Designworks undertook a studio project Pepeha.nz – a website to help all New Zealanders introduce themselves in Te Reo Māori. ‘The Pepeha typeface is reminiscent of the land, the culture, the people and generations that have gone before us, both modern and timeless. Limiting the use of straight lines meant we were creating something that felt like each glyph was carved from the land itself. Something natural and formed organically.’
Designer and Artist Maria Monte’s work in illustration and letterforms is tremendous—and fantastic in scope. Excited about her opinions on creativity and craft Nate Burgos interviews Maria for the Design Feast series celebrating remarkable Makers. Maria gives a detailed peek into her world, from her beginnings to getting established to continually improving her illustrating-lettering talents to shaping a creative community—and being shaped by it for the better.
Design Assembly’s Lana Lopesi profiles the work of self-professed “margin-dwelling graphic designer” Katie Kerr. Who in addition to her commercial design work, has sco-founded the independent publishing house GLORIA. A research led- concern born from a desire to experiment with the full arch of book-making.
Wenting Zhang just launched her new side project today Font Playground a web-based tool to play with variable fonts. Built for three audiences; typographers who would like to play with the latest font technologies, UX designers to test UI experiments for variable fonts and other new upcoming font technologies, and type designers/foundries to showcase work-in-progress, cutting-edge font creations.
The Creative Independent (a resource of emotional and practical guidance for artists) published a survey about how creatives make money - interestingly - people who promoted their work 1-2 hours per week were more financially stable than those who spent 3 or more hours promoting/sharing their work. The findings are super interesting!
Creative work is self perpetuating. If you design and share the work you want to be paid for as side projects, clients will eventually start to engage you to create that work for them… Volvovski wanted to design more books, “But I wasn’t getting book work, and since I read a lot, I figured, for fun, as an exercise, I would do it anyway, to see what I came up with.” I love this project and the intent behind it.