Keep Calm And Carry On

This afternoon started with an introduction on the history of the ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ design. I personally really like it when I first saw it, but as time has gone on, it has become more popular and is absolutely everywhere and everyone has created their own version. It has been a good year for Britain, first with the Diamond Jubilee and then the 2012 London Olympics, and over summer it had become fashion to have patriotic memorabilia, and accessories. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ is a typically British design, and the slogan itself describes the majority of our nations outlook, we are a naturally reserved nation. Well compared to some other countries in the world, for example the U.S.

I was completely and utterly shocked to then find out that this poster design was in fact a propaganda poster designed to keep up morale and the nations spirits incase the German’s won World War II. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. When saying it with this in mind, it makes perfect sense. But what was upsetting to hear was the fact there is NO copyright. This is why so many people have created their own versions and used similar slogans like ‘Keep Calm and Eat A Cupcake’ etc. What’s worse is that the designer, who most likely long passed away, hasn’t earned a penny from this famous design. There is no record of who the designer was. There were also other propaganda posters of the same style to be used in the same way. These slogans were ‘Freedom Is In Peril, Defend It With All Our Might’ and ‘Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution’. Another interesting fact, is the font used in the original posters were created by the same designer specifically for the posters. The majority of the modern posters are in fact in Gil Sans because it is the nearest font.

Jessica Hische, Typographer

I recently stumbled across this amazing designers website, and simply fell in love. Every single image of her work is a joy to look at, and it really inspires me to want to learn to manipulate type the way Hische does. Everything flows so well and after looking at these images over and over I think I’d recognise a Jessica Hische piece of typography anywhere. Here are some of my favourites from her site. I did have to restrain myself from posting all of them though!

Long lost sketchbook

Was looking through my old tumblr blog and found these old pictures from an old sketchbook of mine that I’m heartbroken is nowhere to be found! This was back in the days where I preferred all my drawing to be realistic. I used pencils ranging from 2H to 10B for all of these. The longest one was definitely the Leonardo DiCaprio one which is from one of the posters for the film Shutter Island. Ignore the hand though, no idea what’s going on there! Also to any Deftone’s fans, the top is the owl from the Diamond Eyes album.

I miss drawing like this, but it’s the kind of thing I need a whole day/afternoon to do. Once I’ve started drawing something on this scale (these are all A3), and this much detail, I hate to stop and go back to it.