Edited and designed by Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Pouya Ahmadi, Amalgam is an ad hoc transdisciplinary journal that works at the intersection of typography, language, and the visual arts. Amalgam Op.I brings together a selection of writings, transcribed performances, and interviews with a diverse group of designers, linguists, and visual artists including: Alexandru Balgiu, Philip Burton, Dinamo (Johannes Breyer & Fabian Harb), Meghan Ferrill, Devin King, Alice J. Lee, Gerry Leonidas, Paul McNeil, Peter O'leary, Rouzbeh Rashidi, David Jonathan Ross, and Gregory Vines. The highlights from this issue include: Paul McNeil's note on the evolution of typography, text, and language; Typographische Monatsblätter cover design process by Gregory Vines; an extended interview with Dinamo discussing the thought process behind their work; and Norfolk typeface original drawings by Philip Burton and Armin Hofmann.
The launch will take place at the art space/book store Sector 2337 featuring a reading from Amalgam by Devin King and a discussion between Pouya and Pegah Ahmadi, UIC Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and UIC alumni. The event will be followed by a reception with drinks and copies of Amalgam with special launch price.