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Antwerp postcard Antwerp

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A postcard designed by Henrik Kubel to mark the launch of Antwerp

Antwerp is a 16th-Century typeface with contemporary proportions. The design is a free spirited amalgamation and interpretation of the all inspiring archives of type on display in the Museum Plantin-Moretus in the Belgium city Antwerp—hence the font’s name. The typeface was developed as part of Kubel’s studies at the Expert class Type design 2010–11 at Plantin Institute of Typography.

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Black Suburbia: from Levittown to Ferguson Typewriter

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AN EXHIBITION AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SCHOMBURG CENTER, DESIGNED BY PENTAGRAM

Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson is an exhibition presented by The New York Public Library’s Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. The exhibition examines the complex narrative of the African-American suburb from the 20th century to today, looking to communities such as Hempstead, NY, Ferguson, MO, and Shaker Heights, OH, as case studies for a contradictory yet hopeful dream. Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and team designed exhibition graphics and print materials for Black Suburbia which address the unique triumphs and challenges of the black suburban struggle.

THE EXHIBITION DESIGN COMBINES TYPEWRITER, OUTSIDERS, & FOUNDERS GROTESK

Developed in collaboration with the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Black Suburbia, tackles issues such as suburban segregation, institutional discrimination, and residential racism in black communities from the late 1800s to current day. Opara wanted to stress the severity of these issues in the exhibition’s logo, which sets type within an upside-down American flag. The application references the United States Flag Code, which states that the flag “should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” The red stripes of the flag are echoed throughout the titling of the exhibition.

The exhibition design combines A2–Type’s Outsiders & Typewriter with Klim’s Founders Grotesk.

Aperture magazine Regular

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Aperture Magazine unveiled it's redesign in February 2013—the year it turned 60!

A2/SW/HK redesigned the legendary Aperture Magazine using two of their custom typefaces, Regular and Register (which is yet to be released).

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The redesign was written up by paperspecs.com: ‘The editor’s note in the first newly designed issue credits A2/SW/HK with creating a publication that can “continue to assert itself as an object, through its tactile presence, dynamic typography, and high-quality reproductions—all housed in an elegant design geared toward both reading and viewing.”

‘The main portion of Aperture has been divided into two sections: Words (substantial articles) and Pictures (photo series and projects with minimal introductory text). The former deals with the more philosophical elements of photography, the latter demonstrates what all the fuss is about.’

Black Suburbia: from Levittown to Ferguson Outsiders

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An exhibition at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, designed by Pentagram

Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson is an exhibition presented by The New York Public Library’s Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. The exhibition examines the complex narrative of the African-American suburb from the 20th century to today, looking to communities such as Hempstead, NY, Ferguson, MO, and Shaker Heights, OH, as case studies for a contradictory yet hopeful dream. Pentagram’s Eddie Opara and team designed exhibition graphics and print materials for Black Suburbia which address the unique triumphs and challenges of the black suburban struggle.

The exhibition design combines Outsiders, Typewriter, & Founders Grotesk

Developed in collaboration with the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Black Suburbia, tackles issues such as suburban segregation, institutional discrimination, and residential racism in black communities from the late 1800s to current day. Opara wanted to stress the severity of these issues in the exhibition’s logo, which sets type within an upside-down American flag. The application references the United States Flag Code, which states that the flag “should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” The red stripes of the flag are echoed throughout the titling of the exhibition.

The exhibition design combines A2–Type’s Outsiders & Typewriter with Klim’s Founders Grotesk.

Parlour identity Typewriter

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A typographic identity program pairing Typewriter and Univers 39 Thin

Designer, Catherine Griffiths, writes: ‘Asked by Justine Clark and Naomi Stead to design a logo for a new community-based resource (part of a wider research project, Equity and Diversity: Women, Leadership and the Architecture Profession), we (JC, NS and I) set to work with FLO, derived from the name of Australia’s first registered woman architect, but this quickly changed when it was realised some of what she stood for was unfitting! By fate we were led to PARLOUR: “a space to speak — bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture”.

Ciutat Flamenco festival Regular

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The identity programme for Ciutat Flamenco uses a modified version of Regular

Ciutat Flamenco is a creative experimental festival that celebrates the traditions and influences of contemporary flamenco dancing, focusing in particular on the formal expression and interpretations of the dance form. Design by Avanti-Avanti Studio.

The designers created an expressively modified cut of Regular

Ttech / Sparks of Brilliance Outsiders

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Identity programme for Poptech's 2013 Camden conference

Marian Bantjes designed the identity for Poptech’s 2013 conference in Camden. She used A2-Type’s Outsiders, pairing it with an inventive set of photographic ‘sparks’ she created.

Bantjes writes: ‘Andrew Zolli at PopTech asked me to create an identity for the 2013 edition of the PopTech conference, themed “Sparks of Brilliance”. Poptech is a great conference that takes place every year in Camden, Maine. I spoke there a few years ago, and it is really a fun, intimate yet broad conference, so I was thrilled to do this project.’

The Nature of Photographs Typewriter

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Typewriter in use in this photography primer by Stephen Shore

The Nature of Photographs is the essential primer of photography, not only for students but for anyone with an interest in the medium. This book grew out of a college course that Stephen Shore, one of the world’s most influential photographers, taught for many years. In this book, Shore explores ways of understanding photographs from all periods and all types — from iconic images to found photographs, from negatives to digital files.

A primer on how to look at and understand photographs
‘The Nature of Photographs’ contains images from all eras of photography
The book’s aim is to describe the physical & formal attributes of a photograph

Optimum identity Regular

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Regular in use in the redesign of Optimum’s identity by Collins

Collins, the New York design firm behind the redesign writes: ‘Optimum, a division of Cablevision, offers cable, Internet, and voice service throughout New York, New Jersey, and much of the West.

The bright colors and bold forms in the typography are excellent counterpoints

‘The identity program we developed for them is part of our larger effort to improve their Optimum brand experience — from identity to interface design to customer service and experience design.’

A strikingly purple Optimum truck on the road

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