Thursday, 31 July 2008

quote of the day

"When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships."
[andy warhol]

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

hand-painted typography on ceramic tiles

this post is an homage to a great friend of mine, yanek iontef, who is working on a typographic project that is going to be printed on ceramic tiles. these hand-painted broken ones were photoed at the lovely park guell in barcelona. i love the way that outdoor typographic signs and tiles tend to age and better, much like wine or cheese.

Monday, 28 July 2008

quote of the day

"i don't believe in art. i believe in artists."
[marcel duchamp artist and cubist]

guerrilla girls

strong message and bold design in a postcard issued by the feminist activists group guerrilla girls [conscience of the artworld], new york, 1995.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

quote of the day

"the good is not a category that interests me."
[rem koolhaas architect]

Thursday, 24 July 2008

quote of the day

"whenever i draw a circle, i immediately want to step out of it."
[richard buckminster fuller engineer, theorist, and mathematician]

another graffiti heart from my collection

i found this expressive graffiti heart in the gothic quartier in barcelona.

the elementary particles - special guest post

a guest post quoting and commenting on the elemntary particles by michel houellebecq from my younger brother, omri perez, who just got back from a month of reserve duty in the west bank.
i think that even houellebecq himself couldn't envision or concoct this scenario - a reserve soldeir in a west bank check-post reading, quoting and text-messaging his conterversial novel. in more than one way you can call it the updated '08 version to meir ariel's song "islands in the stream', where he quoted ernest hamingway while standing on guard in the suez canal during the war of attrition:

“As a teenager, Michel believed that suffering conferred dignity on a person. Now he had to admit he had been wrong. What conferred dignity on people was television.” Michel Houellebecq, The Elementary Particles.
I just got back from a month of reserve duty near the west bank. We did check posts in major junctions, guarded jewish settlements and in general tried to uphold the law and the order in this lawless land, certainly, it is no country for old men.
During this month I read the excellent book by Michel Houellebecq, The Elementary Particles. As my dear sister says, the man knows the truth. He looks at our modern society and sees through all the bullshit (It turns out that bullshit is a legitimate philosophical term these days). He describes the rise of personal gain and narcissism over relationships and families. Love and intimacy, as Houellebecq would say, are nothing but a means to achieve narcissist confirmation and gratification. Depressing stuff.
Back to the west bank. It wasn't long during the last tour of duty before I noticed that my fellow soldiers had a compelling urge to take photos and put them on facebook and every other web 2.0 outlet they could put their greedy little mouse pointers on. It's not the service to their country or their care for their brothers in arms, nor for their valiance, that dignity is conferred on them, But their exposure to the world. And damn, if the t.v. crew isn't coming, well that's what web 2.0 is all about.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

bouquet of very early-blooming parentheses (((())))

a quote from j.d. salinger's seymour: an introduction, combining witty writing and [what i call] punctuation-marks art. when i last read the book i suddenly understood what salinger was doing in this text: he was actually writing down the mind of a genius, while it's a well known fact that a character cannot be any smarter or sharper than its author. 
a good friend solved this conflict for me today in an elevator [going down, if you must know], by mentioning the fact that salinger himself was quite a genius, although somewhat on the troubling side.
anyway, since i've scanned the quote from my hebrew copy, i'm copying here the same lines in english for those of you who can't read hebrew:
"please accept from me this unpretentious bouquet of very early-blooming parentheses: (((())))."

typing machines for sale

a great black and white postcard from my private collection. the image of the typing machines for sale was taken in laos, vietnam, in 2001 by the photographer isabelle mertens. the typing machines image is a prologue for the next quote from salinger's seymour: an introduction.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

quote of the day

"letters are things, not pictures of things."
[eric gill type designer and essayist]

Monday, 21 July 2008

a perfect day for bananafish

special post celebrating an old classic by salinger that i've managed to track down and return to my library. this is the cover of my copy of  'nine stories', published by 'bantam books' in 1986 in the united states and canada. the cover design is based on typography to answer salinger's explicit demand to avoid the usage of any image or illustration on his book covers.
i bought this copy at the age of 14, and i used it for numerous high school tasks [including book reports]. the highlight task was an audition for the school theater group - me and my best friend at the time prepared a sketch from 'a perfect day for bananafish', spending our afternoons in rehearsals.
my friend used to lie down on the carpet in his parents living room playing the part of seymour, while i was unfortunately playing the part of the innocent three years old Sybil. my role was a bit limited, as all i had to do was to jump around and listen to seymour's famous monologue on the tragic life of the bananafish.
sadly enough, after performing our little interpretation, he was chosen to play in the group, and i had to move on to another school creative activity. though it was an early ending to my career on stage, i've remained a faithful salinger reader. my favorite novel is 'seymour: an introduction' [which undoubtedly deserves {and will get} another post or two].
so, in this steaming july evening i'm copying here some lines from seymour's famous metaphorical tale of the bananafish:

"miss carpenter. please. i know my business," the young man said. "you just keep your eyes open for any bananafish. this is a perfect day for bananafish."
"i don't see any," sybil said.
"that's understandable. their habits are very peculiar." he kept pushing the float. the water was not quite up to his chest. "they lead a very tragic life," he said. "you know what they do, sybil?"
she shook her head.
"well, they swim into a hole where there's a lot of bananas. they're very ordinary-looking fish when they swim in. but once they get in, they behave like pigs. why, i've seen some bananfish to swim into a banana hole and eat as many as seventy-eight bananas." he edged the float and its passenger a foot closer to the horizon. "naturally, after that they're so fat they can't get out of the hole again. can't fit through the door."
"not too far out," sybil said. "what happens to them?"
"what happens to who?"
"the bananafish".
"oh, you mean after they eat so many bananas they can't get out of the banana hole?"
"yes," said sybil.
"well, i hate to tell you, sybil. they die."
"why?" asked sybil.
"well, they get banana fever. it's a terrible disease."

Saturday, 19 July 2008

quote of the day

"ideally a book would have no order to it and the reader would have to discover their own"
(raoul van eigem)

black and white found typography

some black and white outdoor typography from barcelona.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

quote of the day

"when in rome, use times roman"
(marty neumeier, neutron llc)

heart and circles - street found typo graffiti

street found typo-graffiti

some great typo-graffiti i found in spain

diary research images

part of a research on how we integrate all the bits and pieces into our hard cover agendas.


these are images from a long documentation process of libraries that are situated in empty bomb shelters. i've used a self reflex k 1000 pentax camera, hence their grainy quality