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  • Museum of Typography: time to enter the 4th International Poster Contest

    It is a definite call to arms for the lover of the letterforms. The Museum of Typography, Crete, Greece, has announced the 4th International Poster Contest about Typography and Printing, as the Greek word “τυπογραφία” to which the museum is dedicated, includes both arts.

    Participants are mainly professionals and students of graphic and visual arts, as well as amateurs who can translate their ideas into posters. The thirty posters that will be distinguished by the jury will be presented at an exhibition, hosted at the amphitheater of the Museum for a year, until the next competition.

    The aim of the contest is to connect the present and future of graphic arts to typography, printing and their history.

    The creators of the first three posters that will be distinguished, will also receive money awards. Dimitris Arvanitis, Yannis Garedakis, Lila Kalogeri, Antonis Papantonopoulos, Tzanetos Petropouleas and Juan Diego Restrepo, winner of the 3rd poster contest are the jury of this year’s competition. The poster exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 23 June 2018, at 7:30 pm. During the event the thirty best posters will be presented and their creators will receive honorary dinstinctions.

     Please note that all participants must send their creations by Sunday, May 13th 2018 by email to The entry should be accompanied by a text file containing the contact details and– optionally – a brief description of the project (up to 100 words).

     The history of the Museum of Typography is closely connected to the history of the newspaper Haniotika Nea. As early as in the beginning of the 60’s, the founder of the newspaper Yannis Garedakis started working as a journalist in the historical newspaper of Hania Paratiritis and the Athens newspaper Vima, while at the same time, he was a member of the journalistic team that covered the newspapers of the Lambrakis Press Company in Crete for 20 years. In 1967, at a difficult period for newspapers, Haniotika Nea was published for the first time.

    “I was still a young man when I first entered the field of the regional press, working for the historical newspaper Paratiritis, founded by the great Cretan statesman Polychronis Polychronidis. Not by choice, I should add. I did not regret it. In fact, I can honestly say that I was rather fortunate. There I was, all of a sudden, inside a basement, cooped up in a corner, preparing news transcripts – you see, there were no news agencies, no Internet, etc. back then – and making corrections. Across the room, in front of the typesetting benches, typographers assembled the type, letter by letter, composing the text. Standing up for hours, quiet, as if they were attending a sacred ritual, they arranged letters with the composing stick forming sentences, then the galleys with complete texts and finally the pages of the newspaper. Tired but proud at the end of the day. Last touch on their work – to me, it was a kind of caressing of the typographic plate, before the printing started. Everyone expecting the first page, the second, then the third… To get the newspaper at three or four in the morning and then go to bed. Exhausted but at the same time clearly satisfied. A few years later, those images came to mind when I started the publication of Haniotika Nea with the help of a few friends. Printers and Linotype operators, working together in dark basements and sheds, were putting up a fight for every form of publication. With love and respect towards the lifeless objects of their work… Those typographic objects, printing machines, typographers and operators should not be forgotten. Objects and machines should be maintained, the memory of typographers and operators should be honoured: that was the first thought that came to my mind” notes Garedakis.

    “The idea for the creation of a Museum of Typography started to spin around my head about three decades ago. The years passed, and the newspaper blossomed economically thanks to its readers and advertising clients. At that point began the quest in the wonderful world of typography and its people and the journey leading to the foundation of the Museum. This quest, of course, would not have reached its destination had it not been for Michalis Grigorakis, my old friend and partner, who shared my dream and joined me in this journey.”

    The Museum was inaugurated on May 2005.

  • Kontrapukt’s latest typeface responds to ambient sounds

    So what will eventually happen when typography responds to the sounds that surround it?

    The answer is on display in Goerteks R&D Headquarters in Qinbao, China. The China-based tech, electronics and acoustics company worked with Danish design studio Kontrapunkt and Nippon Design Center to create a custom typeface which responds to sound.

    Aptly named “Sonic Typeface” the font changes its appearance through different frequencies and waveforms (sine, triangle, etc) as it responds to urban environments.

    Using Opentype technologies, Kontrapunkt and Nippon Design Centre have created a new typeface for digital signage that responds to ambient sound through reshaping and morphing. The font has been designed to convey a ‘creative, bubbly personality’ that echoes the brand’s young workforce.

    Experimental and groundbreaking the future is nigh and is already making waves.

