Monthly Archives: April 2009

Typophile Film Fest 4 is presented by Punchcut in association with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada

The Typophile Film Fest 4 will be hosted  in Vancouver this Saturday April 25, 2009.
This is a unique opportunity for me to help organizing such great event, and from what I have heard, it is always a fun event.
If you are in Vancouver and you care about typography, then you should come and join us!

Typophile Film Fest 4 will showcase a rare and unequaled selection of short typographic films. Hailing from Portugal, The Netherlands, Austria, Canada and the US, the films create a visual mashup of motion design, typographic animation and short stories. It includes broadcast motion design, documentaries and typographic eye candy from Trollbäck + Company, Strange Attractors, Heebok Lee, Nick Shinn, Juan Leguizamon as well as exclusive out takes from the acclaimed documentary film Helvetica. Thanks to the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, British Columbia, for helping make this presentation possible.

Saturday April 25, 2009
Doors open: 7PM
Films: 8PM—11PM
Note: All Justified West attendees receive free entrance to the Typophile Film Fest.

GDC Members: $15
Non GDC Members: $20


PLAZA 500 Hotel, Vancouver
Located at the corner of Cambie Street & 12th Avenue

Punchcut is a San Francisco-based user interface design company that specializes in improving mobile user experiences. To us, mobile is not a device, it is a lifestyle. We work with device manufacturers, operators and leading entertainment brands to design for people in motion. // Punchcut

Typophile is an international collaborative community of visual designers, typographers and type designers. Typophile is driven by sharing and the idea that we are always learning. Now in its seventh year, it is one of the oldest design communities online. Typophile is a Punchcut brand. // Typophile

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) is a member-based organization of design professionals, educators, administrators,students and associates in communications, marketing, media and design related fields.
Since 1956, the GDC has been an advocate, voice and resource for Canada’s graphic design profession. We are a national certified body of graphic designers promoting high standards of visual design and ethical business practices for the benefit of Canadian industry, commerce, public service and education. Through the media, publications, seminars, events, conferences and exhibits, the GDC builds awareness of graphic design and its essential role in business and society.
The GDC has more than 1,000 members in 9 chapters across Canada. In addition to our professional members, we are also lucky to have several hundred student members. Find out how you can be part of Canada’s foremost graphic design association. // GDC


This is a collection of photographs I took on my latest visit to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The originals are part of the Prints and Illustrated Books Collection and the on view exhibitions. The exhibitions at the MoMA only reinforced the importance of typography on both commercial and artistic worlds. From the art pieces to the museum’s signage, typography is omnipresent at any modern art museum.

The strongest evidence are the exhibitions:
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective. This exhibition included hundreds of posters he designed for his exhibitions (Not allowed to take photographs).

Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded. This exhibition focuses on works on paper, including prints, illustrated books, and selected drawings, that explore and manipulate the materiality of paper itself.
Click to see Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded.

The Printed Picture. MoMA will publish The Printed Picture, a book by Richard Benson that traces the changing technology of picture making from the Renaissance to the present, focusing on the vital role of images in multiple copies.

Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel. León Ferrari (Argentine, b. 1920) and Mira Schendel (Brazilian, b. Switzerland, 1919–1988) are considered among the most significant artists working in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Their works address language as a major visual subject matter: the visual body of language, the embodiment of voices as words and gestures, and language as a metaphor of the worldly aspect of human existence through the eloquence of naming and writing.
Unfortunately for me, this exhibition was being mounted while I was in New York…
Click to see Tangled Alphabets

Intro text for the exhibition “Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West”

Cardbird VI, Robert Rauschenberg, 1971

Hand Lettering, John Everett Benson, 1973

Lidantiu faram, Naum Granovskii, 1923

Pro eto. Ei i mne,
Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1923

Dlia golosa, El Lissitzky, 1923

Val’s. Pamiati Skriabina, Lyubov Popova, 1924

The Great Historical, Geographical, Genealogical and Poetical Dictionary; Louis Moreri, 1703

Hand lettering, page from a missal, 1350

To see more examples, please visit my flickr

These are two excerpts from the Westender about the Advanced Typography Certificate program:
“There are just no programs that are dealing with where design’s going to be in five years,” says Gruendler, who played a large part in planning the coursework for the programs (the first classes launched in September of last year). “We’re teaching classes that no other program in Canada is teaching. We wanted to make sure that we could be what the students needed it to be, and that’s the advantage of continuing education: We can react quite quickly to the market and to society and what’s happening in the profession.”

Juan Madrigal, 37, is taking classes as part of the Advanced Typography program. He currently works in communications for the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and as a catalogue designer for Mountain Equipment Co-op. “I finished design [school] more than 10 years ago, and this was a really good way to go back to school. I had been looking for a program like this [for years],” he says. “Being a designer, if you stop your knowledge process, if you stop learning new things, your career’s over.”
To read the rest of this article, please visit the Westender

Article written by Jackie Wong from the Westender