2023 Vernacular Typography photos that I posted on Instagram with the hashtags #vernaculartypography #nyctypographysafari #parsonstypesafari #vernaculartypographysafari #typesafari #typography #typographicsnyc #nyctypography #anselmdastner #vernacularphotography

It’s fascinating to see the vernacular of a neighborhood through its marks of ordinary everyday objects that tell an authentic story, and some are just plain beautiful.

amazing Type event at Wix Playground
btw: next event is April 6, get in it.
Here are a bunch of pictures I took:

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    I am taking courses working on a Masters Program for Creative Publishing and Creative Journalism at the New School Social Research department. For Melissa Friedling’s Re/Lab: Re-emergent Media Research Lab, we were asked to create a short movie incorporating data glitches and moshing that had to be compressed to under 5 MB.

    tape capture deck at New School

    I took some old miniDV tapes as a starting point since they are already glitchy by nature, and I like the display info played over the shakey, fuzzy film. While I was digitizing, the tape’s plastic case broke and got immovably stuck inside the player. It didn’t bother me too much because I had realized that the old videos were frankly quite boring even though, in my mind, I thought they would be packed with great content of debaucherous raves of the ’90s.

    The bit I chose is a quick zoom through the Flyer office on Varrick street, which had an incredible view of the world trade center.


    Re/Lab: Re-emergent Media at New School of Social Research CPCJ program with instructor Melissa Friedling


    data moshing and create a piece of video under 5mb 

    World Trade Center 2000, view from the Varrick Street Fyer office

    This Github python code added more data moshing through mac’s terminal: https://github.com/OwenDavisBower/DataMosh. My line of code after switching the path to the download folder was python DataMosh.py 2023–03-10datamoshv4.mov 1000 1000 1000. It turned out not to work with very high numbers above 1000.

    Then I compressed it in Handbrake and eventually Media Encoder to get it below the required 5 MB.

    Nico Semsrott introduces himself as a “demotivational speaker.” If a glass can be half full or half empty, he says it’s fully empty. If one approaches life with the intent to be disappointed, they find out that their goal can be easily archived, and an archived goal instantly makes people happier. His talent for satire he learned from the professionals, he says, in a catholic school. He gained popularity in Germany with his poetry slam show titled “Freude ist nur ein Mangel an Informationen (joy is just a lack of information).”


    Political Journalism at New School of Social Research CPCJ program with instructor Natasha Lennard


    Write a brief portrait of an individual figure whose position in society you believe has hindered their ability to be recognized as a “truth-teller” in establishment media narratives. Use the frameworks we have discussed in class. 

    During these years of performances, he was introduced to Martin Sonneborn, the founder of “Die Partei,” a German political party founded in 2004 by Sonneborn, the former editor-in-chief of the satirical magazine Titanic. “Die Partei” and Titanic are known for their often controversial content, aiming at politicians and other public figures with scathing wit and biting commentary to draw attention to important issues. “Die Partei” is a nod to the former East German Communist Party, and one of their first campaign promises was to “Rebuild the wall,” a sentiment many disillusioned Germans might have secretly wished for, albeit not the party’s target audience. Nico is 36 years old. Young voters especially see “Die Partei” as a refreshing alternative to traditional political parties, which they believe have become disconnected. Even Germany’s Green party has increasingly become part of the establishment, and its politicians are seen as complicit traitors to the party’s initial pledge.

    Nico paused from performing to become the leading candidate of “die Partei.” In a somber campaign clip without narration, a two-minute-long underwater shot follows a child drowning, wearing a red t‑shirt and blue shorts, remindful of the news photograph of the Kurdish refugee child that had washed up on the beach. The camera films the child drowning for several agonizing minutes, and we hear the sound of water until the camera re-emerges above the water to show the leftovers of the refugee’s rescue buoy. The clip wasn’t allowed to air on public TV; it took Pornhub to step up and post it where it turned viral.

    At Nico’s first elections, they reached 2% of votes in Germany; among first-time voters, it was up to 9%, and in Berlin, it was above 10%. This election win entitled Nico to a seat in the European parliament. He uses his youtube channel and website as a blog to document his new job. His first social media posts have the urge to create complete transparency. He lists all his earnings, daily meetings, issues he voted for, and even the food or other bribes given to him at lobby events. He then holds a Q&A to ask how he should spend the money. Quickly, he is convinced that the European Parliament is a joke and a house filled with jesters. He writes: “A couple of months ago, I held a speech. But nobody noticed. Because I held it in the European Parliament”. In other videos, he lists the top five corruption methods of politicians of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and explains how they hold themselves unaccountable. His app Trickadvisor ranks politicians’ corruption levels; Since politicians pass laws anonymously without public accountability, there is no control over who they return favors to. Hence, in his first point-of-order, he proposed full disclosure of politicians’ income, and from his assigned seat in the last row, he demanded the parliament to verify if there were conflicts of interest. One of his ideas is that, much like athletes, politicians should wear suits displaying their sponsors’ logos. This causes nervous laughter through the chairs of the constituencies upon which he is cut off the floor.

    photo: Mathieu Cugnot / European Parliament 

    He resigned from “die Partei” after heavy controversies and accusations of racism and blackfacing arose around the federal chairman Martin Sonneborn and now runs as an independent platform at the European Parliament. He laments how ill-informed most politicians are about many crucial topics, including internet privacy,

    Politics can be hard to swallow, more likely aggressive, and tend to point out inconvenient problems. Because of Nico’s critical approach and the use of irony and satire to comment on important issues, he has gained a large following for his humorous and engaging content. In a Peinlich (embarrassingly)-Political-PowerPoint Presentation (PPPPP), he writes: “If you are a billionaire, you need to take action to combat the climate crisis, or your wealth will be confiscated. We should not treat billionaires as outcasts but as money-hungry addicts.”

    Unfortunately, in his latest youtube video, he says he doesn’t want to run as a European candidate again because he feels he wasn’t bribed as much as others. Instead, he plans a program called “Schade,” which roughly translates to “What a shame.”

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    The new store is open. 618 east 9th street —an easy one— right next door. Same cool LES block, weirdo Tompkins Square crowd, community garden A‑teamers, and all the vernacular of LOISAIDA.
    Featuring books by Ian Lynam from Tokyo’s wordshape, JoeB’s latest label Househeadz, and tons of shirts, hoodies, and stickers by BoyzandGirls.

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    Process & Production


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    Bulletin Description

    This course introduces students to the production process of print-based media. Through a number of weekly short assignments students will explore and apply a variety of both analog and digital processes and presentation techniques. These assignments will function as an introduction to a range of design tools using both traditional and emerging technologies. Students will be tasked to determine, step-by-step, how best to execute and present a design solution. In addition to professional standards in publication software, focus will be on demonstration the potential of combining different tools and techniques into the designer’s workflows.