  • TwoPointsNet strikes Gold with ESPN’s latest custom typeface

    Gold Rush is the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. For this special publication which sees ESPN and ESPN W to join forces on bringing the female athletes participating in the Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang into the spotlight TwoPoints.Net delivered its best.

    The graphic design studio was commissioned to design the custom typeface of this issue, as well as a set of pictograms, illustrations and layouts. This is the biggest commission for TwoPoints.Net by ESPN so far and “while the typefaces TwoPoints.Net developed for the NBA and NFL issue were extremely dark and bold, the typeface for the Winter Olympics issue is colorful and light”.

    The design studio TwoPoints.Net was founded in 2007 with the aim to do exceptional design work. Lupi Asensio, Martin Lorenz and Elio Salichs are already running for gold. Enter the games here


  • From Meret to Meret Pro, introducing the evolution of a typeface

    Meret is a winner of the Letter.2 type design competition organized by the Association Typographique Internationale in 2011, was one of Typographica’s Notable Releases in 2011, and won a Commarts Excellence Award in 2012.

    Now the typeface is rolling up its sleeves with the launch of Meret Pro. “A straightforward typeface for newspapers and so much more” claims TypeMates of its latest release. “Meret Pro is at once hardy and refined. Its wide range of eight weights include four geared for text (light, regular, book, medium) and give enough variety for complex editorial typography.

    Vivid display styles and unpretentious italics give the typeface the flexibility for serious and modern typography that demands frankness. Meret’s almost serif-less figures come in five styles, each with matching tabulars.

    For tiny text sizes, the default figures are drawn slightly taller than the x-height; making them strong enough for tricky conditions and unobtrusive enough that they do not distract” notes Nils Thomsen.

    Learn more here.

  • Korean alphabet won the gold medal in this year's Winter Olympics

    This month, from 9 to 25 February 2018 Pyeongchang County in South Korea hosts the impressive 2018 Winter Olympics

    Seoul-based industrial designer Lee Suk-woo designed the medals for the international multi-sport event and the Korean alphabet is the mere inspiration for the first South Korean Winter Olympic - and the second Olympics in the country overall after the 1988 Summer Olympics in the nation's capital, Seoul.

    Featuring diagonal ridges, which have been formed from extrusions of the country's 600-year-old alphabet Lee's medals are formed from extrusions of the letters of Hangeul -the Korean alphabet that dates back to the 15th century.

    To create the surface Lee digitally laid out letters from the alphabet in two vertical lines, and wrapped the text to form the edges of a disk. Rendering software was used to join the edges diagonally, creating ridges that warp from end to end, dictated by the curved and flat shapes of the character profiles. The alphabet can still be read around the medal rims.

    "The stems of Hangeul, the seeds of culture, are cut into a circular shape," said the designer. "The side of the medal show Hangeul – the seed – and the obverse shows the stem and the process."

    Per Dezeen Lee also looked to traditional aspects of Korean culture for the design of the medal ribbons and boxes.

    The ribbons will also be decorated with letters from the Hangeul alphabet.

    Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, refers to the series of letters that form syllables with which the Korean language is written. 

    The most unique aspect of Hangeul is that it was intentionally created by the government as a written means of expressing the Korean language. History states that King Sejong, who was the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty, created Hangeul with the help of a team of scholars, making it the most significant invention in Korean history.

    Koreans take pride in their alphabet. They believe that Hangeul best demonstrates the creativity of Koreans during the past 5000 years of Korean civilization. 

    Koreans mark the 9th of every October as a national celebration to commemorate the creation of Hangeul. As the only national celebration for an alphabet in the world, this day reflects the uniqueness of an alphabet created and systematized by a government to reflect the unique sounds of a language.

    Hangeul is a series of creative and scientifically created characters. The alphabet was originally composed of 17 consonants and 11 vowels when it was first conceived however, now only 14 consonants and 10 vowels are used. Consonants and vowels are used to write words by crossing and addition. The easy and simple to learn alphabet is regarded the sole reason the illiteracy rate in Korea is virtually zero.

    The quality of Hangeul has been extensively studied and praised by experts worldwide. In 1989, UNESCO initiated the King Sejong Literacy Prize, which is awarded to an individual or group, which contributes to the crusade against illiteracy. 

    Lee Suk-woo also produced the Paralympic medals for the upcoming event -the Paralympics will take place from March 9 to 18.

    The Winter Games will be followed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics