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Sweet, sweet nexus of typographical genii (plural for genius, obviously).
There's something magical about getting to explore an art/design exhibit all by yourself in the late morning in the fall.
And there's something even more fantastical when that exhibit is made up of soul-melting, stunning design work from across the pond.
I got the opportunity to visit the Tokyo Type Directors' Club exhibit that made a brief stop in the Twin Cities. Although I didn't get to attend the opening show as per the invitation I received from AIGA, I personally think getting to pore over the pieces on my lonesome on the second-to-last day of its tour was even better.
From posters to identity stationery sets to videos, the exhibit really ran the gamut of what can be labeled as "design." Some people (as discussed via a source) had commented that they thought the boundaries of type were pushed a bit too far and some of the works crossed into the realm of fine art. But isn't that kind of what good design does? Not the fine art bit, necessarily, but pushing the boundaries. If we don't get out of our comfort zones and explore unchartered territory, then who will? The desktop publishers? That's how we wind up with official documentation being written in Comic Sans. And while they may think the type in their will is hilariously ironic, the experimentation should be left up to the experts.
Here I'll share a few photos I took from the exhibit, and share the link back to my Google+ gallery for the rest of the images (below). As always, these works are owned by the people who did them, but the photos were taken by me. I probably should have edited the photos a bit since they were taken on my phone, but these work well enough. Use them for inspiration!
For more photos that I took at the exhibit, check out my Google+ TDC Gallery.