joncontino:

A few months ago, I received an email from Ms. Amanda Rogers, an art teacher in an inner city Washington DC middle school. She explained that although it’s great to teach her kids about the classics, she also loves to share contemporary artists with them as well so they can understand how art exists in today’s world. She showed the short documentary of me (produced by Kevin Steen) to them and then had them illustrate words and their own names. To say that I’m flattered is a serious understatement.
What Ms. Rogers is giving to these kids is more valuable than they’ll realize for quite some time. She’s providing perspective, an outlet to express themselves creatively without feeling like they’re being forced to learn, and she’s giving them a direct insight into what life can be like as a creative person. Growing up in a tough city puts more roadblocks in your way than an average American kid, so it’s great to see these kids having a chance to do something fresh and inspiring. There aren’t many teachers out there that will try to think out of the box like this, so I’m honored that I was asked to be the subject of her lesson.
Please take a look at the blog post from the class and take a look at some of the amazing work these kids have done. The attention to detail is amazing and you know there’s gotta be at least one soon-to-be-professional lettering artist in the bunch!

joncontino:

A few months ago, I received an email from Ms. Amanda Rogers, an art teacher in an inner city Washington DC middle school. She explained that although it’s great to teach her kids about the classics, she also loves to share contemporary artists with them as well so they can understand how art exists in today’s world. She showed the short documentary of me (produced by Kevin Steen) to them and then had them illustrate words and their own names. To say that I’m flattered is a serious understatement.

What Ms. Rogers is giving to these kids is more valuable than they’ll realize for quite some time. She’s providing perspective, an outlet to express themselves creatively without feeling like they’re being forced to learn, and she’s giving them a direct insight into what life can be like as a creative person. Growing up in a tough city puts more roadblocks in your way than an average American kid, so it’s great to see these kids having a chance to do something fresh and inspiring. There aren’t many teachers out there that will try to think out of the box like this, so I’m honored that I was asked to be the subject of her lesson.

Please take a look at the blog post from the class and take a look at some of the amazing work these kids have done. The attention to detail is amazing and you know there’s gotta be at least one soon-to-be-professional lettering artist in the bunch!

In this galaxy, there’s a mathematical probability of three million Earth-type planets. And in all of the universe, three million million galaxies like this. And in all of that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us…don’t destroy the one named Kirk.”

POZ 100 Words Or Less Podcast: Jon Contino (CXXVI Clothing)

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Our 100 Words Or Less Podcast with host Ray Harkins is back with Jon Contino of CXXVI Clothing. Ray and Jon discuss being responsible at a young age, the idea of hustle, and late-90’s metalcore.

Follow the podcast on Twitter here, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and stream the new episode with Ray below by clicking “Read More.”

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Dealing with Personality

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What better way to kick off the site than with a little something about personality? It’s something we all have, it defines us, but it’s also something most people don’t know how to express. We all think we do when we’re teenagers, but that’s really just a bunch of recycled garbage.

Your personality is something you’re born with. It’s written in your genetic coding. It’s there, you just need to learn what it is and how to express it to the outside world. In the sense of being a designer, it’s something that our very worlds hinge on. What would Saul Bass or Paul Rand be without their personalities? You could see it shine through their works. Cleverness, humor, passion, guts…it’s all there. If you look at yourself, do you see any of those things? Do you feel like your work says any of that? It doesn’t really matter if you’re designing identities for the world’s largest corporations or web banners for a mom and pop shop the next town over; no matter what you do, your personality should shine through. But how do you manage this? How the hell do you make a web banner beam with personality? I’ll tell you how.

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Just as sweet as you remember
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OC Weekly 8/15/12 cover illustration by jimrugg on Flickr.
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F*ck You & Be Nice To People by Patswerk on Flickr.

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A FEW WORDS WITH…JON CONTINO

We’ve been longtime fans of Jon Contino, and his signature style of hand-drawn lettering. So, we were thrilled to collaborate with this self-proclaimed Alphastructaesthetitologist, and put his vintage-meets-modern aesthetic towards some of the summer’s most action-oriented words.

Jon’s work mirrors his badass self, combining elements of old-school New York, edgy street art and early 20th century typesetting. This melting pot of influences has birthed an inimitable style that’s currently in high demand, and he’s lent his hand to everything from boutique apparel design to international alcohol ads. His work clearly runs the gamut, and delivers in a big way every time.

So, we knew he’d be perfect for the life-in-the-fast-lane week of Riding, as well as the edgier days of Jamming (he is a musician after all) and Competing weeks.  

To see his full scope of work during the Summer of Doing, head over here.

And for more of Jon’s work, check out his website, Facebook page and blog, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram


See all of our typographer features here.


The Essentials of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Justin Mezzell


The Essentials of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Justin Mezzell

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Iconography: Icon set process

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Iconography: Icon set process