When I first saw this I knew I had to get one of these… The Decorative Bodoni alphabet was produced by Nigel Bents, Paul Oakley and Jonny Holmes at Chelsea College of Art & Design. The original Bodini Poster typeface was laser cut out of 3mm plywood by Cut Laser Cut and mounted on type-high blocks in the college workshop. It was then printed at Graham Bignell’s New North Press in Hoxton. Limited edition posters are available at Jonny Holmes‘ website.
When we hear Helvetica, the normal person might associate it with the standard Grotesque font that is packaged with every Windows or Mac OS (among hundreds of applications). When a typographer hears Helvetica, they think of one of, if not the most technically sound type system designed in the past century.
Originally designed in 1957 for the Haas Type Foundry in Münchenstein, Switzerland, dubbed “Neue Haas Grotesk” was a colab between geniuses Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann. Parker and his team took Haas‘s original drawings and began reworking them to work on Linotype‘s machines. The modified design eventually became known as Helvetica.
Under his leadership, more than 1,000 typefaces, including Helvetica, were added to the company’s library, which became an industry standard and helped guide the type landscape from hot metal, to photocomposition, and finally to digital printing.
“It is not a letter that’s bent to shape; it’s a letter that lives in a powerful matrix of surrounding space, it’s — oh, it’s brilliant when it’s done well.”
Just ran across this site and thought it was awesome. Lettering vs Calligraphy is an ongoing project by Giuseppe Salerno and Martina Flor consisting of a visual dialogue between a letterer and a calligrapher, where they draw/write a letter responding to a keyword given by a moderator. The adventure aims to explore the capabilities of the two technical approaches. They deliver one letter every day and all of it takes place online where visitors are invited to vote for their favorite.
Happy Friday! Today I want to highlight Graphic Artist Alex Fowkes and his amazing type design tribute he put together for Sony Music 125th anniversary, it was an Music Timeline from 1887 thru present day composed of type and a few other various images. This 150 square meters of wall space that has this amazing 1000+ named artist tribute with various fonts and type design is located in Sony’s Derry Street Headquarters.
The Sutturah typeface, was among the Typographica’s Best of 2012, it was awarded in the prestigious TDC2 2012 competition, and won the second prize in the Display typeface category at Granshan 2012 competition, with the first prize not awarded (WTF!) and Retiro designed by Jean Francois Porchez placing third.
This typography project is bi-lingual and 3D, what a mix, this is part of a new project from Andrey Danilov in collaboration with Muei San. This whole project of the word TYPE was deeply influenced by the works of Switzerland sculptor Markus Raertz. The artistic duo decided to erase a very clear boundary between Eastern and Western typography and mash it together, and their end result in my opinion was amazing!
To create this project the duo experimented with a lot of innovative media that they have never used. Everything started in Maya, as they proceed further into the project they continued with 3D printing. Once they felt that the 3D form was ready they went on and prepared for a photo shoot, followed with some photo editing. And their final product was this awesome TYPE… bi-lingual and 3D what a combination of Eastern and Western typography.