Second James Craig and Irene Scala Designing with Type Award Given

March 14, 2014

Detail of a poster by Ian Langehough that focuses on the landmarks of Gowanus, Brooklyn

Detail of a poster by Ian Langehough that focuses on the landmarks of Gowanus, Brooklyn

Ian Langehough, a junior, has won the second James Craig and Irene Scala Designing with Type Award. Established in 2013, the award provides two $5,000 stipends annually to School of Art students with an interest in design who plan to study abroad. Like the spring semester recipient, Angus Buchanan-Smith, Langehough will be attending the Berlin University of the Arts design program.

Ian Langehough"I am so appreciative to receive the James Craig and Irene Scala Designing with Type Award," Langehough says. "Their book, Designing with Type, helped me to learn about the basics of letterforms when I first began my typographic studies. Receiving this stipend will not only help make my semester abroad more comfortable and eventful, but I feel that I have been given a bit of positive acknowledgment from the very best in the world of type design."

A native of Montclaire, New Jersey, Langehough grew up with artist parents who encouraged him to be creative. "I particularly remember systematically going through their extensive collection of monograph books and finding a collection of World War II propaganda posters," Langehough says. "These images helped me connect the dots between my interest in comic books and the way intense graphics and type functioned together." Langehough has focused his interest in graphic design. "I particularly enjoy using a handmade approach to creating images for poster graphics, clothing items and other consumer products," he says.

"Irene and I had the pleasure of meeting Ian and are happy to support his studies abroad. He impressed us with his enthusiasm and broad interests, and we look forward to getting together on his return to see what he has gained from his experiences," James Craig (A'63) says.  A former design director at Watson‑Guptill Publications who taught Typography 1 at The Cooper Union from 1978 to 2008, he presently conducts workshops at leading design schools around the world. Mr. Craig established the award to encourage School of Art students to study abroad.

"I felt that The Berlin University of the Arts design program matched my area of interest and could provide a new set of challenges to broaden my skill set," Langehough says. "While there I hope to take advantage of the interdisciplinary fields of study to give me a new perspective on the way the world visually communicates."

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