Designer Type – One Letter at a Time

Rotunda aSteve Czajka on Designer Type
Since I was a kid, I have been surround by letters as my Father owned his own sign painting shop. Letters were in my blood. My Father would take me to the job sites where he worked, and his sign shop occupied most of our basement. As his helper, he showed me the ropes to old school hand lettering and sign painting. Continue reading

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The Genesis of Designer Type

The idea for Designer Type came to me around 2010 while working on a piece called, “Wild Horses.” I was using a common graphic design technique called ‘paste up.’ I had used paste up in the 1980s where I created an entire composition based on the best lines of calligraphy, then paste them onto an artboard — an old school technique prior to the digital age. Continue reading

January 2012 Calendar – Berries Edition

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Normally I post one calligraphy piece each week on http:steveczajka.posterous.com. I have decided to release additional pieces in 2012 for monthly calendars, and holiday specials. I hope to build up a portfolio of works.

For the January desktop calendar, I couldn’t decide on which image to use, so I posted both an Orchard Edition (not shown) and a Berries Edition.

The new gothic identity shown in the lower part of the image with the red “S” is going to replace my current avatar. I plan to slowly roll this out into the new year for all new pieces and my avatars on my social media properties: posterous, twitter, google+, email, flickr, youtube, and a few others.

The hand done, authentic calligraphy for the January piece and my gothic “S”, was inked as part of my gothic typeface project which is now more or less complete. More about this typeface calligraphy project later.

Thanks to the photographers for their royalty free photos:

Berries – Photographer: Nossirom on sxc.hu
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1252451

Orchard – Photographer: night fate on sxc.hu (not shown here)
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1330247

Cheers
Steve