just rounded up the most creative people in business.

• Just because it’s almost February doesn’t mean that it’s too late to make big plans for your business.

• Yoga types explained.


Image: Josh Olins for U.K. Vogue.

Tripping Through Melbourne’s Psychedelic Vintage Clothing Wonderland: My Delirium

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

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Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

I love a good vintage clothing shop but nothing has ever had such a dizzying effect on my senses as My Delirium. A psychedelic rabbit hole of sorts, it manages to wow visitors with decor that’s just as interesting as the clothing lining its racks.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

With a blazing yellow exterior and a handful of mannequins beckoning from the window who are so overdressed that they give Liberace a run for his money, this store isn’t a place you can casually pass by without a reaction.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Inside, raspberry shag carpet competes with paisley wallpaper.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Kitschy, big-eyed animal kick-knacks stare out from every flat surface.

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Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Kat tried on a handful of sequined pieces but her real moment to shine was when she poked her head out from the dressing room curtain….er, carpet.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

After flipping through the racks of clothing, I’ll admit that I was feeling completely overwhelmed. So much color. So many embellishments. So much leather, lace, sequins and fur! I took a little break, leaning against an ornate dressing table.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Then, Gala casually walked up the stairs decked out in the most ridiculous / fabulous jacket, resembling the offspring of Big Bird. I wanted in on the action. After a few glam twirls, I slipped it off her shoulders and onto my own.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

My new daytime look? I wish.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Most of the time these days, I do the majority of my shopping online. It’s just easier. But when I come across a store as magnificently unique as My Delirium, I’m reminded of the sensory experience that a thoughtfully curated retail space can offer. It’s an art form in itself and the passion that went into this vintage mecca is absolutely inspiring.

If you’re planning to visit, note that the store hours can be slightly irregular — you may want to call ahead to make sure it is open first.


Featured: My Delirium, Melbourne.
Photos: Corey Sleap (he is the sweetest guy around — hire him to shoot your wedding!)
Co-conspirators: Kat Williams and Gala Darling.

The Week In Pictures: 1.24.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This has been one of those weeks where I feel like the universe is trying to shake me up and finally force me to become a responsible adult and I’m just holding on as tightly as I can. Cue bid proposals, meetings with lawyers, opening up new accounts at the bank, lots of conversations over the phone (I’m usually more of an email person) and reaching out and asking for help when I realize I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. No matter how full my days get though, the bright spot is always an early morning serving of granola, plain greek yogurt and a generous helping of blackberries on top. Oh, and some good reading material!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

If you’re ever in Portland and looking to make some new friends, the best place to go is the fire pit at the Doug Fir. Every time I end up there, I find myself in the middle of the most fascinating conversations. It’s the perfect refuge in the middle of the city.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My escape ever since I was a teenager has been flipping through fashion magazines. Lots of them. They give me a chance to absorb colors, textures and trends without the confines of a design project looming. These tears are all from the current issues of Bazaar and Marie Claire.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This photo isn’t the greatest but considering where we started with our very disgusting old bathroom, just the sight of floor-to-ceiling subway tile feels completely unreal! Joey’s been working like a maniac to get it all done and should be applying black grout by the end of the weekend. I’m lucky I married a jack of all trades. ;)

Have a great weekend, everyone. I’m trying to brush off the “I don’t know what I’m doing! HELP!” feelings when it comes to a few things on my plate and just accepting that the only way to learn is to jump in feet first.

P.S. Thanks for your sweet, thoughtful comments on the self-initiated project post. Totally made my day. Lots of love to you all!

Link Love: 1.23.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Steven Meisel

• I just did a little interview with FIDM in LA!

• Mandi just put together one of the best lighting tutorials I’ve come across. If you own a DSLR camera, this is an absolute must read!

• Who are your customers? Dig deeper.

• If you’re in the design industry, here’s what all those job titles really mean.

• Snoop Dogg is rocking some pretty fancy nails these days.

• Do you ever have those days where you want to shut everything down? How do you get past that feeling?

• Looking back, Cipe Pineles was a badass art director at top fashion magazines and broke many of the glass ceilings female designers faced at the time.

• Braun has always had some of the most classic design across its print materials. This gallery is a visual goldmine!

• Alexandra Franzen comes to the rescue and teaches us how to politely decline ridiculous, unreasonable requests.

• Make your own Valentine’s-themed paper flower wreath!

• This is one of the coolest Instagram experiments I’ve seen.

• Okay, now I really have to visit Bottega Louie when I’m in LA next month. Such a beautiful place.

• These kids think they’ve mastered hide and seek.


Photo: Emily Sandberg by Steven Meisel, Vogue Italia 2002.