Developed in conjunction with the What’s Your Type course at the School of Visual Arts, this workshop was inspired by traditional needlecraft (embroidery, needlepoint, cross stitch, etc.) and a desire to meld that practice with typography on a grand, public scale. The class of undergrads were given grid paper that mimicked chain link fencing in order to collaboratively sketch out their type treatments.
The final results were song lyrics woven into Tompkins Square park fences in the East Village in blackletter, a display sans-serif and a more angular, custom typeface suited to grid of the fence. The work was collaborative, multi-disciplinary and a great deal of fun.
Steven Smith studied computer science and anthropology in Texas and design and long-form improv comedy in New York. He earned his MFA from the Designer as Author Program at the School of Visual Arts before starting Flux&Render. His work favors a playful, surprising design approach that is rooted in a love of music, performance and laughter.