Dylan Went Electric and Ed Fella Has a Website

Dylan Went Electric and Ed Fella Has a Website

Probably one of my favorite typographers and artists is a gent by the name of Ed Fella. If you aren't familiar, you're in for a treat. If you are very familiar...you're STILL in for a treat.

Upon retiring after 30 years in the Detroit commercial art scene, Ed enrolled in Cranbrook Academy of Art for his Master's degree and ended up inspiring an entire generation of avant-garde designers in the early 90's with his low-tech, hand-made, paper and pen (and marker!) doodle approach to typography and design.

I'm absolutely tickled by the idea that, upon entertaining the prospect of building his own website, Mr. Fella appears to have created his web pages by pulling out pages of ...you know...PAPER and created them with pen, colored pencils, paste and photocopies. Not sketches for the pages....the actual pages. "Here scan this and I'll make the next page."

There is an unbelievable amount of gorgeous work on this site that will quite possibly make you feel lazier and more uncreative than you've felt in a while. (Ok, I'll speak for myself, you geniuses).

For an artist so famous for his typography, some of his most amazing work on the site is simple type-free collages:

If you don't know where to begin, let me suggest that you take a look at his legendary Master's thesis for Cranbrook Academy of Art. It's an extraordinary interpretation of the alphabet...from freakin 1987. (Not sure what YOU were doing in 87, but I think I was drawing Ninja Turtles.)

Be warned though, the site is still evolving....but fear not, he has an under construction "Page":


  • Mike Ley

    Ed Fella has always been one of my favorites, being one of the first designers that made me discover the commonalities between my interests in graffiti and professional work through his colored pencil drawings and hand lettering Polaroids. Two Lines Align and his night at ADC with Post-Typography were definitely some of my highlights from 2008. I can't wait to see what else he comes up with as an "exit-level designer."

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