Simon Griffee · Design · Photography · Writing · Illustration

What: typography

Condensed Anthem Lazer Power: Frostblade NeWT

Condensed Anthem Lazer Power: Frostblade NeWT

The logotype for my new video game playing and streaming PC, Condensed Anthem Lazer Power: Frostblade NeWT, was designed using two of the greatest typefaces in the history of typography: Futura and Comic Sans.

Ensemble Échappé Posters

Ensemble Échappé calligraphic title made with a brush.
Hand-painted calligraphic brush title along with variations of a poster design for Ensemble Échappé.


The Core 100 Logotype Design

Core 100

Columbia University’s Centennial Celebration of its Core Curriculum has begun and you might spot a strange Core 100 logo here and there around the campus. Having designed the logotype, I wanted to give a visual overview of the work involved in making it.

Notebook page with Core 100 logotype design notes.


Signage Typography, New York City, 2019

Arciuli Migrations Poster, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7pm the Italian Academy Presents:
Solo piano.
Part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America Festival

John Corigliano
Fantasy on an Ostinato

Nino Rota
8 Preludes

Chick Corea
Children’s Songs

Curtis Cacioppo
Armed and Dangerous

Missy Mazzoli
Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos

Frederic Rzewski
Down by the Riverside & Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

Free Admission
First-come, first-seated. Doors open at 6:30 PM

In the Teatro of The Italian Academy, Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (south of 118th Street) New York City

Seth Parker Woods Poster

Seth Parker Woods 2018 poster image.

Poster for concert featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods at Columbia’s Italian Academy.

Dante Convivio

Dante Convivio 2018 poster image.

Poster for symposium on Dante’s philosophical treatise Convivio at Columbia and NYU.

Why Typography Matters #

Miscommunication can lead to disaster.

Pantheon at Night, Rome, Italy, January 2017

Rosarivo #

Nice typeface designed for use in letterpress printing. Found via Kevin Simler.

Milton Glaser Studio

It was after reading Milton’s book Graphic Design that I decided to be a designer in addition to a photographer, and the chance to work with Milton was a transformative experience that inspired me to begin drawing again as I had in my childhood.


When In Doubt, Move

I’ve been experimenting with Google’s Roboto typeface which now clothes used to clothe this website and I quite like, and with embracing things I usually can’t stand such as the ill-typeset quotations that litter social network feeds. Result: A simple poster with D.H. Lawrence’s lifelong credo, which narrowly won me over both Jesus’ and Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade’s versions of the same good evolutionary advice: Download an infinite resolution version for printing (412kb PDF).


International Symbol for an Observer

@font-face { font-family: ‘observersymbol’; src: url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont.eot’); src: url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont?#iefix’) format(‘embedded-opentype’), url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont.woff’) format(‘woff’), url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont.ttf’) format(‘truetype’), url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont.svg#observersymbol’) format(‘svg’); font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; } Tl;dr: I couldn’t find an international symbol for an observer that was mentioned in an astronomy lecture, so I made one, dedicated it to the public domain and submitted it to the Unicode Consortium. This page details the rationale for my submission including files and usage examples. UPDATE · Tuesday 3 February 2015: U+23FF Observer Eye Symbol o was accepted at UTC-142 — yay!


Web Typography Template

Good web design involves good writing and good typography. To offer the latter to anybody looking to make reading easy on a web browser or a mobile device, I made an HTML & CSS template using the first chapter of Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker as example text and the Georgia typeface.

Here’s the HTML and CSS code, and here's a preview image:

Simple web typography template (HTML and CSS).

See also: Another template using the Roboto typeface.