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  • Monotype's Ambiguity: a typeface with five “states” of letterforms unleashed

    Charles Nix, designer, typographer and educator for over 20 years at the Parsons School of Design and Chairman Emeritus of the board of the international organization dedicated to furthering typographic excellence, the Type Directors Club, is challenging the font industry through Monotype's latest release after Helvetica New, Ambiguity

    Inspired “by the idea that utopia is within reach if we embrace ambiguity and fluidity as states of perfection” Monotype's type design director is challenging the norms in type design with Ambiguity, a typeface with five “states” of letterforms that aim to provide a diverse palette of fonts for designers and brands “wanting to both challenge and express their typographic voice.” Per Monotype the “multi-voice typeface designed to encourage experimentation, and question our assumptions. As a design, Ambiguity embraces an impressively broad set of voices. It’s radical but also traditional, and conservative without sacrificing quirkiness.”

    To achieve this, Nix divided the design into five different ‘states’, all of which exist on the same spectrum and bear names that speak to their personality - Tradition, Radical, Thrift, Generous and Normate. Nix's “font-palette” is created in the hope of breaking designers out of their comfort zone, and encouraging brands to try on entirely new points of view. 

    “Ambiguity started as a thought experiment,” says Charles Nix, who began turning over ideas for the design in 2016, after listening to Paola Antonelli lecture in Toronto notes Monotype. “She illustrated the point with a collection of works that challenged borders—between design and science, human and machine, technology and nature, and gender,” explains Nix. “The challenge and promise of transforming the world by changing our frame of reference resonated with me. It’s an essential part of the process and products of design” says Nix. 

    Explore Monotype's Ambiguity multi-faceted universe here.

  • Graphic Matters 2019: open call to design a poster for this info-superpowered competition

    “Our world-view is generated by algorithms. Data is ever-present and all around us. More than ever we need people who are openminded and are critical about the information that is presented to them on a silver platter” notes Graphic Matters of its latest Poster Project competition.

    Graphic designers create order out of chaos, give insight into complicated matters and have the power to create an emotional response. They visualize urgent topics so everyone can understand them in the blink of an eye. In the post-digital age the poster is still a powerful tool to communicate important topics. With this Open Call we call upon designers from all over the world to design a poster on a topic they care about!” adds GM. 

    With this year's theme being “Information Superpower!” Graphic Matters gives a chance to aspiring designers to show they care.

    Climate change, plastic soup, fast fashion, fake news, fear mongering, privacy or a personal matter.

 Everything is allowed, as long as you use your ‘information superpower’! Make a poster in the form of a data visualization, infographic, map or user manual. For the first time we also allow moving posters!” note the organizers of the event. 

    The winning posters will be exhibited during Graphic Matters 2019 — the international, biennial festival about graphic design, from 20th September until 27th October, 2019 in Breda, The Netherlands. 

    The winning moving posters will also be displayed during DEMO festival in Amsterdam on 7th November 2019.

    Watch the trailer below and be part of fest of creativity for the world to see, feel and hear your message in a poster! Learn more here -FYI entering the competition is free!


  • NASA's vintage posters are a beauty of type in Space

    In the event of NASA's 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Typeroom goes into the outer space for some retro type to remember. 

    From the logo for the Apollo 11 missions circa 1969 through numerous posters, manuals, guidebooks and memorabilia of the space program NASA and the Space Mania has provided a plethora of type for the outer limits of humanity's imagination.

    The logo design (via Reddit) appears to be a cleaned-up version of the original as used on the Apollo 11 mission brochure front cover

    The vintage NASA brochures and posters were auctioned off back in 2013 through Heritage Auction's Spring 2013 Space Exploration Signature Auction.

    Read more on Futura's first moon landing and explore more of NASA's celebrations here.


  • Watch Erik van Blokland explain how the Noordzij cube revolutionized typeface design

    On June 17, Erik van Blokland, the Dutch type designer and co-founder of the LettError foundry, gave an enlightening talk about the Noordzij cube and it's implications for how we think about the design space in typeface design.

    “The reprint of The Stroke by Dutch type design theoretician Gerrit Noordzij sparked deeper digging into the origins of his iconic cube. This talk reflects on what this model can mean for type design and education. As a conceptual object, the cube inspired modern interpolation tools and design spaces. A report about curiosity-driven research in type design practice” notes Type@Cooper. 

    Erik van Blokland studied graphic design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, and picked up the taste for type design in Gerrit Noordzij's class.

    Now his insightful talk is available for all to watch below: 

    The recording of the talk which took place on June 17, 2019 in the Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union as part of Type@Cooper's Lubalin Lecture Series was made possible by the generous support of Hoefler & Co.

  • TCM tv channel has a brand new alphabet of old Hollywood glory

    Wete, the small & independent graphic design studio based in Barcelona has another client in its portfolio. After Adobe, HP, Reebok, Yorokobu, Desigual, Fortune Magazine, W Hotels, AIGA, and LVMH group, Wete has been commissioned to breathe some fresh air into the old Hollywood through the redesign of the logotype and alphabet for TCM (Turner Classic Movies) tv channel in Spain.

    “The goal was to make a subtle change to the old logo that modernizes it and gives it a more actual and fresh look. Initially, the idea was not to change the logo too much but to update it a bit. As we were working on new proposals we saw that we could take a step further and make something more different/risky, always maintaining the essence of the old one. I think it's interesting to see the evolution to understand the result” writes Wete. “Once we had the logo we began to develop the alphabet, an important piece within the identity since it would accompany the titles in the different animated pieces.”

    Art directed by Ignacio Gaubert with typography by Wete this is TCM's brand new visual identity for all things Hollywood. Discover more here.