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A-Holes: A Type Book on Kickstarter

Curtis Canham, a local designer and typography enthusiast is making a book about the negative space in the letter A, or more simply put, A-holes. The book and campaign has gotten press from Fast Co., Design Taxi, and Creative Bloq. Curtis even sent two A-Hole cakes to acclaimed typographer, Jessica Hische to promote the book.

If you’re interested in typography, head over to the Kickstarter page and check out the project. Current rewards include the book, t-shirts, an A-hole postcard, and more. At the time of publishing, the book is 65% funded with 12 days to go. Be sure to check out the sample of the book which shows how great the finished book will be.

You can help make this fun typography book a reality and get some goodies while you’re at it!


Mary Norris at the NYS Museum

Mary Norris is the famed copy editor of New York Magazine, and is affectionately known as ‘The Comma Queen’. Mary will be reading from her new book in the Huxley Auditorium at the NYS Museum on Thursday, April 9 at 8pm. She will also be giving an informal seminar in Humanities 354 at UAlbany earlier in the day.

Mary was recently on one of my favorite podcasts reading an excerpt of her new book, titled Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. Mary was also recently on an NPR Author Interviews segment if you’d like to hear more from her, or get a bit more acquainted with her.

If you’ve got any love for the art of putting words together, you’ll love the segments above. And I bet you would also love hearing her read from her new book on Thursday.

Mary will also be doing a Reddit AMA today, Tuesday April 7 at 11am.

Illustration by Javier Jaén; Karen A. Racz


Youth FX at The Spectrum

Tomorrow, The Spectrum will be hosting Youth FX, Albany’s award winning teen filmmaking program, which is part of Grand Street Community Arts. All of the proceeds go to the program, and after the screenings there is a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Among the wide range of topics the Youth FX filmmakers explored this past year were documentaries about local refugee youth, a profile of a local legend from Grand Street, a story of two girls who fall in love against the wishes of one of their fathers, an exploration of Black hairstyles, and the program’s first film written, directed and starring an all Karen, Burma cast.

Tickets are on sale now, and you can see more info on the event page.


Troy, NY posters by Phil Pascuzzo

Troy Cloth & Paper posted up a fun event for this month’s Troy Night Out, which features a spectator friendly production run of a really awesome poster designed by Phil Pascuzzo.

From the event page:

Every Troy Night Out we live-print a framable art print which has been designed by a different local artist. The only time these will ever be printed is between 5-9pm on that particular Troy Night Out.

These posters are super limited and are only printed for 4 hours, so if you can’t make it you can pre-order a poster and have it shipped, or pick it up.

If you can, do your best to make it to Troy Cloth & Paper during TNO and grab one of these awesome posters.

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Create Upstate 2015

Create Upsate, a two-day design conference in Syracuse, is is just under a month away. The schedule is available for you to take a look and see the topics that make up this year’s conference.

Registration is still open so get your tickets soon. Similar conferences typically involve flights and much more planning than simply driving west for a little bit, so supporting a great conference in your backyard is a solid move.

Below is Doug Bartow’s talk from last year’s Create Upstate to give you an idea of what the conference is about.


An Evening of Films at the Albany Institute

The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting An Evening of Films, tomorrow, February 19 as well as February 26. Local filmmakers will be showcasing and discussing their films and videos.

The event kicks off at 6 and is free. You can read more on the Albany Institute’s event page.


Free admission at the Albany Institute on MLK Day

The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the museum on Monday, January 19, 2014 from 10am-5pm. Their current exhibition list is quite extensive, and I know a lot of you haven’t been here since it usually costs money.

Make the best of your day off and work this into your plans!