So, I haven’t updated in awhile. This blog was started as part of my thesis at Pratt Institute, but unfortunately after I finished the project I kind of abandoned it. I got a bit burnt out on the whole thing and wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with it, or what direction I wanted to take it in. I also felt a little restricted by the goals and requirements of the project, but now I’m free to take this blog in whatever direction I want. I also moved from Brooklyn back to my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona a few months ago. While I’m trying to make the best of my time here I really miss New York and I’m hoping to move back at some point. So for now I’ll be talking about type and graffiti related subjects from a slightly different perspective.
Just so this post has something other than me talking about myself, here’s a recent photo from downtown Phoenix. I’m not sure who this writer is, but I’ve seen a lot of his work around and I like it. There’s a photo of another of his pieces in my earlier post about Just Blazed.
An illustration Bantjes did for a piece in Wired Magazine.
Marian Bantjes does these amazing lettering pieces and illustrations. She uses a wide variety of media in her work (even creating letters out of sugar). Her beautifully elaborate scripts and ornamented letters remind me, if not in style at least in concept, of graffiti pieces. See more on her website: http://www.bantjes.com/
This ambigram reads the same when flipped.
Ambigrams are words that can be read from multiple angles, generally they can be flipped and read as the same or another word. They may not really be type in the same way as a typeface, but because each letter is designed as part of the specific ambigram, they share some interesting similarities with graffiti pieces. As in a piece, the letters must be consistent and work in relation to each other only within the word they form, rather than as an entire alphabet. While I’m not aware of any graffiti ambigrams, it seems like there is the potential for them.
John Langdon is one of the most well known creators of ambigrams, and his site has some great examples. http://www.johnlangdon.net/ambigrams/
South Mountain petroglyphs
I’ve gone on a few hikes during my trip and taken a few pictures of petroglyphs (rock drawings). While they aren’t really lettering, they are, in a way, the ancient ancestors of graffiti, and maybe typography too. I took the photo above on a trail at South Mountain in Arizona.