We've been spending most of our time in the studio for Typography actually setting letters, old school like. It's pretty incredible how much we take our technology for granted - there's nothing like struggling with a lock up for a typography piece for 3 hours and then thinking about how the same change on a computer would just take one click of the mouse. As frustrating as it can be, I definitely think there's something to be said for tactile work - especially in our digital world.

This assignment was to create concrete poetry and/or a haiku. We decided to come up with a haiku that epitomized all the things you're not supposed to do in typography - but in a very cool, attractive way. One of the major things that's been drilled into our heads repeatedly is not to paint the sheet; in other words, don't just fill up the entire page for the hell of it. Basically, you just need to have a reason for everything you do - which really is how all of life should be. (Deep, I know). Rick (professor) was recently showing us some of his very first works, one of which was a poster for a concert series. Under the ticket prices he had a typo that said "senoirs" instead of "seniors". There are a few other intentional mistakes in our piece, but those are the major ones.

Our haiku:

he's painting the sheet
and making seniors senoirs
amateur mistakes

The second 'senoirs' will be printed on top of the current one, but that at least gives you an idea of what the thing says - it's all backwards so otherwise you'd have spent a lot of unnecessary time wondering what in tarnation it says.

Our lockup:

Getting the lockup on the press:

Rick loves smoking, which usually is something I hate but I make an exception in this case because he actually rolls his own cigarettes and something about that tobacco smells really good.
Ironically, in our first run the u was missing from amateur, which I actually rather liked.

Our print run: (I also like the one that accidentally got inked)
And a few other miscellaneous studio shots:

1 comment:

lauren said...

such lovely photos! I love getting to see your art projects, and I also love that you have embraced the word "tarnation."