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hewn & hammered
North America
Hewn & Hammered is devoted to all aspects of the Arts & Crafts movement and its revival, including Mission, Prairie and Craftsman art, craft and architecture.
Interests: graphic design, typography, arts & crafts architecture, grammar
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Roofs have to be checked every once in a while. Whether we’re talking about minor or bigger damage, it is necessary to react quickly and make sure that your roof is in a solid condition. In the end, you don’t need any leaks, do you? Although you should never undertake replacement by yourself, it is still possible to do smaller... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Hewn and Hammered
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If you’ve looked around your home and wondered how on earth you’re going to survive another year with all your stuff packed inside of it, you’re not alone. As creatures that tend to settle in one spot for at least a short duration of time, we also tend to collect a lot of things. They may be necessary like your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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Oct 1, 2018
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I’m not sure designer Stephen Brayda has made a cover that wasn’t both gorgeous and totally appropriate for its content. This cover, for Samanta Schweblin’s Mouthful of Birds, is one of my favorites. I especially appreciate that he has no single style or schtick, and each piece he makes is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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These have got it all: ridiculous pen name unnecessary quotes make it all italic for no reason whatsoever system-bundled fonts type crammed together so that it’s actually touching public domain space imagery oddly-broken phrases Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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The uninspired sandstone and granite textures (which are repeated in the two boxes), which have nothing to do with the story or the title, are one strike. The fact that the text doesn't even fit into the boxes – running into the edges on one line and awkwardly centered –... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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We’ve got type mechanically condensed and expanded far beyond its designer’s intent, set by someone who wants to use every single photoshop layer effect all at once, and a sword. OK. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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These two are pretty awful, but not only for the faded-out eyes. The mix of centered and ragged-right text on And I Thought I was Human doesn’t add anything to that one, and the completely illegible typography – the font choice, the faux-foil effect, the weird textures muddying up the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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Cardon Webb’s cover for Tao Lin’s Taipei Nation combines an eye-catching, glitzy printing effect – in this case, a sort of glitter foil stamped cover – with huge straightforward sans caps. Obviously this wouldn't have worked as well with most other names or titles, but more than aesthetically perfect for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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This cover for Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry would have been less symmetrical, and better, without the “a novel” explainer on there at the bottom right, but I’m guessing the publisher felt a need to add that. Great image, though, and the utilitarian type suits. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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The cover for Hilton Als’ White Girls doesn’t try to be fancy. This simply communicates, uses an appropriate image, and the type is perfect and understated. It does what it sets out to do, no more and no less. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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Keep it simple, suckers: Zadie Smith’s excellent NW. The cover's not trying to be a great work of art. It exists to serve the content only, and to look decent on a shelf. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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When it comes to home renewal projects that you discover during the course of fall cleaning, there are many that you can do on your own. It’s fairly easy to replace shingles on a roof. It’s fairly easy to clean downspouts. It’s fairly easy to replace filters of various sorts. And it’s fairly simple to inspect your home’s heating system.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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This book has inspired a number of absolutely excellent covers (check out this one from Penguin Australia), but my favorite is this menacing 1972 faux pop Magritte by David Pelham. Pelham was AD at Penguin throughout the ’70s – taking the place of chief weirdo Alan Aldridge after the latter’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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Fred Goudy supposedly said that “a man who would letterspace lowercase is a man who would fuck a sheep,” and letterspacing lowercase italic might be an even greater affront, but I'm going to give the designer of this Lord of the Flies cover a complete pass on that one because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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Some book covers are awful, whether produced by an author or art director in love with his or her own vision or a publisher who decided to let the intern have a try. Some are good or even great, whether Chip Kidd was paid $15,000 for it or a thoughtful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at the good, the bad, and the wtf
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Obviously there’s not much here yet, because all we have so far is a general idea and a date: August 24, 2019. But there will be more soon! Our vision is to connect older craftspeople – printers, typesetters, signpainters, bookmakers and graphic artists – with the amateur and professional design... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Sacramento Wayzgoose
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Are you thinking of the best ways to floor your house? If so, you might want to think of the best ways to achieve your goal. There are many ways one can finish the floors of their houses. As much as it seems basic, choosing the type of floor material to finish a house is one of the most important... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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You’ve had it. You really love your home and how the open yard allows your kids to run back and forth with their friends, but the perks of letting the neighbors have free access to your yard have started to take a toll. Maybe this is you. Your reasons for wanting a fence might not be the mainstream need for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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Why do home owners come up with all these projects during the fall? Well, fall is the perfect time to clean summer's mess. Since it comes before winter, it's also the best time to prepare the house for the cold season ahead. Maximize this precious time for renovation and maintenance projects. Roof Repairs or Replacements Inspect your roof and see... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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You’ve got a beautiful home with a beautiful yard, but it’s not always easy to take care of, which means its curb appeal isn’t exactly telling about its true state. With stressful deadlines and work leaving home projects piling up, your yard is the one that takes the brunt of the neglect; and while that tradeoff can’t be remedied immediately,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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It’s widely regarded as one of the easiest ways to make a room look larger, yet if one casts their eye around homes around the country it will soon start to become clear that far too many people make mistakes with their lighting. A well-lit room can be transformational, yet one in the opposite group can be completely devalued. As... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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The trend of Hygge (pronounced "hue-geh") is becoming more and more popular these days. More than strictly a home decor trend, Hygge represents the Danish way of life: joyous, carefree, and serene. This cozy way of living life includes a few key decor aspects designed to help you feel truly at home in your home. Each one of the five... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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The two questions to ask when thinking about renovating your kitchen are 'why' and 'how.' These questions will prompt you to look for answers, which, in turn, will cause you to reflect on a wide number of things from your opinion about aesthetics to the type of functionality you’re seeking. By researching remodeling ideas and designs and by looking at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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Our old friend Russ Billington dropped a note to alert us to a sale of important A&C metalwork: My old friend John Armstrong at Fair Oak Workshop has unearthed some interesting stock from his collection and is offering them for sale at 1973 prices. The Jarvie Candlesticks can be found here, and the Frank Lloyd Wright is here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered