House Industries – Interview with Ken Barber



Video by gestalten tv

gestalten tv presents a new video. This time the focus is on Ken Barber type designer at House Industries. On his visit to Berlin, Barber gave an interview to gestalten tv about the significance of drawing when desining fonts, the importance of specialization and well-founded knowledge as a support in the design process. Gestalten about Ken Barber:

Ken Barber is a letterer, type designer, and type director at design studio and type foundry House Industries. He is also a partner of Photo-Lettering, Inc., an online lettering-vending service. As such, Ken is particularly interested in the roles that hand-lettering and typography play in contemporary graphic design. His work is featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and has been honored by the New York Type Directors Club. Ken was included among 40 artists recognized for making notable contributions to typeface design in “Schrift in Form,” an exhibition at the Klingspor-Museum. In addition to teaching at Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Delaware, he regularly lectures internationally on the subjects of lettering and typography. Ken also manages typeandlettering.com, an online resource for students and attendees of his frequent workshops.

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Erik Spiekermann – Putting Back the Face into Typeface



Here’s an amazing and very inspiring video produced by gestalten tv. Introducing one of the experts in the business: Typographer and graphic designer Erik Spiekermann talks about design processes, the visual language, the analogy of music and typophraghy and the necessity of travelling.

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Comedy Carpet – A remarkable homage to those who have made the nation laugh


A few days ago I stumbled across the website of the visual artist Gordon Young, where I found his current project, the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool. I don’t want you to miss out on this impressive art work: The Comedy Carpet is located at the foot of Blackpool Tower. It expands over an area of “2.200 square metre artwork made up of jokes, songs, and catchphrases from comedians and writers of British comedy“. You will find of over 1.000 quotations written with more then 160.000 granite letters “embedded into concrete”.
This project was developed by Gordon Young (design) in collaboration with Why Not Associates (design) and PACE (project management). On its official website the Comedy Carpet is described as “a remarkable homage to those who have made the nation laugh, it’s also a stage for popular entertainment that celebrates entertainment itself . The letters vary in size from a few centimeters to over a meter. Because the requirements for the project where so specific, the Comedy Carpet team had to take care of the production and purchase of many elements themselves. “After several months of research, with input from chemists and engineers, the Comedy Carpet team evolved new techniques and recipes for production including a special white face mix and the perfect blue that wouldn’t fade. They searched far and wide to find materials of the exact quality and consistency; from India, they sourced black and red granite; from China, stainless steel. Although constructed on an industrial scale and making use of new technology, the work also required craft skills of a very high standard. The process of making each of the 320 slabs involved many complex stages from cutting, sorting, fettling and laying out each of the letters to a three-stage casting process, curing, trimming, grinding and polishing.” Here are some more visual impressions:

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Kern Type – Enjoying typography


Kern Type has made it’s round through the world wide web and everyone is talking about it. Developer of this nice typography game is Mark MacKay. The Game is a part of the project Method of Action. It is a website about having fun while learning (just like with Kern Type). Here’s a short game description: The goal of the game is to get the best spacing between the letters. The player can move the letters with the mouse until he feels that he has found the perfect spacing. Then you can compare your result with the correct answer. Aside from learning as in any game it is about scoring points. You can then (and that’s the real funny part) publish your score on the internet and challenge your friends and colleagues! And now: Good luck with your score!

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