Believe the Type, er Hype! StereoType opens next month!

BEWARE: this post is sprinkled with bad typography puns.

We were pretty surprised to see how many of these graphic design puns were out there. Perhaps it’s a reaction to so many amateur designers giving it a go? Having the design tools at your disposal does not make one a graphic designer. This genre of typography puns seems to be part of a larger phenomenon that employs witty sayings and puns to highlight the difference between “good” and “bad” design. On a personal note, when everything is “curated” and everyone is a “curator” perhaps Judy and I should start an offshoot of curatorial puns that point out the difference between what we do and what every Pinterest pinner is doing. If you have any suggestions, please add them to the comments below.

And to get in the spirit, check out this Buzzfeed selection of type and graphic design humor.

Franklin Gothic

Once Upon a TYPE


The gestation period for many exhibitions can be incredibly long and laborious. From the time we develop the idea, through the process of finding an organizing partner institution and until the show actually opens is typically 2-3 years. In the case of StereoType, our first conversations were during a trip to Tel Aviv to install an exhibition back in 2010! So, as you can probably imagine, we are thrilled to see the opening right around the corner on November 13.

The FUTURA is Bright
After its run at the BSA Space in Boston, StereoType will travel to The Selby Gallery at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida; The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School in New York; and the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

We are very FONT of our artists and designers…they are just our TYPE

just my type

Brian Banton
Jerome Corgier
Oded Ezer
Dominique Falla
Masashi Kawamura
Ji Lee
Thomas G. Mason
Petra Mrzyk and Jean-Francious Moriceau
Evan Roth
Stefan Sagmeister/Jessica Walsh
Alida Sayer
Song Hyun Ju
Dan Tobin Smith

What d’ya know? There IS an I in team!

When dealing with such a wide variety or work, in so many different media, and multiple sets of alphabets, it is vital to rely on a smart, trusted exhibition designer. We had no doubt that Rice+Lipka Architects would know just what to do. Together with designer Taylor McNally-Anderson, in their office, they developed a concept that is simple yet bold and just right.

Once Rice+Lipka completed their drawing and fabrication specs, it was off to Jeff at Westlake Fabrication to begin building.

ST fabrication image

Bringing StereoType to life has been a truly collaborative process. We have relied on Mary Fichtner at the BSA Space immensely to guide us through their methods and standards. Her colleagues Maria Salvatierra, Polly Carpenter, Ben Wallace, Russell Marshall and Susan Green have also been indispensable in leading the way on the technical and graphic end of the installation.

Cecily Miller, consulting program coordinator extraordinaire, has worked tirelessly to ensure that a thoughtful program will accompany the exhibition, and more importantly, has been a valuable extra set of eyes and ears for Judy and me.

There is still a ton of work between now and November 13 but we are on it! Thank you for reading our KERNY blog post.



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