Letter ➝ Poetry Book

Oded Ezer

A personal letter of one poet to another, transforms into a poetry book

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    Oded Ezer, Israel (2009)

    Oded Ezer is an Israeli art director, typeface designer, artist and design educator, best known for his typographic design fiction projects (such as Biotypography, Typosperma, Typoplastic Surgeries), for his experimental...

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    A personal letter of one poet to another, transforms into a poetry book

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    Oded Ezer, Israel (2009)

    Oded Ezer is an Israeli art director, typeface designer, artist and design educator, best known for his typographic design fiction projects (such as Biotypography, Typosperma, Typoplastic Surgeries), for his experimental typographic videos, and for his ongoing contribution to Hebrew type design.

    Ezer studied graphic design at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. In 2000 he went on to establish his own independent studio, Oded Ezer Typography, where he specializes in typographic design, art direction and corporate typeface design. In 2001 Ezer founded his type foundry, Ezer Type House, selling his own typefaces to leading media companies and design studios.
    Ezer’s projects and graphic works are showcased worldwide, including at the New York’s MoMA, at the Israel Museum of Art, at London’s V&A, at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, and many more.

    Oded Ezer is a senior lecturer at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT). He was an artist-in-residence at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and frequently leads typography workshops in the US, Europe and Asia. His first monograph ’Oded Ezer: The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy’ was published by Gestalten in May 2009.

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    The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy

    (2009)

    • Paola Antonelli,
    • Marian Bantjes,
    • Robert Klanten

    Gestalten

    Oded Ezer: The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy presents the typographic experiments and experimental typography of visionary artist and designer Oded Ezer for the first time. A pioneer in the field, Ezer is one of the most influential designers today, who is reinventing the art of typography.

    New American Haggadah

    (2010)

    • Jonathan Safran Foer,
    • Nathan Englander,
    • Oded Ezer

    Little, Brown and Company

    Jonathan Safran Foer has orchestrated a new way of experiencing and understanding one of our oldest, most timeless, and sacred stories, with a new translation of the traditional text by Nathan Englander and provocative commentary by major Jewish writers and thinkers. Ravishingly designed and illustrated by the acclaimed Israeli artist and typographer Oded Ezer, it is an utterly unique and absorbing prayer book, that brings together some of the preeminent voices of our time.

    The Skirball Haggadah

    (2020)

    • Robert Kirschner,
    • Oded Ezer

    Skirball Cultural Center

    The Skirball Haggadah seeks to connect the generations of Jews who have celebrated the story of the Exodus in centuries past and to make that story deeply relevant to the present. It follows the sequence of rituals and blessings derived from age-old Jewish practice. Yet its primary focus is on the social relevance of Passover: the human quest to overcome adversity, to build a just and compassionate community, and to bequeath it to future generations.

    Exhibitions

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    Energy

    2019

    Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

    In the 21st century, many designers have become aware of their role and responsibility in these disruptive activities, and have adjusted their practices accordingly. The objects showcase the technological advancements of the past decades, while proposing alternatives for a future in which resources might not be as readily available. Organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.

    Text Me: How We Live in Language

    2017

    Museum of Design (MODA), Atlanta

    Today, the visualization of our personal stories is an integral and essential part of nearly every moment of life, and we use text in all of its forms to define reality, emotions and even time itself. Conceived and curated by Debbie Millman, this exhibition was an attempt to organize, express, translate and reflect both how we live in language and how language now defines our lives.

    A Collection of Ideas

    2014

    Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

    This installation focuses on works designed during the last few decades that have been acquired by the Museum not only because they met aesthetic and functional standards that are worthy of our collection, but also because they introduce new categories of investigation and new design forms. The exhibition is organized by Paola Antonelli, Department of Architecture and Design.

    Graphic Design: Now in Production

    2012

    Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York

    This major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed tool. Graphic Design: Now in Production explores design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, and posters as well as branding programs for corporations, subcultures, and nations. Curated by Ian Albinson, Andrew Blauvelt, Jeremy Leslie, Ellen Lupton, Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio.

    1900 - 2010: Selected works from the Design and Architecture Collection

    2010

    Israel Museum, Jerusalem

    The Design and Architecture Collection, Selected Works, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 25/07/2010 - 31/12/2010. Curated by Alex Ward.

    Design and the Elastic Mind

    2008

    Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

    The exhibition highlighted examples of successful translation of disruptive innovation, examples based on ongoing research, as well as reflections on the future responsibilities of design. Of particular interest will be the exploration of the relationship between design and science and the approach to scale. The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Organized by Paola Antonelli, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.

    Education

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    Senior lecturer

      2009 – today

      • H.I.T - Holon Institute Of Technology (Israel)

      Currently guiding Graduate Projects and teaching Typography 2, Screen Based Typography, Experimental Typography and Typography Foundations courses. Faculty Roles & Committees: First Year Curriculum and Lecturers Supervisor, Academic Steering Committee and Departmental Teaching Committee.

      Guest lecturer and Designer in Residence for the fall semester

        2013 – 2014

        • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Department of Graphic Design (RI, USA)

        Teaching a course on experimental typography. While in residence, had two exhibitions that featured Ezer's work – one at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Center Gallery, and one at the Brown RISD Hillel Gallery.

        Awards

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        • 2016

        Special mention at the Israel Museum’s Sandberg grant for design research, Jerusalem, Israel
        • 2016

        Selected project at the Holon Institute of Technology (H.I.T) grant for design research, Holon, Israel
        • 2006

        Certificate of Excellence at the TDC52 competition of the New York
        • 2006

        Golden Bee Award at the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design, Moscow, Russia
        • 2006

        2nd Prize at the 2nd T-1 International T-shirt design competition, Tokyo, Japan
        • 2005

        Judges' Special Award at the Taiwan International Poster Design Award, Taipei, Taiwan
        • 2004

        Bronze prize and two International jury awards at the 3rd International
        • 2003

        The Israeli Education Ministry Prize for Design, Jerusalem, Israel
        • 2001

        Certificate of Excellence in type design at the TDC2 type design competition of the NY Type Directors Club, USA
        • 2001

        Certificate of Excellence in type design at the Bukva:raz! (ATypI Type Design Competition), Moscow, Russia
        • 2001

        Gold prize at the Nagoya Design Do! international design competition, Nagoya, Japan
        • 1998

        The Felhaim Award for Typographic Design from the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel