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Monthly ArchiveJuly 2012



Studio projects Monday July 23 2012 02:25 pm

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 22 July / Stage 20

What an amazing Tour this has been for Sky Procycling. The Bradley Wiggins in first and Christopher Frome in second. We thought we would pay homage on this last poster of the Tour de Lead Graffiti.

Mark Cavendish won his 23 stage win, best among sprinters and fourth on the all-time list.

In all they won 6 of the 21 stages.

Check out the story.

This has been great fun. Thanks to all that contributed in all of the various ways from Ray, Jill and Tray.

Studio projects Sunday July 22 2012 10:57 am

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 21 July / Stage 19

Turning out to be a bit obscure, but we like it, and I guess, if you figure it out, you’ll at least kind of like it.

Bradley Wiggins of Sky Procycling showed in the Individual Time Trial that he was in the rarefied air of someone that deserves to win the Tour de France. He destroyed the rest of the field with his time.

PDW = Pretty Damn Wiggins.

Check out the story about the stage and poster.

Studio projects Saturday July 21 2012 12:04 pm

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 20 July / Stage 18

Mark Cavendish was a blur, winning his 22nd stage in the Tour de France over the past 6 years. This tied him for the most by a sprinter. This guy was so fast as to not believe you were watching it live.

Check out the story about the stage and poster.

Studio projects Friday July 20 2012 12:50 pm

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 19 July / Stage 17

A bit of sense of the breakaway and a design that kind of answers the question. Two handrolled runs were fun. Working on a computer you can easily scale elements and position them exactly like you want them. Letterpress offers a lot of fun trying to figure out where something is going to come out when you cannot place it in the right spot because they are solid object that don’t overlap very easily. We loved how the locked came out exactly where we wanted it and also intruded a bit on the signature block at the bottom.

If you think about we did the “Wiggins Froome” first then the numbers which we wanted to hit both of the surrounding letters but also to be at two different angles, that alone is somewhat hard to figure out. Then two runs later you get to the “locked’ whih needs to fit at two ends and then nudge into the signature block.

We were happy.

Check out the story about the stage.

Studio projects Thursday July 19 2012 12:38 pm

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 18 July / Stage 16

Total domination and now Tommy Voeckler is in the polka-dot jersey for most outstanding king in the mountains. What fun to watch.

Check out the story.

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 Stage 16

Studio projects Wednesday July 18 2012 01:22 am

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 17 July / rest day #2

We took it easy today. I’m sure the riders need a break as today was Rest Day #2. We sure did.

Check out the story.

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 Stage 14

Studio projects Tuesday July 17 2012 11:47 am

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 16 July / Stage 15

We had fun printing via letterpress with longtime friend, Mike Kaylor, who teaches letterpress and bookmaking at Washington College.

Check out the story.

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 Stage 14

Studio projects Monday July 16 2012 10:57 am

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 15 June / Stage 14

We had some fun playing with typography, words, letters and our lead saw on today’s poster.

Check out the rest of the story about the stage and the poster.

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 Stage 14

Studio projects Sunday July 15 2012 02:37 pm

The composite print after 74 runs

And a view of the composite print and how it is coming along after 74 runsComposite print after 74 runs.

Studio projects Sunday July 15 2012 11:31 am

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 14 July / Stage 13

Ahhh. The Tour de France, red wine, good friends, and a stage that comes down to the last 1/10th second. Check out the story.

Studio projects Saturday July 14 2012 12:31 pm

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 13 July / Stage 12

Friday the 13th was an unlucky day for the viewers, but we still had some fun with some very tricky lockups. Check out the story.

Studio projects Friday July 13 2012 02:08 pm

Tour de Lead Graffit 2012 / 12 July / Stage 11

A French un deux. Check out the story.

Studio projects Thursday July 12 2012 12:20 pm

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 11 July / Stage 10

Hmmm. I think we have something wrong with our links on our website. Will have to try to solve that tonite.

Anyway our poster today is about curves. Check out the view in the story.

Stage 10

Studio projects Thursday July 12 2012 07:00 am

Tour de Lead Graffiti / the 2012 edition

This page will be evolving so be sure to refresh it if you come back again.

Once again we will be doing the Tour de Lead Graffiti, following the daily happenings of the 2012 Tour de France and translating them into wood & metal type via letterpress onto wonderfully thick Somerset Textured 300 gsm paper.

We have collaborators signed up for days in the studio working with us on the poster for the various stages.

Saturday, June 30 / opening day prologue / RESERVED by MZ
Sunday, July 1 / flat / RESERVED by MZ
Monday, July 2 / flat / RESERVED by TN
Tuesday, July 3 / medium mountains / RESERVED by TN
Wednesday, July 4 / Stage 4 / plain / Independence Day / RESERVED by RJM
Thursday, July 5 / flat
Friday, July 6 / flat
Saturday, July 7 / medium mountains / RESERVED by AD
Sunday, July 8 / medium mountains
Monday, July 9 / individual time trial
Tuesday, July 10 / rest day
Wednesday, July 11 / high mountains
Thursday, July 12 / high mountains / RESERVED by KF & LS
Friday, July 13 / medium mountains / RESERVED by MM
Saturday, July 14 / flat / Bastille Day / RESERVED by BR
Sunday, July 15 / high mountains / RESERVED by DZ & RJM
Monday, July 16 / flat / RESERVED by MK
Tuesday, July 17 / rest day
Wednesday, July 18 / high mountains / RESERVED by BR (Lasner book launch)
Thursday, July 19 / high mountains
Friday, July 20 / flat
Saturday, July 21 / individual time trial / RESERVED by CM
Sunday, July 22 / flat and onto the Champs-Élysées

We had trouble with our outline typeface last year. Even through we made it with endgrain rock maple it developed a troubling texture over the three weeks, essentially picking up the texture of the thick Somerset paper. This year we had it made into copperplates which should solve that problem. This year we are using Agency Gothic and Stymie Bold Condensed as our 2″ high typography.

Check out our project in Kickstarter which explains most of the story and details. Be sure to watch the video which explains some of last year’s posters.

Rewards we are offering in 2012.

  • $10 - 5 postcards made from TdLG makeready sheets
  • $25 - 15 postcards made from TdLG makeready sheets
  • $50 - choice of 1 individual stage poster while they last
  • $150 - choice of 4 individual stage posters while they last (must be different prints)
  • $200 - one poster with EVERY run overprinted over it (103 last year)
  • $250 - you and a friend can join us for the day and take home 2 posters each
  • $650 - clamshell edition of all 23 posters, plus 3 other sheets in a handmade Lead Graffiti clamshell
  • $850 - clamshell edition plus you and a friend can join us for the day (and 2 posters each)
  • $1400 - both the 2011 and 2012 clamshell editions

Studio projects Wednesday July 11 2012 12:53 pm

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 / 10 July / rest day #1

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2012 rest day #1

When we started Tour de Lead Graffiti in 2011 we thought we might print bike parts on a number of the posters, but that didn’t work out as well as we thought. Today was a rest day so we could play a bit. We printed from a bike chain in the poster for the first rest day last year and we thought we might turn that into a bit of a ritual for the opening rest day.

Check out the story and printing details.

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