HMCT Acquires Swiss Poster Collections
In late 2021, Ramone Muñoz, professor of design and design history at ArtCenter College of Design, contacted us to gauge our interest in acquiring posters from his longtime friend, renowned poster designer Bruno Monguzzi. Thus began an adventure in poster-collecting across Switzerland in late April this year, on behalf of HMCT Archive. The ties between Swiss design, the College, Southern California, and HMCT are deep. Many faculty members, including our Creative Director Simon Johnston, studied at Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel with Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart; Leah Hoffmitz Milken, educator, and designer (and namesake of HMCT), pursued graduate studies there
2022 D&AD New Blood Awards
Design and Art Direction (D&AD), formerly known as British Design and Art Direction, is an educational organization created in 1962 to promote excellence in design and advertising. Each year, they hold the New Blood Awards, an international competition for design students. HMCT, in partnership with Google Fonts, once again sponsored a typography creative brief. This year’s theme was human rights, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the UN’s declaration. This year’s winners of the HMCT / Google Fonts creative brief, Type as the universal voice of peace, dignity, and equality, can be reviewed here. Congratulations to all of
LHM Fellow: Leon Butler
In partnership with ArtCenter’s Graphic Design (Gx) and Graduate Graphic Design (MGx) programs, HMCT offers international grants to educators teaching at the university level designed to expand and enhance their teaching pedagogy. Chosen applicants are embedded for one week in ArtCenter typography classes, where they observe, learn, and share. Leon Butler was chosen as the Spring 2022 Fellow. Leon has worked as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator for over ten years, receiving plaudits from The Type Directors Club, the Future Makers awards, Digital Media awards, Young Directors Awards and the Irish Design Awards 2019. Leon’s has completed
Wolfgang Weingart 1941–2021
I first became aware of the work of Wolfgang Weingart whilst studying at Bath Academy of Art in England around 1979. Benno Zehnder, the Head of the Graphics Department, was Swiss and had installed a framed black-and-white Weingart poster at the top of a staircase. It must have been one of the early Kunstkredit works. It was so fresh and radical and mesmerizing. Subsequently, I learned from Benno about Weingart and his teaching in the new Weiterbildungskurs (advanced graphics course) at the Kunstgewerbeschule (school for applied arts) in Basel, Switzerland. I applied, and in 1982 I was in Basel
Character Building
Thanks to the persistence of my colleague Prof. Ty Drake, HMCT now has two billboard spaces available for the display of student projects adjacent to the 950 building south parking lot. After Ty’s students’ work inaugurated the spaces, they were recently pasted over with 6 x 3 ft. posters from my Graduate Typography 3 class. In a relatively short 4-week assignment, the students are asked to design a modular display typeface created from a base grid or set of standardized graphic components. The typefaces need to have a full twenty-six character set, either upper case, lower case, or unicase,
C4PTCH4 TH1S: The disruptive power of emergent technologies on traditional language systems
C4PTCH4 TH1S addresses linguistic trends and semiotics born within digital communication platforms; the transformative effects of emergent technologies on our use of languages; and what these occurrences reveal about the future of communication. The creation, interpretation and flow of visual meaning is profoundly human; our digital culture both disrupts and extends how we think about and use language. Memes, emojis, acronyms, hashtags, @replies are used globally to tell stories, seduce, express rage, form movements, build brands and more. Our informal, unfiltered texts and comments are no longer written just to be read, but rather to be shared, moved, and


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