Introducing Liz Meyer

Liz Meyer

As you may have noticed, a new name has been covering all things typography related on Grain Edit. The name’s Liz Meyer, and it should ring a bell. Liz is a talented designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, one half of Script & Seal, and the newest addition to our Grain Edit crew.

There’s more to Liz than just her love for Thanksgiving, as evidenced by the photo above. To give you a better feel for our East Coast correspondent, we’ve conducted a little interview with her that you’re sure to enjoy! Without further a do, please welcome Liz…

Liz Meyer

What brought you to Grain Edit and what are your favorite things about the site?
I have never been a big blog-reader but I would always check out Grain Edit (seriously). [It's] probably because the work featured was actually inspirational to me, as opposed to posts that were an arbitrary mix of new work. I think it’s great that GE has a real “voice” on the internet, standing up for cool modern design.

Liz Meyer

Liz Meyer

Liz Meyer

You’re responsible for curating most of the typography we feature at Grain Edit. What do you look for in the artists you feature?
I always want to make sure that everyone I post inspires me in some way. Of course I have a specific style of design and typography that I gravitate towards, but I think it’s really important to see a range of styles that are beautifully executed to keep you at the top of your own personal game.

What is a typical day for you like?
It usually begins with a bagel & coffee. I find it really hard to focus for the most part, so if I don’t get started working while I eat said breakfast, I will have trouble getting into it. I often find myself working straight through the night until around 2am; so as you can see, I’m living the freelance dream!

What are 3 of your favorite books and albums?
Albums:
Sigur Rós – Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do
David Bazan – Live at the Grey Eagle
Maria Taylor – 11:11
(I definitely have a type)

Books:
Aesop’s Fables
The Stories of Ray Bradbury
+ many others, mostly short stories

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
While I am working during the day from my “home studio,” I watch all of the terrible daytime television shows…[a] real & slightly embarrassing guilty pleasure…

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Three cheers for Liz! We’re super excited to have her on board, and can’t wait to see more exciting features from her in the future. To see more of her work, be sure to visit her website, as well as Script & Seal – the multi-disciplinary design studio she shares with her better half, Gavin Potenza. Also, be sure to stop by their shop for some awesome prints and other goodies. I’d like a tote bag please!

Also Worth Viewing
Script and Seal Posters
Gavin Potenza – Homage to the Stamp
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What is the font where it says “Happiness is a tricky thing”? It’s kind of flamboyant, but i cannot seem to identify it?

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BenjaminVO – that’s a typeface that I’m working on that’s based on some old found hand lettering.

Love that pre-eating photo. Looking forward to more goodness that happens between bagels and 2am.

Cool stuff, but I have to say the design coming out of hipster colonies like Brooklyn, Austin, and Portland in the past five years has a distinct style and is starting to look so similar it’s almost formulaic. Like a Jessica Hische/Feltron/Decoder Ring/Heads of State/Frank Chimero mashup. Not sure if that’s good or bad since every locale has their style. I enjoy looking at it all nevertheless.

ND, can you tell us a bit about what these similarities are? I can definitely see some, but I’m curious about what other people see. I think that this is an extremely interesting question: can authenticity survive in design work that is already so attached to an established style?

it must be the little details, the old little details. I know that, as far as theory is concerned, that’s a wonderful concept. but it’s hell to put it into practice. what do you let in and what do you keep out? how original can you really be? (I’m talking about form only)

ND – Can you tell us about this hipster colony formula? The names you dropped are all great designers/illustrators in their own right, however, their styles are completely different and not necessarily based by location. It’s unfair to clump these folks into one mold based on their popularity and without just reason. It would be interesting to see how your work fits with these folks ;)

Pedro – In general, authenticity is always a sticky subject. Work, be it art or design, is a derivative of something else. That being the case, nothing can be considered authentic.

ND -
Out of all the GrainEdit posts, I think this was one of the lesser appropriate posts to make this comment on. Disregarding that though, GrainEdit is a blog dedicated to tributes/homages/mash-ups of things & people from the past. Not to mention, all of the people mentioned in your comment (except Feltron, I’m not sure how he fits in?), are, in many ways, mash-ups of illustrators and illustration styles already existing, utilizing similar motifs, themes, colors, textures, etc, of mid-century illustration.

Perhaps you meant to comment instead on the current trend of designers (inspired by the people mentioned in your comment) turning to editorial illustration? Maybe the impact of GrainEdit on the world of editorial illustration?

The general point I was trying to convey was that design and illustration have and always will reflect a regional flavor.

Liz Meyer’s work is indicative (to me) of what’s currently being propagated in creative hotbeds like Brooklyn, Austin, and Portland. Had I known nothing else about these pieces, I would deduce that the work comes from a young hand out of Brooklyn, long before I would guess that it came from a designer in Billings, Montana. I imagine most of you would do the same.

By all means, this isn’t meant to be negative commentary on Liz Meyer’s work (I think it’s great!), or that designers in Montana can’t design like designers in Brooklyn, it’s just the way regional styles influence one another. The same as every area has its own food, dress, mannerisms, or accent.

So what makes the “hipster colony” formula? I hate that I used that exact term, but I suppose it’s primarily in the execution. Pedro put his finger on it, but it’s difficult to put into words. The best I could explain is that it’s those simple, geometric forms drawn with hard-edged vector precision juxtaposed with stippled gradients, patinated color palettes, layered on top of weathered, grainy textures. I would even note the use of silhouetted figures and triangles as primary focal elements. No judgment, just observation.

Of course, these stylistic treatments are nothing new. But why they are more prevalent in one region’s work versus another is beyond me. Call it the Grain Edit effect.

Long story short, Liz Meyer rocks.

I have to get in on this hot topic. I totally disagree with the formulaic comment. Liz has as much if not more claim to anything considered BK or PDX than the people mentioned and yet her work is way beyond formulaic. Gavin and Liz are a big reason why those places are even “hot beds.” If you really took the time to examine Liz’s work you would have noticed her unique qualities. I particularly enjoy the way she balances a delicateness with an obvious dedication to form and texture experimentation. I believe that experimentation is why I am always delighted and surprised by her work.

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