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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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As the temperature starts to go down outside, it seems that the energy bills start to increase at the same rate. Oftentimes, it doesn’t feel like there’s any way to work around that. After all, you need to keep your family warm. But what if we told you there were some ways that you could cut down your energy bills... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Hewn and Hammered
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Heating costs are always a major concern for most homeowners. Winter time is often when we use up the most energy and many are trying to find ways to reduce costs whichever way they can. Fortunately, there are tons of adjustments and lifestyle changes that you can make to not only reduce your energy bills, but to make your home... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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Your home is about to be the center for all of the wonderful holiday festivities, and here are a couple ways to help you prepare for it all. One of the best parts of the months of November and December is that it is the time when friends and family gather together and celebrate. It’s a time for counting your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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Although during the winter there isn’t very much that needs to be done to your lawn, there are some things you can do to prepare for the winter so your lawn thrives after the cold is over. For most of the year, you have to worry about watering, mowing, and all the other things that involve taking care of your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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Do you want to work better at home or take your creativity to the next level? Here are the ways a massage can and cannot help. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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Everyone wants an Insta or Pinterest worthy home, and here are a few simple ways to make it happen. Your home is where your heart is, but it’s also where your family’s clutter, food, and dirty clothes are. Many of us love to scroll through Pinterest and Instagram and see beautiful homes that have both beautiful interiors and are also... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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First impressions last – this quote has been shared through the ages, and it is proven real. One’s first impression of a person, place, or thing would be their primary basis for judgment. For homeowners, having a good curb appeal is important to provide a positive first impression, not only with the property, but also with the people living inside... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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It’s probably going to be the most expensive thing that you ever decide to purchase, so it stands to reason that a little due diligence is required when you buy a house. This is one of the reasons why so much emphasis is placed on the likes of surveys and warranties. After all, if you have armed yourself with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Hewn and Hammered
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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 Oct 15, 2018 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