Posted by Danni Le Toullec on March 23, 2010
Typography is something that most people take for granted but for some, the curves and shapes of words are an art form. Artist Niels Meulman a.k.a ‘Shoe’ has carved a niche market with his work as a calligrapher, typographer, graffiti artist and designer.
‘Calligraffiti – The Graphic Art of Niels SHOE Meulman’ offers up a visual feast with a side of witty banter. It features some of the worlds’ best typographic works as well as an essay by renowned writer Adam Euwens.
The book gives insight into the inspirations behind each of Shoe's works. To describe Not on a Road, 2009 he explains "This title was taken from a crappy GPS device. Grand-touring on the Autobahn, it would keep on displaying 'Not on a road'. It is an adequate description for people without purpose."
Can’t get enough of all things font? Check out our interview with Brooklyn-based typographer Jessica Hische.
Posted by CatJuan on October 14, 2009
Without many of us even realizing it, fonts are a significant part of our daily lives. During the daily journey between, say, our house to place of work alone we run across dozens of fonts: On road signs, billboard advertisements, and logos of products we encounter. Many people don’t realize that behind Times New Roman, Arial, or Comic Sans was a type designer who slaved away to create the unique shapes of the letters and symbols we have come to love.
There is an undeniable charm and art to fonts. They are the first glimpse we have into the beauty of the words we read. How many of us have played around with various fonts, checking how each one fits the words we’ve written to convey its perfect meaning, until our eyes water and the words start to look funny?
To celebrate the third instalment of Go Font Urself* we’ve asked Brooklyn designer, illustrator, and typographer Jessica Hische to answer a few questions on what it’s like to live a life surrounded with the shapes of words.
Covered: type snobs, being too broke to afford good fonts, why Helvetica sucks, avoiding bad font genocide and practice, practice, practice.
Cat Juan: How and why did you get into typography?
Jessica Hische: I got into typography and hand-lettering in college, mostly because I was too broke to buy good fonts and didn't want to waste time pouring through the "10,000 FREE FONTS!!" CDs that floated around school for the three good fonts that they probably contained.
CJ: Are you a serif or a sans-serif kinda girl?
JH: Hard to say, I think generally sans-serif. Everything I draw starts as sans-serif and then I decide later if I want to make it have serifs.
Posted by KB on October 12, 2009
It's on again. After the success of the exhibitions held in February and June of this year, Go Font Ur Self* is back for round three.
Touching down in Sydney, Melbourne and, for the first time, Brisbane, it's a one stop shop for all you lovers of words, letters and type. There's word art from typographers worldwide including Dave the Chimp, Jersey Joe and Sopp Collective.
You'll find the party in:
Sydney – October 15
Melbourne – October 25
Brisbane – November 6
Check out the full details and RSVP instructions at the Go Font Ur Self* website.
Over the coming week Kluster will be bringing you interview with some of the featured artists, but in the mean time check out our chat with some of the previous exhibitions' typographers.
Posted by kluster on August 21, 2009
Kluster Magazine :: Issue VI, The Writers’ Issue
Editor-In-Chief, Kat Hartmann talks to McSweeney’s Senior Editor, Eli Horowitz. Melbourne artist/author Shaun Tan shares thoughts on his art. We explore the ancient art form, typography, with New-York based Mike Perry. Time Out Sydney Editor, Dan Rookwood, explores the lost art of love letter writing and Elmo Keep attempts to decipher her motivation for music journalism.
There's also a spattering of up-coming writers; Bill Cotter, Reif Larsen, Shady Cosgrove and Eleanor Catton, some stunning Henry & June Miller inspired fashion pages and some insight into the Australian/Vogel Literary Awards.
And more, more, more.