Typography


About time.

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Based in Paris, design studio You Talking To Me? produces limited edition, customized sculptures that are sure to delight lovers of typography. The pieces made of spruce, PVC or aluminium are beautifully crafted and inspired by the words, things or names they take after, to let them speak for themselves. (via Design Taxi)

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Allan Peters, Type designer recently designed a custom font for ESPN The Magazine‘s Music Issue. The result­ing type­face, which was inspired by the grooves on a vinyl record, is appropriately named Vinyl. The let­ter­forms were used through­out the issue in head­lines, ini­tial caps and full page illus­tra­tions. “ESPN was a dream to work with,” said Peters. “There were very few revisions, and I was able to complete the project in about two weeks total because of tight deadlines.” (via Communication Arts)

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Washington-based artist Diem Chau has recently created a charming set of letters that is carved out of Crayola crayons. Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a matching crayon sculpture—for instance, the letter ‘C’ is paired with a cat carved out of an orange crayon.

“I’ve been wanting to make a set of “Alphabet” crayons for a long time. I’ve always been drawn to illustrated alphabets. Maybe it’s the Fontophile in me, but I find an extreme satisfaction in seeing a well made set of ABC’s.” The artist has an upcoming art show—running from 5 April to 18 May 2013—at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, where she will be presenting the full set of crayon letters and some of her other carved pencil art. (via DesignTaxi)

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After documenting the storefront signage of New York’s disappearing mom-and-pop shops, photographers James and Karla Murray turn their lenses to the city’s mesmerizing neon signage, when they are at their most glorious after dark. Compiling these visually arresting images of brightly illuminated storefronts into a massive coffee-table tome—entitled ‘New York Nights’—the twosome have captured the beautiful facades of some of New York City’s most iconic establishments.

From the Ed Sullivan Theater to legendary diners, the book reveals a slice of fascinating cultural history in the Big Apple. (via DesignTaxi)

Nights

‘SkyFonts’ is a new font rental service that allows creatives to try out typefaces for free before paying for them for only as long as they are needed. Dubbing itself as a “revolutionary” new service, anyone who signs up for a free SkyFonts account will receive 10 free credits, which is enough to rent out ten fonts for a single day or three fonts for 30 days. Credit packs “start for as little as US$45 for 15 credits, with flexible options tailored to meet all of your design needs”. (via DesignTaxi)

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The Moleskine is a popular object for artists, used for taking notes or drawing. This is the case of Lex Wilson, an English artist who creates great typographic compositions in a Moleskine notebook. (via Fubiz)

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“Bob grows his own organic peppers and makes small batches of his hot sauce and jelly every year. These are sold to a small number of regulars, friends, family, and perhaps at a farmers’ market or two. I was really excited about the homegrown, basic, family-centric nature of the product and wanted to create a packaging that reflected those values.

The biggest limitation was that Bob needed to be able to get these labels made, year after year, without fancy offset printers or high-budget production methods. Rubber stamps, therefore seemed to be the perfect solution for producing a small quantity of labels efficiently and at home. The uneven inking of the stamp and the natural texture of the yellow craft paper speak to his homegrown, homemade product. These labels were produced and are being used for the 2012 harvest batches.” (via The Dieline)

Love the use of a rubber stamp on the labels. Really back to basics and so aesthetically appealing.

Barnbrook’s identity for a new art biennale in Kiev is based around a bespoke and fluid open source typeface called MA VujaDe. Arsenale 2012, The First Kiev Biennale of Contemporary Art was launched recently and runs until 31 July at the Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev’s new National Culttural Art and Museum complex which incorporates an old arsenal building of national cultural importance, hence the name which translates as Art Arsenal.

The festival has a theme – The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art – and it comprises the work of around 100 artists which is organised around four hub ideas which are titled thus: The Restless Spirit, In the Name of Order, Flesh, and The Unquiet Dream. It is around these ideas that the identity is based.

“Rather than a fixed logo, the design employs a bespoke open source typeface that reflects the international scope and diverse array of art represented at the Arsenale,” says the studio of the project. “MA VujaDe draws in alternative letterforms, analphabetic characters, icons and symbols from DejaVu (custom versions of which are being developed for the Arsenale and also for the Mystetskyi Arsenal venue’s visual identity systems) to create a typeface that cycles through a selected glyph palette for each character in both Latin and Cyrillic causing the tone of the text to change as it’s typed,” Barnbrook continues.

“This will become an open source project whereby the public can download and edit the code and add to the glyph palette, creating a creative dialogue between the festival and its visitors.”

As well as the identity for Arsenale 2012, Barnbrook has developed “a visual language system” for the festival’s first discussion platform, entitled Art After the End of the World. “The design draws inspiration from the notion of a dialogue,” says Barnbrook, “multiple points of view overlapping and engaging with one another. The aesthetic acknowledges recent protests and uprisings that saw people utilise technology to unite and overthrow dominant systems of power.”  (via Creative Review)

This is playful, intriguing and eyecatching. Love experimental typography.

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