P - Print by Scott Thorpe


Scott Thorpe 

In concepting this piece, I took inspiration in the dimensional type found in the standard “OPEN” signs that graces commercial doors throughout the city. While maintaining the vernacular form, it becomes both more and less decorated through the use of graphic elements to compose the letter, and though the stripping away of the bright fluorescent colors that are typical. Instead a restrained palette of black, white, and gray mark the transition of the letter from the chaos of the street to the refined walls of the gallery.

Scott Thorpe is a partner in MacFadden & Thorpe. The studio has a focus on custom type—constructed out of basic, elemental forms—and have done typographic installations at a number of galleries in recent years. He and his business partner Brett MacFadden teach experimental typography at the California College of the Arts.



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