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Typography Presentation from Chicago Humanities Festival


Hi all,

Long time no post! Sorry about that. I got married, bought a house, had a kid-- forums were the first thing to get cut. I guess I was never super active here, but nevertheless I'm glad my account is still around. I still think of this as the premiere place to talk about type.

I work at the Chicago Humanities Festival, and we just posted a video of a presentation by Chicago designer Jason Pickleman. He's created identities and branding for some great restaurants and cultural organizations here in Chicago.

His talk covers three areas:

  • A philosophical look at the role of text and type in our lives
  • A look inside his own creative process
  • (My personal favorite) A biting critique of trends in Chicago signage

University of Illinois at Chicago

The School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an art school that teaches discipline in Graphic Design. It has a strong focus on the International Style of typography.

Students are trained to compose works without the use of computers. They must print out type in various sizes and set it, not unlike photographic typesetting. After they are satisfied with the work, the reproduce it on the Max OS X platform to be archived and printed for display.