Post Typography

A lecture from Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen of the Baltimore design studio Post Typography, plus a show with their bands Peals and Pure Junk!


NEW LINEUP ADDITION // Baltimore rock band ROOMRUNNER will perform after Peals and Pure Junk! 

AIGA DC is raising the decibel level on our events with our biggest party yet: a night of design and music featuring Baltimore duo Post Typography. The award-winning designers will present their ‘Greatest Misses,’ then deliver their 'greatest hits' at the first-class music venue, The Fillmore Silver Spring.

The design studio's principals, Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen, will give a behind-the-scenes peek at the design process, illustrated with projects that fell short, missed the mark, or were blown off-target by the fickle winds of client taste. Originally conceived as an avant-garde anti-design movement, Post Typography specializes in graphic design, conceptual typography, and custom lettering/illustration with additional forays into art, apparel, music, curatorial work, design theory, and vandalism.

We’ll turn up the volume after the lecture for two sets of music featuring Strals and Willen: first instrumental duo Peals, then fiery punk band Pure Junk.

Earplugs are optional, but the first 100 through the door will receive their own AIGA-branded set!

Tickets will be sold at the door tonight for $16 with an additional $1 service charge. The event starts at 7:00 pm and doors open at 6:30. Bring your ID to the Fillmore tonight in order to obtain your ticket required for entry.
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The designers will be selling and signing copies of their posters, along with their book, Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces.

A portion of this event’s proceeds will fund scholarships for the next generation of designers through AIGA DC’s Continuum Fund.

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6:30 Doors
7:00 Post Typography Lecture
8:00 Post Typography Q & A
8:45 Peals
9:30 Pure Junk
10:15 Roomrunner

POST TYPOGRAPHY Founding partners Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen have collaborated on design, art, and music projects for more than 12 years, beginning with hand-printed concert posters and progressing to higher profile design and illustration projects for clients such as the New York Times, U.S. Green Building Council, John Legend & The Roots, and Penguin Books. Post Typography’s work has received numerous design awards and has been recognized by the Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, the Society of News Design, and the Society of Publication Designers, among many others. Strals and Willen teach classes in design and typography at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and are authors of Lettering & Type, a book on lettering and typeface design, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

PEALS William Cashion of Future Islands and Bruce Willen of Double Dagger formed the ambient duo Peals in their home city of Baltimore in early 2012. The two multi-instrumentalists put their punky, indie rock sensibilities to the side on this project, concentrating instead on atmospheric loops. After creating a website that cleverly allowed users to manipulate and remix the 16 tracks of Furniture, Peals announced that Thrill Jockey would be releasing the debut album, Walking Field, in 2013, and that they had plans to do a small tour with an emphasis on art shows.
 Artist Biography by Jason Lymangrover

 Pure Junk is 1 horror movie director, 2 professional illustrators, and 1 graphic designer from Baltimore who play short bursts of punk rock. People in leather jackets say it reminds them of Agent Orange or Black Flag or The Circle Jerks. While that history is apparent in the songs, Pure Junk also definitely sound like a band from 2013; this isn't a revival act. The songs sarcastically rip apart their misguided artistic and musical peers, modern dating rituals, and celebrate the ugly and outcast. Their upcoming 7-inch surprisingly shows that the mostly-under-2-minutes songs are catchy under all the sturm und drang.

AIGA DC Event Contact
Event coordinator and contact, Nevine:

Thank you

Event sponsor: Creative Colony

Printing sponsor: Mount Royal Printing

In-kind sponsor: Enertek Inc.

When & Where
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM EST
The Fillmore Silver Spring
8656 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910