Hours, days and weeks go by so fast in NYC. Faster than last summer. Faster than ever. This week marked my mid-residency at SYP. So much has happened and I am looking forward to the next half.

△Three things that stood out to me

Michael Heizer’s negative sculpture
North, East, South, West is a series of four excavated geometric pits: two stacked cubic forms, one larger and one smaller (North), a cone (South), a triangular trough (West), and an inverted truncated cone (East). As I walked by them again, I felt swallowed by the energy of these pits. I also loved experiencing the geometric shapes from different perspectives using my camera. The artist wanted the visitors to feel in awe. In his own words, “awe is a state of mind equivalent to religious experience, I think if people feel commitment they feel something has been transcended.”


Commercial classics, yay but…
I went to a lecture by Paul Barnes followed by a discussion with Tim Ripper & Christian Schwartz on the launch of Commercial Classics. What a great project to revisit a historical type in a contemporary landscape! It is beautifully executed but I wish this project went beyond European typefaces. I understand that their expertise is Eurocentric but it is about time to open up to the rest of the world. They can teach their methodology to designers from the Middle East, Asia, Africa and more to tap in something that has never been done before in typography. To me, these series could be much more powerful if they were pushed outside their comfort zone. Just saying.

Hamilton’s Grange brought up memories
A bit like a madeleine for Proust, the smell, the light, and the design in the grange’s entrance reminded me of three-apples-tall-me standing in front of my grandparents’ door. The funny part is that just like Hamilton’s, no one used the assigned main door, as visitors naturally came in from the back entrance. I guess that door is a form with a symbolical function instead of a functional one.  My grandparents are both dead since 97. Standing in front of that door was a gentle reminder of their beautiful existence.

☐ 1 thing that made sense to me

Bingo!
This weekend, I learned that the arm’s fat is called Bingo in Iceland after all the old people who raise their hands while playing Bingo. I am really fascinated by the stories behind words across the world. It is, in many ways, the poetic expression of human’s intelligence.

○ 1 Question

Can it get better?
My experience in SYP is transforming me in many ways. The emotional intelligence of SYPeas, the commitment of each team member, the level of work that is delivered and the generosity of the agency as a whole constantly impress me. I feel grateful to pass by such a great school!