Typographic Treasure Hunt, by Farhan Mahmud
Category: Design / Environmental, Designers/Studios, Events/Exhibitions,
Posted: Jun 10th 2013
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This is part of a short little series, talking to some of the Shillington graduates involved in The Design Kids' Threesome exhibition. The finished artworks were posted around the streets of Surry Hills. Farhan Mahmud studied at Shillington part-time and graduated in December 2012. He talks about her experience working with Glen Barry.
Threesome Sydney by The Design Kids gave us graduates an opportunity to mingle with some heavyweights of the industry. I was lucky enough to be in a group with Glen Barry, founder of Genius Group & current AGDA President, and Julia Heltai, a current design student.
The task was to come-up with a 3-word saying. It seemed pretty easy at first but soon we came to the realisation that listing words would be endless. To narrow the search, we decided on looking into the site itself - Surry Hills - and started to focus on its history, architecture and culture. We came up with the phrase The Nitty Gritty as it emphasises what makes Surry Hills Surry Hills!
Our first meeting was accompanied by dumplings and a walkabout through the laneways and streets of Surry Hills. We gained inspiration from old posters on brick walls - simple in black ink, textural with degradations from the environment. We decided to have our own posters on the pavement, to show the wear and tear of ongoing foot traffic.
Another bright idea was to have our posters in three different locations. (We like to break the rules!) We wanted to have variety and a play with the surroundings. My favourite would be on Albion Street where the brothels are. Historically, Surry Hills is known to be the red light district. Glen had the idea of collecting footprints on the poster to show the frequencies of visitors to the establishment. Such a good idea, isn't it?
While Julia was in Hungary for her break, Glen and I tag-teamed placing our posters around Surry Hills. We realised how temporary the artworks were, and it took us a few times to have them in place properly. But hey, at least I got a workout from going up and down those crazy steep hills.
Good times, that's for sure!