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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Ceramics Exhibition in New York City
12 September, 2008

This show was at Parsons School of Design as a part of the TypeCon conference. This year’s conference theme was “Alphabet City”, which was the inspiration for the main portion of this exhibition – my Alphabet Cityscapes series.


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Spy Photos from Linotype’s Vault
12 September, 2008

Linotype has a large underground vault to safely archive, hold, hide, protect, and get out-of-the-way substancial collections of old stuff. Here you can see a special peek inside to get a rare glimpse of the contents. There are old matricies, books, and original drawings among the stacks. As you can see, not all non-Latin materials are actually in Reading as proven by these Amharic drawings. There were several other original artifacts including Devanagari films. The comic is from Linotype’s interesting “fonts over the phone line” sales campaign (comics in numerous languages). Some other items not pictured are old servers, thousands of friskets for photo-typesetting, correspondences from old type projects (such as the development of Helvetica), troves of financial documents, and other misc old things.


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Fire Type
10 September, 2008


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Billboards
10 September, 2008

These ceramic sculptures were made in collaboration with artist David Rowe. Vastly different aesthetic and conceptual statements come together to form a new and interesting partnership. These pieces feature powerful words with numerous implications that each viewer can interpret based on their own experiences.


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Alphabet Cityscapes
10 September, 2008

These ceramic sculptures were created for a TypeCon 05 exhibition with the theme “Alphabet City.” They are three-dimensional representations of 2D bitmap letters. A grid was made and, generally, the white cells were left flat while the black cells – pixels – were extruded to form abstract buildings. The basic letterforms are at times difficult to find in the city, so “maps” of the original letter sequences are provided alongside the pieces to both aid in identification and to give credit to the original type designers.


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ooo
9 September, 2008


This is a series of ‘O’s which explores various surface treatments and display methods. The letter ‘O’ often has the preconception of being a generic form; yet in reality one will find there are many shapes the letter can take. For this series the large inside counter provided many exciting opportunities. The seductive interior space here usually becomes the focal point of the letter – more so than the actual positive space. Represented in this collection are the typefaces Frutiger, Shithouse, Tiepolo, and Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch. Most are about 5 or 6 inches (12cm – 15cm) in the largest direction. Of the fifteen here, one form is a zero and not the letter ‘o’.


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Ceramic Block Letters
8 September, 2008

These ceramic pieces are generally straight forward letters. The project began with two-dimensional letters produced on a computer and transformed them into three-dimensional versions made with earth formed with one’s hands. Experimentation and high-art conceptual status take a backseat to accurately translating the beautiful curves and angles of these landmark designs.


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Trinity Church Cemetery
20 August, 2008


Stumbled across the Trinity Church Cemetery in lower Manhattan. It’s rather old by American standards, most dates are mid 18th C. – mid 19th C. According to Wikipedia there are many notable people there. I didn’t notice though, was too busy admiring the lettering styles and nice illustrations.


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“I Like Type” “Mini-Posters”
2 August, 2008

These “mini-posters” were made in 2007 for the ICTVC conference in Thessaloniki. This set of 7 different designs was displayed and given out so people could select their favorite design… It turned out though that most people wanted the full collection.


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TypeCon Buffalo 2008
21 July, 2008

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