Four days ago; on December 18, a FontShop Newsletter was sent out featuring best typeface releases of the year 2013. Amongst a selection of 25 beautifully designed fonts is Arek.
Arek is an awarding winning Armenian/Latin typeface designed by Khajag Apelian in 2009/12 at type]media (one year master program at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague). Having a rich calligraphic flavor, it’s a highly versatile font suitable for use in different typographic settings and is available for purchase through the Rosetta Type Foundry (and not only).
He is perhaps one of the most influential type-designers ever. I just finished reading (for the second time) a very inspiring interview with Matthew Carter; featured on MyFonts’ Creative Characters newsletter and if you enjoy reading stories of great men then you should read it too!
Meet Fatum. A newly released, ultrablack, slab serif typeface for people who appreciate the big things in life. It was designed by Sveta Morozova from Russia, for ParaType. Looking at the shapes I get the impression that at first the designer created a rectangle and then continued forming the letter shapes by chopping of tiny bits and pieces. The result is very expressive and the typeface looks very lively, despite of the subtle contour of the letters. Definitely, a great addition and a very useful typeface for printing on t-shirts or anywhere imaginable where a friendly attention is needed.
Nadine Chahine is an award winning Lebanese type designer. In 2005 she moved to Germany and soon joined Linotype as a specialist in Arabic fonts. She received her PhD from Leiden University where she focused on legibility studies for the Arabic script.
About two weeks ago Ms. Chahine appeared on Deutsche Welle’s Insight Germany programme and gave a very educational and entertaining interview. During the broadcast she described how language influences our thinking, I found this very interesting. Among other things, she also talked about what’s the life like in Germany compared to Lebanon, the fonts which she has designed, football cheering and etc. In-between the interview they also showed two short videos about the Gutenberg Bible and the great guru of typography Erik Spiekermann.
On a certain July afternoon, when the heat is particularly oppressive, the Vardavar holiday is celebrated throughout Armenia and in countries where Armenian communities are significantly present. On this day, anyone who’s passing by the streets is liable to be sprinkled with water and no offence can be taken.
Many feasts and festivals dear to the Armenian people have their roots in pre-Christian traditions, such is the festival of Vardavar. After Armenia became a Christian state in 301, the Vardavar feast was replaced with the Transfiguration while still retaining the customs and symbolism of the pagan holiday Vardavar, which was closely associated with the goddess Asdghig.
During the festival of Vardavar; homage was paid to goddess Asdghig by adorning her statue with multitude of roses (vard, in Armenian). (The Armenian novelist Raffi(1835-88) vividly illustrates the festival in his novel Samuel). According to one legend, whenever the goddess walked barefoot, her feet bled, and from the drops rosebushes sprung up.
But the name Vardavar may not have anything to do with roses. Vardavar may be composed of the Sanskrit words: Vard meaning water and var meaning sprinkle. Thus, the association with the adoration of water, as well.
Today, things have gone a bit beyond adoration. It’s become a total water fights day, usually started by children, but often dragging in everyone else, as well. See it for yourselves, watch this short video.
Photo source: newsyblog.net
Today was one of those days when I wished that YouTube had an auto-reply button on it’s videos. My Persian-Armenian friend who’s currently residing in California sent me a quite unusual video commercial of an auto repair shop and I’ve been watching it over and over again for the last 30 minutes. Probably the most arousing car repair commercial that I’ve ever seen, congratulations to its makers. See it for yourself, it’s hilarious.
An unknown artist’s work left inside the small Long Island bungalow where he once lived has been valued at up to $30 million. The artwork was discovered by Tom Schultz in 2006 when he bought the cottage and detached garage in Bellport as an investment property for around $300,000. Schultz, a former deli owner and a father of three, had been instructed by the cottage’s previous owners to throw all the works away, but as he looked over the collection of almost 7,000 paintings, drawings and journals, he just couldn’t get rid of them.
"It was just someone’s life’s work, and it doesn’t belong in a Dumpster," he said. The art was by an obscure Armenian-American painter named Arthur Pinajian, a decorated World War II veteran and former comic book illustrator. He’d lived with his sister in Bellport until his death in 1999. Friends like Nick DiPaolo, who works at the local natural food store Pinajian often visited, remember him as a simple man who painted for the love of it. “I don’t believe he was selling any work at all,” said DiPaolo. “It didn’t seem to bother him at all that he was not getting recognition.”
The anonymity ended when Schultz presented Pinajian’s works to historians and art appraisers like Peter Hastings Falk, who once appraised art from the Andy Warhol estate. Falk describes Pinajian’s paintings as lyrical abstract landscapes. One art historian called Pinajian a “brilliant colorist” who displayed “genius” in his work. Pinajian’s paintings have now been displayed and sold in galleries from New York to Los Angeles, and his art, once abandoned as trash, is being valued by some at between $25 to $35 million. Some pieces already have sold for $500,000. Fifty of his landscapes are currently on exhibit at Manhattan’s Fuller Building.
"He wrote in his journal that he always wanted a show in New York," Schultz said. "We think he’s smiling down on us now. As for why Schultz saw treasure while others saw trash, the father of three credits his own dad, whose death, Schultz said, taught him to appreciate the value of a man’s life’s work.
Source: NBC News. Also, read this and this, or simply google Arthur Pinajian.
Salon Mashup — Armenian Perspectives on Displacement and Regeneration is a four day radical new art and performance event bringing together artists, performers, musicians and filmmakers. The event will take place from 31 January to 3 February at the Shoreditch Town Hall, a popular contemporary arts venue in east London. For a full programme of events go to the Armenian Institute’s website and for a more detailed description of the event please visit here.
There are very few blackletter fonts which when looked upon will make your soul warmer and among those rare creatures is Hades. Designed in 2012 by Dino dos Santos; Hades is an exquisite blackletter typefaces suitable for use in posters, book covers, magazines and packaging projects. It is available as a free download from DSType Foundry’s website.