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Bubbles’ pop

“Most of you won’t like this, and I don’t blame you at all. It’s not meant for you.” —Lou Reed, original liner notes to Metal Machine Music (The Amine β Ring) (RCA, 1975) ♭♭ For Barney Bubbles, ersatz is as real as fake gets. Due to his myriad puzzles and conundrums, it’s tempting to look […]

Character References: On Emigre type specimens

Earlier this year, Gingko Press published Emigre Fonts: Type Specimens 1986-2016, a comprehensive collection of Emigre’s distinctive print samplers. A couple years previous, I went through my personal collection of their specimens dating back to the early 1990s and wrote this appreciation for a project that wasn’t realized. However, on the (late) occasion of Emigre’s […]

Match Prints: Barney Bubbles vs. Paula Scher

“I love rock and roll…I can’t get enough of it! But I’m really sad the way it’s gone. I find all the young designers…and I’ve talked to a lot of them…they think they’re doing Art, and they talk about record covers as Art. They do one sleeve and they are already talking about what they […]

Work in progress—Barney Bubbles: Offset Identities

“When I went to art school, we were trained to be designers—if you could draw you became an illustrator; if you could just about draw, you became a designer; if you were just hopeless they would put you into exhibition display.” —Barney Bubbles, The Face, November 1981 There’s an astonishing quote residing on page 136 […]

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The hexahexaflexagon

is the symbol-artifact of Ephemeral States. It is a folding paper object composed of 19 equilateral triangles that displays six different faces of six triangles. Three of the faces will open to two other faces, the other three will open to one. To view a short video on how to flex a hexahexaflexagon click here.

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