TypoPolo Exhibition
22 June, 2014

“TypoPolo” is a notion which describes an aesthetic phenomenon, namely, the amateur designs of advertisements, signboards or informative inscriptions made for small businesses and crafts, which came into being in the Polish public sphere of the 1990s.

TypoPolo @ the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

I first heard of this special exhibition at Typo Berlin last month from the Hakabo talk. Not yet having been to Poland, it was the perfect excuse to finally go because of it’s concrete (and time-sensitive) typographic theme. The exhibition is still up for another week (I saw it on what was to be the last day, but then it was extended two weeks)(April 29 – June 29, 2014), so maybe you can hurry to Warsaw to catch it!

A few days later, I happened to meet a man in Brno, Czech while we were in a line to get a beer… I mentioned that I was just in Warsaw, and that I mainly went just to see this show (and the Neon Museum)… and that I really enjoyed it. He then introduced himself as Rene Wawrzkiewicz, the curator of TypoPolo! He was super excited to hear someone went all the way there just for the show :) He also apologized that there weren’t English translations of the text (due to the budget of course). But then shared the great news that TypoPolo will travel to Wrocław later this year, and they are planning a bi-lingual book to also be published. I’m very much looking forward to that!


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Chandrakanta Scans
30 April, 2014

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I found these scans by accident today from the Digital Library of India. It’s from the novel Chandrakanta – “considered to be the first work of prose in the modern Hindi language.” I love not only the graphic quality of the terrible black and white bitmap but also the title lettering. The main text is apparently set in metal type, even tho the book is supposedly from 1997. My guess is that it is a photographic reproduction of an earlier edition.

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It’s all a blur from from the bus
23 April, 2014

These were all shot from a bus between Lucknow and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, India.


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Letter Recognition – Latin vs Devanagari
9 April, 2014

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You are probably familiar already with the fact that in the Latin script, the top halves of letters are more important for character recognition than the bottom halves.

The question was just posed by @Tosche_E: how does this apply to other scripts such as Devanagari? My quick reply was that it doesn’t work for Devanagari at least. The middle section of the letters is the most important, but there is too much other information above and below the letters that you simply can’t ignore.

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Piece by Dominic McGill @ Gestalten Space
18 December, 2013

Currently on display till January 12th at the Gestalten Space in Berlin is The Age of Collage exhibition. In this group show, there is one particualry outstanding peace by Dominic McGill that you type geeks will appreciate. These are a few snapshots of his creative penciled lettering.


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Mumbai Tempo Service Trucks
3 October, 2013

Remarkable to Mumbai are these Tempo Service (delivery) trucks. Each individual’s truck is painted with their name and number in unique ways.


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Truck Painting
18 September, 2013

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A little gif documenting my painting of the truck for the Typographic Thali exhibition.


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Delhi: Chandni Chowk
26 August, 2013

The old city of Delhi is fascinating. In the maze of crowded streets and alleys there is also no shortage of beautiful letters!

Next up: The Standard Type Foundry! (to be continued)


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Florence Inscriptions
19 December, 2012

Beautiful inscriptions from the ancient to the modern can be found all over Italy. This small collection are some of my favorites from Florence…


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The Museum of Things: 2012 Edition
6 December, 2012

The Museum der Dinge is my favorite museum in Berlin… there’re always new treasures to discover here.

Sorry about the bad quality iPhone pics, but it was a spontaneous trip and I didn’t have a real camera… Now you’ll just have to go yourself and take better pictures of your own!


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Barcelona
4 December, 2012

From the archives: letters found in Barcelona, Spain way back in 2008.


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Indian Newspaper Mastheads Exhibition
29 November, 2012

This is a huge post, but incredibly worthwhile if you can make it through the gallery. These 99 images show only a fraction of the content that this dense exhibition had to offer.

Also, be sure to read a bit more about the collection below the images.

This display was a major highlight of the Typography Day 2012 conference in Mumbai, India. Organized by the typocentric group Aksharaya, hundreds of individuals from around India sent in local and regional newspapers to assemble this significant collection.

Present here are more than 500 newspapers from every corner of the country*. The information accompanying the exhibition stated that there were 10 scripts and 26 languages represented in the show; according to their website, there were 16 languages and 12 scripts shown. Regardless of the correct figures, there is a rich variety of languages, letterforms, and styles that can be easily appreciated and referenced here.

Aksharaya has promised to now digitally archive this entire collection and make it available online for everyone! This will be quite an exciting and useful project, let’s keep our fingers that it actually happens.

More about this exhibition from Aksharaya’s website.

 

* This exhibition only contains a tiny sliver of India’s unbelievable newspaper assortment. As of 2011, there are over 80,000 registered newspapers!


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