In last week’s roundup of workspace accessories, it was tempting to include a few great prints. I quickly realized there were so many good ones, they deserved an article all their own.
If you’ve been wanting to add a touch of inspiration or artistic flair to the places where you live and work, this is the roundup for you.
Sean McCabe is a very talented hand-lettering artist and designer, and sells a number of awesome prints and other goodies. Our favorite of the bunch is his Influence the World poster — not just because it’s beautiful, but because it’s a much-needed reminder that we should strive to find our own voices rather than follow the crowd. Hang it above your workspace so it’s always within view.
Pop Chart Lab’s Alphabet of Typography is an 18″ x 24″ poster printed on an offset lithographic press, using vegetable-based inks, that literally shows you the ABC’s of typesetting elements. If there were such a thing as an elementary school class on typography, this would be the poster hanging behind the teacher’s desk.
I liked the way Fast Co. Design described this poster, so I’ll quote them here:
In the Alphabet of Typography, A isn’t for Apple; it’s for Axis, Apex, Aperture, and Ascender. C, M, Y, and K, meanwhile, are set apart in their own colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and key or black), to represent the four-color printing process. Although the design seems simple at first glance, there’s actually a lot to discover here. Kerning, glyphs, line spacing, leading, diacritics, swashes, and more are all covered.
Honorable mention: If this print is up your alley, you’ll probably also dig the How to Choose a Typeface poster from Forrest Goods.
As part of Autodesk’s “Art for Hope” charity — the proceeds of which go to support people displaced by the Nepal earthquake — Greg Baldwin of art studio CreatureBox created this awesome 12″ x 12″ x 1.5″ canvas print depicting a giant robot-shaped monastery. It sounds weird but we dig it — plus, we always enjoy supporting great causes.
You may or may not already be familiar with Cameron Moll’s work over at Authentic Jobs (and more recently at Spoken), but did you know he also painstakingly recreates pieces of architecture in letterpress form and sells prints of them?
They’re not cheap posters, but they weren’t easy to design either. Cameron also uses high-quality materials, such as Crane’s Lettra Pearl 100%-cotton paper.
These Spaceflight maps are perfect for anyone who’s ever dreamed of going to space.
From Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 mission routes to lunar landings and even to a Kennedy Space Center launchpad, these prints are sure to make your inner astronaut happy. They’re printed on heavy pearlescent paper stock, giving them a beautiful and subtle metallic shimmer.
City Prints carries these Spaceflight Maps in a few standard sizes — which range from $49 to $199 depending on the package you choose — but they’ve told us they can also print to any size onto virtually any material (wood, metal, etc) on a custom basis.
Photographers, filmmakers, and history geeks will particularly appreciate these camera patent posters on Etsy.
Our favorite is the 1962 E. Sauer camera patent, which also happens to look great as a t-shirt. Each print can be purchased in a variety of sizes and colors, and printed on your choice of card stock, copy paper, parchment, or parchtone.
You don’t have to be a graphic designer to appreciate beautiful signage and cartography. These hand-illustrated, stylized transit posters are a great mix of both worlds and will fit in with just about any decor. As of this writing there are 28 cities available, each with a variety of interesting color palettes to choose from.
Some are low-key like the one pictured above, but you can always go bright and bold if you want…
Those of you unafraid to show off your love of musicals will appreciate this Singin’ in the Rain print by Brazilian illustrator Niege Borges. And even if you’re not a fan of such things, you gotta admit she really nailed the water effects.
The print is unframed by default, with prices ranging from $17 (8″ x 10″) to $50 (28″ x 38″). They do offer a framed version though, if you don’t mind paying more for it.
As this print’s store page says, “Great espresso is both an art form and a science” Crafted with custom inks on beautiful Italian paper, this 20″ x 27.5″ print celebrates espresso by describing its theory and preparation in great detail, accompanied by lovely illustrations.
Honorable mention: Coffee fans will also appreciate Pop Chart Lab’s similarly-named Exceptional Expressions of Espresso chart.