Type Nerds, eat your heart out over “The History of Typography”

Ben Barrett-Forrest's “The History of Typography”

This is a little overdue but if you haven’t seen Ben Barrett-Forrest’s “The History of Typography” video, you must. I came across this video a few months ago and promptly proposed to him via Twitter out of nerdy adoration. (He said yes!)

The Canadian designer and self-proclaimed type nerd, decided the world was lacking in good typography videos. Over 140 hours, 291 paper letters and 2,454 photographs later, he’d filled the void. Barrett-Forrest used traditional stop-motion techniques to illustrate how printed type came to be and how it has evolved since its start. The video gives background to italics, serifs and various categories of sans. The video felt like a condensed version of Simon Garfield’s Just My Type to me and will make for a great tool in beginning typography and design classes.

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Carli Krueger

August 21, 2013 / By

Mikey Please’s ‘The Eagleman Stag’ is a Triumph of Storytelling and Stop Motion

The Easleman Stag - A Film by Michael Please

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about time. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I imagine everyone has those moments of existential panic where they worry that soon everything will trickle away. Perhaps you’re concerned that you’ve made the wrong decisions in life or maybe you’re worried that the older you get the less options you have in front of you. It’s a dark and worrying concern but it’s also a healthy part of being human. I like to imagine it’s what keeps us on our toes.

I’m not the only one concerned with my life slipping away. In fact, the British animator Mikey Please was so concerned about our quickening perception of time that he created an incredible animated short about it. The resulting film is an absolute triumph and a definitive ‘must watch’.

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Philip Kennedy

August 15, 2013 / By

The trailer for ‘Her’, the new film from Spike Jonze

'Her', the new film from Spike Jonze

You’ve gotta love Spike Jonze. He’s back with a new film called Her, about a lonely man named Theodore Twombly who finds companionship in a futuristic, Siri-like operating system. I love everything about this trailer – the cast, the music, the cinematography – I think it’s going to be a gem.

Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, “her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.

Bobby Solomon

August 7, 2013 / By

Three Unique Typefaces from Colophon, Peter Bil’ak, and Moritz Resl

Lately I’ve been running into a lot of interesting examples of typography so I thought I’d put together a single post that showcases three interesting type endeavors.

The first is a new typeface called Archive created by London based designers, Colophon. What I love about Archive is that it feels like a familiar, Roman style font but has a lot of great little details. The lowercase e’s feel open, kind of like they’re smiling, and the shoulders on the h’s and n’s have a nice, wide stance that really make them stand out.

Archive by Colophon

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Bobby Solomon

August 6, 2013 / By

Fear of Flying: A Great Animated Short by Conor Finnegan

Conor Finnegan's Fear of Flying

Late last year I managed to catch Conor Finnegan‘s excellent short film Fear of Flying at a small festival in Dublin. Ever since seeing it I’ve been wanting to share it with you guys and fortunately Conor posted it to Vimeo just a couple of days ago.

Fear of Flying tells the story of Dougal, a bird with a rather unfortunate fear of – you’ve guessed it – flying! With winter quickly approaching, our feathered-friend decides he’d rather avoid the journey south and instead he battens down the hatches while his friends move south to enjoy the warmer climate.

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Philip Kennedy

August 2, 2013 / By

Takeshi Murata and Oneohtrix Point Never’s Artificial Still Life

Oneohtrix Point Never's Problem Areas 1

Oneohtrix Point Never's Problem Areas 2

“This? is some serious computer generated porn,” DallasCharter says, a note that is the most up voted comment on the new Oneohtrix Point Never music video. The artist much like the video is synthetic. His name is barely able to be articulated without some rigorous athletics because, like his sound, his name is something you expect to be intimidated by: it’s a high end, brilliant, fusing of basic techy concepts with a sublime slant. OPN’s aesthetic is a gold plated Casio. His newest music video feels like this too.

Directed by video maker, tech experimenter, and one of my favorite all time artists Takeshi Murata, the music video for the song is an appropriate mashing of the real and fake and real fake real. “Problem Areas,” the first song off of OPN’s latest single R Plus Seven and his first Warp release, is a typical OPN song highly polished and meditating on a simple chord structure beaten with plain bass and funny synth notes. Like the song, the video is completely artificial. Outside of the human hand pounding a musical or computer keyboard, nothing is actually made by hand: it’s made with a hand and executed by a computer.

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August 2, 2013 / By

Kelsey Brookes, LSD and Painting

Inside Kelsey Brookes' Studio Practice 2

Inside Kelsey Brookes' Studio Practice 1

It’s pretty well known that Kelsey Brookes has a background in science. The San Diego based artist has really started to come into his own, pushing his aesthetic and artistic limits to new levels by throwing himself curveballs making “things that he enjoys seeing.” What does he enjoy seeing? LSD molecules blown up to giant sizes and recreated in crazy, crazy colors that look a bit like you dropped a pebble into a neon rainbow puddle, an effect that he describes as being akin to “taking LSD while looking through an electron microscope at LSD.” Since TFIB has a bit of a subtle drug theme today, it’s only fitting that we share a video of Kelsey making his high-end drug inspired work.

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August 1, 2013 / By