Most design is done on computers, but designers don’t necessarily want it to look that way. Hal Lasko is a little different. The 98-year-old spent a lifetime creating designs and typography by hand and they bear that humanist feel. But when he started losing his vision he embraced the computer: technically and aesthetically.
After his retirement, his grandchildren gave him a computer with Windows 95 and its attendant Microsoft Paint. Lasko has wet macular degeneration, which makes the center of his vision blurry. The ability to zoom in on areas and work point by bright point allowed the designer to keep on designing — so he replaced the pen with pixels. Indeed, Lasko began constructing elaborate paintings in the program, one point at a time.
Some of his pieces are pointilist marvels. Others, for better or worse, look very much like they were made on MS Paint.... keep reading