Friday, August 24, 2007
Oded Ezer is an Israeli typographer, type designer and artist. While making his living working as a commercial designer, Ezer also manages to find enough time for experimental typo/art projects, where he explores non-conventional solutions in Hebrew typography. His posters and graphic works have been showcased and published worldwide. The above piece (2004) titled Stami Veklumi (Hebrew: סתמי וכלומי English: Unimportant & Nothing) is a typographic homage to my favorite Israeli poet Yona Volach (1944-1985) photograph by Shaxaf Haber.
Ezer is a top line artist and has won many local and international prizes, including the Gold Prize at the international design competition of the Nagoya Design Center, Japan (2000); Certificate of Excellence at the 4th annual competition of the New York Type Directors Club and Certificate of Excellence at the "Bukva raz", a type design competition, Moscow, Russia (both 2001), and the Israeli Education Ministry Prize for Design (2003).
In 2000, two years after graduating at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem, with a Bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design Ezer founded his own independent studio, "Oded Ezer Typography". I had the privilege to know about Ezer and his work after digging into some blog 'extensions' of Kosmar - another great artist.