Posts tagged with ‘typography’
A friend of mine was telling me about these ceramic tiles in Liberty’s department store in London. A gun toting octopus, a smoking fish and a Dodo in a bowler hat, these mischievous, anthropomorphic animals that accompanying these decorative letters seem like something from an adult version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The eccentric images have been taken from Rory Dobner’s intricate ink drawings. A continual drawer and doodler, he has a library of old sketchbooks built up over the years. Rory has been commissioned by a long list of individuals (Kate Moss, Robert Downey Jr, are listed), and companies including several fashion houses.
Thanks to Massimo Martinetti for the photo and introducing me to them.
"Along These Lines, by Akshataa Vishwanath from the Urban Codes studio, is a participatory generative typography installation consisting of people building large-scale typography, following the same rule sets yet subject to variation based on personal interpretation. All the Fabricanti were given the same instructions, and constructed typography using string on the walls of Fabrica, spelling out “insieme” (Italian for Together). This project involved many stages of user tests and iterations to design a system of constraints, which also allow a degree of flexibility". http://urbancodes.tumblr.com/
The streets of Milan, in Miami
In just over a week our ‘Milan l’è un gran Milan’ will surely qualify for the best travelled designer jigsaw puzzle ever, thanks to the opening of the Wallpaper* Handmade best-of-show exhibition in Miami.
This cousin of our London’s Kerning typographic map was originally commissioned by Wallpaper* for their Handmade exhibition in Milan. Since then it’s been chosen as one of the best exhibits from the last 5 years of Handmade, and has therefore been displayed with some big names (Karl Lagerfeld, Konstantin Grcic, Poltrona Frau, Naoto Fukasawa, Brioni, Michael Anastassiades, the late David Collins, Peter Saville, Barber Osgerby, Hervé Van der Straeten, Johanna Grawunder) in the windows at Harrods. Now the map and puzzle are off to Miami to form part of Design Miami. If you are in the area, pop in and let us know how it looks!
It turns out we were woefully naive regarding the logistics of transporting a 810mm x 570mm jigsaw puzzle – fully constructed – last time we moved it. The result was a frantic afternoon crammed into the corner window at Harrods reconstructing it in situ. So this time, in preparation for a trans-Atlantic flight, we’ve secured the pieces together in small sections. Of course, if we’d been cleverer we would have offered to assemble it in person (in Miami)! If you’d like a copy of the Milan or London poster for Christmas, visit our shop.