Oded Ezer

 

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.

 

 

Selected Online Articles About Oded Ezer’s work

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)

The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy
Karen Horton of Design Related reviews Oded Ezer’s first monograph

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

Oded Ezer on Radio RTE, Ireland
Two parts interview with Oded Ezer on Culture File Pod. Here and here.

 

“Oded Ezer’s work
is emotional and
powerful… His
typographies are as
exceptional in this
field as they are
outstanding, to say
the least”
Gestalten

 

Fascinating!
New York Times

 

Super typographer and design fiction hero
Paola Antonelli, MoMA, New York

 

Mad Typographic Scientist
Print Magazine

 

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
experimental work
elevates the written
word, challenging
the brain
Cool Hunting

 

Oded Ezer, 
master of
inventive lettering
Michael Bierut, 
Design Observer

 

Literally embody
the dream of design
and science coming
together 
Paola Antonelli, MoMA, New York

 

An incredible thinker, Ezer just sees the world differently
Design Indaba

 

Ezer [is] by far the most prominent representative of the young type design scene in Israel… anarchic, chaotic, poetic and evolutionary
Page Magazine

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