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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Bureau Mitte typographic posters for Deutscher Werkbund have substance

    Bureau Mitte, the multi-disciplinary design and craft studio which was established in 2011 by the graphic designers Anna Ranches and Helene Uhl and now provides strategy, identity and design solutions for commercial and cultural clients has grown and surrounded itself with a large network of partners.

    For their unconventional approach to design, their unusual business concept and their general support of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region and the creative scene, Bureau Mitte was invited to become a member of the prestigious 'Deutscher Werkbund' (German Association of Craftsmen) in 2016. To celebrate and represent this interdisciplinary association, the Frankfurt design agency has developed two poster series which each feature three separate motifs.

    “Through content and the chosen design, two key terms from the mission statement of the Deutscher Werkbund are set in dialogue with each another” notes BM. “The »work« (»Werk«) is considered in relation to »value« (»Wert«), »education« (»Bildung«) in relation to »attitude« (»Haltung«) and »format« in relation to the term »design«. All these aspects stand for the substantive work done by the Deutscher Werkbund”.

    “The chosen design has a typographical focus and places the words themselves in the foreground, against a strongly saturated background” adds the design studio. “Series 1 converts the terms set at the top of the design into the terms set at the bottom via a multi-phasic process of transformation. Series 2 works with a contrasting display of the terms – which are featured across the letters shown in areal and in outlines”. The Deutscher Werkbund (German Association of Craftsmen) is a German association of artists, architects, designers, and industrialists, established in 1907.

    The Werkbund became an important element in the development of modern architecture and industrial design, particularly in the later creation of the Bauhaus school of design. Its initial purpose was to establish a partnership of product manufacturers with design professionals to improve the competitiveness of German companies in global markets. The Werkbund was less an artistic movement than a state-sponsored effort to integrate traditional crafts and industrial mass production techniques, to put Germany on a competitive footing with England and the United States.

    Its motto Vom Sofakissen zum Städtebau (from sofa cushions to city-building) indicates its range of interest.

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