Today’s 2 is an animated beauty from Brett Yasko! Brett is a wonderful graphic designer based in Pittsburgh, who created this gif with a little help from his family. “I asked my kid (who’s in second grade) to collect a bunch of “2”s from his friends at school,” explains Brett.
Continuing this Gratuitous month of 2’s with a contribution from photographer Peter Hoffman. Based in Chicago, Peter is currently in Christchurch, New Zealand, gathering stories and images of the people and places effected by a series of earthquakes that have ravaged the area. Peter’s 2 comes from his journal, in which he often cuts out 2 people from the same scene in street pictures he shoots in Chicago. “So, this is 2 pages from my journal, with 2 people from the same scene and some paint,” says Peter.
Finishing off the 2’s this week (to be continued on Monday) with a contribution from Ross Mantle, whose photographs of artist Wayne White appear in Issue 2 of Gratuitous Type. Dividing his time between Brooklyn and his native Pittsburgh, Ross’s work focuses on the quirks of American life. The above image is from his series “Riding Out the Summer,” currently featured in Issue 6 of The Ride Journal.
Issue 1 contributor Evelin Kasikov, a London-based graphic designer who has become well known for her beautifully embroidered illustrations, created this special hand-stitched duotone for our “2” project. In her own words:
Two words, two colours and a near perfect continuous tone created with thread thickness from 1 to 6. Quite obviously, my handmade Helvetica is a nod to Lars Muller’s famous book!
To celebrate Issue 2 of Gratuitous Type, our friends and contributors have submitted a series of images themed around the number 2. This morning’s piece is from John Francis Peters, freelance photographer and photo editor at The FADER. Based in New York, John’s personal and assigned photo projects have taken him throughout the United States and internationally to China, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Grenada and Morocco.
Issue 2 has arrived! To celebrate, Gratuitous Type’s friends and contributors have created photos, drawings, and (in this case!) video to help us launch the issue. Each piece centers around the theme of “2”, and we’ll be rolling out this special work all week, while gently reminding you that you can buy the magazine here. GT is also available at stockists around the world, and should arrive at your favorite bookshops soon.
Starting our week of 2’s off with a (much-needed) jolt of caffeine is a film by Christian Sorensen Hansen. Christian is a multi-talented filmmaker/director/awesome dude who splits his time between both US coasts. Read more about Christian here and see his portfolio here.
Gratuitous Type No. 2 will be arriving next week! To everyone who has pre-ordered, a most sincere thank you for your patience! We put together a special sticky centerfold with this guy, but our first run of inserts were misprinted and had to be redone. It’s taken ages, but they are looking so good it was worth waiting for! Until you get your hands on a fresh copy, have a sneak peek here! And stay tuned, next week we’ll also be releasing original work from our magazine contributors and friends celebrating the new issue!
A huge thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered Issue 2. Just a quick update to let you know that the issue is printed and should be assembled by mid-week, ready to ship by the first week of February. Be on the look out for some preview pics later this week. Thanks for your support! Can’t wait to share the issue with you.