There’s nothing like a good hug. It is quite possibly, the most versatile gesture. Ever. If you feel the need to argue this, then you good sir or good madame, perhaps you are in need of a hug. Let’s break it down for a moment or two. There’s the hullo hug, the lifetime achievement hug, the thug embrace, the old people’s wrap, the enemy pincher, the OMG You’re Alive! hug, the chest pound, the airport squeeze, the uncle vice, the I-can’t-remember-your-name-but-it’s-nice-to-see-you-too hug, lover’s clamshell, the drunk ‘love-ya-bro’ hug, and the almighty bear hug. We believe the list can go on. And it will go on. As the hug it seems has been and always will be, a barrel of great fun. A fashionable commodity with no sense of fashion to it. Classic, if you will. The Tuck Everlasting of goodness. And that ladies and gentlemen, in much less than a nutshell, is perhaps at the essence of what we’re all about here at GraphicHug™. Good stuff.

We love graphic design.
We love to hug.
We love to hug graphic design.

If you have something you feel we should cover or would be interested in showing, we’d be glad to review it. Or if you just would like to say hello, feel free to say hello.

Here below is an ever growing list of those who very much do enjoy the occasional hug. If you are interested in joining in on the group embrace, shoot us an email and tell us just how and why you enjoy such things!

Book Society
Cosas Visuales

Iain Claridge
The Scout Magazine
the take over
Thinking for a Living

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Typecache a repository of type

Hi, I am very glad to come back here and say hi on Ghug. It has been a while but please allow me to share with you the website, Typecache.com, which I recently made with my friends. It is an online index for type foundries and font sellers, and showcases their collections of type. There are also font lists such as Helvetica/DIN alternatives. As typographic literacy grows, the site will hopefully be a useful resource for designers, art directors, and type enthusiasts. We keep posting typography-related information including new font releases on Facebook and Twitter. Please check them out as well.

Me and James have worked on the first typecache interview with our great teacher Cyrus Highsmith and we are working on the new one. Stay tuned to our website. Details »

Omotesando Koffee

This hidden gem is to become one of Tokyo’s key community players amidst a recent wave of ‘new generation’ coffee shops. It’s owner, Eiichi Kunitomo – operates the serving process from within a kiosk-inspired minimalist steel cube, located within a traditional Japanese house which forms the outlet and the basis of the shop’s distinctive identity. Details »

Port Magazine

Just came across this launch issue of Port Magazine at Borders today. Port is a global quarterly men’s magazine based in London, merging style with thoughtful, intelligent content.

Yoshi Sodeoka

Yoshi Sodeoka has been producing art projects since the early 1990s when he made the leap from his native Japan to New York over two decades ago.

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Designing More With Less

For those of you who are in NYC, check out this MUJI and IDEO event, Designing More With Less. Wednesday, June 08, 2011 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ The Cooper Union.

In this panel session, we will explore how consumption of all forms – from media to food – has become a political act.  Consumers are thinking more and more about the morality of their choices.  Conspicuous consumption has given way to conscience consumption.  As designers, we realize the opportunities to create actions, initiatives, movements, and vessels for positive impact.  MUJI has long been a believer in creating impact through less. Over the course of this discussion, we will ask and seek to answer, “How can we design more with less?”

Adam Curtis

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David Lewandowski on Tron

In early 2010 a small team of designers and animators were brought together by Digital domain to do the on-screen interface graphics for Tron Legacy. This team included GMUNK, Jake Sargeant and David Lewandowski.

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Polish Hipopotamus

Ever wondered what a polish hippo would look like? Feast your eyes. For me this is best described as maelstrom of sensory overload, but made for fun and with love. Afraid? So you should be.

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The Playtype concept store was launched in conjunction with the revamp and redesign of Playtype.com. Located in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro, the store is the physical manifestation of the online shop.

Naji El Mir

Even at a fairly early stage of his career Naji El Mir has already been involved in many cross-cultural projects, solving Arabic and Latin combinations in branding, logo design, broadcast design and corporate identity, his work can be coined as mixture of both Arabic and Western visual cultures.

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OCAD University

“Brand are not dead…anything is possible”. Bruce Mau Design’s re-brand of OCAD University is a must see.

Alison Haigh

Alison Haigh was nominated winner of the Best Newcomer Award at the Grafik Design Awards 2010 by none other than Peter Saville. She has an intriguing (and somewhat slightly bewildering in parts) selection of work in her portfolio. It’s certainly worth checking out when time permits. Details »

The Khatt Foundation

The Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography is a cultural foundation dedicated to advancing design research and typography in the Middle East, North Africa and their diaspora, and to building cross-cultural creative networks. As an online creative network they connect designers and visual artists, provide information about various resources, projects, news and events.