His name is OSCAR and if there was an Oscar Award for bringing calligraphy and graffiti into one art form he would be a contender.
Explore the work of this German artist as he explores the typographic realm with various disciplines and stunning, abstract artistry.
"The technique of the strokes for every single letter itself is definitely based on calligraphic elements. The end results of my artworks I would more relate to graffiti. Personally I see more possibilities with graff. While most of the calligraphic artworks end up in mandalas or similar things, I prefer to combine elements of shadows, geometric structures, proportions and visualisations with it. I don’t like to set limits to my imagination" tells OSCAR in his interview with Montana-Cans.
The artist aptly named "Oscarconspiracy" on Instagram explained in the interview his smart approach to handstyles.
"I slowly started to break the form of each letter. First I built the letters out of strokes. What made it look more interesting, but a way to easy and boring about the time. So I restarted the whole thing and went back to the basic capital letters and tried to draw them as a whole, but for me with a recognizable style. After putting one letter after another, I was even more satisfied with the results of my scripts. That was and is the elementary base for my actual alphabets" he notes.
Created for Chartorama papers in order to present the new colour palette of the creative papers Keaykolour by Arjowiggins "Keaykolour Special Edition" is a brochure of colour and type.
The typographical brochure comes in two covers, giving the choice to the audience to select the one preferred, and highlight the spectrum of 48 papers.
"Based on the idea of linguistics, due to the difficult pronunciation of the papers’ names in our country, we created a typographical game by using Greek letters to write each name" notes the creative team. With fonts made by Parachute Typefoundry and creative direction by Regina Souli Studio and Common Ground Design Practice, Chartorama Papers' typographic game of colours will bright up your day.
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.
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.
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.