A tale from “ye olden days” of graphic design that taught me to love and embrace constraints — Rohdesign

A tale from “ye olden days” of graphic design that taught me to love and embrace constraints — Rohdesign

It was an earlier time filled with layout boards, non-repro blue pencils that made lines invisible to production cameras, technical ink pens to create registration marks, and typography and photography output on photo paper.

It was hardcore analog, with nearly everything done manually.

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Montblanc asked Wes Anderson to direct its ad. He did – and designed a pen | Vogue Business

Montblanc asked Wes Anderson to direct its ad. He did – and designed a pen | Vogue Business

Anderson agreed to their brief, which involved directing a short film focussed on the brand’s famous heritage and craft, but he also wanted to be the main character in front of the camera. Then, when he showed up on set in Berlin, the filmmaker presented a prototype pen of his own design that he asked the German company to manufacture. He’d even named it: the Schreiberling, which means ‘the scribbler’ in German.

The Tools of Excellence v4, 1: The Notebook & Pencil – Nicholas Bate

The Tools of Excellence v4, 1: The Notebook & Pencil – Nicholas Bate

1: The Notebook & Pencil Paper and pencil. There it is: no power needed, discrete, ultimately flexible. Portable. Breezes through security. On a plane, on the beach, back-backing in the Western Isles. The tool which allows you to plan, record, create, schedule, sketch, brainstorm and write a love note. Never be without the pair.

I hold on to these journals because when I feel discombobulated and lost, reading through who I was at 14 or 19 or 25 years old helps connect me to myself. Paging through the diaries now, I’m startled to realize how far I’ve come and also how little I’ve changed. In Journal No. 1, I’m a 9-year-old living in Ohio. I’m 4 feet 5 inches tall, weigh 75 pounds and feel a kinship with Curious George. In Journal No. 11, I’m 20, working for my college professor on an archaeological dig in Syria and flirting with a German man twice my age. Journal No. 19 leaves off in June 2009, when, unbeknown to me, life is about to pivot: In a month I’ll become engaged, in six months I’ll be married, and in a year I’ll be pregnant with my first child.

I intend to start contributing to The Cramped more in the coming weeks after having contributed very little since 2019. Accordingly, I’ve updated my section of the “What We Use” page. Things have changed both significantly and not at all since I last updated it in 2018.