Typography is a progressing matter.
The evolution of typefaces is made with constant small steps.
Each generation of designers and engineers contributes to this long dialogue over shapes and the relation between them.
The past is part of the future, since reading and writing are based on conventions.
Some of these conventions are more elementary; the uppercase T is two lines, one horizontal the other vertical which are centred.
Other conventions are more flexible and open new possibilities.
The type design is based on the underlying technology.
For example, a font who was designed for letterpress has to be translated into a digital font.
It is not possible to just transfer it from one technique to another.
An important source are old specimen books from the 19th century.
These publications were made by the font publishers for print shops to decide which fonts to order and to use in their work.
Over the years I have collected a small compilation of these books and some interesting printed matter; here are some of my favorites.
08. 09. 2019
Its quit common to have a habit of collecting as a designer.
I have a great passion for evening outdoor typography; from signs to walls from paint to vinyl.
27. 08. 2019
Combining fonts can be a solid base for graphic design systems.
The possibilities are shear endless; playing with contrasts, making unexpected relationships or creating balance. Here are some samples of interesting mixes.
25. 05. 2019
The designer Diano Kitanovski based in Ljubljana created the visual identity of the honey company Mr.Bee using our typeface Koper.
The elegant design is based on homogeneous form language and haptic experience.
28. 02. 2019
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Upstatement the design studio based in Boston redesign and produced the website of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Messina Sans is used for the complete university website.
The Bern based design studio Atelier Pol designed the corporate identity of the architects MJ2B. The developed grid system based on the address block defines the uniform design through all applications. The minimalist typographic approach using our typeface Messina Sans works without the additional use of a graphic mark.
24. 09. 2018
“Das Rössli wandert”
I did use using our typeface Buenos Aires for the book “Das Rössli wandert”, published in the Edition R in Bad Ragaz.