Comic Sans For Cancer
Earlier this week I went along to the opening of the Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition inspired by the 20th anniversary of type designer, Vincent Connare’s clownish typeface.
Around 200 designs from 34 countries were invited to illustrate what the typeface means to them. Posters, featuring the typeface ‘everybody loves to hate’, were are being sold to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Due to the character of the typeface combined with of the subject matter, the excellent collection of designs lean toward the quirky and amusing. London based, Vincent Connare was at the event and giving it his full support, signing books and copies of the poster that that he’d submitted (featuring his normally placid cat, above).
Comic Sans for Cancer. Until 24th August 2014, The Proud Archivist London
Covered in characters
Above are a few of the typographically led book cover designs from the David Pearson exhibition, currently on in London.
I love the ‘redacted’ George Orwell, 1984, cover with it’s debossed title under black ink. I was also quite taken with the chilling cover for Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
There’s a week left to go, so if you find yourself in Shoreditch, London before the 28th June, drop in.
David Pearson is an acclaimed British designer, famed for his beautiful series of Penguin book cover designs.
David studied at Central St Martins in London (1999–2002) before taking a job at Penguin Books as text designer and later, cover designer. He left to establish his own studio – Type as Image – in 2007.
David played a key role in the recent re-emergence of Penguin Books through projects such as the multi-million selling Great Ideas series, Penguin by Design and thePopular Classics series. He has won numerous awards for book design, has been listed as one of Britain’s Top 50 Designers by the Guardian and nominated for the Design Museum’s Designer of the Year Award.
The US version of the Pencil to Pixel exhibition, from Monotype, came with a whole microsite of goodies – well worth a browse. This drawing of an exuberant “N”, that appears to be bowing with a flourish, is one of my favourites.
Original ink drawing of a swashy “N” by Eduardo Cotti for the Pastonchi family, designed with Francesco Pastonchi in 1927
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently home the an exhibition of graphic work by Pentagram’s Paula Scher and Push Pin’s Seymour Chwast.
‘Double Portrait’ features 300 pieces of the design couple’s work, making visual connections between them, such as their love for expressive typography.
The posters are packed in wall-to-wall and bookended by these gargantuan letters created by each designer.
This is precisely the way I think these expressive characters are best displayed. I love their scale and simplicity, juxtaposed by the crowded, visual feast on the adjacent walls.
Runs until the 14th April.
Too Much Night, Again
Inspired by recent bouts of insomnia, Los Angeles based artist, Pae White, had created this huge network of yarn spelling out words that are only revealed when navigating the space.
Using 48 kilometers of material for this South London exhibition, Pae’s letters and words “TIGER TIME” and “UNMATTERING” emerge and dissolve depending on where to are positioned, representing the transience of our existence.
Typography:: 48 kilometre network of thread by Pae White
Five design studios have been picked to represent the best design talent from Spain’s cultural headquarters, Barcelona.The exhibition is to be hosted by one of the UK’s thriving design hot-spots, Manchester.
Each company and the curator, David Sedgwick, have designed a letter from the exhibition title, BCN-MCR (Barcelona-Manchester). These works double as promotional posters.
The 5 consultancies representing themselves with a distinct letter (above) are: Lo Siento (N), Hey (C), Lamosca (B), Mucho (M). and Mayúscula Brands (R).
Here is a selection of letters commissioned from 26 artists, illustrators and typographers for an exhibition at the ‘He Made She Made’ gallery in Sydney last week.
Organised and curated by Rosita Rawnsley-Mason, the exhibition was produced on behalf of Australian, non-profit organisation, the Dandelion Support Network. They match-up quality second-hand baby equipment for those less fortunate. Where necessary volunteers will repair and clean items before passing them on to families whose children might otherwise go without.
You can purchase prints and support what sounds like a fantastic cause.
A short video of typographic street artist, Ben Eine and his exhibition at the Lowry Gallery, Mancherster.
Some great lettering and vibrant colours used here.
Gill Sans sketch with white paint adjustments and notes by Eric Gill. From the Monotype archive, show at the ‘Beauty in the Making’ exhibition this week.
Last day of Fanatical Mechanical exhibition tomorrow. Featuring House Industries’ photo-lettering archive.