Typography

28 January 2011

Enter at your peril

Enter at your peril

Gaspar Noe’s stroboscopic titles express the dark vision of his new film
The titles of Enter the Void cascade at the viewer in a blizzard of typographic noise.

24 January 2011

Inky fingers

Inky fingers

the type department

Letterpress workshop makes a grand day out for screen-weary workers
It may seem a little late to be blogging about the studio holiday treat, but it’s taken me this long to get the last of the ink from under my fingernails, writes Alexander Ecob.

20 January 2011

Shots in the air

Shots in the air

catherine griffiths

Just thirty-six frames for a (typo) exercise in photographic restraint
Back in 1986, before Wellington Polytechnic had computers, writes Catherine Griffiths, Visual Communication Design students spent big on course materials. One tool our tutors encouraged us to buy was an SLR camera, analogue then – either that, or borrow a school one for which there was a queue.

4 January 2011

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

feike de jong, jan middendorp

A Dutch designer rediscovered and now remembered for his letterforms
Just before Christmas, Dutch designer and illustrator Boudewijn Ietswaart passed away at his home in Amsterdam at the age of 74. Ietswaart lived to see his brilliant letterforms from the 1960s come to life again as digital fonts in the last year of his life, write Feike de Jong and Jan Middendorp.

23 December 2010

Calling cards

Calling cards

books received

How 76 graphic designers have art-directed their own identities
Logos, business cards, letterheads, brochures, websites, packaging: designers spend a lot of time creating other people’s identities, but what about their own? Liz Farrelly’s new book, Designers’s Identities, examines the way 76 practices from around the world have approached their own branding.

22 December 2010

Celia Frances Stothard 1949-2010

Celia Frances Stothard 1949-2010

Saying goodbye to Alan Kitching’s longtime partner in printing
Celia Stothard died on 8 December. We will miss her. Our condolences to Alan Kitching, her husband and longtime partner in printing.

20 December 2010

Locally sourced

Locally sourced

hamish thompson

Rob Roy Kelly’s influential American Wood Type is back in circulation
The legendary Rob Roy Kelly was one of a kind, a larger than life character, writes Hamish Thompson. Gordon Salchow has described him as ‘a gregarious, opinionated, pure and powerful presence’ and I myself was lucky enough to know and work with this inspirational man whose enthusiasm for design was infectious.

17 December 2010

Escape from nostalgia

Escape from nostalgia

alexander ecob

Letterpress methods and the struggle between progress and pastiche
As Christmas draws closer, many of us can look forward to receiving wonderful gifts which after a brief honeymoon find themselves at the back of cupboards or serving as an impromptu clothes-horse, writes Alexander Ecob.

16 December 2010

The big chill

The big chill

john l. walters

Ice and police on the streets inspire a new print from artist Giorgio Sadotti.
‘It’s not really a collaboration,’ says designer Fraser Muggeridge about his work with artist Giorgio Sadotti. ‘But it’s a bit more than being a fabricator. I’m a producer.’ Muggeridge is talking about his latest ‘production’, writes John L. Walters, the limited-edition two-sided silkscreen of Sadotti’s POLICE ICE ICE POLICE designed by his studio (above and below).

14 December 2010

Avant G

Avant G

books received

For ‘readers who delight and believe in the validity of artists’ visions’
A new book due to be published by Tate Publishing next year reproduces all six editions of G, the avant-garde journal published by Hans Richter in Berlin between 1923 and 1926.
 
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