Archive for the Typography Category

Finger print type

Posted in Artist, Poster, Typography on 29 November, 2007 by nagorski

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Here is an example of some very interesting typography produced by Jonathan Looman. He has used the form of a finger print and arranged it in various manners overlapping it to create this very detailed font set. I think it is a good example of how the human brain can recognize the form of text in the more abstract of shapes.

Light type

Posted in Artist, sculpture, Typography, Website on 26 November, 2007 by nagorski

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Mexican artist Stefan Bruggemmann now lives and works between Mexico and London. Pictured is just one of his humorous neon signs, others include, ‘(This is not supposed to be here)’ and ‘To be political it has to look nice’.

David Carson

Posted in Artist, Magazines, Poster, Typography on 15 November, 2007 by nagorski

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American Sociology teacher who one day started doing graphic design. First it was for the magazine Beach Culture. Next it was Ray Gun. All the time Carson was doing cool stuff like using an upside-down 5 as an S, using 3 for E, and often you could hardly read the articles, they were so way out! His influence on the stodgy type world has been like an asteroid from outer space.

In 1993 Carson started the GarageFonts digital type foundry as a vehicle to distribute the fonts used in Ray Gun magazine.

Here is a short video about Carson.

My perfect type

Posted in Typography on 12 November, 2007 by nagorski

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Helvetica was created by Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann at the Haas’sche Schriftgiesserei (Haas type foundry) of Münchenstein, Switzerland. Haas set out to design a new sans-serif typeface that could compete with Akzidenz-Grotesk in the Swiss market. Originally called Neue Haas Grotesk, the typeface’s name was changed by Haas’ German parent company Stempel in 1960 to Helvetica — derived from Confederatio Helvetica, the Latin name for Switzerland — in order to make it more marketable internationally.

Director Gary Hustwit produced a documentary (called Helvetica) about the typeface, which was released in 2007 to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the its introduction. In the film, graphic designer Wim Crouwel says, “The Helvetica was a real step from the 19th century typeface. … We were impressed by that because it was more neutral, and neutralism was a word that we loved. It should be neutral. It shouldn’t have a meaning in itself. The meaning is in the content of the text and not in the typeface.”

Keep it simple stupid!

Posted in Artist, Poster, Typography on 22 October, 2007 by nagorski

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The work above is by the designer and typographer Kim Min Goo. Its simple layout and great use of typography makes it an effect and visually eye-catching poster. On Kim Min Goo’s Portfolio site you can see that it doesn’t take over complicated graphics to be graphics that work. Its all in the proportions and layout that make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I like this kind of bold design, and think its always better to keep it simple.