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  • Typism is typography’s latest conference for the lovers of the letter

    "I wanted to find a way to inspire and motivate my graphic design students” says Dr Dominique Falla of her brainchild Typism. “Many of them showed an interest in typography and lettering but didn't believe it was possible to make a living from it” adds the typographer, graphic designer and lecturer at the Griffith University.

    The Typism Conference—now in its third year—is devoted entirely to the beauty of the written word and for the event some of the world's best calligraphers, sign painters and typographers will descend on the Gold Coast in September for a creative conference that focuses on the craft of typography.
    Typism is the first conference of its kind in Australia and is gaining recognition around the world, with more than 70,000 followers on social media.

    “We are all familiar with fonts—most of us have hundreds on our computer—but who designs them?  The logos for Coca-Cola, Disney, Kleenex, Kellogg's, and Virgin were all hand drawn by lettering artists, and every hipster coffee shop has a hand-painted sign these days. Beautiful type and lettering are invisible to the average person, but surround us every day. The Typism Conference is dedicated to the creative people who make it (or want to learn how)” she adds.
    By bringing together the world's most successful lettering artists, Dominique showcases the craft and the profession to the next generation, with many of her students going on to become successful typographers and lettering artists in their own right.

    Held this year at the Arts Centre Gold Coast on Saturday 30th of September, Typism brings together lettering artists from Australia and the US to share their work, creative process and insights into building a business from your passion.

    For more information on speakers and workshops click here.

  • TwoPoints.Net on Mexico City's "Verano Archivo" new visual identity

    TwoPoints designed a typeface which became the heart of the Flexible Visual Identity (FVI) for “Verano Archivo”, an experimental exhibition with activities for kids and adults in Mexico City's beautiful venue which is "probably the best space for architecture and design in the city".

    "A typeface in itself is already a FVI. It allows us to combine letters to create new forms, able to adjust adequately to context and space" says TwoPointsNet

    "The letters 'VA' or the full title of the event 'Verano Archivo' may be set horizontally or vertically. The letters are either yellow or can be filled with images from the exhibition. The colour yellow, which represents summer, is the common thread of the FVI. It connects all the pieces of the exhibition, the inauguration lunch, the posters and the space itself, even if the typeface or the additional geometric elements aren’t used. Apart from connecting all the pieces of 'Verano Archivo', the FVI also visualized the three different elements of the event: the exhibition, the activity for kids and the activities in the open space. Each of the activities became a color and form code and were silkscreened separately on top of the letters, creating one poster for each of the activities and when printed all together, a general poster for the entire event. On the 'selfie-wall', a huge mirror in the exhibition space, the system turned into an interactive game. The visitors of the exhibition could glue the geometric forms themselves on top of the letters 'Verano Archivo; and take a picture of themselves".
    Check more here

  • Back up Euclid's elements in all their visually conceptual glory

    "Last year we started an adventure. We created a very small independent publishing house specialising in the history of science" writes Kronecker Wallis on it's latest Kickstarter campaign.With Isaac Newton’s Principia already a success KW will continue it's different approach to the editorial design that is typically found in mathematical or physics texts with Euclid's Elements

    "Euclid's Elements has been referred to as the most successful and influential textbook ever written. It was one of the very earliest mathematical works to be printed after the invention of the printing press and has been estimated to be second only to the Bible, in the number of editions published since the first printing in 1482. The Elements is a mathematical treatise consisting of 13 books attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid. It is a collection of definitions, postulates, propositions (theorems and constructions), and mathematical proofs of the propositions. Elements is the oldest surviving large-scale deductive treatment of mathematics. It has proven instrumental in the development of logic and modern science" comments KW on Oliver Byrne take of Euclid's scientific treasure with a totally new and innovative language filled with visual concepts which needs to be reissued after 1847, the year Byrne's first six books of the Elements of Euclid were released - along with the rest seven volumes of Euclid's wisdom.

    KW's minimalist graphic design never looked more appropriate so let's back up the project and celebrate geometry's brand new visual language at it's best. 

  • Steven Heller on a graphic design master, Adolf Hoffmeister

    "Meet Adolf Hoffmeister (1902–1973), a cartoonist, painter, graphic designer, poet, novelist and former editor of the Czech daily newspaper Lidové noviny and the literary paper Literární noviny" writes Steven Heller on one of Europe's masters of graphic design

    "Hoffmeister founded an anti-fascist magazine, Simplicus, in the 1930s after the German satiric magazine Simplicissimus was banned by the Nazis. If that was not enough, he wrote the libretto for a children’s opera, Brundibar (later done by Maurice Sendak), with music by the Czech composer Hans Krása; the opera was performed by children in the Terezín concentration camp where Krása was imprisoned by the Nazis".

    Read his tribute here


  • A graphic design charity calls for action against cancer

    Design journalist and author Max Fraser has invited more than 150 established and emerging designers to create a one-off artwork that expresses the 'Joy of Living', using just three pieces of differently coloured A4 paper,in support of Maggie’s Centres that provide free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer. These exhibits will be available to view at One Poultry in the City of London between Tuesday 5 September and Sunday 10 September.

    Maggie's aims to be there for anyone living with cancer. As Maggie herself said: “Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”.

    Artworks have been generously donated by a range of creative talent, including designers Jasper Morrison, Fredrikson Stallard, Barber & Osgerby, Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Eley Kishimoto and Ilse Crawford; architects Amanda Levete, Ivan Harbour and Steven Holl; architectural designer John Pawson; jewellery designers Hannah Martin and Jade Jagger; and artists Richard Woods and Rolf Sachs. Each piece will be signed but displayed anonymously.

    All proceeds from this project will go towards supporting the Centre's network, so more people with cancer can find the support they need.

    All artworks will be available to bid for online, and on location at One Poultry, from 5 – 10 September 2017. For more information, visit the Maggie’s website.