Adrian Frutiger

Friday, April 21, 2017

Adrian Frutiger is a renowned twentieth century Swiss graphic designer. His forte was typeface designing and he is considered responsible for the advancement of typography into digital typography. His valued contribution to typography includes the typefaces; Univers and Frutiger.   Adrian Frutiger was born on May 24, 1928, in Unterseen, Canton of Bern to weaver parents. At the ...

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John Giorno

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Born in 1936 in New York City, Giorno attended Columbia University and worked as a stockbroker for a short time before meeting Andy Warhol in 1962. A romantic relationship ensued, and Giorno was featured in Warhol’s first film, Sleep (1963). The influence of pop art and Warhol’s Factory are evident in Giorno’s work, which developed ...

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The block letters designer Prof. Hermann Zapf worked in his studio in the Hessian town of Darmstadt . Recording from 09.14.1987 . ... Prof. Hermann Zapf - Darmstadt ... 14-09-1987 ... Darmstadt ... Germany ... Photo credit should read: Heinz-J¸rgen Gˆttert/Unique Reference No. 23260938 ...

Hermann Zapf

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Zapf was born in Nuremberg during turbulent times marked by the German Revolution of 1918–1919 in Munich and Berlin, the end of World War I, the exile of Kaiser Wilhelm, and the establishment of Bavaria as a free state by Kurt Eisner. In addition, the Spanish flu pandemic took hold in Europe in 1918 and ...

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Eric Gill

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gill was born in 1882 in Brighton, Sussex (now East Sussex) and in 1897 the family moved to Chichester. Eric studied at Chichester Technical and Art School, and in 1900 moved to London to train as an architect with the practice of W.D. Caroe, specialists in ecclesiastical architecture. Frustrated with his training, he took evening ...

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Max Miedinger

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

At the age of sixteen Max became an apprentice typesetter at a book printing office for Jacques Bollmann (in Zürich). After four years as an apprentice, Miedinger enrolled in the School of Arts and Crafts. When he was 26 years old, he went to work for an advertising studio called Globe. Here he worked as ...

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Goudy & Syracuse

Monday, February 6, 2017

The tale of rediscovering Sherman, a typeface designed by Frederic Goudy in 1910 and revived by Chester Jenkins in 2016 for Syracuse University. Goudy taught himself printing and typography while working as a bookkeeper. In 1895, in partnership with a teacher of English, C. Lauren Hooper, he set up the Camelot Press in Chicago, which ...

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Lawrence Weiner

Friday, January 27, 2017

Lawrence Weiner’s texts have appeared in all sorts of places over the last five decades and although he sees himself as a sculptor rather than a conceptualist, he is among the trailblazers of the 1960s to present art as language. He defines his sculptural medium simply as ‘language + the material referred to’, in the ...

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Alex Trochut

Friday, January 6, 2017

Alex Trochut was born in 1981 in Barcelona, Spain. After completing his studies at Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny, Alex established his own design studio in Barcelona before relocating to New York City. Through his design, illustration and typographic practice he has developed an intuitive way of working that has resulted in his expressive visual ...

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Dada Was There

Saturday, December 24, 2016

In the middle of the First World War, the magical word “Dada” was created in Zurich, from where the spirit of Dada spread like wildfire around the globe. A group of emigrant artists including Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings, Hans Arp and Tristan Tzara, opened an “artists’ cabaret” at Spiegelgasse 1 in Zurich's old town, from where ...

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François Cheng

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In that light revealing his painting, accumulation of physical and mental energy, it becomes research and conquest of primordial images that stand out for their own autonomy ideational; It constitutes a new vision, of flesh and blood, instead of being only a simulacrum, indirect allusion to reality. The introspective process does not result solely the ...

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Arthur Aeschbacher

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Aeschbacher is considered a representative of the Nouveau Réaliste group active in Paris during the 1950-1960s. The Nouveaux Réalistes tended to see the world as an image from which they could take parts and incorporate them into their works. Inventors of the so-called décollage technique, the opposite of collage, the Nouveau Réalistes wanted to avoid ...

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Kevin Cantrell

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Head of his eponymous studio, Kevin functions as the creative director and design lead for all KCD client projects. Kevin has a deep understanding and love of lettering and typographical aesthetics. Earning a BFA in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University, 2008, he established his signature typographical aesthetics applying them to clients such as: Nike, ...

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Be-poles Studio

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Be-poles was launched in the year 2000 in Paris, with a sole objective: to build strong, lasting brand identities. Ever since then, they have remained focused on that same mission, and kept the same careful eye. They have never changed their guiding principles, they know the extent to which a brand’s identity is precious and ...

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Robert Montgomery

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors. He was the British artist selected for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the first biennale in India. Montgomery has had solo exhibitions at venues in ...

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Pieter Brattinga

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pieter Brattinga, with Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel, ranks among the leading figures who helped re-establish Dutch prowess in graphic design in the postwar period—particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. Brattinga and others helped to forge the modern concepts of “functional total design,” which provided distinctive systems of unified visual identity programs for business firms, government ...

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Fabienne Verdier

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fabienne Verdier’s artistic path has taken her through successive phases of research, all focused on her fundamental areas of interest, including the dynamism of forces of nature, the instantaneous and enduring, and movement and immobility. By adopting new tools and ever-larger brushstrokes, she proposes to enable viewers to better access the infinite world of energy ...

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Kyle Steed

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Kyle makes his living doodling… whether it's giant murals on the side of buildings, icons for a web project or even designing his own custom fonts.  He uses every day tools like pencils, Sharpies and paper but his unique creativity & vision set his work apart from the rest. Artist Statement Born on the Eastern edge of ...

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Jon Contino

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jon Contino Studio crafts enduring perceptions through art & design. Led by Creative Director Jon Contino, the studio has produced award-winning work for some of the world’s top agencies and brands. Teams are custom assembled for each project, based on the scope of a project and the talents of the artists. Challenges the studio has taken on ...

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Tony Lewis

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tony Lewis is known for his sparse, large drawings in gradations of black and white. The works feature texts culled from a variety of sources, including his personal writings and political vocabularies, both in several languages. In some cases, Lewis generates the words through automatic writing, associative word games, or drawing exercises performed in the ...

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Wim Crouwel

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In 1963, Wim Crouwel was one of the founders of the design studio Total Design. From 1964 onwards, Crouwel was responsible for the design of the posters, catalogues and exhibitions of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 1967 he designed the typeface New Alphabet, a design that embraces the limitations of the cathode ray tube ...

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Jessica Hische

Friday, April 8, 2016

Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, author, and self-described “avid internetter” working in San Francisco and Brooklyn. After graduating with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in 2006, she worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia before taking a position as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. ...

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Post Typography

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Post Typography works with enlightened organizations to create ambitious design projects in print, digital, and built spaces. Our Baltimore-based design studio specializes in logos and branding, web and digital media, publication design and illustration, creative placemaking, and environmental design with additional forays into strategy, art, video, writing, curatorial work, and constructive vandalism. The studio regularly unleashes ...

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Ben Johnston

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Canadian-born Ben Johnston is a 28 year old self-taught designer who grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. After a brief stint in industrial design, Ben started focusing on traditional graphic design, with a preference for creating typographic illustrations from scratch. His industrial design experience gives him the ability to break the confines of 2D and 3D, ...

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Chris LaBrooy

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

After graduating from the RCA with an MA in design products, Chris first began to use 3D as a simple tool to visualise ideas for furniture and products that he could not afford to produce. As 3D technology and hardware evolved, Chris saw an opportunity to explore CGI as a creative medium in itself with which ...

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