Quantum of typefaces in No. 22
1 January, 2009

Quantum Of Solace

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Frankfurt Christmas Market
30 December, 2008


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Aleksandra Mir Drawings @ Saatchi
29 November, 2008

Aleksandra Mir drawings at Saatchi Gallery
 
Check out saatchi-gallery.co.uk for some wonderful drawings by Aleksandra Mir. This virtual gallery has many pieces from the collection in relatively large sizes and some good commentary from the artist and gallery. These type-intensive drawings have a historical/newsroom influence that is especially poignant in today’s environment. Here are a couple images to whet your appetite:

Aleksandra Mir drawings at Saatchi Gallery
 
Aleksandra Mir drawings at Saatchi Gallery
 
See more at saatchi-gallery.co.uk


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Letters from New Orleans
23 October, 2008

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Lisbon, Portugal
23 October, 2008

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Hoopeston Sweet Corn Festival
14 October, 2008

These handmade signs fit right in with Hoopeston’s annual Sweet Corn Festival in late August. For just a couple bucks you get admission to the festivities (an atmosphere like a state fair) and as much corn as you can eat. Serious digestive problems are guaranteed the next day. To clarify one of the above pictures, the sign announcing the “limit 6 ears per person” is only referring only to each time through the line. Shrewd patrons bring their own containers to hoard vast quantities of additional corn – for later at home of course. (It is never as good the next day though.)

After finishing the corn, be sure to stick around for the National SweetHeart Pageant which is just a few steps away from the big Miss America Pageant. But wait, there’s more! On top of all this you can also enjoy: a corn eating contest, flee market, raffle, petting zoo, pony and camel rides, beer tent, chili cook off in the beer tent, magician, hypnotist, teen dance, demolition derby, an autograph session, and an antique auto show!

Welcome to Central Illinois!


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Thanks Linotype
6 October, 2008

Well my year at Linotype went fast, and it was a great experience. It was enlightening to see how this large company handles their extensive library and their many daily customers. My education from Reading did not adequately prepare me for this sort of work in the ‘real word.’ Or I should say, it didn’t prepare me to expect the ‘real world’ to be the way that it now appears. Overall, the year turned out to be a wonderful learning experience which afforded me many compelling projects.

The first week broke me in by writing an article for the TCD’s newsletter LetterSpace. I went on to help organize the Schrift in Form exhibition at the Klingspor Museum. I attended the conferences Typo Berlin and TypeCon – where Atilla Korap and I gave a workshop on type design from start to finish in 8 grueling hours. Sporadic small research projects throughout the year allowed me to troll through the library of type books and the archive of old drawings and materials. And then because of my work and research with the Devanagari script, I was asked to consult on several Indic and non-Latin type projects throughout the year.

These are of course only some of the many highlights when looking back at the time. The great majority of hours were spent working with two other primary tasks. My main duty was to add, check, and correct the database entries for the tens of thousands of fonts in the library – all to make sure they display correctly on the website. Then there were also the general marketing activities – typically involving writing or translating sales text. Being the Marketing departments only native English speaker, most texts went though me at some point, but not always…

Aside from the few small type design projects I worked on there, there is not much internal design happening. There is Akira Kobayashi as you may know, but aside from him there are no other internal designers. This unfortunate fact helped to make the decision to leave Linotype at the end of my contract much easier – rather than possibly continuing there in another role.

I have been infatuated with type design since 2003. I began by drawing and sculpting letters, then moved on to Reading, then to Linotype, now I finally have the opportunity to work on type design full time. Currently, my days are split between my own projects and freelance design jobs. This a truly great situation – living in Frankfurt and doing the design work I have been wanting to do for so long.

So, thank you again to Linotype for the educational year, great experiences, and helping to make this new opportunity possible!

Stay in touch everyone!


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Boston Cemeteries
6 October, 2008

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A few sights from Leipzig
30 September, 2008

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Vesper Preview 2
22 September, 2008

Here is the long awaited update to where I have been all year and why Vesper is not finished. Check out some of its big changes and improvements!


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As Seen In…
15 September, 2008

Every so often a masterpiece is created that makes its way into the mainstream art world. These pieces have been shown in some of the most prestigious museums in the world: Tate Modern, Le Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou.

Each piece and exhibition receives four images here. The first photo places the piece in the context of the museum, the second is of the sculpture during a separate exhibit, the third image relates the sculpture to the context of the museum it was shown in, and finally, the fourth image is of the museum map and how to locate this piece in the gallery space.


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Linotype’s Offices: The Old and New
13 September, 2008

Linotype switched buildings in early September 2008. The first row of images shows the old offices from the DuPont building in Bad Homburg, Germany. Removed from these incredible facilities, the new offices are in the Lilly building – also in Bad Homburg. The company formerly occupied one floor but is now separated into four floors. This has had the effect, in my opinion of course, to make it seem more divided and to make the communication between departments even more difficult. And oddly enough, despite being surrounded by glass walls, the halls are more empty and the place usually looks rather bare. In any case, the new cafeteria is significantly better than in the old one and we now have awesome coffee machines on each floor!


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