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  • Mario De Meyer’s mesmerizing typographic experiment

    Belgian graphic designer DM2 is a very patient creative individual. When he launched his “Alphablocks” into the Behance stratosphere everyone was amazed at how many different typographic styles and techniques he meticulously combined to breath life into this vibrant project of his. We decided to ask Mario De Meyer some questions and shed some light on this laconic freelancer.

     

    How much time did you spend on the project?

    Longer than I expected. I tried to do it in two months, on and off between other projects, but it turned out three. The project became bigger and bigger along the way with several elimination rounds to replace the weakest links and eventually to find out the way to ‘glue’ the whole project together in one cohesive piece.

     

    What inspired you to explore these different typographic techniques?

    I get inspiration from lots of things. Like many of us, I get my daily dose of inspiration on great sites like TYPORN, but I also get a lot of inspiration out of nature and music. The ‘V’ in this alphabet was actually inspired by a song that was playing which had a sharp/edgy electronic sound to it. Some of these letters started as sketches, others were already in my mind, some kept me busy for days to avoid ‘the obvious’. This project was the perfect excuse to use as a playground for exploring different styles and techniques and learn from this procedure.

     

    Do you have a favorite one?

    Although it’s pretty hard to pick just one, I think ‘E’ is a personal favourite of mine. This was actually the 3rd ‘E’ I designed for this project, as the previous two didn’t survive the elimination rounds.

     

    What are you working on now?

    I’m working on a submission for the goodtype-book and have a collab in the pipeline, I’m exploring some new techniques as well I discovered recently and I do hope I can share those results soon enough.

     

    What is typography to you?

    It’s hard to put it in words without describing the definition of it. Good typography has emotion and communicates with you on another level. It’s the thing that prevents you to turn the page and look a little longer.

     

    Please, share your mantra with us.

    Embrace your mistakes, learn from them and try to outdo yourself every time.

    24Mar
  • Paul Rand loved stencil typography for a reason. So do you.

    A follow-up to the cult typography volumes Scripts and Shadow Type, Stencil type, is the new book by design gurus Steven Heller and Louise Fili which compiles 60 years of this universal typographic style with photos from around the world. Hundreds of examples from the 19th through the 20th centuries are artfully selected and arranged by country of origin in this volume of constant inspiration in this Thames & Hudson publication. Stencils are ubiquitous in the fields of industry, military, traffic and transportation, as well as in the home, often applied as ornamental patterns on cabinets, walls and floors. Stencils are an affordable means of mass communication, a tool for designers, typographers, street-artists and rebellious movements alike. “When the letters are stencil, they seem to be cut out of the paper. They give a kind of visual illusion, something like transparency, as if it will be possible to see through the letter shapes” says Philippe Apeloig in the book. The stencil’s appeal lies in “the look and feel of vintage imperfection” adds typographer Jeff Levine. Stenciling is a low-cost, easy-to-use medium for bold messages and it will remain so as this inspirational volume proves one page after another. Get your copy here

    18Mar
  • The force is strong with Thiago Bellotti’s typographic wars

    The Star Wars legacy will continue, well, forever. The eighth Star Wars film may not yet have a title, but it does have a release date: at it annual shareholders’ meeting Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the follow-up to The Force Awakens will arrive in cinemas on 26 May 2017, according to a report in Variety. To celebrate this we present you with the witty, typographic project that São Paulo-based Thiago Bellotti created in December of 2014 for Diatipo event exclusively. “The main idea was to take some Star Wars quotes and twist them into a typographic joke, the results was some funny posters made with a lot of love and dedication” said the designer. “As a calligrapher, I took an adventurous journey into the lettering world”. May the force be with you too.

    16Mar
  • This is AnOther kind of masculine typography that matters

    Experimenting with type has always been a consistent theme in David James’ line of work. This is evident in many spreads that are exhibited online from his time as Creative Director at AnOther and AnOther Man magazines. “I suppose the type for AnOther Man now does look a bit dated,” he says. “Insofar as it’s been quite widely mimicked elsewhere. It seemed like quite a radical idea at the time, the idea of the font and the font system, whereas interestingly AnOther magazine, the way that design evolved, it was so pared-back to absolutely nothing – a single point size, 8.5 point throughout the magazine – it was so reduced.” His longtime collaboration with type designer Gareth Hague since 1990 resulted in the bold, struck lettering that is synonymous to AnOther Man masculine visual identity. As well as celebrating his work for AnOther, the exhibition marks the end of James’ collaboration with the company. “I want to focus on my own publishing projects from now on, to do pure creative publishing” he added. Everything That Matters can be found online here  

    12Mar
  • Ari Weinkle will fold and unfold the letterforms now and forever

    “In my work, I look to break apart and re-appropriate different forms such as the human figure, geometric and organic shapes, and typography” says Ari Weinkle. The always experimental artist, animator, graphic designer and photographer is based in Boston yet his universe is unique and pretty out of this world. “The system is simple; each letter is folded twice as if wrapped around a cube” he commented on Enfold, a smart as a whip typographic series created by folding letters that live, act and play like living creatures that inhabit his Typolandia. Check more of his stunning portfolio of works here.  

    09Mar