Check out our latest artist interview with designer and illustrator, Anne Ulku. In this continuous weekly project, Haikuglyphics, Anne pairs with writer Michael Derus to create unique, beautiful, and comical images. You can see the entire collection on their website or on the Light Grey Shop!
Artist Interview with collaborative team, Anne Ulku and Michael Derus
Meet Anne Ulku, a talented illustrator, designer, and typographer residing in Minneapolis, MN. Anne has participated in several past shows at Light Grey Art Lab including the Expletive Typography Poster Show, HOT PARTY, and currently, the Nights and Weekends exhibition. Anne works for many large clients creating freelance design, as well as creates personal work, weekly projects, and design challenges. Anne is known for her beautiful designs with excellent use of color, arrangement of graphics, playful style, and clever concepts.
In the Nights and Weekends exhibition, Anne has a selection of work from a recent collaborative project with writer Michael Derus. The two of them began their collaboration, Haikuglyphics, in January 2013. “Haiku writer Michael Derus and designer/illustrator Anne Ulku came up with the idea to create written poetry - haiku - in graphic form. The work is inspired by life, culture and experiences while juxtoposing concise thoughts and ideas. With Haikuglyphics, the ancient Japanese form of writing poetry has taken on a new turn in the form of illustrated, typographical designs …” This week, I had the chance to interview Anne and Michael and ask a few questions about their project- thoughts, reflections, process, and ideas for what is to come. Below, we can see both of their responses to the questions.
Working on the rebranding of Minneapolis shop, Martin Patrick 3.
First item produced with the new logo — custom bike, built by Handsome.
Haikuglyphics are currently on display in Minneapolis as part of group show “Nights & Weekends” at Light Grey Art Lab. Prints are on sale at the gallery and showing until October 18th.
Nights and Weekends features a group of artists who have put in the long hours, committed to daily exercises, and transformed their passions into tangible and completed projects- a spectacular array of zines, comic anthologies, massive watercolor collections, self published books, and much, much more. All of these works have been created for the pure love of the project and furthering an artistic practice. In this show, we are not only celebrating their singular project, but the thoughts behind making, the collaboration, and the process.
Anne Ulku and Michael Derus
Haikuglyphics began in January 2013. Haiku writer Michael Derus and designer/illustrator Anne Ulku came up with the idea to create written poetry - haiku - in graphic form. The work is inspired by life, culture and experiences while juxtaposing concise thoughts and ideas. With Haikuglyphics, the ancient Japanese form of writing poetry has taken on a new turn in the form of illustrated, typographical designs that are appropriate and enjoyable for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Have been working with a small team in Toronto who are putting on a fashion show titled Ideal Fashion Show. Here are some logo sketches
Huge thanks to Design Work Life for featuring the Haikuglyphics project today!
Illustrator and typographer Anne Ulku, along with the team at Colle + McVoy, created custom designs to help revamp and re-brand Farm Credit.
Leading a workshop this evening on typography. Here are the designers, chalking the walk / Sioux Falls, SD