This. Is. Awesome. Past issues of U&lc are now available for download. If you remember from our Typestory lecture in the beginning of the semester, ITC first published U&lc in 1974. Under the editorial and art direction of Herb Lubalin over the course of 26 years, U&lc grew in acclaim to become the most important typographic publication of its time. The last publication year of U&lc was 1999.
When I was in college, this publication influenced me tremendously. It opened my eyes to design and typography. Herb Lubalin is a master of typography and layout. I still find so much inspiration in these pages and I hope you do too.
Amazing stop-motion music video made with typography.
Some more inspiration for your project:
This thread type is by designer and Cranbrook MFA graduate Elle Kim.
A brilliant experimental blending of two art forms: Graffiti + Kirigami (a variation of origami; most people know kirigami as paper snowflakes). This experimental style is called Graffitiami
You can find more at http://designby31216.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/graffiti-kirigami-graffitiami/
What other artforms can you name which can be combined to create experimental typography?
How cool is this!? Designer Nir Tober spent 2 sessions (7.5 hours each), and 30-50 shots per letter to successfully complete the whole alphabet. (That’s an average of 1,200 photos to do 26 letters). THIS is exactly what we mean when we say do it again, and again, and again, and again…..and again….until it works!
The renowned designer David Carson will be presenting at the FIT Visiting Artist Lecture series. This is a must-attend for anyone serious about design—to see and hear Carson speak will be most inspiring. David Carson’s work continues to be subjective and largely driven by intuition, with an emphasis on reading material before designing it, and experimenting with ways to communicate in a variety of mediums.
Get there early! Seats will fill up fast and it’s probably going to be a full house. Take pictures and share your photos and notes with the class if you attend.
Below are the details.
FIT Visiting Artist Lecture: David Carson
The Visiting Artist Program is an on-going lecture series that brings distinguished designers together with students, faculty, and design professionals in a public forum. This talk will feature David Carson, principal and chief designer of David Carson Design, Inc.
When: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Haft Auditorium, F.I.T., 227 West 27th Street, NYC
Price: Free and open to the public
Hand-lettered Menu Boards
I love hand-painted menu boards posted outside of restaurants. The beauty of these signs is that they’re completely unique, yet they change almost daily to announce the menu or the special of the day. I always take pictures of hand-lettered menu boards whenever I travel. The typography is always memorable. Sometimes it’s just writing, but other times when it’s considered, beautiful and hand-lettered, is always makes me stop and take a look.
There’s a hand-lettered menu board around every corner in NYC. Have you noticed them?? If you start to pay close attention, you’ll begin to see them everywhere. Take some photos the next time you see a beautiful hand-lettered menu board and submit it here to share with the class!
Watch Marian Bantjes’s TED talk: Intricate Beauty by Design
As you create highly conceptual typography for this week’s assignment, you may want to think of approaching typography as a sculpture.
Below are some ideas to spark your imagination and inspire you.
WOW US with your work!!!!!!
1. Paper Rolling Typography
Russian-born typographer and artist, Yulia Brodskaya experiments and explores ways of bringing together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and hand-made craft objects. (none of her work is done on the computer, it’s all hand-made)
2. Burning Love
Chicago-based architectural designer and multimedia artist Pei-San Ng created Passion, the word “love” hand drawn and spelled out in 2,500 match sticks. This piece took 24 hours to complete, and was burned at the end of the show. “Love on fire represents romance and passion or destruction and jealousy. It is raw and gritty,” Ng says.
3. Lead Type
Connecticut carpenter Dalton Ghetti sculpts pencil leads in his spare time.
4. Customized Fruit
Hand-drawn typography on organic fruit by designer and illustrator, Sara King.
5. Banana Typography
This is probably one of my favorite typography work: beautiful typography installation by Stefan Sagmeister made of a wall of bananas (decaying at different paces) as part of his series, Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far.
6. Shadow Typography
Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens creates incredible shadow sculptures. When light filters through them, hidden typographic messages are unveiled through bent wires, cotton clouds, cardboard boxes, and even living plants. The artist’s play on words and images give rise to a surprising aesthetic effect, while the kinds of materials he chooses is reminiscent of poetry.