When I was in high school and started studying Graphic Design I discovered a new type of art, typography. Many people do not think about words and letters as art, but it can completely make or break a design. I think typography is so interesting the way it can transform a boring statement into something so powerful. It can vary from the simple type you write an essay with or what you read in a brochure, to having letters form a shape, or tell a story. You may have seen this print around "you are more perfect than Helvetica" and wondered what they are talking about. Helvetica is known as the most perfect font. In high school I watched a two hour movie on it. Literally, a two hour movie on the making of a font. I am basically obsessed with this font and use it as often as possible. The fact that teachers make me use Times New Roman, really bothers me.
Helvetica is one side of typography, while on the other hand we have something like this:
So, next time you're doodling, try doing something with words and see what you can come up with!
Today was a fantastic day! This morning I was accepted to Study Abroad program in… LONDON!!!! I seriously can't believe it, I must have read the e-mail 100 times just to make sure. Traveling around the world has been something I have always dreamed about. My family doesn't travel often and this will be my first time going abroad! (minus my trip to the bahamas senior year, but I rarely count that because it still felt like the US). For those of you who don't know I am obsessed with the city's culture. I am truly so thankful to be given this opportunity and luckily will be going with one of my best friends! (if you know her, don't tell her I said that because I don't like being outwardly nice to her very often).
I have always been very fascinated with London, partly because It seems similar to The United States so its not too far out of my comfort zone, but I really do love watching movies, reading books, and meeting people from London. Graffiti art is huge in London, with artists like King Robo, Ozmo, Milo Tchais, Evol and my favorite, Banksy. I am hoping to see one of his pieces on the streets when I am there! My art teacher (who I was in love with) introduced me to his work and it is so cool I thought I would share some of this stuff!
My all time favorite, which I assume most of you have seen at some time is a mural of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction, holding banana's instead of Guns. This is one of my favorites because it's also from my favorite movie by Tarantino.
Banksy is an amazingly talented artist mostly known for his graffiti art, but is also a political activist, film director, and painter.
Here is a sample of his work:
There are some great books of his work that you can find