E Is The Magic Number
Regular readers might guess that I’m a fan of Eine’s graffiti lettering and artwork. I spoke to him a few times trying to persuade him to paint a wall in my old design studio a few years ago, but he was flying all over the world painting the streets and becoming quite famous (partly attributed to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, presenting one of his works to President Obama as a gift on his first official state visit).
Today sees the launch of his latest extension from walls to art; a limited edition of 50, hand cast 3D resin sculptures. Based on his signature Circus lettering, each of the 8” high sculptures has a unique colour way and comes in a fancy presentation box.
Made in conjunction with mysterious creative collective, Fluorescent Smogg, by Bristol based model makers albanstudios.com there were an additional five glitter versions (as pictured) but these appear to have sold out already.
Chromeography: Metal logos and lettering
Over the last couple of years I’ve seen some wonderful chrome lettering pass across my screen from Stephen Coles’ Chromeography site and today I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.
Stephen, who featured in 8 Faces #2 and whose book The Geometry of Type we reviewed on Type worship, has been running the blog on tumblr since 2009. The collection of letters led to an exhibition last year at Mota Italic in Berlin and with it the creation of the Chromeography logo in collaboration with Laura Serra (another 8 Faces contributor ).
The myriad of myriad of lettering and logo are collected from all over the web with some shots by Coles. Not just vintage cars either but cameras, refrigerators, typewriters, and I even spotted a gun.
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Typographic time capsule
Here is a sneak-peek of a typographic print I’ve been working on. It’s a snapshot of Exmouth Market, a vibrant commercial street, full of independent shops, restaurants and cafés, close to me in Central London. The aim is to capture its colourful history and present day character for posterity.
Historical research was conducted over a couple of months, to uncover the location’s 400-year-old story that includes; vineyards, duck hunting, a Victorian tea garden and an atrocious graveyard now buried under the adjacent park. The print also lists over 40 of the street’s venues, in an ‘establishments of note’ section, that includes the weekly market stalls that set-up along the street.
To evoke the feel of the market, each of the illuminated capitals, spelling ‘Exmouth’, has been inspired by the rich assortment of lettering found on the street, or its story. The typography has been arranged to create a formal structure that includes the use of ornaments, pilcrows and other interesting characters.
A limited edition is being letterpressed next week in silver, turquoise and black on 300gsm Crane’s Lettra paper. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
Each of these letters has been created by carefully arranging objects, or by creating a landscape, so that the character is only revealed from a single vantage point.
Using chairs, scissors and even rock, these wonderful installations have been created by Dan Tobin Smith, who started the project in 2005/6 when Creative Review commissioned a Letter ‘A’ for their Annual.
This distorted projection, or anamorphosis, is a technique dating back to the Renaissance and seems to gaining popularity again, especially in signage and interior design. Of the 13 letters so created so far, all use Helvetica as the base typeface. Most are landscape and some were conceived primarily for film (such as this Letter ‘T’).
I had the opportunity to ask Dan a little about the project’s future:
“I am hoping to complete the whole alphabet! They are individually quite time consuming as each one is a totally separate concept and some take a lot of work. I dip in and out when I have the time and inclination—it’s not something you can rush.
Next in line is a letter ‘O’ which is being fabricated at the moment. It’s based around an architectural model inspired by Antonio Basoli’s ‘Alfabeto Pittorico’ [Wow!] from the 19th century.”
Numbers in the City
These are just fantastic. Huge aluminium numerals, brightly painted, and each on its own plinth, all on display in the centre of London.
Numbers 1-0 is a piece by Robert Indiana, originally created in the early ’80s. This version is on display as part of Sculpture in the City 2013 where 10 installations are on view around the City of London (you know, the city within London), including Indiana’s more well-known piece, LOVE.
I took these pictures this morning on Lime street, a side road between the famous Lloyds building and other modern, steels and glass structures. Each number is really vibrant setting the usually grey street alight with colour.
Draw a letter a day
Andrew Herzog, a designer from Minneapolis, is currently running a 26 day project collecting and exhibiting hand-drawn letters by anyone eager to draw one.
Participants draw the “Letter of the Day” and submit their drawings, all from one easy interface. It’s quite different from the ‘letter battles’ style sites, such as Type Fight, Alphabout and AlphaBattle: Each letter must be drawn in one take (no undos!).
I like the simply way there are displayed together. I asked Andrew more about the idea behind the project:
“I was also inspired by the documentary ‘Le mystere Picasso
” which gives an amazing look into the methodology of the way Picasso drew. He draws with no regrets and endless inspiration as he melds one form into another without erasing or starting over. I also really liked the idea of creating a project where people were simply given the chance to draw and share. No erasing, just exploration.”
Today is letter ‘M’—Go draw one!
…more Spooky lettering
An eire ‘A’ by the Sydney based LikeMindedStudio, who seem to have a bit of a thing for skulls and the macabre. Modelled using selective laser sintering (SLS), called Typaholics Anonymous. Via the fantastic twentysixtypes.
Some spooky designs that have oozed across my screen today.
LOVE in London
A version of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture is on display in London. I cycled past this 10ft tall, pop art monument in the city at the weekend it’s position on the corner of 99 Bishopsgate, the site of the 1993 IRA bomb. It was originally designed as a Christmas card for MoMA in 1964 and later a sculpture in 1970.
Our penultimate issue! Adorned with a beautiful, laser-cut cover that reveals portions of the artwork on the page beneath, our seventh and penultimate issue features interviews with design and typography legends Michael Bierut, Tomas Brousil, Georg Salden, Hannes Von Döhren, Phil Baines, Ken Barber, and Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko of Emigre.
8 Faces #7 also includes essays from Christopher Murphy and Typekit’s Bram Stein, and a foreword written by Adrian Shaughnessy.
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8 Faces #7 cover artwork sneak peek
We thought we’d give you a sneak peek of the new issue’s cover artwork, which uses laser-cutting to reveal a secondary cover beneath the first one.
We’ve miraculously recreated this awesome effect with a future facing technology: the Animated GIF
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