We just got wind of this fantastic project coming out of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection in Austin. University of Texas at Austin student Wu Ch has set up Tweeterpress, typesetting and printing people’s tweets to counterbalance our fast-paced and impersonal world. Here’s a sample of some of her work on this project, enjoy!
Nearly everyday, during our stay in Austin, we were taunted by Peter Pan—this giant figurine sits a good fifteen feet above the heads of most men. We didn’t feel right leaving Austin without taking him on. So, our last weekend in Texas we hooked-up with Justin David Cox of Public School, grabbed a cooler of Lone Star beer and stepped onto the grounds of the Peter Pan Mini-Golf Course. With two 18-hole courses, an over indulgence in tacky sculpture and a friendly BYOB policy—PP did not disappoint. I however did… I had the lowest score—and my punishment—whiskey shots from the two winners.
Not having a proper bottle of hooch on us, we slid on over to the Barton Springs Saloon and met up with Cody Haltom, Shaun Lind and a few other fun loving folks. The saloon was pure Texas: a dive of a place with cheap beer, whiskey, and some really great people. Needless to say, it was a proper send off.
During our last week in Austin we got to see the wonderfully talented Aaron Draplin speak. It’s a pretty cool story actually—a testament to the power of the internet. The Creative Workers Union launched a kickstarter project to get DDC to Austin. No surprise that they exceeded their financial goal and so it was on—Draplin would be messin’ with Texas come April 7, 2011. All those who kicked-in were admitted free of charge and received some sweet swag. As for everyone else, it was a $10 at the door.
It was a gorgeous spring night in Austin. The event was hosted at the LewisCarnegie design studio who had set-up a great space inside for the talk as well as a backyard bash with DDC goods and plenty of free beer. Aaron was inspiring—tellin’ ya like it is, showing off some great work and some funny ass stories to boot.
My first introduction to Jared Chapman was a tweet from @icreature broadcasting a strong recommendation to follow the hilarious twitter antics of @jaredchapman. So, I did—and yeah, Don Clark was right, Jared’s wit is understated and clever. He’s also an unbelievably nice guy with whom we had the pleasure of meeting with our last Sunday in Austin for huevos rancheros and coffee. Jared’s illustrations are quite distinct, having his own special touch of hand drawn lines and a designer’s eye for graphic texture and pattern. Comb through Jared’s flickr account and you’ll find a wealth of inspiring work and some great little self portraits that match his brand of humor.
We had the pleasure of hanging out with Blake Suárez a couple times while in Austin. During the designer’s rendezvous on the first night we talked shop over some of the best coal fire pizza I’ve ever eaten (And it was a food truck!). Blake is a young gun (22!)–but you wouldn’t know it from his portfolio. His work is humorous and graphic—rich with texture and often conceptually surprising. Some of my favorite pieces are the tshirts done for Panic! at the Disco. He also has a new site up – so go check it out!