Type 1 Fall 2018

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Lectures

This is a list collecting the video lecture assignments for this class.

Week 1

Helvetica by Gary Hustwit (2007)

 

Comic Sans: The Man Behind the World’s Most Contentious Font

You remember Comic Sans. You know, that irreverent, off-kilter font that came pre-programmed on 90s versions of Microsoft Word? In fact, you probably have very strong feelings about that font. Here's the story behind the most polarizing font ever made.

 

Week 2

House Industries: Interview with Ken Barber

House Industries has been producing their premier league retro design and their true love…Fonts! Fonts! Fonts! since 1993. House Industries’ lead letterer Ken Barber recently visited us in Berlin to give a workshop at our Gestalten Space, which explored the creative process of hand-lettering and the application of illustrative letterforms in contemporary graphic design. We took this chance to interview him on Gestalten.tv where he talks about the necessity of specialization and the fine lines between lettering, typography, and font design. We've sold out of their House monograph but are obviously huge fans and have a range of House Industries items at Gestalten Space, and available through our online shop, shop.gestalten.com. Watch our complete line-up of video interviews on gestalten.tv.

 

Erik van Blokland on Drawing

A quick recording of sketching letterforms from the inside out. Postpone drawing the actual outline until you have an idea where it is. Just drawing any line isn't going to make it the right one. Better to ignore drawing the contour altogether and focus on proportion, contrast, weight, the white shapes as well as the black shape. The pen keeps the same amplitude and direction. Thus it performs similar to a broad nib pen and the contrast follows easily. Modulating the amplitude (shown later on) simulates the expansion of the flexible nib pen. This is by no means intended as an example of great lettering. These particular letters would benefit from a dab of white paint and perhaps an iteration or two on tracing paper. But it shows how to get started. Similar to the sketching techniques shown by David Gates in Lettering for Reproduction.

 

The secret language of letter design (with English subtitles) | Martina Flor

(Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) Look at the letters around you: on street signs, stores, restaurant menus, the covers of books.

 

Live Hand Lettering with Mark Caneso - 1 of 3

Join Designer Mark Caneso on Adobe Live as he explores the limits of letterforms! This week Mark will create hand lettering illustrations that push the boundaries of size, shape and orientation in Illustrator CC. Mark Caneso is a designer living and working in Austin, Texas where he runs pprwrk studio, his independent graphic & typographic design endeavor.

 

Live Hand Lettering with Ryan Hamrick - 1 of 3

Join Lettering Artist and Designer Ryan Hamrick on Adobe Live as he designs and hand letters a quote for posters and t-shirts. This week, Ryan will teach you his entire process! Ryan is an independent lettering artist and designer based in Austin, TX.

 

Live Hand Lettering with Sindy Ethel - 1 of 3

Join Designer & Illustrator Sindy Ethel on Adobe Live as she hand letters in Illustrator and Photoshop CC. In this three part series Sindy will illustrate the same word, transforming it with unique effects & treatments on each day! Sindy is an Interactive Designer living and working in New York City.

 

Week 3

Matthew Carter: My Life in Typefaces

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books - remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

 

Font Men by Dress Code

You may not have heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you've seen their work. Before their recent split, they collectively ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world, creating fonts used by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States. Font Men, gives a peek behind the curtain into the world of Jonathan and Tobias. Tracking the history of their personal trajectories, sharing the forces that brought them together and giving an exclusive look at the successful empire they built together. - Presented by AIGA to celebrate H+FJ's 2013 AIGA Medal, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts Directed & Produced by: Dress Code Cinematography by: Andre Andreev Edited by: Dan Covert Music & Sound by: YouTooCanWoo Animation/Design: Evan Anthony, John Custer, Joe Donaldson, Emil Bang Lyngbo, Josh Parker, Eddie Song Principal Cast: Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones Shot on a Canon 7D

 

Week 4

Introducing Johnston100 by Monotype

Monotype introduces Johnston100: A contemporary update to Transport for London’s Johnston typeface, marking the centennial of its use across the London bus, rail and Underground systems. Remastered by Monotype to bring back the original flavour of the Johnston design developed 100 years ago, Johnston100 expands the palette of the original typeface to embrace both contemporary typographic trends and new digital requirements. Johnston100 includes five weights of the design, including two brand new contemporary weights: hairline and thin, and will start appearing across the TfL network later this year. Johnston was originally designed by Edward Johnston in 1916 and is instantly recognisable as the graphic language of London. Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/1PpCWSL

 

Neue Kabel: reshaping a lost classic by Monotype

Neue Kabel brings back the liveliness of the original's strikingly quirky characters, while adding in the long-lost italics and missing glyphs needed for it to address a wide range of editorial and branding purposes.

 

The Wolpe Collection by Monotype

Introducing The Wolpe Collection. Five typefaces by Berthold Wolpe, revived by Toshi Omagari, now reissued by Monotype. The Wolpe Collection brings together a restored set of typefaces by Berthold Wolpe – the designer behind some of the most beautiful and memorable book jackets released by British publisher Faber & Faber. Spanning striking display type, roman text faces, blackletter, and little-known designs that introduce a quirky retro sci-fi flavor, The Wolpe Collection, now revived by type designer Toshi Omagari, reinvigorates the work of a man who was quietly instrumental in the world of British visual culture. #MeetWolpe http://bit.ly/meetwolpe

Goudy & Syracuse: The Tale of a Typeface Found

The tale of rediscovering Sherman, a typeface designed by Frederic Goudy in 1910 and revived by Chester Jenkins in 2016 for Syracuse University. Featuring: Michael Bierut, Partner, Pentagram William T. La Moy, Librarian, Special Collections, E.S. Bird Library, Syracuse University Chester Jenkins, Typeface Designer, Village Client: Syracuse University Vice President of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer: Nicci Brown Executive Creative Director: Rob Rayfield Brand Designers/Creative Directors: Pentagram Partner-in-Charge/Designer: Michael Bierut Associate/Designer: Jesse Reed Produced by: Dress Code (dresscodeny.com) Director: Dan Covert Producer: Tara Rose Stromberg Cinematography: Claudio Rietti Assistant Camera: Kyle Anido Production Cordinator: Nick Stromberg Edit: Mike Cook and Dan Covert End Titles: Vincenzo Lodigiani Color: Mike Cook Music + Sound Design: YouTooCanWoo On Set Sound: Matteo Liberatore Shot on a Red Epic