Oded Ezer is a graphic artist and typographer. Before starting his career as a designer, he was a musician and a poet. Ezer lived in Jerusalem, London and in the Negev Desert before he settled in greater Tel Aviv.
Ezer is best known for his typographic design fiction projects (such as Biotypography, Typosperma, Typoplastic Surgeries and, more recently, for his series of eight typographic videos for the V&A), his design for the New American Haggadah and SkypeType poster, and for his ongoing contribution to Hebrew type design.
Ezer studied graphic design at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem. In 2000 he went on to establish his own independent studio, Oded Ezer Typography, where he specializes in typographic and fonts design. In 2004 Oded founded HebrewTypography type foundry, selling his own typefaces to leading media companies and design studios.
Ezer’s projects, posters and graphic works are showcased and published worldwide, and are part of permanent collections of eminent museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, NYC), Israel Museum of Art (Jerusalem), Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A, London), Museum für Gestaltung (Zürich) and Design Museum Holon (Tel-Aviv).
Oded Ezer is a senior lecturer at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT); Teaches at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA); Was an artist-in-residence at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); And frequently leads typography workshops in the US, Europe and Asia.
Ezer was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 2009. His first monograph Oded Ezer: The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy was published by Die Gestalten Verlag in May 2009.
Oded Ezer’s studio specializes in commercial typo/graphic and fonts design projects for clients in the US, Europe, and Israel, such as Sterling Brands (NY), Little, Brown and Co. (NY), Poetry Foundation (NY), The Jewish Culture Festival (Krakow), Jerusalem Season of Culture (Jerusalem), FontShop Intl. (Berlin), Dalton Maag Ltd (London), and many more.
Several projects of the studio have won local and international accolades, including an “In Book” nomination at the D&AD contest; Certificate of Excellence at the TDC52 competition of the New York Type Directors Club; Judges’ Special Award at the Taiwan International Poster Design Award, Taipei, Taiwan; Bronze prize and two International Jury Awards at the 3rd International Poster Biennial, Ningbo, China; The Israeli Education Ministry Prize for Design; 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; and the Gold Prize at the international design competition of the Nagoya Design Center, Japan.
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Selected Online Articles About Oded Ezer’s work
DesignBoom articles tagged “Oded Ezer”
Articles about several recent projects
The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy
Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), writes about Oded Ezer’s work on Design Observer
Design Matters with Debbie Millman: Oded Ezer
Oded Ezer on typography, language, music and more (Audio)
A Bubbling Font of Creativity
By Ezra Glinter for The Forward
One step before designing the Bible
Ha’aretz newspaper’s article about Ezer’s design of the New American Haggadah
Designing a 22nd-century classic
Ha’aretz newspaper about Oded Ezer’s latest Hebrew typeface
Oded Ezer on TypeRadio, the radio channel on type & design
Interview with Oded Ezer, recorded at the ATypI 2010 conference in Dublin, Ireland
“As viewers, we tend to want to put things into a box. And that’s the problem with Oded Ezer, and typography at large: You can’t”
“Oded Ezer’s work
is emotional and
typographies are as
exceptional in this
field as they are
outstanding, to say
New York Times
“Super typographer and design fiction hero”
Paola Antonelli, MoMA, New York
“Mad Typographic Scientist”
“Often described as an ‘experimental typographer’… Ezer’s work pushes the world of words into new realms”
Victoria and albert Museum, London
“Each of Ezer’s
elevates the written
the dream of design
and science coming
Paola Antonelli, MoMA, New York
“An incredible thinker, Ezer just sees the world differently”
“Ezer [is] by far the most prominent representative of the young type design scene in Israel… anarchic, chaotic, poetic and evolutionary”
“In the dichotomy of commercial versus experimental… Ezer is one of those rare types who’s brilliant at both”