As someone who is deeply rooted in graphic design, who’s career began with hand lettering before computers, and is insanely fascinated by video, storytelling, and motion graphics, the video below makes me all happy inside. Gentleman Scholar has produced a video for HP that is chocked full of killer typography, amazing shots, solid editing, and graphic design. The short spot is timed and paced so fluidly, with a soundtrack and voice over that help keep you focused on the visuals. Love, love, love this.
Oftentimes we find that our creativity is reduced to the footprint of our computer screens. But what happens when the digital and tactile work in tandem? Teaming up with 180LA, Gentleman Scholar explored this notion with piece below for HP’s new “Sprout 3D-scanning PC.” Using handcrafted vignettes that make up the spot, and presenting a new frontier in creativity: “where digital innovation meets tangible reality, a world in which imaginations take flight.”
There was a time not to long ago when people actually had good hand writing. Taught in primary school, practiced for hours, good penmanship was king. Slowly though, over the last twenty or so years it has begun to dissolve. Why write by hand? Why write in cursive? Why practice the art of creating letterforms by hand when you can type, touch or talk, and have your primary communication device correct your spelling on the fly. Don’t get me wrong I am not anti-technology. I am however in love with beautifully crafted hand lettering that demonstrates the craft of a dying art form. Thanks to people like lettering artist Seb Lester the art form stays alive and well. Hopefully his work will encourage others to take up a pen and create with ink on paper.
Cloths of Heaven’ is Lester’s interpretation of “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”, by renowned Irish poet William Butler Yeats. The video shows the creation of a the master art for a serigraph poster, which was also translated into a limited edition embroidery piece via The London Embroidery Studio. The attention to detail, and the craftsmanship that went into this is outstanding. It is a continuation of his exploration of the theme of beauty in the context of letterform design, and the mastery of the calligraphic arts. Big hat tip to Seb Lester.
“Yeats’s poem references ‘embroidered cloths’ and ‘gold and silver threads’, so I wanted to try to make the screen print look like an exquisite and timelessly beautiful piece of highly ornamental needlework. I’ve drawn from Medieval, Renaissance and 18th-century sources but I have also tried to integrate personal, progressive and irreverent flourishing ideas. The result is a hybrid stylistic treatment that I think could only exist in the 21st century.”
Occasionally when I have a bit of downtime, I like to try and polish the design/art/lettering/software skills. This week has been rather slow on the work front, so yesterday I used the opportunity to flex my Illustrator muscle and create the image below. I know, it’s blatant self promotion but I don’t care. I rarely post any of my own work here, and frankly I think it turned out rather well. Everything but the background was created from scratch in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The background is vintage wallpaper that was color shifted in Photoshop.
The video below highlights the rich history of sign painting in Dublin. As a person that started his graphic design career doing hand lettering, this short film captures something I hold dear. The art of craft, the art of creating by hand. Watching the people in this film hand letter signage with brush and paint is truely wonderful. Listening to a son talk about his father, grandfather, and great grandfather all passing the craft forward to the next generation is simply fantastic.