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.
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.
“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.
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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