I should definitely be working on my project right now. There is an unlimited amount of work to do. I have a spreadsheet of all the various things that need to happen across all the styles of my family, and additionally, there is the work on the process and specimen book, the poster, and the final presentation. The presentation and the poster are fairly easy, but I’m nervous about binding my book. I have a fear of bookbinding ever since I tried to perfect bind a project my second year in art school. While presenting the book at the final critique, all the pages fell out. That was a low point in art school. At any rate, I digress.
I’m working harder on this than I’ve ever worked on anything in my life. That isn’t saying very much, but whatever. In a couple of days, I’ll be in the middle of preparing all the final deliverables. That will be more hectic than it is right now. I feel like a weatherman in a windbreaker getting his toupee blown off while reporting live about an approaching storm.
A little while ago I looked at some type I’d drawn right before coming out here. Progress is evident to say the least. I had a long list of things I was hoping to learn more about this year, and the curriculum included all of them and much more. You can truly learn a shitload in one year, and I hope a year from now I can look at my final project and say, “what a pile of garbage.”
I leave for the US in exactly one month, then I’ll be at TypeCon in DC before arriving in SF August 4. Always love me a good type conference.
I am so looking forward to not needing the internet to see what my friends are up to. I never got comfortable with being away from my core group of homies. There are a lot of factors, but basically, because we are so focussed on school, there is little room to gain social footing outside of the classroom. Besides that, it takes me a long time to get settled anywhere. When I moved to San Francisco it was about 3 years before I had a solid group of friends there to hang out with all the time, and that was with plenty of free time and speaking the native language!
Luckily the classmates have been rad, and I’m constantly blown away by the group we have. Everyone is happy to lend a helping hand, and I think I’ve gotten nicer just being around them. I find it so amazing that no one is an asshole. Looking at everyone’s project, and seeing how far they all came in the last 9 months is pretty dope. I’m just so proud.
I realize that every single one of my blog posts while I’ve been in The Hague have mentioned missing my friends, but I want to make it clear that I am nowhere near regretting my decision to come here. The positives far outweigh the negatives, and it’s only a year. It’s easy to take all your loved ones for granted, and I didn’t know how much they meant to me until everyone was 6000 miles away. In addition to designing type, that’s the biggest thing I’ve learned. That and how much I love kebabs.
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.