Your online portfolio is a showcase of your current design ability, packaged and presented in best light possible. You’ve worked hard on it, shown it to friends and mentors for feedback, and polished it some more. Problem is, so has every one else.
It’s Still Possible to Become a Renegade in One Day
On Saturday, July 19, 2014, the Bakersfield College Outreach and School Relations Department will be hosting a one day recruitment program targeting BC admits who are not enrolled for the Fall 2014 semester.
Participating students will have the option to take their Placement Tests, attend a New Student Orientation Program, develop an Abbreviated Student Educational Plan, apply for Financial Aid, and Register for Classes all in One Day.
Students may sign up at:
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For more information, contact Steve Watkin
Director, Outreach and School Relations
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Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology – A handsome collection of this little-known art form
Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology
by Barrie Tullett
Laurence King Publishing
2014, 176 pages, 7.5 x 9 x 1.1 inches (paperback)
$20 Buy a copy on Amazon
I’m old enough to have owned a manual typewriter (followed by a swanky IBM Selectric). Writing and editing on a typewriter were very different from word processing in a lot of ways, but I remember having a similar “wheels for the mind” feeling about my typewriter. Over hand-writing, the typewriter offered increased speeds, greater legibility, duplication. And it reeked of the intellectual aroma of beat poets, modern novelists, and combat correspondents.
But as an artform?
As with the personal computer, and so many other technologies, “The street finds its own uses for things.” (William Gibson) Almost immediately after the introduction of the typewriter, in 1874, artists, poets, and publishers realized they could appropriate the typewriter as an art tool – the letters that it stamped out could serve as graphic elements. Switch up the colors of the type ribbon, and you have a printing press. And a machine for making art.
With Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, U.K. graphic designer, teacher, and artist/book maker, Barrie Tullett, has assembled a very satisfying collection of this curious and underexposed art form. Typewriter Art covers everything from the decorative ornaments illustrated in 1893’s Pittman’s Typewriter Manual and the early figurative work of Flora Stacey and G.M. Patterson, to the concrete poets of the mid-20th century, people like Zoran Popovic, herman de vries, and Geof Huth, to artists working with typewriters today, like Catherine Sargeant and Rachel Barron.
Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology is a handsomely-produced artifact, a softcover book with a folded thick-paper book jacket. The jacket and cover are patterned with lovely typewriter art and the title block on the jacket is a paste-down bookplate. The whole production gives typewriter art the framework and respect that it deserves.
Tullett does an admirable job of detailing the history of the typewriter as an art tool without his exposition getting in the way of the artwork itself, presented here in 260 illustrations alongside deep captions. There are also interviews with six typewriter artists. To the author’s credit, he also includes an impressive variety of examples of the form and known artists of Fluxus and Bauhaus are featured alongside smaller, lesser known artists and poets.
One thing that’s really fun to do with this book is to go through it trying to figure out how the work was achieved. Some of it is surprising, lots of it looks absurdly tedious to create. Typewriter Art also made me kick myself for giving away my typewriters all of those years ago. Might be time for a little item-watching on eBay. – Gareth Branwyn
June 27, 2014
Research reveals students who use longhand remember more and have a deeper understanding of the material