MuirMcNeil: new TenPoint type specimen and poster set to own
MuirMcNeil TenPoint is a modular type system constructed from configurations of a single open cell within a fixed grid and is the outcome of an experiment in a series of explorations where alphabetic forms have been reduce to the tipping point between their function as carriers of information and pure abstractions.
"All of these experiments operate on single dots — the most significant and ubiquitous elements of visual communications today — by enlarging and isolating them in order to diminish them to their lowest possible pitch" notes the design studio.
"The TenPoint specimen is typeset in multiple layers of MuirMcNeil TenPoint in scales that increase in resolution and complexity while remaining at the same point size throughout. The type specimen also features ‘Beyond Words. Typographic units at the limits of alphabetic writing’, a detailed study of MuirMcNeil’s work by the designer and educator Robert Hetherington, originally published on Design Observer.
"MuirMcNeil’s Point type systems question what a typeface is and what it does. By considering the various possible states of its existence, from language to object to image, they always return to the fundamental notion that the letter is dependent on both its own constituency and its relationship to something else" writes Robert.
The TenPoint specimen is a 16 page A4 publication, map-folded and printed in neon pink, aubergine and metallic bronze inks. A matching set of three TenPoint posters at A1, A2 and A3 sizes has also been published in limited quantities.
Copies of specimens and poster sets are available from the MMcN online shop here.