Bruce and Nolen began thinking about Post Typography, (a design studio and graphic design/illustration/conceptual lettering/musical collaboration) as undergraduates and few years later quit their desk jobs to work together full time—graphic designers by day, post-punk rock musicians by night or vice versa. Bruce and Nolen enjoy blurring lines and turning heads, but always in a smart and subtle post-typographical sort of way. Their work can be seen in the The New York Times or on a Baltimore telephone pole, both which give them pleasure. The Post Typography studio happens to be about three blocks from my house and so I popped in last week to talk to Bruce, share some watermelon and get an update on what these two crazy cats have been up to.
While I was writing my masters’ thesis for school, Bruce and Nolen were hard at work on their own epic project: Lettering & Type (part of Princeton Architectural Press’s Design Briefs series). Bruce and I would often commiserate about our various writings and projects with barely an end in sight. Luckily, their sweat and tears are beginning to pay off and the book is due out this fall.
While May is a strange time to be thinking about calendars, I couldn’t resist including these. Here are a variety of images from 2009 and a preview of the 2010 calendar, also coming out in the fall through teNeues Publishing.
Post Typography has a very democratic style and while much of their work is political, social and/or environmental in nature, they also have several projects that consist of large collaborations. These include their Public Print Lab (an interactive, public-authored art installation) the logo for Splice Today, (a quirky web magazine offering a fresh artsy/newsy perspective) which are all drawn and uploaded by users of the site and most recently their current Double Dagger posters, which are drawn by friends and fans alike.
These two never seem to rest and there are a lot of ways to catch up with them in the next couple of months. If you don’t want wait for their calendars or book in the fall, you can check them out as Double Dagger (they make up two-thirds of the band) on their upcoming tour. Or if you happen to be in Austin, TX during the HOW conference you can see the Alphabet Show that they curated and that has been touring since 2005. (You guys seriously amaze me, thank you Bruce and Nolen!)