The website for our graduating conference, Eventually Everything: The D-Crit 2012 Conference is now live! This event, moderated by Change Observer co-editor Julie Lasky, will be held at the Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street.
On May 2, I will be giving a short presentation based on my graduate thesis, “Intrinsic Expressions: Uncovering the Performativity of Figurative Typography.”
The appearances of letterforms have often been more shaped by the characteristics of the tools used to make them than by the expressions of their creators. Typography over the last century exemplified this–letters became rigid in aesthetic as a result of our increased dependency on mechanical production. Although typography today is still heavily grounded in the aesthetic principles of Modernism, there is immense potential for contemporary typography to become an extension of our bodies through the use of interactive technologies. This presentation will examine the opportunities enabled by technology to reengage textual communication with our bodily expressions.
This fast-paced event will include four themed panels, providing a platform for examining the influence of technology on expression; the relationship between man, machines and morality; the commodification of nostalgia; and the need for design to embrace maintenance and repair both in public housing and in appliances. I will be joining my classmate Julia van den Hout, who is presenting on contemporary ornament in architecture, on the panel titled Speaking Surfaces, together with Pentagram partner Michael Bierut and 2×4 founding partner, Michael Rock.
The conference is free and open to public, but please register here!