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  • 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




  • 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

  • #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

  • Eyes open wide with Optician Sans, a typeface inspired by LogMAR chart

    Optician Sans is a free typeface based on the 10 historical optotype letters seen on millions of eye charts around the world, finalising the work that was started decades ago.

    Developed by creative agency Anti, the custom font has a full set of characters adding to the ten letters – C D H K N O R S V Z – used in historic optotype eye test charts.

    The universal optometrist eye charts have been around for decades and seen by millions of people worldwide. The first standardised chart was created by Hermann Snellen in the Netherlands in 1862, before Louise Sloan designed a new set in 1959. These letters make up the now universal chart for testing visual acuity, also known as the LogMAR chart, which was developed by National Vision Research Institute of Australia. But ever since 1959, they have consisted of only 10 letters.

    With Optician Sans, Anti finalised the work that was started decades ago by creating a fully functional typeface based on the historical optotype letters, including numbers and special characters.

    The project was initially instigated for the visual identity of a Norwegian optometrist called Optician-K, the "K" standing for the Krogh family who have been in the optometry business since 1877.

    Learn more here.

  • Sex, football and movies: Typeroom's top five posts of 2018

    Renowned for his pioneering typographic works, Chris Ward delved into the English typographic heritage (eg. Gill, Flaxman, Johnston etc.) for England's World Cup Kit 2018, the most viral of all fonts in this year's Typeroom typographic newswire. 

    “Parts of the type actually quote aspects of other fonts to feel  a little more familiar – the W in Railway Sans in particular, and the flare of the alternate R is a nod to Gill. I also included a perfectly circular O should they want to use it” notes Ward of his project.

    Other posts that made it to the top are our tribute to the iconic Stephen Hawking, the best type design in cinema ever, the redesign of The Guardian and our talk with award-winning art director and educator Mirko Ilić on "Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design". 

    A bold collaboration with Steven Heller, the renowned design critic, author, art director, and educator, that chronicles the myriad myriad ways the human body is shown, implied, drawn and painted upon, politicized, abstracted, and illustrated to convey all manner of messages, both artistic, and commercial. 

    Discover the top five of Typeroom's most viral features as follows:

    5. Head to Toe: Mirko Ilić & Steven Heller bare it all in their latest xrated publication

    4. What the Guardian’s tabloid format says about print today

    3. From Alien to Seven: 7 times typography ruled the silver screen

    2. Stephen Hawking's words of wisdom

    1. Craig Ward on his typeface for England World Cup Kit 2018 for Nike