I don’t know a lot about this designer but he’s from Sweden and his typography is cool. His most notable works are the Gillette logo and New Balance logo. These aren’t the works I find most interesting however. His other work shows designs with interesting interaction between letters. He said he’s inspired by street art and album covers, two areas I also draw inspiration from. Likely, our similar interest are why I find his type designs so appealing.
Stumbled across a cool site with a variety of info-graphs about typography. They contain a wide variety of topics including several timelines for type, statistics about type, and even ones about anatomy. While the information is mostly limited to basic stuff, its a good summary of typography information. Plus the info-graphs are pretty well designed so you get to see everything presented in a tasteful format.
Barnbrook is probably my favorite of the typographers I’ve been exposed to so far. I initially discovered him as a par of Emigre as the designer of my favorite typeface in that catalogue, Mason serif. The typeface Mason has several different variations and all of the them look phenomenal. Even the sans serif version of Mason has a lot of character and interesting forms for a sans serif font. That means a lot coming from me because I usually find sans serif fonts uninteresting and really just convenient as shapes to be worked into compositions. Two other fonts I like from Barnbrook are Exocet and Infidel. Many of these fonts contain a cool juxtaposition of modern elements with medieval and ancient styles. These fonts border on novelty but have a certain sophistication that leaves them with integrity.
Project 4 was a project on Constrained Systems. The particular system in question was a modular based system within a grid. The two words I designed a typeface for based on their connotations were “disappearance” and “spontaneous.” Right off the bat, I had many ideas for the “disappearance” typeface, having been inspired by a Deafheaven album cover I mentioned in an earlier post. Through several explorations I opted for a circle module, which gave the letterforms an insubstantial feel, like they were the remnants of letters that have disappeared. Additionally, I completely removed parts of the letterform where the stroke would normally be thin. I felt like this strategy married the ideas of a sudden disappearance with a gradual one while also implying that the typeface is whats left of something that disappeared. The general reception to that system was positive with most of the dissension coming from my claim that it contains elements of suddenness. I see why and in the end it was better that it conveyed a more gradual feeling because when compared to the other version of disappearance which was more sudden, it created a good conversation in class.
The system for spontaneous was more difficult because one, I’m not a spontaneous person and not inclined to thinking this way, and two, spontaneity is hard to depict without crossing the line into chaotic or explosive. I focused on connotations of flowing, naturally occurring and sudden change. The flowing comes from the scrip[t font, naturally occurring from its organic shape, reminiscent of vines, and finally, sudden change from the dramatic contrast of small and large modules. I felt it conveys spontaneity fairly well albeit not a very pretty type face.
Overall, I enjoyed this assignment despite the struggles. Some of the requirements for the modules were a bit more restrictive than I would have liked. Having only a choice between circles or squares really hampered many of my ideas. This mostly happened because I was trying very hard to avoid making a typeface that looks like a low resolution, pixelated letterform which I feel this assignment was trying very hard to funnel me into. Because of this, I immediately eliminated squares as an option. In the end this project did pique my interest in programming type for screen use so I eventually want to check out Python and coding in general.
This is a link to an article about how the government could save a ton of money and be less wasteful with ink by switching the typeface of official government papers. Garamond is a leaner typeface than Times New Roman, so it will save ink, and in my personal opinion it looks better anyway. The idea was from a teenage student but it does make one think about material costs as well as wasting resources.
Rather than make a separate post for every font from album art I will just collect the rest here. A lot of the fonts are gimmicky or novelty fonts which I know is frowned upon but I don’t care because they are way more interesting than a page of Roman style or modern sans serif fonts. Bullet for my Valentine: Drakon, Children of Bodem: Civitype FG, The Doors: Densmore, Iron Maiden: Metal Lord, Nirvana: ONYX