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MICA Graphic Design Faculty Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals '01 Celebrate Book Launch Party Oct. 29

Reception and book signing for 'Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces' take place in Falvey Hall, Brown Center

Posted 10.19.09 by MICA Media Relations

'Lettering & Type' by Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals  '01

BALTIMORE--MICA graphic design faculty Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals '01 launch their book Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Falvey Hall, Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.).

-6:30 to 7:30 p.m.--Reception, book signing, and collaborative alphabet

-7:30 to 8:30 p.m.--Fan Letter:
26 artists, designers present their favorite letter or typographic character

Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces
Lettering & Type is a smart-but-not-dense guide to creating and bending letters to one's will. It is a powerful how-to book full of relevant theory, history, explanatory diagrams, and exercises. Lettering & Type features the context and creativity that shape letters and make them interesting.

Authors Willen and Strals of design studio Post Typography examine classic design examples as well as exciting contemporary lettering of all stripes-from editorial illustration to concert posters to radical conceptual alphabets. Lettering & Type is ideal for anyone looking to move beyond existing typography and fonts to create, explore, and use original or customized letterforms. This latest addition to Princeton Architectural Press' best-selling Design Briefs series features a foreword by MICA's director of the M.F.A. in graphic design program Ellen Lupton and hundreds of images and examples of work by designers, artists, and illustrators, including Marian Bantjes, Matthew Carter, Emigre, Ed Fella, Sibylle Hagmann, House Industries, Margaret Kilgallen, Christoph Niemann, Steve Powers (ESPO), Stefan Sagmeister, Christian Schwartz, Alex Trochut, Underware, James Victore, and many more. Throughout the book, interviews with type designers, artists, and graphic designers provide real-world perspective from contemporary practitioners.

Fan Letter: 26 Artists and Designers Present Their Favorite Letter or Typographic Character
Twenty-six local, national, and international designers and artists give a two-minute ode to an alphabet letter or typographic character. These odes may be presented in various ways, including multimedia presentations, performances, videos, stories, poems, animations, songs, stand-up comedy, rants, short plays, demonstrations, and Gregorian chants.

Fan Letter is organized and emceed by Willen and Strals. The participants in Fan Letter include many contributors to the book from the local and national design communities.

Artists, designers, illustrators, and musicians participating in Fan Letter:
Kim Bost and Ted McGrath-New York; Andrew Byrom-Los Angeles; Jennifer Daniel-New York, New York Times; John Downer-Iowa City; Shaun Flynn-Baltimore; Brockett Horne-Baltimore, MICA; Gary Kachadourian-Baltimore; Justin Thomas Kay-New York; John Langdon-Philadelphia; Eric Leshinsky-Baltimore; Ellen Lupton-Baltimore, MICA; Ian Lynam-Japan; Joe Macleod-Baltimore, City Paper; Kelley McIntyre-Baltimore; Abbott Miller-Baltimore, Pentagram; Adam Okrasinski-New York; Kevin O'Neill and Karisa Senavatis-DC, Will Work For Good; Jennifer Cole Phillips-Baltimore, MICA; Robby Rackleff-Baltimore, Blue Leader; Theresa Segreti-Baltimore; Whitney Sherman-Baltimore, MICA; Kevin Sherry-Baltimore, Squidfire; Justin Sirois-Baltimore, Narrow House Recordings; Scott Sugiuchi-Baltimore, Exit10; Tore Terrasi-Boston; Sara Tomko-Baltimore; Carlos Vigil-Baltimore.

This event is sponsored by the MICA Center for Design Thinking, Post Typography, AIGA Baltimore.

About the Authors
For nearly a decade, Willen and Strals have collaborated under the label Post Typography on creative endeavors encompassing graphic design, illustration, typography, lettering, and printmaking with additional forays into art, apparel, music, curatorial work, design theory, and vandalism. Post Typography's portfolio contains projects for a diverse array of clients including The New York Times, U.S. Green Building Council, Maharam, WIRED, and Random House. Their work has received numerous design awards and has been featured in such books as Lupton's Graphic Design: The New Basics, Phaidon's Area 2, and Taschen's Contemporary Graphic Design, as well as a new monograph of the studio's work by European publisher Pyramyd Éditions.

In 2005, Post Typography curated Alphabet: An Exhibition of Hand-Drawn Lettering and Experimental Typography, a well-regarded art show that has spent the last five years traveling nationally to dozens of galleries and universities. Post Typography has appeared in numerous art and design exhibitions, and the studio's posters are collected by high school punk rockers and prominent designers (whom they consider equally important). Strals and Willen teach classes in design and typography at MICA, and have lectured at the Cooper Union, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and Harvard University among others. They both live in Baltimore.

MICA Center for Design Thinking
Lettering & Type is co-published by Princeton Architectural Press and MICA's Center for Design Thinking. The Center for Design Thinking develops and publishes original research on graphic design while providing opportunities for MICA faculty and students to create and publicly disseminate their visual and written work. The center uses profits from its commercial publishing projects to fund special research and to provide grants to graduate students to assist with design and production.

For more information about Lettering & Type, visit its Web site at http://www.letteringandtype.com.

Image caption: Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces by Bruce Willen '02 and Nolen Strals '01, Princeton Architectural Press

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