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  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @colette.lh

    Colette Love Hilliard is a writer and teacher currently chronicling her journey of love, marriage, and infertility through poetry and art. She is also a storyteller that knows how to play with typography and words in order to make her blackout poetry as intriguing as possible.  

    Hilliard's work has appeared in a variety of literary magazines and her debut collection of blackout poetry, A Wonderful Catastrophe, is available worldwide. The book fuses art with text and offers a raw, honest, and personal account of her experience with infertility

    "Blackout poetry focuses on rearranging words to create a different meaning. Also known as newspaper blackout poetry, the author uses a permanent marker to cross out or eliminate whatever words or images he sees as unnecessary or irrelevant to the effect he's seeking to create. The central idea is to devise a completely new text from previously published words and images, which the reader is free to interpret as he wishes" notes Ralph Heibutzki.

    Identified as the brainchild of author, cartoonist and web designer Austin Kleonthese otherworldly poets reshape the words and their meaning. "Search for striking words or images in daily newspapers, which they emphasize by crossing out the unneeded text with a permanent marker" read the guidelines posted on the Newspaper Blackout website

    "As Kleon has acknowledged, poets have been rearranging words since the Dadaist and Surrealist movements of the 1920s. For example, poet Tristan Tzara started a riot at a surrealist rally by proposing to randomly pull words out of a hat to create new works. During the 1950s, Beat writers and poets like William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin literally cut up existing texts, such as newspaper articles, with scissors. Unlike these approaches, however, blackout poets are built around short pieces of text, which the creator uses to build a mood or create a specific effect" he adds.

    Follow Hilliard's blackout poetry on Instagram here

    Images: @colette.lh

  • Type crimes: Hoefler & Co's seriously must-have typographic gift is hilarious

    "By special issue from the 100% totally real Typographic Violations Division, the Uniform Ticket Book is standard equipment for the modern design enforcer" note Hoefler & Co, a graphic design studio that is smart and brings some humour into the scene. Their latest project aptly named Typographic Ticket Book lists thirty-two common design infractions, each with an appropriate penalty. Per H&C there is "plenty of room for improvisation".

    "Authoritatively typeset in Helvetica to provoke maximum anxiety, and jarringly printed in retina-scorching orange, each Notice of Violation is sure to startle, striking an uneasy chill in even the most upstanding designer. Contains fifty tickets, each neatly perforated for a satisfyingly loud rip prior to presentation. Bound in soul-deadening municipal pressboard, with a heavy-duty 100pt millboard backing, and foil stamped with an official-looking clip art emblem in gold. Police uniform not included, nor recommended. For novelty use only".

    Satire got printed so the world will officially get busted if they don't know what the the difference between ‘font’ and ‘typeface’. The Typographic Ticket Book is available for $10 at the Hoefler & Co. Design Shop.

    Images: Hoefler & Co.

  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @metagrafik

    Venice based Maxim Dosca is obviously in love with the art of the poster. The Italian graphic designer shares his passion for print design, typography, illustration and photography on his Instagram account which sees a brand new poster design everyday for 360 days. Having graduated from IUAV University of Venice, Industrial and Communication Design in 2015, Dosca is experimenting with the medium in any way possible.

    According to the French historian Max Gallo, "for over two hundred years, posters have been displayed in public places all over the world. Visually striking, they have been designed to attract the attention of passers-by, making us aware of a political viewpoint, enticing us to attend specific events, or encouraging us to purchase a particular product or service."

    The modern poster, as we know it, however, dates back to the mid-nineteenth century as the printing industry perfected colour lithography and made mass production of large and inexpensive images possible.

    Get inspired here.

    Images via @metagrafik

  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @tyrsamisu

    Tyrsa aka Alexis Taïeb is a typographic force that took the A-listers by storm. From Childish Gambino's controversial music video of "This Is America" to David Beckham's grooming line created in partnership with L'Oréal the typography of French artist Tyrsa brings the letterform into the limelight.

    The 33 yo Parisian believes in creating engaging, modern and precise visuals that follow a simple goal: to reinvent the letter, but never lose its meaning or the beauty of it.

    Tyrsa, an adaptation of Satyr, his graffiti name discovered the craft he is most talented at in 1999. That year Alexis Taïeb discovered graffiti.

    As his first works had barely dried on the walls he knew that he had found a love for life. This love for typography became a natural guide into a new profession and soon enough, he graduated from the Gobelins school in 2007 with a solid knowledge of design and typography. Shortly after graduating, in 2008, Alexis became a freelancer with a focus on print and web design.

    His work in Paris was soon appreciated and applied by various Parisian agencies like BETC Euro ESCG, Publicis, DDB, Sid Lee, etc. For him typography is just the starting point of his work.

    Walk along his path here


  • Mind over Matter in David Carson’s first interactive artwork ever

    Design legend David Carson and interactive artist Thijs Biersteker premiered their collaborative installation Mind over Matter at the NewWerktheater in Amsterdam on the 14th of September.

    The brainwave-controlled art installation shows that if we keep our focus on the right things in life, the world doesn’t spin out of control.

    The collaboration was initiated by ADCN, the club for creativity in Amsterdam, and marks the first interactive artwork for David Carson in his long and established design career.

    In this Techno Poetic installation driven by combined brainwaves, collected with the use of EEG’s, the audience controls a giant spherical installation. When they keep a calm, meditative state of mind the world stays in balance, but when one person loses focus the planet spins out of control into a collage of waste explosions, floods and pollution clouds

    Carson's new collage art style has been put in motion using randomised algorithms. Driven by the brainwave data, made up of theta and beta waves, well known for reading the meditative state of mind, the piece has a direct response to the brain activity of the spectators. The analog designs are woven together into an elegant pattern.

     “The combination of some of my new work, made by hand, takes on a refreshingly new dimension and meaning when combined with state of the art technology skills. Thijs and I are both makers, and we both enjoy to work with our hands. I am excited that our mutual passions are combined in this collaboration. While it's fascinating to watch other’s brainwaves on the screen in front of you, nothing I know of is quite like the experience of actually putting on the head set and seeing the results of your own brain waves yourself” says the acclaimed graphic designer Carson.

    “I’m honored to work with one of the greatest designers on his first interactive piece, sharing a message we both care about a lot’’ says Biersteker.

    Uniting Carsons’s graphic design and art direction with Biersteker’s tech and science based art and interaction design is a must-see project not to be missed. 

    Check more here.