Rhett Dashwood has spent his spare time from October 2008 to April 2009 searching Google Maps in hopes of discovering land formations and buildings resembling letterforms. These are the typographic landscapes he has spotted in Victoria, Australia. Rhett works as the Director of Wade in Melbourne, Australia and is the founder of the online creative resource Heavy Backback.
I scanned this scrawled hand lettering from my 12-year-old cousin’s name tag at a family gathering. He wasn’t trying to create anything unique, but I found the result interesting. Perhaps similar lettering would be appropriate for a horror flick.
The three from this out of circulation Russian three ruble note caught my attention for it’s ornamentation and nested roman numerals. I separated out the three and placed it against a black background to call closer attention to the form.
New Letters and Lettering features amazing hand lettering designed by Paul Carlyle and Guy Oring. Published in 1943, this book served as a practical field manual for professional sign painters. This sample is categorized as “Old Fashioned Upper Case” and is one of numerous beautiful examples.
Mopa is a design and illustration group located in the Brazilian capital, Brasília. A visit to their website reveals an especially cheery approach with phrases like “Mopa believes in the good side of things.” Their portfolio is overflowing with a vivid 1980s color palette punctuated by CMYK. The font Lameira was inspired by Brazilian truck hand lettering and their Goteira font was recognized in the Letras Latinas Bienal. Be sure to check out the website and Flickr photostream of Mopa co-founder Rogério Lionzo.
TypeCon is the annual type convention run by the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). TypeCon is a reasonably priced design conference held in North America featuring many of the most respected names in type design, graphic design and education. This year TypeCon is being held in Atlanta from July 14-19 and “Rhythm” is the theme.
SOTA commissioned Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio, the New York founders of Under Consideration, to design the TypeCon2009 logo. They have posted a behind the scenes look at their design process on the Department of Design website. Interestingly, the logo takes on various configurations to represent the concept of rhythm.
I will be attending TypeCon in Atlanta this year. For anyone who is interested in attending, be sure to visit the TypeCon website.
Early registration – through April 27
SOTA members: $235 pro/$125 student
Non-members: $275 pro/$150 student
The replacement and erosion of hand painted signs in public spaces has become an increasingly common phenomenon. In an effort to document these typographic treasures before they disappear forever, Mark Spurgeon of Christchurch, New Zealand began taking photographs of the signs he encountered in New Zealand and Australia. Mark recently launched Preserve as an online archive of hand lettered signage. Preserve is evolving into a collaborative project with contributions now being accepted from the public. More information is available at www.preserve.co.nz Mark works as a designer in Christchurch for Strategy Design.
Sanna Annukka is a half Finnish/half English illustrator and printmaker working in London for the agency Big Active. She graduated with BA hons in Illustration from the University of Brighton in July of 2005. Her work is inspired by her time spent in Finland as a child and the reknown Kalevala Finnish collection of folklore songs. Though only a small portion of her work is typographic in nature, her illustration and design sensibilities make for noteworthy typographic creations.
Alex Trochut is a freelance designer living in Barcelona, Spain who loves combining type and illustration. Alex creates work that is both experimental and solid in execution. With superb draftsmanship he brings an array of concepts to life. Several of his typographic posters are available for purchase through his website. The Hyper Spectrum poster shown below can be purchased through the Indie Merch Store.
Mehmet Gözetlik works as the Creative Director for Antrepo Design, the company he co-founded in 2008 along with Handan Akbudak in Istanbul, Turkey. Previously, as a Senior Art Director for Zebra Design, he worked for several prominent western clients including Nike, Camper and Tommy Hilfiger. Mehmet graduated in 2008 with a MFA in Visual Communication Design from Bilgi University in Istanbul. For his graduate thesis he created the Modul Font Family, designed to function within the limited pixel grid used by computer screens and mobile devices. With modular construction and monospace proportions, Modul is especially suited for computer programming, terminal emulation and tabular data layout. It is designed to function just as easily at 72 dpi as it does at 300 dpi. Modul is coined a “next generation font for better screen performance.” When anti-aliasing is turned off, it still holds up. 97 international designers provided feedback for Mehmet during the 8,760 hour design process. Mehmet claims he went through 23 boxes of vitamin omega 6 and 96 boxes of eye drops througout the process. In contrast, the goal of Modul is to make on screen information easier on the eyes. Modul was created in Macromedia Freehand 11 and produced using Fontlab 4.5 and is now available in two styles at the online Antrepo Shop. Also be sure to check out the Antrepo blog.