(Black)letter

(Black)letter

Part of a personal series exploring the traditionally very heavy, rigid style of blackletter typography, while using every colour possible except black.

Subvisual Subway

Subvisual Subway

As featured in New York Magazine (Nov. 17th, 2015) and Creative Review (November 2015). Prints are available in the shop now.

Over the summer of 2015, I rode the trains of each of New York City's twenty-two subway lines, collecting bacterial samples from hand rails, seats and other high traffic surfaces to create an unorthodox portrait of the city's residents at the smallest of scales.

The samples were taken using sterilized sponges that had been pre-cut into the letter or number of the subway line from which the sample was to be taken - A, C, 1, 6 etc etc. The swabs were then pressed into pre-poured agar plates - their circular shape echoing the graphic language of the subway - and incubated for up to a week in his Brooklyn workshop, and photographed at various stages of development before being safely neutralized and disposed of.

The resulting images are a snapshot of the city's constantly shifting ecosystem that each of us contribute to and are a part of. They hopefully also serve as a reminder that in a city that can make you feel small, there are countless billions of smaller inhabitants.

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Fe2O3 Glyphs | Craig Ward and Linden Gledhill

Fe2O3 Glyphs is a conceptual, ornamental type system created in collaboration with Linden Gledhill using ferrofluid and conflicting magnetic fields. In addition to a digital .otf typeface, we fabricated a custom moveable type printing system and a series of of unique, one-of-akind letterpress prints where no two designs are the same. You can learn more and support the project until September 30th here: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mrcraigward/fe2o3-glyphs-a-conceptual-ornamental-type-system

Fe2O3 Glyphs print

Fe2O3 Glyphs print

Fe2O3 Glyphs is a conceptual, ornamental type system created in collaboration with Linden Gledhill using ferrofluid and conflicting magnetic fields. In addition to a digital .otf typeface, we fabricated a custom moveable type printing system and a series of of unique, one-of-akind letterpress prints where no two designs are the same. You can learn more and support the project until September 30th here: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mrcraigward/fe2o3-glyphs-a-conceptual-ornamental-type-system

Multiverse

Multiverse

Personal piece inspired by gravitational lensing.

PAGAN

PAGAN

In January 2014 I staged my first solo exhibition - PAGAN - at the Type Directors Club gallery in Manhattan.

The series continued my preoccupation with the juxtaposition of clean, classically designed typography with the chaos of natural processes and organic materials.

The subject matter for the series was Pagan and Heathen terminology from the Old English dialects of 5th to 12th Century Britain. Pagan and Heathen in this context are taken to mean “country dweller” or “rustic” - without intending to invoke the religious connotations applied since the 20th century.

The typography was applied by hand using a method known as pyrography - a centuries old arts and crafts technique used for decoration, with the earliest surviving examples in Britain dating back to the 4th century. 

Pagans traditionally wrote very little down, preferring to pass on stories and learnings by word of mouth - allowing me to treat the type freely. Tree worship was common in their culture, they believed them to be sacred and offered a way to communicate with nature. Here I have taken the words that they spoke in front of the trees and made them as one. As the pieces age over time, my hope is that it will appear as if the two have always existed together.

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You Blow Me Away

You Blow Me Away

A kinetic typography experiment in collaboration with Jason Tozer. 

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