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  • Stunning new identity for Helsinki Design Week's 10th anniversary

    Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. For its 10th anniversary HDW commissioned Kokoro & Moi to work on a new identity based around the theme “Taking the Leap”, inspired by the festival’s move to a year-round online platform by launching new, bilingual online design media. For the identity, Teemu Suviala and Antti Hinkula revised and reconstructed the 10-year-old logo – depicting a designer’s ruler marking out seven weekdays – to better respond to the new phase of the evolving festival. “The ruler was given a new, more abstract form as a bold and dynamic pattern taking over empty areas,” Kokoro & Moi said. “Comprehensive bespoke typography families, HDW Sans and HDW Mono, were created for all communication purposes. To visualize the theme ‘Taking the Leap,’ the 10th anniversary campaign was illustrated with athletic and graphic photography by Osma Harvilahti.”

  • Help these Ladies of Letters in their praiseworthy task

    “A big-hearted collaboration” says Carla Hackett of her humane and beautiful crafted project with her studio partner Amy Constable. The hand-lettered alphabet of drop caps called ’Alphabet City’ aims to play an active part in creating a better world – a percentage of the profit goes to support The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, an organization that aims to raise the national language, literacy and numeracy standards, especially in remote and marginalized communities in Australia. Grab your own copy from the Ladies of Letters project and help Carla and Amy to raise AU$1000 and set up a community Share-a-Book library, here.

  • Alphabet of Sorts, a stunning full metal ornamental alphabet

    You have to give credit to Jen Farrell. The principal designer and printer at Starshaped Press, a design studio that began in 1999 and specializes in the craft of letterpress, created a series of letterforms built entirely out of antique printers’ ornaments which were individually printed on notecards designed to be mixed and matched. In this “Alphabet of Sorts” each letter is composed of printers ornaments, arranged by hand and then letterpress printed. Created entirely with metal type this stunning project will have typophiles excited and ready to collect a limited edition artist book dedicated to it. In partnership with Wells College Press, this 6×9” “An Alphabet of Sorts” publication will be available this Spring and can be pre-ordered here.

  • Brand new year, brand new Cooper Hewitt identity by Pentagram

    Following a three-year renovation, Cooper Hewitt is back with a bang. A bold new graphic identity, website, signage, way-finding and exhibition graphics created by none other than Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and Eddie Opara and their teams is here to remind us that a revitalized institution needs a new visual aesthetic. Opara’s customized characters for the museum word-mark have been fully developed into a new typeface, Cooper Hewitt, created by Chester Jenkins of Village in collaboration with Pentagram. The typeface is used throughout the museum’s graphics and is also available free to the public, who are encouraged to utilize it in their own designs. “We are spreading good design by making our elegant new typeface, Cooper Hewitt, available as a free download on, as well as collecting it as an important example of the design process,” says Caroline Baumann, the museum’s director, of the font that has also been acquired for the institution’s permanent collection. This contemporary sans serif with characters comprised of modified geometric curves and arches evolved from a customization of Galaxie Polaris Condensed that Opara originally commissioned for the identity. The new font is redrawn from scratch, using the existing forms of Polaris as a rough guide. Opara and his team also collaborated with Cooper Hewitt on the design of the website, publications and exhibition graphics. “Cooper Hewitt’s new identity plays it straight, with no play on visual or theoretical complexity, no puzzling contradiction or ambiguity, no distracting authorship,” says Opara. “Function is its primary goal, and ultimately the logo is important, but not as important as what the museum does.” For more info on this project, check here and here.

  • Time for some amazing lettering made in California

    Based in Los Angeles, California, Ana Gomez Bernaus is a big fan of a very Chet Baker philosophy. “The good way to go in life is to find something that you really enjoy doing, and then learn to do it better than anybody, and you won’t have any problems” this art director, letterer and illustrator explains on her site about her numerous projects that drive her towards perfection. Her Textappeal ii is all about “the texture of a word that defines its meaning”. Curvy and sensual, made of dots and lines, this lettering is the outcome of practice. “Since practice makes perfect, I believe that with perseverance anything is achievable” she adds and this is a mojo that any creative out there can relate to. For more “achievements” of her visit her portfolio here.