Who: Christian Schwartz, Chris Wu
When: Thursday, June 16, 3:00pm–5:00pm
Where: 110 Lafayette Street
Begin this visit at Commercial Type studio and see some of what goes into making professional typefaces… then the tour continues with a short walk to PP where participants will see some of the recent work / work in progress going on here.
Based in New York and London, Commercial Type is a joint venture between Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, who have collaborated since 2004 on various typeface projects, most notably the award winning Guardian Egyptian. The company publishes retail fonts developed by Barnes and Schwartz, their staff, and outside collaborators, and also represents the two and their team when they work together on type design projects.
Following the redesign of The Guardian, the team headed by Mark Porter, including Barnes and Schwartz, was awarded the coveted Black Pencil by the D&AD. The team was also nominated for the Design Museum’s “Designer of the Year” prize. In September 2006, Barnes and Schwartz were named two of the 40 most influential designers under 40 in Wallpaper*.
Project Projects is an award-winning design studio specializing in work for art, architecture, education, and culture. Combining a conceptual and strategic approach with progressive modes of visual communication, the studio’s practice encompasses the full range of contemporary graphic media—from books, exhibitions, magazines, and printed materials, to branding, signage, events, and interactive applications. The studio’s work extends to editing and publishing books, curating exhibitions, and developing programs around a range of subjects. In recognition of its achievements, Project Projects was awarded the Cooper Hewitt’s 2015 National Design Award in Communication Design, the United States’ highest distinction in the field.
Christian Schwartz is a partner, with London-based designer Paul Barnes, in the type foundry Commercial Type. Schwartz has published fonts with many respected independent foundries and designed proprietary typefaces for corporations and publications worldwide.
Schwartz and Barnes began an ongoing collaboration in 2005 with their extensive typeface system for The Guardian, which led to honors from the Design Museum and D&AD. The two have completed custom typefaces for clients including Esquire, the Empire State Building, Bosch, The New York Times, and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2007, Schwartz was awarded the prestigious Prix Charles Peignot, given every four or five years by the Association Typographique Internationale to a designer under 35 who has made “an outstanding contribution to the field of type design”.
Chris Wu is associate principal at Project Projects, where he leads identity, print, environmental graphics and interactive projects commissions with clients such as Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and M+ Museum / West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Chris received his master’s degree in Communications Design at Pratt Institute and has worked with Project Projects since 2007. With his bilingual and multi-cultural background, Chris has lectured and served as a guest critic at universities and institutions internationally; he has also led a workshop focusing on Chinese typography at The Type Directors Club in New York
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