Archive for April 2011

Dominion Modern’s Toronto Subway exhibit opens at George Brown College School of Design

Sparkling wine and a custom drinks tray at the opening of Dominion Modern's Toronto Subway exhibit.

Sparkling wine and a custom-made drinks tray at the exhibit opening on April 7, 2011. Photo: Dominion Modern

A modest, intimate launch was held on the evening of Thursday, April 7, 2011, to mark the opening of Dominion Modern’s exhibit on the creation of the Toronto Subway fonts, entitled “Toronto Subway: A Love Story.” The exhibit has been extended until July 16, at the George Brown College School of Design at 230 Richmond Street East in Toronto (the entrance is on the side lane). Hours are Monday–Friday, 9am–9pm; Saturday, 10am–5pm.

Dominion Modern exhibit on the Toronto Subway fonts

Dominion Modern's Toronto Subway exhibit at the George Brown College School of Design. Photo: Dominion Modern

Display boards from Dominion Modern's Toronto Subway exhibit.

Display boards from Dominion Modern’s exhibit on the Toronto Subway fonts. Photo: Dominion Modern

The exhibit includes samples of the rubbings and photographs I took of the subway lettering as part of my research, the actual Minolta film camera I used for the photos and a brief explanation of the process involved in developing the Toronto Subway fonts .

If you’re unable to visit the exhibit, you can visit Dominion Modern’s exhibition page. You might also want to check out the latest related video posted on Vimeo, from John Martins-Manteiga’s interview with me, where I talk about why I think modernist heritage and the Toronto subway lettering in particular are important.

Ye olde Newfoundland makes the cover of The Walrus magazine

Cover of The Walrus magazine for May 2011.

Nothin’ new here

I’ve let my subscription expire, but the May 2011 issue of The Walrus magazine still landed in my mailbox this morning.

The cover draw proclaims: “The New Newfoundland,” right on top of a photo of… a mummer. A very nice photo of a mummer, but still…

What’s the message, here? Meet the new Newfoundland, same as the old Newfoundland.