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  • #TGIIF: The only Instagram account to follow this Friday is @benjohnstondesign

    Constantly self-motivated the young and talented Toronto-based Ben Johnston divides his time between creating shocking letterings, pretty customized typography and murals, while he is busy responding to demanding corporate identities. 

    "I am inspired by pretty much anything around me" Johnston told Typeroom

    Now we revisit his stunning portfolio thorough his Instagram account filled with typographic murals and letterforms in all the wrong and right places. 

    Check his adventures here

  • Eyes open wide with Optician Sans, a typeface inspired by LogMAR chart

    Optician Sans is a free typeface based on the 10 historical optotype letters seen on millions of eye charts around the world, finalising the work that was started decades ago.

    Developed by creative agency Anti, the custom font has a full set of characters adding to the ten letters – C D H K N O R S V Z – used in historic optotype eye test charts.

    The universal optometrist eye charts have been around for decades and seen by millions of people worldwide. The first standardised chart was created by Hermann Snellen in the Netherlands in 1862, before Louise Sloan designed a new set in 1959. These letters make up the now universal chart for testing visual acuity, also known as the LogMAR chart, which was developed by National Vision Research Institute of Australia. But ever since 1959, they have consisted of only 10 letters.

    With Optician Sans, Anti finalised the work that was started decades ago by creating a fully functional typeface based on the historical optotype letters, including numbers and special characters.

    The project was initially instigated for the visual identity of a Norwegian optometrist called Optician-K, the "K" standing for the Krogh family who have been in the optometry business since 1877.

    Learn more here.

  • Sex, football and movies: Typeroom's top five posts of 2018

    Renowned for his pioneering typographic works, Chris Ward delved into the English typographic heritage (eg. Gill, Flaxman, Johnston etc.) for England's World Cup Kit 2018, the most viral of all fonts in this year's Typeroom typographic newswire. 

    “Parts of the type actually quote aspects of other fonts to feel  a little more familiar – the W in Railway Sans in particular, and the flare of the alternate R is a nod to Gill. I also included a perfectly circular O should they want to use it” notes Ward of his project.

    Other posts that made it to the top are our tribute to the iconic Stephen Hawking, the best type design in cinema ever, the redesign of The Guardian and our talk with award-winning art director and educator Mirko Ilić on "Head to Toe: The Nude in Graphic Design". 

    A bold collaboration with Steven Heller, the renowned design critic, author, art director, and educator, that chronicles the myriad myriad ways the human body is shown, implied, drawn and painted upon, politicized, abstracted, and illustrated to convey all manner of messages, both artistic, and commercial. 

    Discover the top five of Typeroom's most viral features as follows:

    5. Head to Toe: Mirko Ilić & Steven Heller bare it all in their latest xrated publication

    4. What the Guardian’s tabloid format says about print today

    3. From Alien to Seven: 7 times typography ruled the silver screen

    2. Stephen Hawking's words of wisdom

    1. Craig Ward on his typeface for England World Cup Kit 2018 for Nike

  • David Carson and more in The Vinyl Factory's favourite record sleeves of 2018

    "Stunning artwork, ambitious box sets and audacious typography" are featured in the Vinyl Factory's annual best of in graphic design in discography.

    VF's John Foster presents his best of 2018's record sleeve design and David Carson's non conventional type design for John Coltrane's long lost album is among his favorites. 

    From Braulio Amado's "digital reinvention of the airbrush" and graffiti-inspired hand down type experiments for Róisín Murphy on her 4×12” series through Post Typography's "dystopian" visual interpretation of Beach House’s 7 this dozen of beauties "are included for their imagery, typography, layout and finishing techniques, and include new interviews with the designers involved to give you a personal insight into pinnacle of record sleeve design and music packaging in 2018".

    Explore the list here

    Images @The Vinyl Factory

  • Have a very Merry Christmas like the 70s with Linda Powell's festive posters

    Linda Powell's graphic design for Herman Miller's festive posters are a vintage beauty of holiday elegance. 

    Designed for the annual Herman Miller employee Christmas party, the four posters are speaking of those distinctive "Sounds of Christmas", the theme for 1978's fest. 

    Instead of designing one poster incorporating many sounds, Powell designed four posters, each focusing on one sound: Ho Ho Ho, Fa la la la la, Smack, and Jingle.

    Peggy Ann Rohde, Tomoko Miho, Barbara Loveland, and Linda Powell are the female forces that made the brand stand out during the past and Meg Miller's article on the AIGA’s Eye on Design site, “The Lesser-told Stories of the Women Who Shaped Herman Miller” sheds some light on the women that defined an era. 

    Discover more of their work at the Graphic Design Archives of West Michigan here