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  • Type crimes: Hoefler & Co's seriously must-have typographic gift is hilarious

    "By special issue from the 100% totally real Typographic Violations Division, the Uniform Ticket Book is standard equipment for the modern design enforcer" note Hoefler & Co, a graphic design studio that is smart and brings some humour into the scene. Their latest project aptly named Typographic Ticket Book lists thirty-two common design infractions, each with an appropriate penalty. Per H&C there is "plenty of room for improvisation".

    "Authoritatively typeset in Helvetica to provoke maximum anxiety, and jarringly printed in retina-scorching orange, each Notice of Violation is sure to startle, striking an uneasy chill in even the most upstanding designer. Contains fifty tickets, each neatly perforated for a satisfyingly loud rip prior to presentation. Bound in soul-deadening municipal pressboard, with a heavy-duty 100pt millboard backing, and foil stamped with an official-looking clip art emblem in gold. Police uniform not included, nor recommended. For novelty use only".

    Satire got printed so the world will officially get busted if they don't know what the the difference between ‘font’ and ‘typeface’. The Typographic Ticket Book is available for $10 at the Hoefler & Co. Design Shop.

    Images: Hoefler & Co.

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

    Venice based Maxim Dosca is obviously in love with the art of the poster. The Italian graphic designer shares his passion for print design, typography, illustration and photography on his Instagram account which sees a brand new poster design everyday for 360 days. Having graduated from IUAV University of Venice, Industrial and Communication Design in 2015, Dosca is experimenting with the medium in any way possible.

    According to the French historian Max Gallo, "for over two hundred years, posters have been displayed in public places all over the world. Visually striking, they have been designed to attract the attention of passers-by, making us aware of a political viewpoint, enticing us to attend specific events, or encouraging us to purchase a particular product or service."

    The modern poster, as we know it, however, dates back to the mid-nineteenth century as the printing industry perfected colour lithography and made mass production of large and inexpensive images possible.

    Get inspired here.

    Images via @metagrafik

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

    Tyrsa aka Alexis Taïeb is a typographic force that took the A-listers by storm. From Childish Gambino's controversial music video of "This Is America" to David Beckham's grooming line created in partnership with L'Oréal the typography of French artist Tyrsa brings the letterform into the limelight.

    The 33 yo Parisian believes in creating engaging, modern and precise visuals that follow a simple goal: to reinvent the letter, but never lose its meaning or the beauty of it.

    Tyrsa, an adaptation of Satyr, his graffiti name discovered the craft he is most talented at in 1999. That year Alexis Taïeb discovered graffiti.

    As his first works had barely dried on the walls he knew that he had found a love for life. This love for typography became a natural guide into a new profession and soon enough, he graduated from the Gobelins school in 2007 with a solid knowledge of design and typography. Shortly after graduating, in 2008, Alexis became a freelancer with a focus on print and web design.

    His work in Paris was soon appreciated and applied by various Parisian agencies like BETC Euro ESCG, Publicis, DDB, Sid Lee, etc. For him typography is just the starting point of his work.

    Walk along his path here


  • Mind over Matter in David Carson’s first interactive artwork ever

    Design legend David Carson and interactive artist Thijs Biersteker premiered their collaborative installation Mind over Matter at the NewWerktheater in Amsterdam on the 14th of September.

    The brainwave-controlled art installation shows that if we keep our focus on the right things in life, the world doesn’t spin out of control.

    The collaboration was initiated by ADCN, the club for creativity in Amsterdam, and marks the first interactive artwork for David Carson in his long and established design career.

    In this Techno Poetic installation driven by combined brainwaves, collected with the use of EEG’s, the audience controls a giant spherical installation. When they keep a calm, meditative state of mind the world stays in balance, but when one person loses focus the planet spins out of control into a collage of waste explosions, floods and pollution clouds

    Carson's new collage art style has been put in motion using randomised algorithms. Driven by the brainwave data, made up of theta and beta waves, well known for reading the meditative state of mind, the piece has a direct response to the brain activity of the spectators. The analog designs are woven together into an elegant pattern.

     “The combination of some of my new work, made by hand, takes on a refreshingly new dimension and meaning when combined with state of the art technology skills. Thijs and I are both makers, and we both enjoy to work with our hands. I am excited that our mutual passions are combined in this collaboration. While it's fascinating to watch other’s brainwaves on the screen in front of you, nothing I know of is quite like the experience of actually putting on the head set and seeing the results of your own brain waves yourself” says the acclaimed graphic designer Carson.

    “I’m honored to work with one of the greatest designers on his first interactive piece, sharing a message we both care about a lot’’ says Biersteker.

    Uniting Carsons’s graphic design and art direction with Biersteker’s tech and science based art and interaction design is a must-see project not to be missed. 

    Check more here.


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

    Ever since 2014 when The Bauhaus-Archiv's first corporate identity was revealed, Sascha Lobe of Stuttgart design studio L2M3 became an iconic figure in the graphic design scene and a type designer who meticulously evolves his craft with respect to it's origins.

    For that extremely viral project Lobe "looked to Herbert Bayer, the famed typeface designer who created Bayer Universal, a geometric, sans-serif font that perfectly encapsulated the Bauhaus’ stark aesthetic. That typeface became the basis of a varied branding system, which speaks to the many design nuances contained within the Bauhaus movement itself" reports Wired.

    "We studied, researched, analyzed, categorized, collected, adapted and expanded what we encountered in the archives of the Bauhaus and the newly created letter set by ourselves. As designers we should be constantly learning in order to produce adequate solutions, no? Input equals output" noted Lobe.

    Lobe has worked with blue-chip brands, including Vitra, Adidas and Mercedes-Benz, with a number of Germany’s leading museums and with architects Daniel Libeskind, David Chipperfield and UNStudio’s Ben Van Berkel and has received over 100 international awards, including the Type Directors Club New York, Red Dot Design Award and European Design Award.

    Now the renowned german designer Sascha Lobe is Pentagram’s London partner. "Sascha’s work pushes the boundaries of our discipline, constantly reinventing and exploring new forms of engagement through typography and graphic design language. It is extremely exciting to have a partner that creates such innovative and beautiful work" said Pentagram partner Marina Willer of Lobe.

    Explore more of his architectural take on type here.


    Images @sascha_lobe