this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day Nov.11

 A Day of Remembrance

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment
remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.

We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then.

More than 1,500,000 Canadians have 
served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died.

Most of them were your age when they they left their homes, families, classrooms, and the arms of those they loved. So many, never came home again.

They gave their lives and their futures, so that we may live in peace today.

Monday, October 10, 2016

a field trip for Design studio 2 to the MMFA, this very Friday at 12:30, if you miss, you die .... badly

Dear Design Studio Two Phone Zombies

we are going on a Design Studio 2 field trip - to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, to see an exhibit of the extraordinary genius that is Toulouse Lautrec this Friday Oct. 21, at 12:30

We will congeal in front of the museum at 12:30 on the day, and proceed in an orderly fashion into the Museum. If you embarrass me, heads will roll.

Failure to attend will result in failure, and it's 12$ for tickets


cheers TF

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Design Studio 2 - design history presentation topics

Design Studio 2 

the ... "it's not what you know ... BUT, who you know assignment "
design two - fall 2016 - Assignment One, a research assignment to be assigned and discussed during our first class.You will need to choose one person/group from the list below, by our second class.  

You'll be giving a Keynote or Powerpoint presentation in class, live, on your choice. The presentations themselves, will commence after mid-term. 

Walter Gropius
Edgar Brandt
Harley Earl
Alexey Brodovitch
David Carson
The Eames
Art Nouveau
Norman BelGeddes
Lucian Bernard
Vienna Secession
Bau Magazine
the Arts and Crafts Movement
Weiner Werkstatte
Arne Jacobson
Marcello Nizzoli
Wesley and Sean
Early Bugatti, Daimler and Benz
Tangerine Studio
Joseph Hofmann
Gerrit Reitveld
Erik Speikermann
Saul Bass
Deutscher Werkbund
Rudy Van derLans
George Jensen
George Nelson
Peter Behrens
Dieter Ram
Georg Kleeman
Richard Sapper
Louis Comfort Tiffany 
Peter Saville
William Morris
the Bauhaus
Hoefler & Frere Jones
Micheal Graves
Marian Bantjes
Victor Horta
Frank Lloyd Wright
Phillipe Starck
Chermayeff & Geismar
Norman Foster
Adrian Frutiger
Alvar Alto
Milton Glaser
Louis Fili
R. Buckminster Fuller
Ed Fella
Eric Gill
A.M. Cassandre
Brad Holland
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Herb Lubalin
The Arts and Crafts Movement
Memphis Group
Herbert Mayer
William Van Allen
Marrianne Brandt
Jonathan Ive
Alvin Lustig
Chip Kidd
Paul Rand
Neville Brody
Henry Van deVelde
Charles Rennie Macintosh
April Greiman
Welles Coates
Kurt Schwitters
Michael Beruit
Mid Century Modern design
Raymond Lowey
Gerorge-Eugene Haussmann
Peter Saville
Robin and Lucienne Day
Wally Olins
Antoni  Gaudi
Frank Gehry
Jules Cheret
Mies van der Rohe
Paul Rand
Ray Gun
Ellen Lupton
Tobias Freres
Joseph Muller Brockmann
Tibor Kalman
Barbara Kruger
Hector Guimard
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Seymour Chwast
Pentagram & Push Pin Studios
Aubrey Beardsley
the Dadaists
John Heartfield
Ettore Stottas
Zaha Hadid
the Constructivists
The Streamlined Decade
Hector Guimard
Firmin Didot
Jasper Morrison
herbert matter
sustainable design
Christopher Wren
Massimo Vignelli
Bruno Matheson
Victor Horta
Renzo Piano
Alexey Brodovitch
Alphonse Mucha
Fredric Law Olmstead
Alessi Co.
Rene Lalique
Johannis Itten
Richard Neutra

design studio one, a first assignment ...

design studio 1 - assignment one !

d is for designers at work in the dark, E is for effort, required from the start .... 
assimilate the following people, it's a design scavenger hunt !

~ introduce yourselves to each of these graphic designers & typographers below - look carefully at their work, learn to recognize their styles, and read a little about their lives and influences. Many have their own web sites ..

