Neue Haas Unica

Exciting news! Monotype has created Neue Haas Unica after accidentally discovering it in a filing cabinet.

This is wonderful for three reasons:

  1. It’s not Helvetica, and it’s not Univers. It’s Haas Unica. It’s robust and clean and I’m going to have to try it out.
  2. Monotype is offering Neue Haas Unica Thin for free right now. A+.
  3. This lino print is no longer quite as obscure as it used to be. See? It wasn’t made up. Enjoy, Balson! xo

Mark’s Leaving on a Jet Plane

The fella I’ve aptly called my Work Husband, on account of the years we’ve worked together, side-by-side, is taking off for Spain in a few hours to work for one of the most amazing studios in the world.

I’m sitting here feeding my new munchkin, possibly realizing for the first time that when I come back from mat leave, the familiar face I’ve associated with incredibly strong work and unwavering moral support will be somewhere else.

Spain is just the first step for him. He’s destined for big things, and he should be; he’s worked tirelessly to get there.

Mark, you’re an inspiration to me, to everyone you’ve worked with, and you’ll be as brilliant as you’ve always made me feel.

You’ve got this one in the can, and as I’ve said dozens of times by now, I’m so proud of you and Dan. I know this won’t be easy, but nothing that’s worth it ever is.

Be magical like a unicorn. I love you, Work Husband.

Work Wife

DesignThinkers, Data, and Diapers

Now that this site is finally up and running in its current state, I thought I’d catch up and add a post.

Yesterday Mark and I attended DesignThinkers ’13, the annual RGD design conference that takes place in Toronto. We both booked vacation time from work months ago so we’d have a chance to attend.

Overall, it was completely worth the stress of answering emails during breaks. I’m sure a lot of it had to do with the anticipation of seeing Nicholas Felton speak, and having him sign our programs afterward. I geeked out a bit (a lot). But with good reason! He’s brilliant, well-spoken, and incredibly inspiring. I even told him of my plans for collecting my own data set, since I’ll have some new fodder this year.

I said, what better way to document a year than to see it through new and tiny eyes? And by counting diapers? And burps? And feedings? 😀

Hubs and I will have a little ampersand of our own in a few months, and I can’t stop smiling.

Ampersand Animals

In addition to the objects I’ve already had a chance to work on, I thought I’d offer up a list of a few more that I’m hoping to have ready by the time we have little kidlets running around. Ampersand alphabet, maybe?

If you have any alternate suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments. I’d love to see what you think.

Alphabetically, I currently have these on the docket:

  • Aardvark
  • Bear
  • Camel
  • Duck
  • Elephant
  • Frog
  • Giraffe
  • Hippo
  • Iguana
  • Jaguar
  • Kangaroo
  • Lion
  • Monkey
  • Narwhal
  • Octopus
  • Penguin
  • Quail
  • Rabbit
  • Seal
  • Turtle
  • Unicorn
  • Vixen
  • Walrus
  • Yak
  • Zebra