Archive for the ‘Things we love’ Category

Emily Carr University’s Jonathan Aitken

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011


W5W or Who, What, When, Where and Why Wednesday #2.

I teach with Jonathan. He is full-time faculty at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and his practice involves the exploration of animated typography.

Who are you?: a middle-aged professor, father, husband, hiker, sailor and kayaker [editor's note: sounds like he belongs in BC, to me....]

What do you do? For a living I teach, but for sustenance I get outside, usually somewhere wild.

Why do you do it? While I need to work, teaching/research allows for endless variety and challenges. Outdoor, remote places rejuvenate me.

Where do you do it? Vancouver and mostly in BC, but I love Yukon.

When do you do it? All year, teaching when school is in and grabbing weekends when I can, then using the summers to pursue the outdoors.

See Jonathan’s work on his website

Taylor Mali in Type

Friday, February 4th, 2011

My English 100 professor, Jane Slemon, introduced me to slam poetry. And, in amongst the faces of a foursome doing a wonderful group slam, was the incomparable Taylor Mali. He is a teacher as well as a poet and this is my absolute favorite of his poems — really a lecture to his young students. Film maker Ronnie Bruce illustrated the poem with animated typography. It is funny and lovely all at the same time.

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.