Typolitic, an initiative of Inkahoots, features the typographic work from undergraduate courses around the world. In its own words, it “argues implicitly for the teaching of typography and design generally as an intrinsically political medium,” with the profiled work placed in an ‘ongoing pedagogical forum’ where the piece’s context, social responsiveness, meaning and potential are openly discussed by the very leading designers, typographers and writers who are referenced in the student’s courses.
Although the site is newly launched and currently sparsely populated, the potential here is the expert celebration of undergraduate work. Typolitic gives this work the capability to exist outside of the institution and still retain meaning as something more than a student project (projects that are able to be freely experimental, but educatedly so). By inviting expert thought and writing in response to these pieces, the work is given value as a social artefact and example of the feedback loop that can exist between social issues (in this case, political commentary) and design work. It’s fascinating reading.