Nicety Nice Nice
The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT] South Campus Gallery presents “nice” – an installation designed and curated by the HMCT 2018 Typographer-in-Residence, Lucienne Roberts. The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, and runs through September 23, 2018.
The first section of “nice” pairs a set of advertising, religious, and political slogans each opposite Oddly Head’s poster to ask if history bears out that its message is “true.” Another section displays email correspondence between Roberts and a select group of graphic designers and typographers including Erik Spiekermann, Paula Scher, and Hamish Muir, in which she asks them to cite five “nice” typefaces. “nice” also presents a collection of books, one of which is a rare facsimile of typographer/printer Giambattista Bodoni’s famed Oratio Dominica of 1806, in which the Lord’s Prayer is reproduced in 155 languages.
The design and installation process were assisted by Roberts’ colleague David Shaw — a graduate of Bath Spa University, designer at LucienneRoberts+, design educator at University for the Creative Arts where he is a platform lead for typography, and co-curator of Hope to Nope — as well as the 2018 HMCT Typography Fellow Lavinia Lascaris, a recent graduate of ArtCenter’s MFA Graduate Graphic Design (MGx) program. Additional installation assistance was provided by sign artist Jimena Gamio and HMCT ArtCenter students and staff Lulubi Garcia, Joshue Molina, Roberto Rodriguez, and Jorge Ruano.