36 days of type
I noticed this open project over on Instagram recently, organised by Alejandro López Becerro. There’s a huge variety of characters to look through including just these 3D designs by Alejandro himself.
While the main letters were going up in April/May the project still seems quite active. Search on Instagram #36daysOfType and #36days_<glyph name>.
I missed these intricate letter blocks at the start of the year. Julien Priez from Paris has created the ornamental letters to for a greetings card. I love the quirky pattern work, each is quite individual.
Typeframe: Render vs. Cardboard
OK, now I give up. After seeing so many extraordinary, life-like 3D type models I had assumed this beautifully complex ‘a’ was of the same mould. But no. This character has actually been constructed physically. It’s made me realise that the line between 3D rendered graphic shapes and real constructed shapes is now imperceptible.
This Bodoni ‘a’ is part of a personal project called Typeframe by Gerard Miró of Lo Siento a Design Studio based in Barcelona, Spain. The ‘internal structure’ of the character has been constructed from cardboard “undressing the letter to show its skeleton”.
London Transport Type
Last week I had the chance to visit the London Transport Museum in the old Flower Market building in Covent Garden Piazza.
I’d been meaning to go for a while, particularly after the 100th anniversary of Johnston’s pervading typeface last year, and to see the history of the iconic roundel logotype which first appeared in 1908.
With a rich visual heritage spanning 200 years there’s plenty of graphic design and typography to see. There’s a decent sized display dedicated to graphic design and signage of the transport system with lots of printed ephemera. However type and lettering examples cover everything: vintage buses, underground carriages, posters, wayfinding.
Above, you can see some print examples together with hand–painted signage, ceramics, metalwork, and even some beautiful Pouchée type in use.
Lovely work by Seth Mach of San Francisco. These were hand-patterned and then digitized. I like the ears of wheat. It would be nice to see some more well-recognised plant forms mixed with the abstract shapes.
These are so intricate. You can spot little faces in some of the letters; some obvious, some maybe imagined?
Jan Christian Bierpfaff, Alphabet of organic type from Libellus Novus Elementorum Latinorum, mid 17th century. Via flickr.
This ABC shows masterfully the new Rocaille ornament of the beginning Rococo period. It was designed by the Polish goldsmith Bierpfaff and engraved by his fellow Jeremias Falck.
I’m transfixed by the level of detail that have gone into these illustrated letters. The little people seem pretty happy in their typographic environments. The designs are from various alphabet projects by Jing Zhang, based in East London.
I was thinking that I wish my sketchbooks looked like this, rather than the pages of scattered letters and notes that they are, but of course these are a project in their own right.
I like the addition of the red character.
by Xelo Garrigós Pina
Despite being nearly June, it’s grey and chilly here in London. So what could be nicer than some woven type to warm up with? Embroidered Lettering by Sydney based twin designers, Maricor and Maricar. A cosy palette of colours too.
See more in previous posts: Sweater Letters & Golden Threads.
I really like these simple typographic “Patterns by Molly”. Molly Kennedy-Darling is a designer from Portland, Oregon, who is challenging herself to design a new pattern each week, setting a new theme each month. With the bold colours and jolly letter styles, they’d make great wrapping paper for designer gifts.
I like the shapes within shapes used used in these experiments by Ana Gomez Bernaus of California. Inspired in Spanish Mantillas (a veil worn over the head and shoulders).