Sunday, April 25, 2010

Paul Sahre @ Kent State

So on March 25th, I went out to listen and observe Paul Sahre (graphic designer) with fellow classmates over at Kent State University's Franklin Hall Auditorium.

Living in his New York 'OOPS' studio firm, he creates via editorial, poster, and cover medium. The acronym is literally the office of Paul Sahre. A Duncan Donuts shop accompanies the building three floors down at street level.

Paul received a couple of degrees from Kent State and seems really adamant about the importance of books and older catalogs; both typographically and graphically. Sahre conveyed vegan and atheist principals, and also promotes the conceptual development process through initial sketches.

In one interesting project, Paul Sahre conceptualized with ever-shifting typographic qualities and attributes of the Garamond typeface. Entitled, What is Garamond?, one of my favorites is 'OG Garamond'.

Moving on, the Kent alumnus argues the fact that it is alright to stare at a screen for long durations (such that work requires). He encourages all designers to interact aside from the bulb though. And I too agree that experimenting with the right balance of mental and physical interaction is necessary to maintain a healthy positive life.

Two individuals guided Paul throughout school and into his career. Charles Walker is a Kent State emeritus professor whom he learned a lot of advice from. The grid, of course, is an essential utility to Paul Sahre's work. Swiss designer, Josef Muller-Brockmann serves Paul as a prominent influence in his graphic design as well.

Currently he is approaching a redesign for several Hemingway novel covers. Other notable projects include Patton Oswalt's book cover design, as well as his TDC Call for Entries poster and foot-made type.

Aside from Paul Sahre the designer; he is one hell of a fusball player. He created an established national fusball league for designers only.

I've shared the same viewpoint with Sahre in that the field of graphic design is different from other occupations in that with each creation comes a different endevor of knowlege. We are (or should be) learning as each experience presents itself. He continued, when in the professional field it is important to push an idea rather than 'shove', or force, any issue.

Paul Sahre recommends Hemingway's 'Torrents of Spring', and NPR's 'This American Life'. Aside from his main site, he also maintains Spreadin the Luv.

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