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  • Kunstbibliothek’s 150th anniversary is filled with the ABC of travel

    To mark its 150th anniversary, the Kunstbibliothek is investigating the theme of travel and the trend of the contemporary nomads of nowadays through the exhibition “ABC of travel”.

    The exhibits take the viewer through an alphabetical tour of the concept of travel in all its complexity – from A for Album to Z for Ziel (destination). Under C for Cartography, Theodor de Bry’s America (1596) and early map-books meet posters from the 1920s.

    Under N for Nations, Baroque playing cards, early books of national costume and illustrated broadsheets divide the world into regional types. Under T for Tourism, travel posters, from 1880 to the present day, capture the longing for foreign places, while V for Virtual presents travel pictures for slide projectors, stereoscopes and dioramas – the forerunners of virtual travel.

    The exhibition includes works by Otto Arpke, Marcus Behmer, Peter Behrens, Lucian Bernhard, Bernhard von Breydenbach, Marcel Broodthaers, Cornelis de Bruyn, Theodor de Bry, Flavio de Marco, Emil Cardinaux, Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, James Cook, Josef Furttenbach, Julius Gipkens, Uwe Häntsch, Johann Daniel Herz, Herbert Kapitzki, Julius Klinger, Elli Kowalski, Bernard Larsson, Jeanne Mammen, Erich Mendelsohn, Jakob Mores, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Emil Orlik, Rico Puhlmann, Paul Sachse, Caspar Scheuren, Jan Tschichold, Anton von Werner, Robert Wimmer and others.

    Explore this travelling experience till 10.02.2019 here.


    ABC des Reisens. 150 Jahre Kunstbibliothek
    Banner der Ausstellung
    © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / formdusche


    Lois Gaigg
    Lloyd-Express. Schnellster Dienst der Welt, 1929
    Plakat, Lithografie, 100 x 70 cm
    © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz


    Anton Stankowski
    Sparen ermöglicht die Urlaubsreise, 1954
    Plakat, Offset, 83,7 x 58,7 cm
    © Stankowski Stiftung / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek


    Emil Cardinaux
    Zermatt / Matterhorn, 1908
    Plakat, Lithografie, 102,3 x 71,7 cm
    © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz


    Jupp Wiertz
    Germany Wants to See You, 1929
    Plakat, Offset, 99,5 x 63 cm
    © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz


    Albert Knab
    Riviera Dienst. Hamburg-Amerika Linie zwischen Genua und Nizza, 1914 
    Plakat, Lithografie, 98,4 x 73,5 cm
    © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz


    Grafikbüro Luigi Salomone
    Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio, Roma, um 1928
    Kofferaufkleber, 9,8 x 14,2 cm
    © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz


    Kofferaufkleber, 1910er- bis 1950er-Jahre
    Etiketten aus Afrika, Europa, Lateinamerika und den USA 
    © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz

    18Jan
  • The ABCs of the perils of climate change in type

    "I’m interested in visualizing concepts in an unconventional way, finding touch points where ugly meets beauty, philosophy meets data and inner ideas finds external envision" notes Johan Elmehag who has decided to introduce to us, the humans, the perils and dangers of climate change which we have ignored although the gradual rise in surface temperature on the earth never stops. 

    A-Z: Coast to Coast Shore to Shore is a project which aims at finding innovative ways to present the geographical impact of climate change. "The idea was born out of the sense that climate change is somewhat abstract and difficult to address, both emotionally and informationally" notes Elmehag who conveys his message with deconstructed letterforms

    "The core of the project is a typeface based on future vulnerable coastal areas, the letters are shaped after the way the world would look like if all the world’s ice melted. The font is presented in an ABC book where each letter represents a specific area and a unique future. The letters organize the information and creates a natural way of presenting it" writes Elmehag. 

    A-Z: Coast to Coast Shore to Shore is also available in the form of a web page and a big world map for us to explore and take serious action as there is overwhelming scientific and empirical evidence from notable research institutes that climate change is real and is almost certainly caused by us. 

    Learn more here.

    15Jan
  • The visual dystopia of John Caprenter's They Live is resurrected in print

    A visual celebration of one of the 80s most revered cult films, designed as a perfect replica from the film’s iconic magazine stand, They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening celebrates John Carpenter's iconic masterpiece.

    Politics, art, music, comics, literature, philosophy, and of course film, They Live touches on topics that are as relevant now as they were then with leading cultural figures exploring the film’s influence and impact. With a foreword from director John Carpenter and published by Rough Trade Books, the publication is edited by Craig Oldham.

