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  • Photographic portraits of Berlin’s astounding U-Bahn typography

    “I have a personal obsession with 70’s design and the Berlin U-Bahn is particularly rich with examples from this era” says Australian-born photographer Kate Seabrook to Creosote Journal’s Aurora King. “My favorite stations are mostly along the U7 between Berlinerstraße and Rathaus Spandau. I love tracing the development of 70’s pop art morphing into 80’s postmodernism during the journey. These stations were designed by Rainer G Rümmler. Pankstraße station on the U8 (also a Rümmler creation) is another favorite for the use of the fabulous ’70s Octopuss font designed by Colin Brignall. Coincidentally, the same font was also used for the cover art of a Blondie release of The Tide Is High. Changing lines at Fehrbelliner Platz is like going in a time machine. The U7 platform is a bold Rümmler design with a bright orange arrow guiding the train into the tunnel. Upstairs on the U3 platform you can see a more austere and classical early 20th century design by Wilhelm Leitgebel. More often than not, I will hone in on the typography and tiling rather than taking photos that show the wider atmosphere of the station and commuters” she added. Immerse yourself in the wonderfully diverse
    U-Bahn typography here.

    14Apr
  • The repetitive typography of our favorite City Guides du jour

    When Joseph Djenandji and Philipp Majcher founded 38HOURS in 2013, the travel experience got richer. Bringing their services to print, they decided to publish six city guides that alerted our typographic instincts. Designed by acclaimed Berlin based studio Node, the editions follow a simple, yet very effective format. Each of the A5 issues focuses on a different European city with direct references to the heritage of the place. Take Milan for example. “The typeface is a redrawn font called Sintex by Italian type master Aldo Novarese” told us Majcher. “The type reminds us of Italian 70s/80s bars – and maybe magazine and tobacco shops” he commented whilst the stylish repetitive typography brings the element of a very curated, on point, reference to the Italian fashion capital. The font and color of each edition convey a sense of insider-knowledge and capture the cities very accurately through typographic elements that inspire us to explore our habitat once again. Get your own copy here.

    30Mar
  • 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