The Rise of Everyday Design
I had never been to the Harry Ransom center before going to this exhibition. In the past, their promotional materials for other events had gained my interest, but due to one thing or another I had never attended. The building looks huge on the outside, so I expected a full-size museum exhibition inside. What I found was much more humble. The Everyday Design exhibition was 2 rooms wide and located in the ground floor of the building. When I initially saw it I was a little disappointed, but overall the quality of the event made up for its size. I was especially drawn to the various books covers and flyers they had. As someone who works with computers all-day everyday, it is hard to imagine that all the fonts I look at everyday were at one point created by someone using no more than a pen and paper. It was fun going around and looking at all these hand-drawn letters and how the designers put so much attention to detail in order to create a unique typography to match the themes. In a way, it’s also sad to think that their art is obscured by how easy it is to find a great font nowadays. In any case, I enjoyed spending time at the exhibition. In the future, if I find out about new events by the HRC, I might be more inclined to attend.
I’ll leave all the pictures that I took of my experience below.
Also, as a bonus, I’ll leave a picture of the Frank Lloyd Wright part of the exhibition. One day I will get a house as nice as this one.