Finland-based artist Martin Bircher has converted a European printer’s type case into an impressive grid of 125 digitally controlled LEDs. Up close it’s only possible to distinguish the abstract flicker of light, however at a distance more complex shapes take form such as news headlines, or even Betty Boop. (via quips)
Anthony Burrill has made a new series of limited-edition posters, printed in BP oil from the ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Profits go to the ‘Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’. The oil was collected direct from the polluted beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
The alphabet sprung from wanting to highlight what makes sculpture different from other art forms. By cutting and folding a flat sheet of paper, a three-dimensional alphabet was devised. A considerable amount of effort went into crafting and arranging the letterforms, each one playfully varying in shape, the depth remaining constant.
The legibility of the type is greatly influenced by the angle from which it is viewed. When viewed directly from above, the edges of the paper create outlines, making the letterforms easy to read.
There’s no shortage of news this week surrounding Fox and their animated programs both present and future, but I haven’t found anything on this so I figured I’d take a stab at highlighting an interesting coincidence with the animated intro for their new show Raising Hope.
In 2005 animator Run Wrake with funding from animate! creates a brilliant and delightfully bizarre animation called Rabbit utilizing a unique style blending typography and cut-out characters reminiscent of Scott Foresmans 1950s era Dick and Jane books. For two years Rabbit wins numerous awards from film festivals around the world.
Topically these two pieces that are very different. One uses seven animated vignettes over 60 seconds to give quick backstory of the shows main characters, and doubles as opening credits. The other is an 8-minute short film about two evil children who discover a jam-eating monster trapped in the abdomen of a rabbit that has the power to turn bugs into diamonds. The childrens insatiable greed leads to their tragic demise when they’re eaten alive by insects. So there’s that.
But stylistically there are some things that are uncannily similar. Both use typography to label objects. Both use the same hinged arm animation style to make the characters move. In one scene both even utilize a labeled “house” and “van”.
I personally don’t feel too strongly whether this is a simple coincidence, an acceptable homage or blatant copying. There are probably more differences than similarities, but it does make me go hmmm. The moment I saw it on TV I wondered if Run was involved with the project. I haven’t heard back from him via email but would be curious to know his take.