Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Typecon Post Mortem / Ephemera

I probably should have found the time to write about Typecon daily instead of trying to remember it all now, but here we are. Overall the conference was really interesting, and I met a lot of great people. As an artist and graphic designer my knowledge of type is quite superficial in comparison to type designers. Peering into their world is fascinating, you get to overhear people say things like: "Did you see the spacing on the lowercase, it's brutal," or "That angle on the right side of the loop on the lowercase g looks like a mistake." Anyway, six consecutive nights of drinking and talking about design has left me exhausted.

It should be said that Typecon would not have been in Buffalo if not for my friends Rich Kegler and Carima el Behairy, they are the driving force behind P22 Type Foundry and the non-profit Western New York Book Arts Collaborative. I really appreciate their efforts to make things happen in this town.

There was a lot of nicely designed, beautifully printed ephemera floating around the conference, here are a few of my favorites:

This is from Matter, a print and design studio run by Rick Griffith. Rick was one of my co-presenters at Pecha Kucha, he does amazing work and was a lot of fun to hang out with.

James Grieshaber, a great graphic and type designer and all around nice guy, designed this letterpress piece (on thick card stock) for the Sagmiester talk. The event was in an old church, the cards were placed in the hymnal racks on the back of every pew.

A spread from Rob Keller's Smallest Specimen Book Ever (it's 4" X 2 3/4")

Process Type Foundry

One of several 3-D cards promoting fonts from Mark Simonson Studio

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