Type in the environment

On a recent weekend visit to Llandudno (North Wales) I came across a range of typographic signatures made out of Limestone. They were located on the summit of the Great Orm headland by tourist, visitors and walkers.

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Some of the names had slowly been moved over the years probably due to the sheep that graze on the Orm.

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Here is an example that is almost unreadable.

Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic

Tutors often recommend the Wellcome Collection to anyone passing through, or more likely waiting at Euston. Just over the road from the station, the Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that hosts free exhibitions and collections; as well as having a great cafe, shop, reading space and pristine water closets.

After this year’s New Blood, we went to the current exhibition – Smoke and Mirrors – which has a great range of objects on display. A video depicting a staunch defence of seances by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the box in which Debbie McGee was regularly cut in half in, a Manchester-made Spirit Horn; but also some beautiful examples of typography. Some hand-rendered, some set in woodtype and some bookplate. But all quite unexpected.

A few snaps that we took are below, but please pop in if you’re passing through.

Type & Grids

A wall of inspiration

A wall of inspiration

The first year graphic design students have recently completed their primer project in typography and the art of layout, simply known to Preston tutors and alumni as Type & Grids. The project is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the work of typographers and designers from the late 1800’s up to present day, and offers a starting point for the young designer to start to comprehend the craft and rigour that typography of the highest order demands.

It is a particularly pleasing project as the leaps in design ability can be registered throughout the timeline of the project and seen visually from the initial pencil sketches to initial layouts to finished artwork. Simply, the innate ability of the young designer could not produce the standard of work at the final crit on day one.

It is also a project of no shortcuts; the main component is time, time taken to understand, collate, design, redesign, redesign, edit and amend. So on and so forth.

All tutors - from graphics and beyond - have commented on how strong the work looks, and how well it has dressed the room for Conference Week 8. All in all a great body of work and start to semester 2.


The first pin up:

INTERIM PIN UP:

FINAL CRIT:


MOCKED UP:


STUDENT EXAMPLES:

Letterform Archive

A fantastic resource discovered by Pete, Letterform Archive is a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, publishing, and community. Basically, an online archive of type, with a search function as simple (and powerful) as sites we know like designspiration.

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search functionality

It requires a membership, but priced at $2.50/month for students is well worth it for the vast archives that can be accessed.

 

We hold physical and digital artifacts in a variety of formats, including books, periodicals, posters, sketches, original art for reproduction, and related ephemera, as well as a robust reference library. Together, these works chronicle the history of written communication, from the invention of writing and medieval manuscripts to modernism, the age of print to the present explosion of digital type. See a sampling.

The Archive doubled its holdings in 2015 by acquiring the typeface specimen collection of the late Dutch publisher Jan Tholenaar. Recently donated archives include Emigre, pioneers of experimental digital design; Ross F. George, author of the Speedball textbooks; and Aaron Marcus, a seminal figure in computer graphics. Also featured prominently in the collection are Rudolf Koch, Jack Stauffacher, Irma Boom, and Piet Zwart.

 
Type books, lots of lovely type books

Type books, lots of lovely type books

Back to School

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I was lucky enough to be invited back to my old primary school in Orton Cumbria this week to run a typefaces project with all the pupils. We had a great day creating a range of animals and characters made up out of a variety of type. The children were very responsive and creative as you can see below.

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Slide show of some more examples

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Well done everyone and Happy Christmas to all the staff & pupils!

Morecambe Typeface

Here we feature Heather Armer’s Morecambe typeface project from her final year show in 2012.

A- Z of Morecambe

A- Z of Morecambe

Numerals & Punctuation

Numerals & Punctuation

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Detail - 1

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Detail - 4

Detail - 4

Poster - 1

Poster - 1

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In Print

In Print

ipad application

ipad application

Book of Postcards - Cover

Book of Postcards - Cover

Book of Postcards - detail

Book of Postcards - detail

Packaging application

Packaging application

Heather’s display face design was drawn from observed shapes taken from in and around Morecambe’s sea front environment. The resulting designs, combined with a beautifully considered colour palette, make for an elegant bespoke type face.