What Sam Winston doesn’t know about text and experimental typography isn’t worth knowing. The London-based artist and educator has spent his working life examining the way we approach all manner of literary artefacts, from giant dictionaries to the works of William Shakespeare, finding new and innovative ways for his audience to engage with text in a visually intuitive fashion. For an upcoming show at the V&A, Sam has been commissioned to produce work in response to a specially written piece by the author Hari Kunzru, illustrating the text in a fashion that references mankind’s worship of the periodic table through a combination of western scientific symbolism and eastern religious geometry. The final works are totemic slabs of zinc, deeply etched with Sam’s trademark typographic flair.
Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace runs at the V&A from 18 June – 20 October 2013.
- Curator Shonagh Marshall takes us through the highlights from Hair by Sam McKnight
- Yeji Yun’s imaginative zine combines frozen lands, whales and cocktails
- Zhang Kechun encapsulates the oblivion of China's mysterious Yellow River
- Artist Anna Valdez brings her eye for detail to digital painting
- Bold in its broadness, the work of Dave Singley
- Córdova Canillas seek inspiration between nostalgia and obsolescence for C de C annual
- Reasons Not To Do Graphic Design by Yotam Hadar
- Nostalgia in branding: top design studios analyse the NatWest and Co-op retrobrands
- Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
- The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic designer?
- Rachel Levit illustrates contemporary relationships in new book
- Creative agency INT Works relaunches as Anyways, with a playful graphic identity