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More Modular Type

This is another really attractive modular type system I stumbled upon. Obviously the colors are what attracted me first – they are very harmonious and calming – the words aren’t jumping out at you! One thing I noticed is right at the top, the N and U essentially mirror each other, but the artist used different colors, which helps to differentiate between the two. I enjoy that not all parts of these letters are strictly the same (the stroke weight of the T is larger than the U right next to it). This variation makes the typeface very interesting and fun to look at. I also enjoy the use of square and circular shapes, not just one or the other. The texture within these letters are also very intriguing and captivating – resembles wood or marble.

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1 Nov 2012

Modular Typefaces

This is a modular typeface that I stumbled across while doing research for our next Typography project. I think this one caught my attention because the bright blue obviously jumps out at you, but the type fits a grid but is not so strict. The slight curves in certain letters (v, a, b) create dynamism but overall are unified as an alphabet. The negative space in these letters also helps to create the individual letterforms – if they were all filled in it would not be as interesting. Also, what I think makes this attractive is that certain letterforms are missing that we are used to – such as the middle leg in the lowercase ‘m’, the bar in the ‘f’, etc. It is still legible, but is a variation on our typical alphabet, which makes it very unique.

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1 Nov 2012

Marian Bantjes

 

So I’ve discovered the astonishing work of Marian Bantjes, a canadian designer, and I am impressed to say the least. Not only is this cover to her book completely mind blowing, but the previews I’ve seen of all of the pages inside are even more impecable (pictures below). But to keep this related to Typography, the cover of this book is truly a work of art. At first glance, the intricate gold and silver design easily looks like it might swallow up the text, but the text stands on it’s own and is clear to see. Also, with the font being Silver and the rest of the design being Gold with tiny specs of silver, they balance each other out. I really enjoy that this typeface (I assume) was created just for this book and therefore hand-drawn (it is very clean and crisp but lacks the strict, uniform, mechanical aspect that most typefaces have nowadays – I like that it’s different! That makes it more unique to me). I do feel that the Design on the cover is the first thing in the hierarchy of this piece, but like I said that both work very well to it and kind of have this story-book feel to it (with the type having a sort of handwriting quality and the use of strictly gold and silver makes it very fantasy-like). I feel that works like this should be more respected in the art world, since nowadays the minimalist style is very popular (keep it stupid simple, keep it simple stupid), but works like this pay attention to the most minute details and I think that most people tend to overlook it. Another thing I was going to mention about the Type of this piece is that the serifs and legs extend and wrap around the design on the rest of the cover, which also unifies these two together. I guess if I stare at this a little longer I can come up with something deeper but I’m still in awe 😛 I really want to purchase this book now because I feel that it will inspire me a lot now as a growing designer, and in the future once I have a career!

 

(pictures from other pages in the book)

 

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31 Oct 2012

Beautiful Typography

I really enjoy embellished fonts like this. I love all of the tiny details, it’s so amazing and interesting to look at. This is very classical and traditional looking, probably appealing to an older or more sophisticated crowd. The pure black and gold also emphasize the sophisticated-ness of the wine.

25 Oct 2012

News Type

I really love this design because it’s reminiscent of a Newspaper yet also has strong Typographical Elements in it with the huge letterforms that take up the design. I would assume this might be information about the typeface because the large letters spell out ‘Times Roman’, and therefore I assume that that’s the font being used. It has a very clean, and professional look to it since the smaller type fill in the letterforms and negative space. It’s very broken up but your eye and brain put it together so it’s very dynamic and interesting. There is clear hierarchy with the type and it’s black and white simplicity adds to the news-like feel.

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25 Oct 2012

Cool Ligature

This is a really cool ligature that I stumbled upon. The ear (?) of the lowercase ‘r’ becomes the top serif on the lowercase ‘s’, yet it looks believable even though the serif on the ‘s’ should look more like the serif on the bottom. I think this is a great example of a ligature and also helps me understand ligatures a little more because I never really knew what they were or what they were used for.

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25 Oct 2012

Ampersand Variations

This is a really cool poster I found online of different ampersands, all at the same point size. What’s interesting to me is that very few of them actually look like an ‘e’ & ‘t’ combined. I’m curious to know how our modern recognization of ampersands became so abstract, or differentiated from what it originally is supposed to portray. What’s also interesting is that the fancier typefaces’ ampersands look more like an ‘e’ & ‘t’ combined than the more casual or playful typefaces. Most of these I can’t even tell that there are supposed to be two letterforms in the design, so I wonder what made that happen? Overall, it’s still a very cool symbol and interesting to look at and try to dissect.

16 Oct 2012

Cool Typography

I really enjoy the playfulness of these letters. The contrasting colors make both words kind of compete for attention, but they’re both equally important so it’s not an issue for this design. I like that the letters almost look like they were cut out of paper and linked into one another. The ribbon-like serifs unify the ribbon on the bottom left that says ‘unbreakable’. The design is very soft-looking but definitely jumps out at you and grabs your attention!

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16 Oct 2012

Very Cool Typography

I noticed this somewhere a long time ago and recently found it again.

I like this because althought there is a lot going on and all the type/letters seem to be going different directions, they all interact with each other and are legible! “Art is breaking the rules”

I think it’s genius how the letter ‘u’ isn’t even fully there (or the ‘s’ really) yet your brain still tells you what it is. Also, the simplicity of it being just black and white creates a great contrast.

5 Sep 2012

G characteristics

4 G’s…. same letter, different looks.

 

Typeface 1 is very complex, with multiple curves that have sharp curved edges. The thickness of the letter varies throughout and creates a very dynamic negative space. The bottom of the G is connected. Garamond.

Typeface 2 is similar to Typeface 1, except the edges are not as sharp; they are all very smooth curves. The thickness of the letter also varies throughout and creates an interesting negative space. Baskerville.

Typeface 1 & 2 are both serif typefaces.

Typeface 3 & 4 are both sans serif typefaces. They are extremely similar.

Typeface 3 is Helvetica and Typeface 4 is Universe.

Typeface 3 seems slightly wider than Typeface 4. The line is also slightly thinner than Typeface 4.

 

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4 Sep 2012