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Knud V Engelhardt Memorial AwardFebruary 11, 2015

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Henrik Kubel of A2-Type is the recipient of Knud V. Engelhardt Memorial Award, 2015. The award ceremony will take place in the Design Museum Danish Design Workshop on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 from 17.00 to 18.30.

The Board of Trustees write: ‘The letter, for Kubel, is an elemental form. The consistent focal point in his work is font drawing and layout. A font designed for a specific project always gives a new original identity and character for the specific task — no matter whether the scale of the finished project; be it a small stamp, a book, a website, an institution’s visual identity, a poster or a total exhibition design…. Kubel‘s design solutions combine a certain brash directness and boldness with a refined conceptual framework, strong design details and a strong relationship to the project‘s content.’

The Knud V. Engelhardt Memorial Award is one of the few Danish scholarships named after a particular designer and is given to a different contemporary design practitioner each year. The scholarship is named after a deceased Danish design pioneer, Knud V Engelhardt (1882-1931). It was founded in 1932 and has been given annually since 1933, to a designer who ‘has proven to possess strong design skills, preferably in the areas that constituted the core of KVE ‘s work: street furniture design for the home, tools, letterpress, type and textile design.’

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Communication ArtsJanuary 5, 2015

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Ogg, designed by Lucas Sharp, received the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts magazine, and it was featured in their 5th Typography Annual.

Communication Arts writes: ‘This year’s Typography Annual includes several firsts. For the first time, selection required a unanimous vote, a testament to the quality of submissions and the enthusiasm of our jury. Also for the first time, student work was welcomed to the competition, in its own category. Again, the level of quality was high, and the judges awarded 19 student projects a place among the 140 total projects selected.

‘Compared with previous typography competitions, this annual features an increased use of custom letterforms and hand lettering. Also in contrast to the last several years, where we saw the frequent use of just a handful of popular typefaces, you’ll see a greater variety of typefaces in use. In fact, out of the 119 typefaces featured in this year’s annual, only 5 are used twice.’

New release: QueueDecember 9, 2014

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Technology and humanity are becoming more and more intertwined every day. We are increasingly experiencing the subtleties of life through devices that speak the unsubtle language of 1s and 0s. We interact with these devices through an unnatural communication protocol that has quickly become second nature to us. I find this fascinating and I thought it would be fun to try to capture this aspect of the zeitgeist in the form of a typeface.

Queue is the result of this experiment.

Read on and see Queue here

New release: Domaine Sans SupersetNovember 9, 2014

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The Domaine Sans Superset, designed by Kris Sowersby of Klim, is a trio of contrast sans serif typefaces. Kris Sowersby writes: ‘Domaine delved into the unpopular Latin typeface genre. Domaine Sans is an exploration into another unpopular genre of typefaces: sans serifs with contrast. Sans serif typefaces with contrast are not very common these days. I suspect the spectre of Optima hampers their use. In my opinion, it’s the first cogent typeface with contrast. I think Optima is a wonderful typeface, but anecdotal evidence suggests it’s still quite divisive amongst graphic designers.’

Klim’s Domaine Superset, four individual typefaces, was published in 2013

Domaine Sans follows the similar structural logic as Domaine. Domaine Sans Display and Fine have exuberant detail and high contrast, whereas Domaine Sans Text is more robust and pragmatic for extended text setting. The Display and Fine Italic styles have swash caps alternates for all uppercase letters.

Typesupply + TypeNite / MICA September 22, 2014

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On September 22, 6:30pm, Abbott Miller, Tal Leming, Ellen Lupton and alums from MICA’s Graphic Design MFA program will explore type at work on page, screen, and the built environment; and celebrate the release of MICA’s new book, Type on Screen, and Miller’s new book, Abbott Miller: Design and Content.

Tal Leming is known worldwide for his frisky and functional typeface designs. Residing in Baltimore, he is the founder of Type Supply and the creator of locally inspired typefaces such as Balto and Timonium.

His type family United, created with House Industries in 2007, was inspired by military lettering and has entered pop culture as a commonly used athletic font (appearing on Fox Sports and elsewhere). Tal teaches typeface design at MICA.

See more over at typenite

Redesigning Cooper HewittSeptember 10, 2014

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From a bold new font to a brand new name, hear how Cooper Hewitt is reimagining itself for the 21st century and how the museum’s new identity was conceived and designed. Join us as Eddie Opara (Pentagram) and Chester Jenkins talk with Caroline Baumann, Cooper Hewitt’s director, about the new graphic vision for America’s design museum.

Redesigning Cooper Hewitt
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
The Greene Space at WNYC
44 Charlton St. (at Varick St.) New York, NY 10013
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Reserve your tickets here.

A2-Type & New North Press’ 3D-printed letterpress fontSeptember 8, 2014

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Creative Review has profiled A2-Type & New North Press’s collaborative project:
A2-Type and London print shop New North Press have created a 3D-printed letterpress font. With a film about the project premiering at London Design Festival next weekend, we spoke to graphic designer Richard Ardagh and A2’s Henrik Kubel about the process…

The wire-frame letterpress font was 3D-printed by an architectural model maker

‘The word ‘letterpress’ usually conjures images of vintage prints and wood type, but A2 and New North Press’s letterpress font looks almost futuristic — made out of pristine white “chemiwood”, the wire-frame font was 3D-printed by an architectural model maker.

‘A23D will be available for use at New North Press’s letterpress workshops and the studio is selling specimen posters on its website from Wednesday. Filmmaker Adrian Harrison has also made a film about the project, which is premiering at a free screening at the V&A next weekend (September 13), as part of the London Design Festival (details here).’

Read the rest of the article on Creative Review’s blog….

New release: GandurSeptember 4, 2014

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Gandur is a display textura in three weights, split into two families: Alte — the German word for old — and New.

Gandur was inspired by other geometric texturas, specially Max Bittrof’s Element (1933). The design began by adhering to a strict hexagonal grid, but during its development, slowly moved from a purely geometric to a more pen-based design. This is especially true in the heaviest weights.

The differences between Alte and New are essentially morphological, with reflections in the character set and OpenType features.

Gandur New has a more humanistic, contemporary structure and is more ‘romanized’ then Alte. Gandur New also features small capitals.

Gandur New / Gandur Alte / Gandur Alte with historical long-s

Visit Gandur New & Alte to read on…