March 26, 2007

Alphabet Exhibit

I just received an email today that Alphabet: An Exhibition of Hand-Drawn Lettering and Experimental Typography will be coming to Orlando this July!

Focusing on an ordinary subject that we see each day, often in the hundreds of thousands, Alphabet presents 26 letters as more than just shapes for conveying information. The 48 artists and designers in this show conceive and interpret the alphabet in surprising and inventive ways, ranging from graceful and polished to witty and unconventional. The 60 alphabets featured in Alphabet were created by artists in North America, Europe, and Asia, and represent work from well-known typographers and designers as well as rising artists and design students.


(images from Alphabet)

I ordered a copy of the exhibition catalog (available here for only $5 US/$9.25 INTL) about a year ago and I'm really looking forward to seeing the show in person. I've always liked the cover of the exhibit catalog, thinking that it was simply a nice placement of black blocks with reversed out copy. After today's email, I picked up my copy to page through it again and just noticed--yes, a year later--the smart use the negative space to form a letter "A" (of course, now that is all that I see). It's also used on the intro page of the website.


Read more about the exhibit here and check out the travel schedule here.

4 comments:

** Terramia ** said...

That catalog cover is genius!!

kstyle said...

Spent some time on the site. I love typography and fonts. Very interesting. k

JHAYNE said...

i hope to make it to the exhibit and will do a follow-up post.

Green Zebra said...

It was just in Minneapolis and you have to, HAVE TO go. It was really great! Pay special attention to the iPod font...