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  • 99designs’ ode to Bauhaus is the latest viral typographic craze of the week

    Bold. Minimal. Functional. “After a hundred years, Bauhaus design continues to inspire artists, graphic designers and architects across the globe” writes Matt Ellis in this week’s most viral feature through 99designs.

    The global creative platform that “makes it easy for designers and clients to work together to create designs they love” pays it’s unique tribute in celebration of the Bauhaus centenary this year in a very inspirational way.

    The Australian freelancer platform asked graphic designers to reimagine the world's most powerful logos with a Bauhaus take.

    “It’s arguable which characteristics constitute Bauhaus design” notes 99designs. “That said, these are the five common threads that almost every Bauhaus design follows:

    1.   Form follows function

    2.   Minimalism

    3.   Revolutionary typography

    4.   Passion for geometry

    5.   Primary colors

    To help you understand Bauhaus design in action, here’s how our designer community used these five principles to reimagine logos we all know and love in true Bauhaus fashion” adds Ellis and we dare you to explore every single Bauhaus-take of our times here.

    Logo designed by Jaseng99

    Logo designed by rossiemoss

    Logo designed by or_range

    Logo designed by artopelago™

    Logo designed by ArsDesigns

    Logo designed by PonomarevDmitry

    Logo designed by SSUK™

    Logo designed by Vladimir Nikolic

    Logo designed by dellfi ©

    Logo designed by yuleha

  • #IWD2019: Google Doodles ultra typographic tribute to female empowerment

    From Zaha Hadid through Frida Kalo to Millicent Fawcett and Yoko Ono, Google’s interactive, slideshow Doodle is told by and made by women for International’s Woman Day 2019.

    “In it, we showcase inspirational quotes across various languages by thirteen international female trailblazers—both past and present. Connecting to the larger theme of ‘women empowering women,’ the quotes were also designed by a talented group of female guest artists from around the globe” notes the team of this typographic fest of female spirits that need to be heard.

    Consisting of thirteen inspiring female voices, today’s doodle is a clean typographic affair with thirteen guest female artists bringing the quotes in life.  

    Abjad Design, Cyla Costa, Melissa Crowton, Kate Forrester, Rosa Kammermeier, Sabeena Karnik, Beno Zephine, Gemma O'Brien, Zuzanna Rogatty, Yai Salinas and Hazuki Tamano illustrated with letters the quotes of Chimamanda Adichie, Millicent Fawcett, Zaha Hadid, Emma Herwegh, Dr. Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo, Mary Kom, Clarice Lispector, Yoko Ono, George Sand, Sanmao, Marina Tsvetaeva and NL Beno Zephine, Indian diplomat.

    Led by designer Vishnu Ganti and art directed by Erich Nagler Google’s team is in full female force and Typeroom is feeling the empowerment which is not just a woman’s affair. 

    "The process of choosing the thirteen quotes was extremely difficult, but we aimed to include a diverse representation of voices on a day which celebrates the past, present, and future community of diverse women around the world" notes the team. 

    Learn more about the women who made today's Doodle possible here.

    Kate Forrester |

    Zuzanna Rogatty |

    Hazuki Tamano |

    Yai Salinas |

    Yai Salinas |

    Gemma O' Brien |

    Sabeena Karnik | ​

    Sabeena Karnik | ​

    Rosa Kammermeier |

    Hazuki Tamano |

  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @oscarconspiracy

    His name is OSCAR and if there was an Oscar Award for bringing calligraphy and graffiti into one art form he would be a contender. 

    Explore the work of this German artist as he explores the typographic realm with various disciplines and stunning, abstract artistry. 

    "The technique of the strokes for every single letter itself is definitely based on calligraphic elements. The end results of my artworks I would more relate to graffiti. Personally I see more possibilities with graff. While most of the calligraphic artworks end up in mandalas or similar things, I prefer to combine elements of shadows, geometric structures, proportions and visualisations with it. I don’t like to set limits to my imagination" tells OSCAR in his interview with Montana-Cans

    The artist aptly named "Oscarconspiracy" on Instagram explained in the interview his smart approach to handstyles. 

    "I slowly started to break the form of each letter. First I built the letters out of strokes. What made it look more interesting, but a way to easy and boring about the time. So I restarted the whole thing and went back to the basic capital letters and tried to draw them as a whole, but for me with a recognizable style. After putting one letter after another, I was even more satisfied with the results of my scripts. That was and is the elementary base for my actual alphabets" he notes.

    Discover his manipulative ways here

  • Thursday blooms with this typographical brochure of colours and joy

    Created for Chartorama papers in order to present the new colour palette of the creative papers Keaykolour by Arjowiggins "Keaykolour Special Edition" is a brochure of colour and type

    The typographical brochure comes in two covers, giving the choice to the audience to select the one preferred, and highlight the spectrum of 48 papers.

    "Based on the idea of linguistics, due to the difficult pronunciation of the papers’ names in our country, we created a typographical game by using Greek letters to write each name" notes the creative team. With fonts made by Parachute Typefoundry and creative direction by Regina Souli Studio and Common Ground Design Practice, Chartorama Papers' typographic game of colours will bright up your day.

    Discover more here

  • This is not an emoji! Fontmoji spices up your messages in colorful ways

    Destined to be a favorite app for the social media users, literally anyone, Fontmoji is a brand new app which renders your messages into anything, from 3D realistic flames to your favorite Stranger Things or Game of Thrones fonts to share in instant messaging and on social networks. 

    "Color fonts - where font letters can have multiple colors, shapes and texture - are still fairly new. Even though they’ve been around since 2016 I still meet typographers who have yet to really experiment with them or have even heard about them at all. It’s been interesting to see how they are being used by creatives whether scrolling through marketplaces like CreativeMarket or seeing how they’re being used in new mobile apps. The first mobile app I've seen to adopt color fonts - outside of Adobe, who helped to create color fonts - is Fontmoji" notes Will Brooke, cofounder of Fontmoji. 

    "Fontmoji is using color fonts to allow people send expressive messages or 'fontmojis'. Their iOS keyboard converts messages from iMessage’s default Helvetica Neue font to over 80 available fonts. These color fonts have letters shaped out of birthday cake, balloons, fire, water, chocolate, and pencils, to name a few. Some of these fonts use the older Truetype font format, but most of their available fonts are color fonts, using the Opentype SVG format.Interestingly, they've recognized that color fonts allow fans to engage with their favorite brands" he adds. 

    "Previous font formats didn’t allow brand logos with complex texture or multiple colors to be rendered into a font - any complex texture or multiple colors would be lost. Now smash hit tv shows like Game of Thrones and Stranger Things to video games like PUBG & Fortnite can be rendered as completely identical fonts" says Brooke.

    Fontmoji's team has partnered with some well-known typographers to offer their fonts on the app and their message is clear. " We'd love to see if other typographers would like to add fonts to the app as well!" says Brooke. "It’s interesting to see how this new color font technology is already evolving our modern day communication. I’m excited to see in what other ways it will be adopted!".

    So down with emojis, bring on your fontmojis, and repeat. More info here.

    Fontmoji App Product Demo from Michael Horton on Vimeo.