Fontsmith type design director Phil Garnham recently worked with students at Middlesex University to design brand-new typefaces inspired by 'The Future Starts Here' exhibition at the V&A. I particularly loved Antenna by Iveta Rihova. ‘The font is created out of fluid, organic, free form lines, representing tree ring pattern as well as signal transmission. Whispering trees converted into letterforms with abstract approach shall bring the world of nature and technology together.’
“I have always been interested in the topic of synesthesia and I wanted to explore typography together with sound” Zheng told Typeroom of her LOOK/HEAR project which explores the relationship between scenes and soundscapes, looking and hearing. “A system of aural and visual signals generates shifting typographic forms and triggers associations about people and environment”.
Chloe Berry is a final year Graphics Student at the Manchester School of Art University. She recently reached out to talk to me about the value of working analogue as part of an assignment she was working on which explored a tension between Analogue and Digital Practice. I asked her to tell me more about her work, creative practice and the Analogue/Digital project for this latest installment of the Student Spotlight.
Northern Block published Spencer (designed by Sofie Beier) which was based on super interesting research into legibility, homoglyphs and commonly confused forms in typography. This calligraphic semi-serif has been carefully designed to provide easily distinguishable letterforms that are practical in use, as well as aesthetically appealing.
Yoobee School of Design Christchurch presents a weekend Workshop from Internationally renowned Australian Typographer Wayne Thompson. Over the 2 days participants will practice ‘Hand Lettering’ both days using conventional drawing exploration and design of a piece of customised hand lettering. An Evening Lecture on the Sat from 5-7pm will be included – Subject – Font Licensing Copyright.
As typographers we understand the principle that challenging reading (where the reader has to slow and concentrate) can help aid retention (albeit frustrate the reader!) Melbourne-based RMIT University’s behavioural business lab and design school used this thinking as a basis for “Sans Forgetica”, which they say uses psychological and design theories to aid memory and learning
Publishing is often an exciting 'passion project' for designers and so unsurprisingly rarely gets the budget it needs making it a very expensive, long and at times painful process if the planning hasn't be done right. This Auckland based workshop is designed to help anyone who would like to dive deeper into the publishing world and avoid unnecessary pain.
Design's most prolific writer Steven Heller shares why writing matters and what designers need to know. Presented in collaboration with AIGA, the professional association for design, this 30-minute class will help you bring clear, creative communication into every project. Check out the class and get 2 months of skillshare premium for free.
I have plugged Robin Rendle’s Adventures in Typography newsletter here before but (now in its 25th edition) I feel it bears repeating! Adventures in Typography is a (mostly) weekly love letter to the written word. Topics include: calligraphy, lettering, display type, micro type, books about fonts, type specimens, neon lights, posters, morse code, stamps, literature, web design, and books about seeds, the content is always thoughtful, engagingly written and full of visual delight.