Hot rods, punk rock, and toy robots are just some of the things that inspire the internationally acclaimed House Industries in their pursuit of design, fashion, and type fonts. Yes, from Jimmy Kimmel to The New Yorker and John Mayer—House Industries’ type fonts are used by many brands for their unique way of conveying cool, and this exhibit contains much of what House designers consider cool, including hot rods. Even Ed “Big Daddy” Roth was a huge inspiration to them growing up, so naturally when they got the chance they devoted a whole collection of fonts around Roth’s hand-lettering style and art. HOT ROD has even used some of their type fonts in special projects over the years. Video games, album covers, and cereal boxes have featured House type fonts prominently. So the Henry Ford Museum put together this eclectic exhibition to show how some objects and certain people can influence design, and have displayed them together to show the creative process of inspiration and then what that inspiration developed into. The exhibit is called “House Industries: A Type of Learning” at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, running now through September 4, 2017. If you’re in the big D you have to see it along with all of the other cool stuff, much of it cars and even hot rods as the museum features a number of high boy roadsters and even dragsters, along with their permanent transportation displays that include trains, planes, and more.
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