On Tuesday, July 6, Lorenz Schirmer, Atilla Korap, and I made the two-hour drive to Saarbrücken, a small city on Germany’s border with France. We formed something of a “Linotype delegation” to an exhibition opening at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar. The exhibition, entitled Good News, showed a semester’s worth of student work from a class of the same name offered by BHK Saar guest professor Alessio Leonardi. Alessio has done a lot of work for Linotype over the past two decades, so attending his event was the least that we could do to show our support!
In Alessio’s class—if I understand correctly—students were tasked with creating one drawing a day. The topics would come from news stories. The work shown in the exhibition was primarily posters, although there were process books on a table, too.
Prof. Indra Kupferschmid and Alessio Leonardi in the lobby of the HBK Saar. As most TypeOff. readers will know, Indra teaches typography at the HBK Saar. She and her marvelous students create excellent work. In fact, I think that their results are some of the most interesting student-made typographic pieces in the country. Keep your eyes on Saarbrücken, folks.
Indra told me again during the exhibition opening that she does not like long blog posts, like the wrap-ups published after the Cyprus and Brno conferences. With so many of these articles appearing each week online, it is difficult to find the time to read all of them. I often spend quite a bit of time writing things for TypeOff. or I Love Typography, and find it difficult to reconsider article-length. I’d rather let the article be as long as the information (and time) allows. When it comes to publishing shorter ideas … well, isn’t that what Twitter was invented for? Or Tumblr? Not that I am planning on getting a Tumblr site anytime soon.
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You can’t really see it in the photograph above, but Lorenz, Atilla, and Indra are watching the Holland – Uruguay World Cup semi-final on an iPhone screen (the iPhone is propped up behind the bread).
After the exhibition had been formally opened, Alessio’s students organized a BBQ in the HBK courtyard. As for the work in the exhibition itself, I assume that there is still a chance for interested parties to see it. Presumably, the posters will continue to hang in the HBK lobby for some time. So, if you happen to be in Saarbrücken, stop by and have a look!
To see some more photos, including some photos of the posters currently on display at the HBK, visit this Flickr set.