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Alphabet: An Exhibition of Hand-Drawn Lettering and Experimental Typography
Below are selected samples of some of the alphabets shown in the exhibition. Complete character sets (A-Z) of each alphabet in the show can be seen in the exhibition catalog.
ANDREW BYROM / INTERIORS / 2003
A set of 26 table and chair frames built from steel tubing, Interiors forms a lowercase alphabet when viewed from certain angles. While some of the letters such as the h, m, and b look like basic chairs or tables, others like the e, t, and x become abstract, rather than functional, furniture.
Fabrication: Joel Wolter
LUKE RAMSEY AND A. PURDY / HYPER TYPE / 2005
Representing the pair's first collaboration, Hyper Type's obsessively detailed letterforms were created by Ramsey and Purdy in two marathon, ten-hour days.
APIRAT INFAHSAENG / SEVEN BOARD OF CUNNING / 2004
Constructed with Chinese Tangram puzzle tiles, Seven Board of Cunning takes the concept of Tangrams--that the tiles may be arranged into a variety of shapes--and applies it to typography, creating multiple versions of each letter.
MICHAEL STOUT (VISUALINGUAL) / IMAGEABILITY, PATHS / 2002
Pushing the limits of legibility, Imageability is a series of five fonts based on ideas from the book of the same title by Kevin Lynch. By reducing each letter to a minimal set of forms, Imageability explores the identifiers we use to navigate our landscape and language.
NANCY GUIRAGOSSIAN / DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE / 2004
Using her camera to document letter-shaped elements in her surroundings, Guiragossian created her alphabet while wandering the streets of Montreal.
ELAINE LUSTIG COHEN / EUCLID / 2005
Cohen created Euclid as an homage to the work of her late husband, Alvin Lustig. Euclid is constructed using geometric forms from the type case, echoing the method Alvin Lustig used in his redesign of Arts & Architecture in the late 1930s.
HJARTA SMARTA / SELECTED / 2002
Hjarta Smarta used a sewing machine to stitch the letters of Selected for a museum exhibition on Swedish crafts.
REAGAN MARSHALL / BODY LANGUAGE / 2005
In the typographic ballet Body Language, a dancer contorts herself inside a specially-constructed spandex bag to create letters from the human form.
Performed by: Amy Oldham
THEO A. ROSENBLUM / EATING THROUGH THE ALPHABET / 2005
Rosenblum took each letter of the alphabet and rebuilt them out of foods that he enjoys which start with that letter. (D is made out of a Date, Dill, a Duck, a Durian, a Dumpling, a Deviled egg, etc.)