Ephemera Project – Oded Ezer

Oded Ezer is a graphic artist and typographer. Before starting his career as a designer, he was a musician and a poet. Ezer lived in Jerusalem, London and in the Negev Desert before he settled in greater Tel Aviv. Ezer is best known for his typographic design fiction projects (such as Biotypography, Typosperma, Typoplastic Surgeries and, more recently, for his series of eight typographic videos for the V&A), his design for the New American Haggadah and SkypeType poster, and for his ongoing contribution to Hebrew type design. Ezer studied graphic design at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem. In 2000 he went on to establish his own independent studio, Oded Ezer Typography, where he specializes in typographic and fonts design.

oded_ezer_interview_01    In 2004 Oded founded HebrewTypography type foundry, selling his own typefaces to leading media companies and design studios. His projects, posters and graphic works are showcased and published worldwide, and are part of permanent collections of eminent museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, NYC), Israel Museum of Art (Jerusalem), Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A, London), Museum für Gestaltung (Zürich) and Design Museum Holon (Tel-Aviv).Oded Ezer is a senior lecturer at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT); Teaches at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA); Was an artist-in-residence at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); And frequently leads typography workshops in the US, Europe and Asia.Ezer was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 2009. His first monograph Oded Ezer: The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy was published by Die Gestalten Verlag in May 2009.

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As viewers, we tend to want to put things into a box. And that’s the problem with Oded Ezer, and typography at large: You can’t
Print Magazine

Oded Ezer’s work is emotional and powerful… His typographies are as exceptional in this field as they are outstanding, to say the least
Gestalten

Often described as an ‘experimental typographer’… Ezer’s work pushes the world of words into new realms
Victoria and albert Museum, London

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This is an instillation of Oded Ezer I found, fitting, while browsing Designboom’s website. The name of the work is ‘Skypetype’ and it was created by Ezer after being commissioned by Print Magazine for the Krakow Jewish Festival, he invited the public to take part by taking selfies over Skype including a single letter of a sentence which were then fitted together to create this mural. Ezer is often praised for his level of engagement with the public in the creation of his work. In this particular piece I feel it has improved the overall impression as it feels very fitting to use public faces to advertise a festival.

Oded Ezer is a very interesting figure and this research into his work as a designer will certainly help me to understand the man I will be representing in my ephemera project and influence my design choices.

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Author: David Rothwell

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