On Sat, 25 Mar 2000, Robin Kinross wrote:
> thanks! Rodolfo's post of 7 Dec 1998 says most of it.
> Aicher was certainly a man of the world, though he did also have a dreamy,
> prankster side to him.
I don't see much contradiction between the first and the second
parts of the statement. A prankster, certainly, and the sequence
of photos on page 61 of _In Rotis_ shows the kind of earthy humor
in which he'd like to engage too.
> One of the stories about him was that in the summer
> months he would leave a message on his answering machine saying 'Aicher is
> in Greenland'. But of course, he was in Rotis.
It wouldn't be too strange if he went to Greenland, after so much
walking in the desert. But, of course, Greenland *was* Rotis. In
Norman Foster's words, "the lush green of Rotis at the height of
summer". You've probably seen the small drawing of rowing in
Greenland that Aicher made for the perplexed Foster.
> So Hrant's remark:
> > (especially considering he was the type of person to immerse
> > himself in his work, ignoring the outside world),
> would seem to be rather perceptive.
An interesting line of thought, if by 'ignorance' you mean a
knowledgeable form of critique.
> I once went to Rotis as a journalist, in the back of Norman Foster's
> business jet (Norman at the controls), to report on the collaboration
> between Aicher and Norman Foster, and so tasted the flavour of the
> 'autonomous republic'. The typeface Rotis was still on the drawing board
> then (Jan 1988), and Aicher gave us the rationale for it.
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