Writing, Design

Typographical Poetry Broadsides, 2007

Yeah, maybe this should be as embarrassing as anything I've put out there, but guess what? I'm proud of this work. There are precious few better examples out there of how I like to work when I'm doing my best work.

I had an assignment, way back when I was in undergrad at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., to produce five reasonably identical editions of my 'manifesto.' 

So that's exactly what I did. I wanted to explore the relationship between typography and language without resorting to writing a poem about a tree that looks like a tree - or a manifesto that read like a screed. So I wrote a series of poems about typefaces and typographical elements - some more straightforward than others - and screen printed broadside editions of a few of those poems.

Unfortunately, all extant copies seem to have disappeared. When I locate a set, they will reappear here. In their place, I've included some photos I took of the process at the time.

I stand behind what this work says about what I care about - which should be the definition of a 'manifesto.' This series here? This is me throwing my weight and skill behind what I could already do (language and design), while learning a new skill (I taught myself screen printing for this project).

This attitude drives me to constantly learn new skills, techniques, and platforms that (may or may not seem to) help me express myself to the absolute fullest. It also means that I'm never satisfied with what I'm already good at. There are new skills and tools all the time. The fact that this very website is built on Squarespace - a platform I'm brand new to - is perfect evidence of this.

But someone's using this - I mean, they make enough money to sponsor 80% of the podcasts I listen to - so I should be familiar with how it works. So I'm going to make myself familiar with it.