CalArts + CAA + LGBT Media Group

February 15, 2018

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I will be lecturing and giving a workshop at CalArts in their MFA and BFA graphic design programs on February 20th, then participating in a panel at the College Art Association’s national conference in Los Angeles called “Decolonizing Design: Considering A Non-western Approach To Design Pedagogy” alongside Chair Pouya Jahansi (Oklahoma State University), Dori Tunstall (OCAD University), Kali Nikitas (Otis College of Art and Design), Steven McCarthy (University of Minnesota) and Elizabeth Chin (ArtCenter College of Design).

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I also recently finished up the bilingual identity for Tokyo’s LGBT Media Group.

Schizotopia

January 18, 2018

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I will be participating in Schizotopia, an upcoming conference in Bremen, Germany.

The Schizotopia conference will take place January 18-21, 2018 and include the participation of 100 invited design students, fine art students, and teachers. Apart from that, external experts from the field of art, philosophy, and medicine are invited to open up different perspectives on the connection between Schizophrenia and creativity.

The conference is a collaboration between the art Universities in Bremen, Karlsruhe, Lyon, Bordeaux, Oslo, and Academie Rietveld in Amsterdam. Visitors from the outside are also welcome to visit the event and take part in the activities.

Read all about Schizotopia on the official website: http://schizotopia.com/

Details:
18th-21st January 2018
HfK, Am Speicher XI 8, Bremen

David Brill for Congress

January 14, 2018

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Recently designed the campaign logo for Arizona Congressional candidate David Brill. Check his platform out here.

A Death in the Family

January 5, 2018

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I just put together this essay about Print magazine ceasing publication.

Italic Strategies

December 11, 2017

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Just launched a new project: Italic Strategies. Inspired by Brian Eno’s project Oblique Strategies, this website offers instructions which can be used to break a deadlock or dilemma situation in regards to graphic design projects. If you are feeling stuck with a project, merely refresh the site to load a suggestion on how to proceed.

VCFA MFA in Graphic Design video

November 30, 2017

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I put together this profile video recently for the VCFA MFA in Graphic Design program. Michael Hanks did the camera work while my buddy E#Vax of Ratatat composed the music.

Kokusai Soushoku identity

November 29, 2017

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One of those projects I never had time to post—the logo from the identity for Kokusai Soushoku (国際装飾株式会社), a Tokyo-based display production company that has been in business since 1931. Check out their amazing interior works on Instagram here!

Biwa & Biwa Display

November 9, 2017

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I just released a new typeface family named Biwa and Biwa Display, the logical development of our bestselling typeface family Vaud, which is no longer commercially available. Biwa is here to fill that gap.

Biwa is a new straight-sided family of formally nuanced grotesk typefaces. Biwa’s lighter weights feel subdued, cool in tone, and neutral, while the heavier weights are more robust and full of personality.

Developed over the past few years by Ian Lynam and James Todd, the 14-member Biwa family and the accompanying 14-member Biwa Display family are paeans to the immediate moment when phototype arrived on the global scene — partially smooth and partially machined. Biwa and Biwa Display are neutral in tone, have enlarged x-heights, and look amazing on-screen and in print.

You can license Biwa here.

Slanted #30

November 9, 2017

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I have an essay in issue 30 of Slanted, this one devoted to design and art in Athens, Greece.

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This essay is titled “Faith/Void Split”, which is also the title of another essay that I wrote for Slanted #18 back in 2012. It has nothing to do with the other essay. I just like being contrarian sometimes.

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Here is an excerpt from the essay:

Talking about gods and goddesses brings up some big cultural and societal considerations—notably, ideas of belief and notions of faith. I didn’t think about faith or belief very much for many years. I was and continue to be agnostic (a hard act to pull off when you’ve consorted with the immortal). Additionally, I worked primarily alone for many years, so I didn’t have to worry about these kinds of things. But then I started teaching in two very different design schools where the students were Buddhist. Or Shinto. Or sometimes both. Or sometimes nothing. Or sometimes Muslim. Or Christian. Or Mormon. Or smaller, less-known religions, and I just had to learn to become tolerant of different flavors of religious folks really fast. I’d adhered to the old Amebix “No gods, no masters” credo a bit too well for years, and learning to be someone who is open-minded with people of other belief systems kind of takes a lot of work.

Ultimately, I was able to boil down my ideas about faith and belief, and distill them into how I thought about my students, instead of how I thought about my students’ spiritualities. Some of my students are so exceedingly promising, talented, intelligent, and kind that I have faith in them and their abilities. On the other hand, I have many students that I must actively believe in and devote much of my energy to, because they have potential, even if it is often unrealized. Faith is when people are so talented that you know that they will create amazing work no matter most situations. Belief is… well, the opposite. Belief is having to try.

You can pick up a copy of Slanted #30 here.

Between Two Strangers

September 5, 2017

Between 2 Stangers

Between Two Strangers is a collection of stories and interviews from artists and writers on the challenges of maintaining an artistic practice in another country. Featuring Dana Olarescu & Bojana Jankovic, Ian Lynam, Xiaolu Guo, Emily Hartley-Skudder, Sarah Stein Lubrano, Saleh Addonia, Nina Mangalanayagam, Jim Russell, Noma Bar, Brenda Wong, Annette Mees, and Peter & Lizzie Mandeno.

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Edited, designed and printed by Katie Kerr. Photographs by Lizzie Mayson, Alice Connew, Charlie McKay and Robin Friend. Check it out here.

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