Thankfully, the TodaysArt typographic installation project is now behind us. It was fun at parts, and compared to other groups, we had it fairly easy. Here is what the fun part looked like.
And here you can see something that looks almost like type in the blue windows. It reads, “When the light signal turns on, leave the building immediately.” I could explain the concept behind this, but instead I won’t.
I did two things this weekend. The first was finishing up the sign painting at Tim Boelaars’ store in Amsterdam. I was psyched to help out Tim, and it was good to get a little practice in. The store opens on friday, and I hope I can go see it now that everything is ready. It’s been fun seeing the progress on the massive remodeling that has been going on over there.
The second was visiting my old Spanish teacher Sylvia Coates and her husband Bill on their houseboat. Accompanying me was their friends Martin and Mariette who are also in the houseboating community. They live close, and were kind enough to pick me up, and drive me over to Bill and Sylvia. It was an amazing experience! Bill did all the interior carpentry that ingeniously utilizes every cubic inch with maximum efficiency. It’s quite beautiful as well.
I am feeling more at home in The Hague. Every one of my classes is fascinating and fun. I am genuinely stoked on all of them. It makes sense. The curriculum at type]media is why I chose to come here.
We still haven’t hit the hard part at all. It’s literally all fun and games. The group casually goes between practicing broad nib calligraphy with a brush, to writing Python in DrawBot, to researching their typeface for the revival project. Work (if you can call it that) is punctuated by games of foosball. My friends know I’m not a huge fan of games. Generally, I think competition brings out the worst in people, but I’m getting really into foosball! I am still one of the worst players, but I notice myself getting better, and playing more instinctively. Mostly I play goalie/fullback, but I’ve been trying to practice my forward as well. Perhaps you guys weren’t expecting me to talk about foosball this much. It’s a big part of my life right now.
I’ve been getting to school around 9:00 am, and leaving around 9:00 pm. I love it, but I’m getting a little sick of the offerings at the canteen. I am almost smart enough to pack a lunch. I see it in my future, but I’m not quite there. There is foosball greatness, exceptional type, and sack lunches just around the corner. Oh what a sweet life it will be.
My second python script in DrawBot spells “alpha” with semi-random values for x-height, letterspacing, ascender length, descender length, corner radius, curve tension (does that make sense?), stroke width, background color, and placement of lots of white boxes. I am aware of the limits of its legibility.