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This past summer 40 Days of Dating, an experiment in love between Jessica Walsh and  Timothy Goodman took the world by storm. Now, the amazing typographic contributions to the project by noted designers, illustrators and artists are available for purchase at the 40 Days of Dating Shop. 

Museum quality Epson prints by all 80 artists who contributed to the site are featured in the shop. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Life Is A Series Of Experiments
LETTERING BY MARC ALCOCK & RACHEL MASON

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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. As part of her schooling at The Austin Creative Department, Elizabeth Perez designed this book cover to enhance Bradbury’s message and it has gone viral.

She writes: “I wanted to spread the book-burning message to the book itself. The book’s spine is screen-printed with a matchbook striking paper surface, so the book itself can be burned.” The design has reached one million views online and “it’s been tremendously inspiring to see something that is not a cat video or a silly GIF get popular online. I’m so proud that something I put my sweat and tears into received recognition. This experience has been extremely motivating for me, and I hope I can create more work in the future that is as impactful and inspiring to others.” Creative Director is Will Chau of GSD&M.

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Divine Details, an exhibit & store in collaboration with AIGA, will feature 33 designers from around the world that have made beautiful, functional products that transcend the ordinary. Unlike most pop-up stores during the holiday season, Divine Details isn’t a pure consumerist endeavor. Instead, it turns the holiday shopping rush into a cultural experience. Divine Details connects the writing, arts, design, and food community with consumers all at once.

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Each product is functional, beautifully-designed, extraordinary at some level and affordable. Examples include a Bluetooth wireless speaker from Grain Audio and magnetic wooden blocks produced in Honduras by Tegu.

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Some 15 years ago I was giving a talk about stock photography trends at a conference and exhibit. Later I wandering the aisles, in a state that can only be called “trade show fatigue” — you know, flourescent lighting, hard floors, stale air, indecipherable products, junk food, bad ties, institutional hotel, keep losing my entry badge, miss my kids — when a person came over and introduced himself as a (not so) distant relative who was a commercial photographer and who knew (vaguely) that we were in the same (sort of) industry.

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