    Written and directed by legendary filmmaker, John Carpenter, They Live (1988) is a science-fiction action film, which belies many of the genres in which it’s cast. Dismissed by critics upon release, the film has gone on to claim a cult following and earned a reputation for its political satire, social commentary, philosophical and technological forecasting, and visual aesthetics—areas in which the film has both inspired and exerted its distinct influences since.

    Starring former WWE Wrestler, Roddy Piper, They Live follows an unnamed drifter as he discovers the ruling class are in fact aliens. Stumbling on an antidoting pair of sunglasses, the truth is revealed. The people in power have been concealing their identity and operating clandestinely to control humanity through consumerism, greed, and subliminal messaging in mass media. On the brink of his discovery, the protagonist, Nada, seizes a magazine from a newsstand and what it unveils changes not only the course of the film, but the aesthetics of counter-culture indefinitely. This publication, is that magazine.

    Produced as a perfect replica prop, with exceptional attention to detail, They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening celebrates the importance of the film today, and explores its influences, inspiration, and ideas, as well as its relevance to us socially, culturally, and politically.

    The book offers commentary through original contributions on the film’s core themes—including street artist, Shepard Fairey, responsible for the Obey label and iconic HOPE poster for Barack Obama; celebrated musician and soundtrack aficionado, John Grant; radical philosopher and thinker, Slavoj Zizek; international subvertising and activist group Brandalism; international horror and science-fiction critic and author, Roger Luckhurst; as well as featuring the original short story Eight O’Clock in the Morning, on which the film is based and its comic adaptation, written by Ray Nelson, and inked by Bill Wray of Ren and Stimpy fame. It also features the work of artists Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Guerrilla Girls and more.

    Subliminal messages play with your mind throughout, as well as the smell of bubblegum, and even an essay written in the language of the film’s aliens and the means to decode it. This distinct and meticulous book is a must for any typophile and film lover, and is an artefact to behold in both its object and conceptual sense.

    To celebrate the publication of They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening by Rough Trade Books, a unique exhibition explores the printed matter and ephemera associated with the cult classic film, John Carpenter’s They Live. Taken directly from the book, on show at The Social (Little Portland St, London) from 7th – 27th January 2019 will be original film publicity material alongside artwork the film has inspired—including artists Shepard Fairey, Guerrilla Girls, and Brandalism, plus political posters and original film props.

    Grab your own copy here

     

     

     

    11Jan
  • TDC65: Last call to enter Type Directors Club best typography competition

    Type Directors Club, the leading international organization which supports excellence in typography has announced its last call for entries for TDC65 The World’s Best Typography competition.

    The two oldest and best-known competitions hosted by Type Directors Club are the Communications Design competition, held annually for 65 years, and the Typeface Design competition, now in its 22nd year.

    In short, here’s what happens: An international jury of type designers, graphic designers, art directors, and illustrators convenes in January to select over 250 works that represent the “world’s best type and typography”.

    The winning entries, which will be published in the 40th edition of the Type Directors Club annual, The World’s Best Typography, and will be shown in a travelling exhibition that will tour more than 35 cities throughout the world.

    Type Directors Club appoints new chairs to oversee each of these competitions each year.

    TDC65 accepts works in the Communication Design competition in a broad range of categories — movie titles, digital media, apparel, logos, exhibition design, and experimental work. The competition's Communications Design judges are Karin Fong, Leo Jung, Eddie Opara, Paulina Reyes, Ian Spalter, Annik Troxler, and Zipeng Zhu. This year’s Communication Design competition chair is Bobby C. Martin Jr

    Separately, the Typeface Design Competition invites you to enter your best type design work, from single fonts through superfamilies. The Typeface Design competition will be judged by Tobias Frere-Jones, Nicole Dotin, Kristyan Sarkis, and Erin McLaughlin. This year’s Typeface Design competition chair is Nina Stössinger.

    Be part of this typographic fest and submit your creations until Noon EST January 11, 2019. More info here

    08Jan
  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @benjohnstondesign

    Constantly self-motivated the young and talented Toronto-based Ben Johnston divides his time between creating shocking letterings, pretty customized typography and murals, while he is busy responding to demanding corporate identities. 

    "I am inspired by pretty much anything around me" Johnston told Typeroom

    Now we revisit his stunning portfolio thorough his Instagram account filled with typographic murals and letterforms in all the wrong and right places. 

    Check his adventures here

    04Jan