#17 - Semiotics in the work of Keith Haring

Hi folks,

Here are a few things I thought were worth sharing this week:

  1. The secret behind the subway drawings which launched Keith Haring toward popular stardom was semiotics, according to the documentary Drawing the Line, filmed shortly before his death in 1990. Haring created a visual language which was both “accessible and generic enough that his work could be accepted by anyone without any critical intervention”. Here’s a gallery of almost all Haring’s posters which I snapped last week whilst walking round the Keith Haring: Posters exhibition in Hamburg.

  2. The Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks returns to illustration in a new book and album. Another illustrator who caught my eye this week is Lennard Kok. I find the minimal approach to his geometric pencil drawings incredibly satisfying. This feature on It’s Nice That is also worth a look.

  3. Erik D. Kennedy released his monster of a course Learn UI Design this week. His two part article 7 Rules for Creating Georgeous UI is a good starting point if you’re not familiar with his work and are involved in designing internet things.

  4. The importance of negative space kept coming up in conversation this week. Nick Babich sums the idea up far more coherently than I ever could in his article Mastering the Power of Nothing.

  5. For your ears: A while back I mentioned Essex born Stuart Howard a.k.a Lapalux had a new album on the way. The impressively experimental Ruinism is that album.

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