The 2016 Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition introduced the results of an international competition organized by the Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) that brought together an array of today's most advanced works of typography. Award winners were selected from a pool of 2,800 open entries submitted starting in autumn 2015: 1,703 from within Japan and 1,097 from overseas. In all, approximately 150 works of typography were on display: not only the 9 award-winning works, but also works that reached the nomination stage as well as other outstanding entries. The show contained many works from all around the world that manifested hitherto unknown possibilities of typographic expression, or that piqued intellectual debate about design, or that were simply admired for their richly expressive achievements.
Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition 2016
July 22, 2016–August 27, 2016
Traveling exhibition from ggg to ddd
ddd Uzumasa, Kyoto
July 23, 2016
kyoto ddd gallery
This Gallery Talk brought together So Kanno and Yang02, joint recipients of the 2016 RGB Prize, and Kota Iguchi, principal of TYMOTE. First, Mr. Iguchi introduced the music video he created together with Daijiro Ohara, consisting solely of movements of the music's lyrics, including the creative process of chasing the wording in 3D space. yang02 introduced the English font he created as a graduate school graduation project by tracing the path he had traveled through the Shibuya district by a GPS-equipped bicycle. He got the idea from the fact that some outstanding Mac fonts are named for cities. He also introduced a drawing bot, also made in collaboration with Mr. Kanno, that writes graffiti of the kind he liked to see around town. Based on the hypothesis that humans' sense of creativity is born when imitation and learning are augmented by random chance, the randomness of a double pendulum was added in configuring the bot yang02 and Mr. Kanno next plan to collect writing from countries all around the world and create a machine to write lettering suggestive of each specific country.
Photographer: YOSHIDA Akihito