Designer in Residence Elliott Earls
Elliott Earls was appointed Designer-in-Residence and Head of the 2D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in July 2001. Upon graduation from Cranbrook in 1993, Earls’s experimentation with nonlinear digital video, spoken word poetry, music composition and design led him to form the Apollo Program. The Apollo Program’s commercial clients include Elektra Entertainment, Nonesuch Records, Scribner Publishing C., Elemond Casabella (Itlay), The Cartoon Network (U.K.), Imaginary Forces, Polygram Classics and Jazz, The Voyager Company and Janus Films. His commercial work includes two television commercials for the Cartoon Network in the United Kingdom as well as an interactive documentary on the work of Frank Gehry for Casabella in Italy. As a typographer, his original type design is distributed worldwide by Emigre Inc. Earls’s posters entitled “The Conversion of Saint Paul”, “throwing Apples at the Sun,””The Temptation of Saint Wolfgang” and “She a Capulet” are part of the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Earls’s latest enhanced CD/poster package was recently added to the Cooper-Hewitt’s research file.
In May of 2002, Earls in association with Emigre Inc. released “Catfish,” a 55-minute film on DVD. “Catfish” traces Earls work from the lab to the stage in a highly manipulated digital film incorporating, animation, stop motion photography, drawing, typography and live action into a seamless performance documentary. Earls was profiled in 2002 by Eye, Print and Punk Planet magazines. As a performance artist, Earls was awarded an Emerging Artist grant by Manhattan’s prestigous Wooster Group. He was a features performer at the Wooster Group’s Performing Garage from July 5-12, 1999. Elliott has performed at the Cretiel Theatre Festival in France, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minesota; The Oak Street Theatre in Portland, Maine; at Experimenta 99, Lisbon, Portugal; Opera Totale in Metrre/Venice; Typo 2000 in Berlin; and Living Surfaces in Park City Utah. Elliott also performed for six months at HERE in Soho , New York City. In addition, he was a feature performer during the 1999 and 2000 Culture Mart Festivals in Soho. On May 16, 1999 “Eye Sling Shot Lions” was also shown at Plazzo Della Triennale di Milano during Tratto di Continnuo; at Nightwave in Rimini, Italy, during the “Remaking History” symposium at The American Center for Design, at Fabrica Treviso, Italy; and at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, California. Earls’s first release “Throwing Apples at the Sun” has been reviewed in Emigre, ID Magazine, Urb, Heckler, Creative Review, Creativity, and EYE magazines. It was featured in May 1996 in Venice, Italy, during Digital Zuppe. It also won numerous awards and was included in ID Magazine’s 1996 Annual Design Review, The 1996 American Center for Design 100 Show, and the 1996 New York Art Director’s Club Show. Earl’s work has been featured in the books: The Graphic Edge: Cool Type, Faces on the Edge; Type in the Digital Age; One and Two Color Graphics: and Cutting Edge Typography. Earls’s essay, “WD40: A Tool kit in a Can; Or, The Importance of David Holzman’s Diary” appeared in Emigre No. 35, And his essay entitled “Bone Fragments and Bits of Teeth” was published in the American Center for Design’s Statements.
Earls spent September 2000-May 2001 as a designer in residence at Fabrica, Benetton’s studio/research center in Treviso, Italy. He has taught typography, design and multimedia at the State University of New York at Purchase. His serial examination of “spiritual gangsters” has been published by Emigre. Earls also has spent time at numerous American universities, and he has given workshops on design, culture and new media in Europe and America. In 2001, Earls was a finalist for the Chrysler National Design Award in New Media.
In September 2005, Elliott Earls formed the band “The Venomous Sons of Jonah” featuring Mike Paradise on drums, Dave Staub on bass and Benjamin Taegue on Mandolin. Elliott and “The Venomous Sons” went on to record The Sessions at Christ Church Cranbrook. In January 2006, Elliott performed “Bull and Wounded Horse” at Music Hall Detroit with special guests “The Venomous Sons of Jonah.”
For More Information About Elliott Earls
Visit Elliott’s studio website.
Watch a video with Elliott Earls and Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters.
Design Matters Live is an on-going series based on the Adobe/AIGA live version of Debbie Millman’s highly acclaimed and much listened to internet radio show, Design Matters. In this first episode, Debbie talks to the multimedia artist, Elliot Earls, about his experimental non-linear digital videos, spoken word poetry, music, typography and the inspirational leap he made from commercial graphic artist to teacher, mentor and self-made artist.