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Signs on urban streets of India represent a diverse graphical expression. Meena explores the history, influences, and characterists of contemporary typography of streets of India. When encountering the Indian streetscape, one is struck by the diversity of competing signs. India lacks a shared language so the signs are to decoded by a diverse population. Different regional identities are apparent through graphic styles.
Lehni’s work is an intersection of computer science, art, and engineering. He is interested in gestures of production and process. He self taught himself programming at a young age, and is interested in using programming to give things behavior and develop intuition while still maintaining control.
Rena opened her talk with, “I love to work but I don’t like to call it work.”
Armin Vit immediately disarmed his audience as he informed them that his once-censored talk was going to immediately be replaced with a sprinkling of cuss words. Needless to say, he had everyone’s full attention for the remaining 44 minutes.
Erik Kessels’ lecture was incredibly visual, incredibly entertaining, and showed us how to blur the lines between the contrasts that occur daily in the design industry. “Strong ideas allow you to blur.” Starting with a strong idea allows you to cross over into different disciplines. To support this point we had the pleasure of seeing some slides of Erik’s projects including: His print work for various ad campaigns, 3-D type created to promote the city of Amsterdam, commercials, and even art exhibits curated by Erik.
Tom Manning introduced himself as:
Before I even knew that I was interested in type, I was photographing it. In my travels, I made lots of photographs of walls and textures, and the type subtly creeped in.
Arriving on stage bearing gifts and giant hand-drawn posters, Eike König began with a mesmerizing and rapid-paced video featuring beautiful graphic design – drawings, album covers, editorials, covers – everything you need to be hypnotized into a better design state of mind.
Stephen begins with the development of his interest in type, “How did I get here?” with the definition of synesthesia: the involuntary tying together of two senses. He then shows a series of type samples and into the microphone produces a series of unusual but fitting sounds. “When I see this, my mind hears this.”