The space between type technologies is an area that stimulates and interests me. I chose to focus my research and curation for volume 04 of TypographJournal around that theme because I wanted to continue my own learning in that area - and the tension between analogue and digital mediums particularly continues to propel the creative play and letterpress experiments I conduct in the print pavilion...
Particularly exciting to me is designers creating new typefaces, which nod to a technique, technology or tool that precedes its genre (or time). Everything we create today builds on the work created by designers before us. We don't design in a vacuum, and I believe the contemporary design practitioners that understand that, - and the importance of the work that came before them, - are the designers doing the most exciting and innovative stuff!
One such designer is Warin (Joseph) Wareesangtip. His project Unhinted 96 won a D&AD New Blood 'best in show' in 2015. As we touched on in Volume 04 of the journal Font hinting is the process of fitting shapes into the coarse pixel grid of the digital environment. The better the hinting the more comfortably curves will represent and weight will be distributed in fonts for screen.
Unhinted 96 is an experiment of unhinting Adobe Garamond typeface. Inspired by examining the nature of how early digital type was rendered on screen. The early method of rendering text on screen was grid-fitting in which the operating system could only turn pixels on or off.
The job of a hinter is to make sure that every pixel of each character in a font will render properly in low resolution. This typeface is a celebration of the hinters, the backbone of the digital type era. Without them, the way that type is rendered on screen would look like Unhinted 96.
Joseph is a self proclaimedtypography nerd. And he is doing brilliant work! Unhinted 96 is a really clever typeface and a thoughtful exploration of what type technology means to our practice as designers today. I am excited about Joseph's future projects and look forward to profiling more of his work in pixels or print!