25 February 2013

Ebon Heath Inspiration

I found this website while looking for examples of graphic installations for another class. I think that the installation designs of Ebon Heath are outstanding. On the website are many images and examples of his work, including other media than the typographic installation shown here. I think his work on the Stereo.type pieces really makes us aware about how the medium and presentation of our creations effect how the viewer “sees” or “hears” what we have to say.

He is a designer who received his BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. He lives and works in several places: Brooklyn, Bali, and Berlin. When he graduated, he founded a design studio that focused mainly on music packaging, magazine layout, and fashion advertising. He called it (((stereotype))). He also co-founded Cell Out in 2003, which is a consultant group that develops media strategies for non-profit organizations, NGO’s, and brands. He has exhibited around the world. His exhibits include his stereo.type mobiles, installations, jewelry, and performance art focusing on type. He is also a visiting professor in Graphic Design at Lehman College and an Art Director for the Mindpirates Berlin.

The work that I liked the best and thought was the most unique was called Stereo.type. The website says it is a syntheses of our typographic language with the physical expression of our body language. It also claims that these installations make the viewer listen with their eyes, or how can we make sound and its symbols found in language able to be heard visibly.

I think that this designer does a great job of getting us to look at type as a tangible object, not just something on a page to arrange. He presents it in a way that makes us think about how we feel about type, and encourages designers to think outside of the box when creating something.

1 comment:

  1. To me, Graphic Design installations are one of the most beautiful and interesting pieces of work. The combination of artistic ability and knowledge of graphic design elements (principles of design, typography, etc.) bring the two forms together to make stunning pieces of work.

    Side note: Since my own installation of 'Word Hard.' in the comm building, I have already thought to pursue more physical installations and compositions. We'll see!