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Parallel Strokes – Book

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Author: Ian Lynam
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Wordshape; 1st edition (March 11, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615183077
ISBN-13: 978-0615183077
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces


Product Description
About the Book Parallel Strokes is a collection of interviews with twenty-plus contemporary typefce designers, graffiti writers, and lettering artists around the world. The book is introduced with a comprehensive essay charting the history of graffiti, its relation to type design, and how the two practices relate in the wider context of lettering. Interviews within include conversations with pan-European type design collecitve Underware, Japanese type designer Akira Kobayashi, American graffiti writer and fine artist Barry McGee/Twist, German graffiti writers Daim and Seak, American lettering artist, graphic designer and design eductor Ed Fella, among others. Parallel Strokes is an enquiry into the history, context, and development of lettering today, both culturally approved and illicit. The result of a six years of research in the combined arts of lettering, graffiti, and typeface design, Parallel Strokes is a collection of interviews some of the best letterform creators in the world today. Chaz Bojorquez talks about the origins of barrio graffiti in Los Angeles and the evolution of the craft. Fellow Angeleno, vernacular graphic designer Ed Fella, speaks about his history in lettering and how he earned the title “The King of Zing” in Detroit design and illustration circles. Famed Japanese type designer Akira Kobayashi discusses Roman and Japanese letterforms while showcasing a lifetime of type design work. European graffiti writers Daim, Seak, and Delta share their thoughts on dimensional graffiti lettering while American graffiti writer Mike Giant talks about vernacular lettering, typeface design, and the evolution of graffiti handstyles. Parallel Strokes is richly illustrated throughout, featuring copious previously unpublished work by the interviewed artists, as well as supplementary illustrations and photographs detailing contemporary and historical trends in graffiti and type design. Contents: “There’s Chocolate in my Peanut Butter” essay Interviews with – type designer Akira Kobayashi – type design collective Underware – lettering artist and graphic designer Ed Fella – graffiti writer and fine artist Delta – graffiti writer and fine artist Jerry Inscoe/Joker – type designer Jens Gehlhaar – graffiti writer and fine artist Daim – graffiti writer and fine artist Seak – graffiti writer and type designer Jonas Williamsson – graffiti writer and fine artist Handselecta – fine artist and former sign painter Tauba Auerbach – graffiti writer and fine artist Lady Pink – graffiti writer and fine artist She One – graffiti writer and graphic designer Eklips AWR/MSK – graffiti writer and fine artistEskae – graffiti writer Renos HTK – graffiti writer and fine artistMike Giant – fine artist Chaz Bojorquez – graffiti writer and fine artist Barry McGee/Twist Book specs 244 pages, softcover printed with soy inks on post-consumer recycled papers 3 color cover with metallic Pantone and gloss laminate features custom lettering by Dutch type designers Underware Print run: 1000

About the Author
After cutting his teeth writing music reviews for weeklies in New York and a decade-plus span editing and self-publishing zines in California and Oregon, Ian Lynam jumped ship and opened a multi-disciplinary design studio in Tokyo, Japan. Previously, he had spent years working in print shops learning the intricacies of presswork and logged time as a designer and art director for some of the top design firms and advertising agencies in the U.S. His writing has been published in Font Magazine, Art in America, PingMag, and Plazm. Lynam’s work has been featured in numerous graphic design books and magazines including Territory, Grafik, One Hundred at 360, and Ten Essential Typefaces for a Lifetime. His studio focuses on pan-cultural identity design, motion graphics, editorial design, and apparel graphics. The studio client roster includes heavy hitters such as MTV, Nike, NEC, and VH1. He is a graduate of Portland State University (B.S., Graphic Design) and California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A. Graphic Design).