Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Alphabet T’s by Hiroaki Ohya

We’re inspired by the letterform t-shirts by Hiroaki Ohya, a Japanese born fashion designer. Unfortunately we can’t find any information about the project. If anyone has any knowledge please let us know.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mathieu Lehanneur: LabGate

In 2001 Mathieu Lehanneur graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers (French National School for Industrial Design) and opened his own studio dedicated to industrial design and interior architecture. His work is known for blurring the lines between science, nature and art. LabGate was completed in 2012 for The Laboratory. The organization is a place of art and design at the frontiers of science, supported by the International Network ArtScience Labs, created by David Edwards (writer and professor at Harvard University).

We are drawn to the juxtaposition of the humanistic, geometric, san serif, custom typeface and the radiating line patterns rendered in metal.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Handmade Type

Handmade Type is a self-intiated typographic experiment by designer Tien-Min Liao, where she explores the relationships between upper and lower-case letters.  She drew with ink on one or both of her hands to make the upper-case letter, then through movement and perspective she created the lower case letter.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Trollbäck + Company

We know the holiday season is behind us but we love this glittery holiday card from Trollbäck + Company. The card was designed by Stina Smith. The studio’s founder is a self-taught designer from Sweden, Jakob Trollbäck. He began his artistic career as a DJ in his native Stockholm. Having found a commonality in music and design, Trollbäck creates pieces that transport his audience to planes of sensorial experience. The intertwining and motion of the metallic ribbon we find electrifying!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Jason Ramirez: Urban Decay

Designer / Art Director Jason Ramirez found a full alphabet naturally occurring in the sidewalks of New York City. He appropriately calls his typeface Urban Decay. We’ll never look at sidewalks the same way again!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Doug Aitken’s Text Sculpture Series

LA artist Doug Aitken is widely known for his innovative fine art installations. The “Text Sculpture” series uses light-boxes, mirror works, living plants and photography to create a mesh of words and images. In these sculptures words and images are in disagreement. “Riot” for example spells out the word of the title with the images of a beach landscapes. In a Blouin Art Info interview Aiken comments that “One of the things I believe in is friction, and how to generate friction within an artwork. Often these juxtapositions are where my interest lies; it’s where the energy is. My mother was a writer and my parents really valued long-form language. Maybe a word, or a letter, or a number, speaks to who I am, and the world that I live in, in the same way that “Ulysses” might speak to my father.”

1968, 2011. High density foam, wood and mirror. 36 x 80 x 8 1/2 inches.
Riot, 2011. LED lit lightbox. 24 1/2 x 89 1/2 x 5 inches.
Star, 2008. LED lit light box. 45 inches x 119 inches x 10 inches.
The Handle Comes Up, The Hammer Comes Down, 2009. LED lit lightbox. 35 x 131 x 7 7/8 inches.
Free, 2009. LED lit lightbox. 48 x 157 x 7 7/8 inches.
West, 2008. Neon lit lightbox. 40 x 177 x 7 inches.
Now, 2009. LED lit lightbox. 46 x 132 x 8 inches.
Sex, 2010. Living word. Clear PETG, white acrylic, moss, driftwood,various plants. 30 x 68 inches.
Vulnerable, 2008. LED lit lightbox. 28 x 216 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.
Yes, 2010.  LED lit lightbox. 50 x 120 inches.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dance With Me

One of our contributors, Amandine Alessandra, has a new typography project Dance With Me. The alphabet is based on 26 choreographic micro-pieces that are documented using long-exposure photography which reveals each letter.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I Like Birds: Happypeppy Font

Happypeppy Font is a self initiated project by Hamburg-based studio, I Like Birds. The alphabet was created using ribbon, for a festive take on making 3-dimensional letters. They were keen on keeping the bends and curves of the linear material for each letter.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Jerome Corgier of Atelier Graphique Pariri

One of our contributors, Jerome Corgier, has a new series of typographic studies using wood and thread to construct letterforms. He says in an email “I’m going away from drawing and I’m trying more and more to sculpt : I use wood and thread to disturb letter’s forms.” 

A non-published study for New York Times T magazine.
Jerome’s studies reminds us of the explorations of the architects and designers of the Russian Constructivist movement. This photograph is of a 1:40 scale model of the Tatlin Tower. The ‘Monument to the Third International’ was conceived by Vladimir Tatlin in 1919-20 as a tribute to the Bolshevik Revolution. The Tatlin’s Constructivist tower was to be built on the Neva River in St. Petersburg from industrial materials: iron, glass and steel. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Farhad Moshiri

Artist Farhad Moshiri’s installation “Life is Beautiful” was made by piercing 1242 knives of different colors and sizes into a wall at Pallazzo Grassi, Italy (2009). The sweet sounding phrase stabbed-out with knives in the beautiful script typography is a playful opposition. Moshiri continues to explore the contrasting message to material theme in “I got Sunshine” completed in 2011. Here he creates a readymade by jabbing a variety of knives into canvas. Both projects carefully crafted script typography aids in the multilayered meanings of the work. From a distance you read the toothsome messages one way. On closer inspection when you discover how they are assembled your perception shifts. 

 Galerie Perrotin in Paris represents Moshiri’s work.