Some of you were asking me where I got my Controller Hoodie from a couple posts ago, so I figured it was time to do another TumbleDryLow column.

Controller hoodie by tofuDolores Park

The hoodie in question was designed by Tofu for Upper Playground, a cool clothing and housewares store that happens to be in my neighborhood.


They have a really wide selection of styles, work with a bunch of designers, and paint beautiful murals on and around their building, like the one above by Sam Flores.

I currently own 3 t-shirts and a hoodie from them, and I suspect that I will continue to buy more.
Especially since they recently started working with (brace yourself, Typophiles) my favorite grunge font designer, Eduardo Recife, aka Misprinted Type.

Check out this neat video of one of his designs in motion:

My favorite shirt from UP is of the BART map…


I suspect this is mostly because of the huge amount of Helvetica in play.

Upper Playground Blog

p.s. If you design cool shirts, or know someone who does…let me know!
I am always looking for designers to feature on TumbleDryLow, so keep your eyes peeled!

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  1. Denya says:


    I have to use Helvetica Neue on all print promo stuff at work. It’s killed the Helv buzz a bit for me but I still love it!

    D x

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Tumble Dry Low: Upper Playground

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June 13th, 2008