This is hardcore.

November 23, 2019

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I was interviewed over on the AIGA Eye on Design blog along with Kathleen Sleboda, Christopher Sleboda, and Kristian Henson about the DIY hardcore punk movement of the late 1980s and 1990s and about our collaborative book Hardcore Fanzine which came out this year. You can read the essay here: https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/this-is-hardcore-the-huge-impact-of-a-niche-movement-on-graphic-designers-today/

ServiceNow

November 19, 2019

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Just installed: a number of big supergraphics treatments for the interior design of ServiceNow’s new Tokyo offices.

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Walking into the ServiceNow (https://www.servicenow.com/) offices, staff and clients alike are greeted by giant graphic treatments that Pascal Santoso and I put together to encourage sales, support, and congeniality!

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Thanks to Jordan and Ben at AXES Partners for inviting us to work on this project, as well as thanks to Chris, Tonya, and the team at ServiceNow.

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Universal Lunch

November 15, 2019

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I was so lucky to be invited to participate in the livestreamed and recorded interview/conversation series Universal Lunch (Un)Common Hours curated by Design Inquiry and hosted by Gabrielle Esperdy and Jimmy Luu.

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I and Denise Gonzales Crisp got to chop it up with Gabrielle and Jimmy for an hour or so—you can check out the recorded video here shortly: https://www.youtube.com/user/DesignInquiry/videos

Visual Strategies for the Apocalypse wins STA 100!

November 1, 2019

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Very excited to announce that my recent publication Visual Strategies for the Apocalypse won the STA 100 design competition — for 40 years, Chicago’s Society of Typographic Arts has held this competition which awards the top 100 pieces of typography in North America. Read more: https://100.sta-chicago.org/winners

2019/2020 Yearbook of Type

October 24, 2019

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I have a new essay titled “A Futuring: Frugality, Online Dating, and Some Rain” in the 2019/2020 Yearbook of Type just released by Slanted Publishers in Germany. Check it out here: https://www.slanted.de/yearbook-of-type-2019-20-out-now/

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The Yearbook of Type is now in its 4th edition: 158 typefaces from 178 designers from around the world are presented in this 400-page, colorful, and gobsmackingly typographic book. The Yearbook of Type is both a practical guide that helps users navigate the diverse, ocean-like, typographical landscape, as well as a critical guide to the best type today.

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The highlights in short:

– Detailed presentation of 158 recent typefaces
– Ample background information
– Index of typeface classifications
– Index of all 176 type designers and 98 foundries from 36 countries
– Explanation of all OpenType features
– Essays, interviews, and tutorials by Pedro Amado, Massimiliano Audretsch, Bianca Berning, Ian Lynam, Lilo Schäfer, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Mark van Wageningen, Amber Weaver, Stefan Willerstorfer, Anuthin Wongsunkakon, and Benjamin Wurster
Microsite online linking the typefaces directly to the foundries’ websites

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Radical Empathy

October 15, 2019

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I just published “Radical Empathy“, a transcription of the welcome speech to the VCFA MFA in Graphic Design Fall 2019 Residency. You can read it here.

The Thing in DesignInquiry’s Futurespective

October 15, 2019

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The Thing is included in DesignInquiry’s Futurespective exhibition Readin Room at Maine College of Fine Arts presently.

More: https://designinquiry.net/projects/futurespective/

Temple University Japan Sangenjaya Campus

September 28, 2019

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I’m very excited to announce that the new TUJ campus in Sangenjaya is open!

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I worked with TUJ, James Lambiasi Architect and Gensler as a consultant for the interior design, identity, and signage for the university, an institution where I have taught for over a decade. I am very excited for this new phase and am looking forward to the future!

Hardcore Fanzine

September 28, 2019

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I have a new essay in the book Hardcore Fanzine out now from Draw Down:

Focused on seven issues of Good and Plenty fanzine produced in the late 1980s/early 1990s, Hardcore Fanzine looks at the series through the lens of graphic design and typography, as a project that reflected and embodied technology of the period. Contributions from graphic designers, graphic design educators, and hardcore enthusiasts trace the history of zines and photoduplication; the idea of the body in punk and hardcore; how zine-making created community and alternative social space in a pre-Internet era; key typefaces used in straight edge iconography; and the importance of zines to successive generations of designers.

Good and Plenty was published as a labor of love and fandom by Zion, Illinois’s Gabe Rodriguez. Originally produced as a collaboration with friend Mike Good, Rodriguez took over editing and production of the zine, assisted by a team of friends and helpers. With their assistance and a network of fans from around the country and the world, Good and Plenty featured original photography documenting shows by Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, Bold, and other hardcore bands of the period; band interviews; reviews of shows and record releases; and essays by Rodriguez and friends (including Alyssa “Blowing Chunx” Murray and Kim Nolan) on a range of topics beyond music—from vegetarianism, women’s rights, gender relations, and straight edge, to racism, pop culture, and the Iraq War.

A text by Walter Schreifels—American musician, member of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, and many other bands—places G&P in historical context, outlining the context for individual issues and highlighting specific moments in the cultural and sonic landscape.

Hardcore Fanzine includes the full reproduction of all seven issues of Good and Plenty plus reproductions of a selection of the zine’s original paste-ups and photography.

With text by Walter Schreifels
Preface by Gabe Rodriguez

Contributions from Kristian Henson, Briar Levit, Ian Lynam, Gabriel Melcher, Anthony Pappalardo, Nate Pyper, Ali Qadeer, and Gabe Rodriguez

Designed by Partition

Published by Draw Down Books, 2019

Softcover, 144 pages, 2-color offset printing, 6.5 × 9.5 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9857337-9-7

Get it here!

CRITIQUE: THE WAR OF DESIGN

September 18, 2019

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At the printer now: a new 64-page zine about critique called CRITIQUE: THE WAR OF A̶R̶T̶ DESIGN, which is available for pre-order here: http://crit.wordshape.com.

A bit ago, a book about critique with the subtitle “A Student Manual” came out, but it sure didn’t feel like it was for students… or teachers, particularly of graphic design. I thought that the topic was deserving, so I wrote it, illustrated it, and designed it.

Edited by the intrepid Taro Nettleton and offset printed in 3 colors in Niigata, Japan with wraparound covers, CRITIQUE is an approachable and relatable guide to considering critique and criticism from a variety of viewpoints. Pre-orders receive bonus stickers and Risograph posters! Imagine: it’s like Kickstarter, but the project is already at the printer! You can’t lose! Also contains silly drawings of snakes playing saxophones! 🎷🐍 And a semiotics primer for the layperson! You too can ⚡️master⚡️the science of signs, symbols, and meaning! Order now! http://crit.wordshape.com

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