One of the names is intentionally quite jumbled up, and others a little miss-spelled, mixed up, all on purpose.

If you can decode/deduce who they all are, well .. extra marks ..... ( hint ) She's part of a renowned design couple, and the creative force behind an influential company/magazine specializing one might say in all type of types, or types of type ..... 

this assignment is due second class. current design one students only !to be assigned and discussed during our first class, and not before... you'll see

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Japanese package circa 1880

Antique Japanese Shinto Gofu amulets 19 century  (Dealer: misakadou) – “An paper object” of various type (paper and wood) consisting of many Shinto GOFU amulets stuck on through very long years like snowballing, which was actually enshrined in local private house in Kinki region as its mysterious provenance. 
Edo-Meiji period. Giving us a glimpse of primitive Japanese piety by considering this size with such presence. In dry antique condition as fragile piece. approx. H 33 cm (12.99in), W 42.5 cm (16.73in), D 7 cm (2.75in) 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

interesting baths

recentley scene

A Strange New (and Old) Typeface: Creating a Custom Font for Degas
Title wall of Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Vanessa Lam
Title wall of Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Vanessa Lam
Looking at the exhibition Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beautyone can immediately sense how strikingly modern the artworks feel, even after 120 years. Organized by senior curator Jodi Hauptman and curatorial assistant Heidi Hirschl, the show features the artist’s experimental and radical works that have rarely been attached to the widely conceived notion of “Degas” (two words: pink tutus).
For the graphic design of this exhibition, I felt compelled to create a custom typeface that blended these two sensibilities—historical leanings infused with a contemporary bent. Glyphic serifs were especially interesting, as their flared serifs placed them somewhere in that delicate balance between a traditional serif and a modern sans. In researching, I was greatly inspired by an old French type specimen from the turn of the century, the same period when Degas was experimenting with his unorthodox monotypes.
Character specimens by foundry Deberny & Peignot. Source: Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, Lyon, France
Character specimens by foundry Deberny & Peignot. Source: Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, Lyon, France
Though the example included only a handful of letters, it still served as an excellent starting point for creating a custom alphabet. The original font featured ornamental details that were verging on Art Nouveau, which were too dated looking for our purposes. I decided to keep the basic proportions of the original letters, but pare them down.
Top: Original inspiration; Bottom: Custom typeface
Top: Original inspiration; Bottom: Custom typeface
This included straightening out and simplifying aspects of the typeface that were perhaps too decorative. We didn’t want a typeface that was too frilly or soft, and it was important to maintain a bold and almost aggressive feel that could speak to the “strange new” spirit of the show. Below you can see the comparison of the inspiration image and the redrawn typeface.
Overlay of the original source inspiration with the new custom typeface
Overlay of the original source inspiration with the new custom typeface
Letter explorations and variations
Letter explorations and variations
After many tests and tweaks, I arrived at a finished product that felt like it spoke to the dark forms in the exhibition and also straddled the ambiguous line between old and new. It was historically inspired but not historical, which was essential in reflecting the ways that Degas approached, questioned, and pushed the conventions of his time.
The finished typeface
The finished typeface
Exhibition title wall. Photo: Vanessa Lam
Exhibition title wall. Photo: Vanessa Lam
Custom typeface in use inside the exhibition galleries. Photo: Vanessa Lam
Custom typeface in use inside the exhibition galleries. Photo: Vanessa Lam
ustom typeface used on title cards for the Degas video produced by the MoMA Digital Media team.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

43 rd vvvv video festival

I do have a question however .. the 43rd ?
isn't that a trifle ambitious ?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

nO. 445 en colour

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Rex Ray !

Rex Ray
San Francisco based fine artist, whose collages, paintings and design work have been exhibited at galleries and museums, including the The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.He is also a graphic designer. He has created work for Apple, Dreamworks, Sony Music, Warner Brothers, City Lights Publishers, Matador Records, Serpent's Tail, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizzoli, Powerhouse, Mute Records and Crown Books. His package designs for David Bowie and tour posters for The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, REM, Bjork, U2, and Radiohead.