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  • 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.


  • Paula Scher's typographic playground is all the rage in Tokyo

    Paula Scher is undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. Scher who has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991, has designed identity and branding systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients that includes Citibank, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Shake Shack, the Museum of Modern Art, Tiffany & Co, the High Line, the Public Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera, among others.

This typographic treasury of hers is presented in "Serious Play", a brand new exhibition running at Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan all through the 25th of March, 2019.

    Immediately after entering the profession, Scher was noticed for her work for the music industry, where she released a stream of astonishing album covers.  

    Upon joining Pentagram, Scher took New York by storm through her work for The Public Theater and has continued to be active in fields ranging from advertising, logo design, to environmental design, and is remarkable for the outstanding quality and quantity of her creations. 

    The Citibank logo, the signage for The High Line, VI for Shakespeare in the Park and Jazz at Lincoln Center are just a few examples of Scher’s work that one encounters to an astonishing degree when walking through the streets of Manhattan.  

    "The title “Serious Play” is a kind of goal as a designer for Paula Scher. Serious ⇨ solemn ⇨ hackneyed ⇨ extremely bored ⇨ rediscovered is the cycle of her work processes. Thus, at the stage when “serious” morphs into “solemn”, “play” is in danger of disappearing, so she has to start a new journey again to find the next fresh ground" notes GGG's press release.

The lush exhibition features Scher’s epoch-making works selected from her rich career, including posters, logo design, environmental design, book design and other small graphic works. 

    Furthermore, 16 works selected from the art Map series she has been working on for about 20 years, unveils another fascinating world of her multiawarded creativity.

    During the course of her career Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors and awards; she is a recipient of the National Design Award for Communication Design, the AIGA medal and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, among others. She is an established artist exhibiting worldwide, and her designs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum and other institutions.
She is the author of “Make It Bigger” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002) “MAPS” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) and “Works” (Unit Editions, 2017). 

    Scher holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art and a Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Moore College of Art and Design. A documentary on her and her work can be seen in the 2017 Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design.

    More info here

    All images @ Paula Scher via Ginza Graphic Gallery

  • AG Design Agency and the architecture of a very typographic rebranding

    AG and its founder Alexandros Gavrilakis believe that in order to build a successful brand, you have to live it before you try to create it. "Υou need to get to its core, to understand it, to feel its energy. Only then you can make it seem effortless" notes Gavrilakis and although he and his multi awarded team of designers have not built any iconic building on their own, they did rebrand a historic architecture practice, Vikelas Architects, with grace and typographic glory.

    Ranked as one of the most important architecture and design firms in Greece, Vikelas Architects have designed and supervised over 800 projects over the  past seven decades with the Athens Tower (1969), the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (1976, in collaboration with P. Michaleas), the Astir Palace Hotel, (1979, in collaboration with architects Em. Vourekas, S. Molfesis & K. Dekavallas) and the Museum of Cycladic Art, (1985) being among the most prominent ones.

    AG Design Agency had to meet the challenge of creating a piece of work that reflects VA’s reputation and long-lasting presence therefore a brand identity system with a timeless feel was the only option.

    "The typographic system offers perfect flexibility for adapting the concept onto any possible design needs and applications, always by keeping the architects’ work in the forefront position" notes AG. "The logo represents a ten story building created using the architect’s name, a wordmark with symmetry and vertical structure and a linking relationship with the architects’ work". 

    Explore AG's versatile rebranding of the iconic Vikelas Architects here

    Images @AG Design Agency

    Vikelas Architects Branding from AG Design Agency on Vimeo.


  • Bauhaus 100: Harvard pays tribute to the influential art movement that defined us

    Mounted in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany the "Bauhaus and Harvard" exhibition presents nearly 200 works by 74 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive Bauhaus collection. 

    Founded in 1919 and closed just 14 years later, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. Harvard University played host to the first Bauhaus exhibition in the United States in 1930, and went on to become an unofficial center for the Bauhaus in America when founding director Walter Gropius joined Harvard’s department of architecture in 1937. Today the Busch-Reisinger Museum houses the largest Bauhaus collection outside Germany, initiated and assembled through the efforts of Gropius and many former teachers and students who emigrated from Nazi Germany, including Anni and Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Lyonel Feininger, and László Moholy-Nagy.

    The exhibition features rarely seen student exercises, iconic design objects, photography, textiles, typography, paintings, and archival materials. It explores the school’s pioneering approach to art education, the ways its workshops sought to revolutionize the experience of everyday life, the widespread influence of Bauhaus instruction in America, and Harvard’s own Graduate Center (1950), the first modernist building complex on campus, designed by Gropius’s firm The Architects Collaborative

    The curated by Laura Muir, research curator in the division of Academic and Public Programs, is organized by the Harvard Art Museums.

    "The Bauhaus and Harvard" exhibition is on through July 28, 2019. More info here

    Design for a Multimedia Trade Fair Booth, Herbert Bayer. Opaque watercolor, charcoal and touches of graphite with collage of cut printed and colored papers on off-white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

    Bauhaus Books No. 12: Bauhaus Buildings, Dessau, László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

    Black and Red Color Exercise, Hansgeorg Knoblauch. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum.

  • In Memoriam: Lili Cassel Wronker (1924-2019)

    “When I create letters or illustrations,” said the renowned calligrapher and illustrator Lili Wronker in “Love Is a Fine Pen” a short film about her by Chhaya Bhanti and Terrence Tessaro. “I don’t deliberately analyze why, how or when. The answer comes from within, from instincts, from memory, from past knowledge. The whole process of drawing and writing, to me, is as mysterious as life itself” reports NYT.

    Wronker died on Jan. 10 at a hospital in Mount Holly, N.J., near her home in Medford, her son, Eytan, said. She was 94.

    A typophile par excellence and in deep love with Judaism, Wronker was a founding member of the Society of Scribes in New York. Her typographic work could be seen in "hundreds of book jackets between the 1940s and ’60s. Her love of Judaism — a reflection of her heritage more than religious passion — found artistic expression in her Hebrew calligraphy, which appeared in fine-art books and magazines. Her scholarly knowledge of the field led her to record a video about the history of the Hebrew alphabet".

    Her story is amazing and in these times of bigotry it should be reminded to many. "Lili Cassel Wronker (b. Berlin, 1924) left Germany after Kristallnacht and came to the U.S. by way of London in 1940. In New York she attended the Washington Irving High School, where she was afforded the opportunity to study art for four hours a day. At fifteen, she had already read and absorbed Edward Johnston's works. After studying at the Art Students' League, she worked as assistant to calligrapher Arnold Banks, then art director of Time" notes Jewish Virtual Library.

    Wronker has acknowledged that her greatest influence in the study of Hebrew calligraphy came through her friendship with Elly Gross, who introduced her to Franzisca Baruch, Jakob Steinhardt, Ismar David, Henri Friedlaender, and Emmanuel Grau when she visited Israel in 1948. This refugee of war has exceled in integrating the Hebrew and Latin alphabets throughout her life.

    "Her passion for calligraphy led her to leave a note to her children about 20 years ago that outlined the lettering she wanted for her gravestone. 'This is nothing to cry about' she told them. 'I just hate ugly lettering'" reports NYT.

    Read her obituary here.

    All images via Wronker Family