Weekend Heller: Monotypes, Leprechauns, Phantom Operas

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Pencil to Pixel

Monotype recently curated what turned out to be a very important exhibit in London called “Pencil to Pixel.” The exhibit celebrated the heritage of typeface design and font development from, well, pencil to pixel. The event was attended by a large number of designers, ad agencies and branding firms. Pencil to Pixel is coming to New York, May 3 – 9 at the Tribeca Skyline Studio, 205 Hudson Street, Penthouse. See video here. Dan Rhatigan of Monotype says:

“In an era when most people interact with type as a digital experience, Monotype’s unique collection of artifacts relating to type history — original concept artwork, examples of precision drafting, metal and film masters, photographs and tools, and many examples of promotional material — provide a chance for visitors to explore the very physical history of the typefaces they already know. These artifacts are now simply for show, however. They are chosen and arranged so as to tell a story about how the design of typefaces is informed, constrained, and even enhanced by technology, whether it’s the technology of machine and molten lead or microprocessor and bitmap. That story of the relationship of technology to analog typography connects in an unbroken chain of development to the way Monotype creates typefaces and the means of using them today, 125 years after they started.”

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Lucky Charms

Begorra: The National Leprechaun Museum, the first ever dedicated to Irish mythology and a magical world full of fascinating folklore, mythology and enchanting stories. And its graphic design is lovely.


Based in the heart of Dublin, the museum is a national cultural entertainment centre that will take you deep into Irish and Celtic culture to discover what really lies behind the well-known tales of Irish cultural icons — leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold! The museum is a story of 12 chapters taking you to the heart of Irish cultural identity and imagination. Feel what it’s like to journey deep beneath the rocks of the Giant’s Causeway, open up your minds to the sights and stories of Ireland’s mythical otherworld on a trip to fairy hill. Find yourself in a leprechaun-sized world and take a journey to the end of the rainbow to see if the elusive crock of gold really exists.

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From the Pen of Youth

Bronwyn Elvis Chochinov’s first graphic novel comes so early in her 11 year old life that anticipation builds for what’s next. But what’s here and now is her graphic interpretation of The Phantom of the Opera just in time to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage production. The privately printed 40 page book is available on ETSY. And Bronwyn promises to “sign each copy if you request it, and if you are giving this item as a gift, I will be happy to make a personal inscription as well as a custom drawing of your choice. Just ask!”


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New Ventures in Entrepreneurial Design

Join faculty, family, and friends as the MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program masters candidates pitch their market-ready ventures at HATCHED: New Ventures in Entrepreneurial Design on stage at the SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd St, New York City starting at 1PM on April 16th 2013.

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