Posts Tagged With typography

Het boek van PTT

Out of all of the books available at the Special Collections library, the book Het boek van PTT stood out to me the most. Designed by Piet Zwart and released in 1938, its yellowed front cover with an intriguing graphic design (a mix of crude illustration with photography and minimalist color) caught my attention immediately.…

Works. A facsimile of the William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer

As I walked around the Special Collections exhibit, the book that caught my eye was The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: A Facsimile of the William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer. The book was most prominently eye catching due to its size and, upon closer inspection, the intricate designs covering almost every page (which after some research I…

Contemporary Furniture and Textiles

  My first visual impression when viewing the cover of Contemporary Furniture and Textiles was that my attention was immediately drawn to the bolded, red “K” in the middle. The background is filled with contrasting colors of grey and black with the word “Knoll” repeatedly stated. The repetition of these words is highlighted even more…

Lockhart’s Spanish Ballads

  The elaborate title pages and covers are initially what caught my eye due to its gold lining and intricate patterns. The front cover of the book is symmetrical and uses a sleek, thin, gold lined pattern around the title which is Lockhart’s Spanish Ballads. The book is dated 1842 and the state of the…

A. M. Cassandre – Peignot

Cassandre was most well known as a poster artist, but he delved into many different areas of art, including the creation of typefaces. Many of his typefaces were widely used and impactful, with one of the more interesting types being Peignot, which he created in 1937. The type was commissioned by Deberny & Peignot. The…

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

In 1999, Sheila de Bretteville redesigned the flooring, walls, and railings of 207th Street Subway Station in Manhattan for the MTA Art for Transit Office. She was inspired by the interviews of subway goers as well as the song “Take the A Train” by iconic jazz musician Billy Strayhorn. From the song, she repeated the…

Eddie Opara

All the guest speakers we have had this semester were so different in terms of the kind of work that they do and I was introduced to so many different perspectives, ideologies, methods, processes. I was wide-eyed what this new lecture would be about. I had gone through the description but there wasn’t much I…

“Thank U, YES!”

Thank U, Next? More like Thank U, YES!! I am living for anything Ariana Grande, but I must say, her marketing team is quite remarkable and really knows how to make lasting impressions on her audience. From the first few clues that Ariana would allude to the classic movie Mean Girls in her hit track…

Helvetica: A Documentary Film

A typeface of every age or the monotone voice of the type world. The creation of Helvetica, originally called Die Neue Haas Grotesk, by Miedinger and Hoffmann sparked a queue of modernist type standard and of eventual controversy. In an age of reconstructing the design standard, Helvetica was birthed out of Münchenstien, Switzerland as a…

Mrs Eaves (OT Roman)

Mrs Eaves is a serif font that was designed in 1996 by Zuzana Licko. It was styled after the well known font, Baskerville, which was named after the designer John Baskerville. As a sort of tribute, Mrs Eaves was named after Baskerville’s live in housekeeper, Sarah Eaves, whom he ended up marrying. Licko modeled her…

Intricate Beauty by Design

Marian Bantjes is an internationally recognized designer, illustrator, writer and typographer. Her career began as a book typesetter until she co-founded and ran her own graphic design studio, Digitopolis, and then branched off to work on her own as a graphic artist and letterer. She spent 20 years working in graphic design and typography before…

Rick Griffin

This poster was created for the Human Be-In event in 1967, which was held in the Polo Grounds of the Golden Gate park in San Francisco. The event was extremely historically important, as it was considered the climax of the Haight Ashbury psychedelic 60s scene, the manifestation of their ideals, and it became the predecessor…

Paula Scher

Paula Scher – Biography Paula Scher was born and raised in states along the east coast. Born in Virginia in 1948, she grew up in Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania and studied at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in illustration in 1970. Educated during a time…