11.25.2014

I recently participated in the XD24 International Design lecture roundtable and workshop at Hongik University, initiated by faculty member and amazing host Chris Ro.

I did my usual song and dance – this time about socioeconomic foundations and graphic design foundations.

Included were discussions of Fordism and Modernism,

as well as a suggestion as to socioeconomic order in the startup 2.0 age,

and a definition of graphic design in the startup 2.0 age.

The lecture was half-dystopian / half-utopian, as I see how most people see this Post-PostModern age as being. The other speakers were my fellow VCFA faculty Yoon Soo Lee and Ziddi Msangi, as well as Apple type designer Min Bon. The roundtable was moderated by Jiwon Lee, one of my favorite, favorite human beings.

Kwong Nayoung and Kkong Mira (above) provided amazing translation into English AND Japanese. Jungwook Kim provided general assistance.

The lecture was preceded by a workshop about oppositionality as a base methodology for constant engagement (and thus actual creativity and innovation) in graphic design.

Students were asked to create a visual kit-of-parts that was comprised of 25 formal elements (color, pattern, form, image, texture, type, and lettering) based on three speculative potential future vocations unreliant on the laws of physics.

They made weird stuff.

And they made interesting stuff.

But most of all, they made a lot of stuff, and they (including faculty member Chris Ro) stuck around for an extra six hours to ensure that everyone got a full critique. (Bonus: Chris and I bought pizza and beer for everyone.)

And then they mimicked the supernatural beings in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, with Chris being the Gloved One. It was, in short, awesome.

 

07.20.2014

CalArts Magazine

I just got a nice writeup in the new issue of CalArts Magazine in a feature about Graphic Design Department alumni. It was good to be featured alongside some of my favorite compañeros and compañeras like Mark Kulakoff, Caroline Oh, Jon Sueda, Geoff McFetridge, Brian Roettinger, Hillary Greenbaum, and Andrea Tinnes. The issue’s design by Cassandra Chae and Jin Son is amazing, as well!

07.17.2014

Kimbo plug-in for Adobe Illustrator

We just released a new/old piece of software today. It is called Kimbo. It is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator CS6 and CC. You should check it out here.

Kimbo does magical, magical things with vectors – both in creating new shapes not natively in Illustrator and for assembling vector objects based on symmetry, abstraction and ornament.

Kimbo plug-in polar mesh effect

Kimbo is super versatile – check out the user manual to see how extensive it really is.

07.15.2014

Print Magazine - VCFA

PRINT magazine’s August issue just named VCFA, the department in which I teach and co-chair as one of the top MFA Graphic Design programs in the U.S.

06.29.2014

Kind of Like Spitting Tour CD

We just finished up designing a tour-only CD of oddball tracks and rarities for Kind of Like Spitting called “Professional Results”, which include a number of tracks from when Ben Gibbard of Deathcab for Cutie was in the band. Catch them on tour this summer!

06.20.2014

I’m going to be giving a presentation about typography and type design tools called “Talking Type” at UXTalk in Tokyo on June 25th at 7pm at the Gengo offices. Details should be announced here shortly.

06.18.2014

We just added in a bunch of new projects that we’ve completed over the past year.

06.17.2014

JanTschichold Wordshape

We just picked up an amazing book that we are carrying over at Wordshape—the very best book on the work of Jan Tschichold to date!

JanTschichold Wordshape

The most comprehensive showing to date of the work of typography master Jan Tschichold—the father of New Typography. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of Tschichold’s work at Ginza Graphic Gallery in 2013, this beautifully designed and printed book covers an immense amount of his output. Included are type designs, book covers from all stages of his career, poster designs, interior typographic layouts, and hundreds of rare Tschichold works—all photographed beautifully.

JanTschichold Wordshape

The book also contains a new essay on the work of Tschichold by his biographer Christopher Burke, as well as an excellent essay on Tschichold’s interest and focus on Japan and Japanese aesthetics by Taro Yamamoto.

This title is highly recommended and is one of the most beautiful books we have ever carried, both in terms of content and design. 148 pages, beautifully written, photographed, designed and printed. You can, and you should, pick it up here.

06.15.2014

I’m going to be doing a set of lectures and workshops in Seoul at Hongik University alongside my VCFA compadres Ziddi Msangi and Yoon Soo Lee, as well as with Apple designer Min Bon and Hongik faculty Chris Ro next month. Some amazing posters for the event: this one by Chae Jeongun.

This one by Seungtae Kim.

This poster by Daekeon Kim.

This one by Hong Aerin.

…and finally this one by Jaekook Han. Really awesome set of posters!

06.12.2014

Jon Chandler

While in Korea recently, I was asked who my favorite comic artist was after explaining to a bunch of grad students why they should really read Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, even after it was assigned to them and they still hadn’t read it.

My answer: Jonathan Chandler.