Taken from the book “Cobain Unseen” written by Charles R. Cross.
“An image from the very first photo session Nirvana ever conducted, for their debut Sub Pop single. Kurt wore a Harley Davidson T-shirt, despite the fact that he was far too concerned with safety to actually ride a motorcycle. Self-conscious of his acne, Kurt was pleased that many of Alice Wheeler’s shots were done with infrared film, wich distorded his appearance.”
For the month of May, Sydney based, Dave Foster has been Lettering his tweets. A type designer and letterer, Dave recently graduated from the Type and Media Masters program at the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands. I was really taken by the quick, off-the-cuff style of the tweets. I met Dave on my recent trip to Australia and followed-up with a few questions:
What prompted you to letter your tweets?
A mass of long-term client work made me want to just smash out a non-commercial, manageable project that would let me get regain a sense of immediacy to the work I was doing. It just seemed like a logical way to highlight the skills I’ve been developing since the inception of photo sharing in the news feed.
Do they convey a lot more information?
They’re pretty straight forward, I wouldn’t say there is much there beyond what is visible, they’re not meant to be complicated.
Have you found the lettered tweet have a lot more impact?
Yeah, people interact with what I’m saying more, I think they stand out from all the plain text feed. Perhaps I’ll continue doing it after May if I can keep it up.
Dave Foster is the designer behind these works. Based in Sidney, Australia he draws typefaces and lettering for design studios, type foundries, brands and individuals around the world. A powerful visual presence is necessary for any message to survive amongst the noise of toda. This is why he is specialized in giving the durability of form required for words to achieve that presence. From single letters to entire typefaces, he tailors custom letter-forms to specific purposes. Featured in the Type Directors Club and on Communication Arts he is one of the leading global typography thinkers. Enjoy his work!
I first met Dave earlier this year in his hometown of Sydney not long after he’d returned from the Netherlands where he’d completed the masters course in Typeface Design at the Royal Academy of Art.
Dave works on a range of type and lettering projects including type design – for own fonts (see Blanco) and for those of foundries such as Commercial Type. Regardless of the application, whether it be fun, decorative lettering or a film poster headline, every one of Dave’s letters feels well-considered and durable.
See Dave’s excellent portfolio of work at FosterType.
About: Each day between the 1st and 25th of December we’ll be revealing a beautiful, custom designed number and artist here on the Type Worship blog.
Custom lettering for a word map showing over 380 Aboriginal tribes and dialects in their respective locations. Under direction from Mike Rossi.
Foster Type is the typographic work of Dave Foster, an independent designer based in Sydney, Australia where he draws typefaces and lettering for design studios, type foundries, brands and individuals around the world.
A powerful visual presence is necessary for any message to survive amongst the noise of today. Dave specialises in giving the durability of form required for words to achieve that presence. From single letters to entire typefaces, he tailors custom letter-forms to specific purposes.
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This is a hard, cold beat You can go dance if you like You won’t get in trouble
And the tea has some spice
You wanna know it hits ya
You can make, have some fun
Watching them make you a..
Up on the wall you won’t
What’s in the wait, your waiter
We only ate your garnish
I ordered spam and rice
In this to say you’re fired
We dance on the table tops
We only had your daughter
We ordered too many cocktails
What’s in the way you love