It’s far from finished, but I thought I’d share some typecook sketches with you. Typecooker is a type generator we use at school. It forces you to come up with new typedesign, because of the often contradictory design rules. Try it yourself, it’s not always easy, but it’s fun!
This was my recipe:
Marq Typeface (2008)
Otik Typeface (2007 – 2009)
Helwetika Typeface (2008)
Inspirational type by Voidwreck. Karl Nawrot (pseudonym Walter Warton) is a French graphic designer who founded his studio in Amsterdam in 2008. He studied at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem and teaches drawing at the Rietveld.
Make sure to reload his page to see much more.
I received this book Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting (A Visual Textbook for Intermediate to Advanced Typography) in the mailing today, yay! It’s a vast collection of beautiful typesetting examples. Page after page, a brief article by Erik Spiekermann has been set in hundreds of different ways in hundreds of different typefaces, creating an extended visual taxonomy of typesetting that allows you to “learn by looking.”
There’s also an online typetool where you can play around with different fonts and typesetting examples.
Together with Edgar Walthert I made a specimen poster for his typeface Agile which is available at vllg.com. Above are the photos of the printing process at offset printer Jan de Jong in Amsterdam, what fun it was! The nicest people and decades of experience in printing. Very interesting to watch the whole process, they know that machine like the back of their hand.
The poster was printed using the iris print technique, where multiple colors are applied onto the role. This results in a smooth transition between the two colors and every print is unique because of the difference in ink distribution on the sides of each color. I’m very content with the end result, it’s a fun fold-out poster which playfully shows all what’s possible with Agile.
(thanks Edgar for the photos)
Sulki Choi and Min Choi are graphic designers from Seoul, Korea. They’ve also worked as researchers at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Their work has been exhibited all over the world and they received several awards.
I am really impressed by their portfolio, it’s so versatile but at the same time very consistent. Very nice use of graphics and typography but always subtle never too much. A delight to browse through.
Another treasure on the web, this time it’s a database full of Russian futurists books from the beginning of the 20th century. Lots of typographic experiments going on back then. But don’t judge the book by its beautiful cover, have a look inside as well! I can’t get enough of this.
Wood type letter E from an ad in the October 20, 1883 issue of the newspaper
Trade card (detail)
Advertising cover, 1897
Carpets trade card, 1882
Chicago Weekly News advertising cover (detail), 1880s
Boston Albany Railroad logo, 1900
Northwestern stamp works advertising cover (back)
Dick Sheaff collects postal history, trade cards, marbled paper, early letterpress printing, billheads, stamps, trade cards, broadsides, tickets, etcetera collectively termed Ephemera. The term is used for transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Luckily Sheaff makes sure these things are preserved and set up a database. Thus far he created an impressive collection of vintage ads and early letterpress printings.
What a treasure this site!