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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.’

Read on here

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

Greg Lindy / LuxTypo. / Los Bangeles featureNovember 29, 2014

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‘We discovered Greg’s work online and were immediately impressed by it. His portfolio includes assignments for The Getty, Sundance Institute, and the Autry Museum, among others. After contacting him, we received a booklet of his called ‘Hecho in Los Angeles’ together with an awesome shirt. This led to us having a great conversation about Greg’s path as a designer and typographer, the industry’s changing landscape and what the future holds.

‘Tell us something about yourself

‘I’ve been in LA pretty much my entire life… You know, moving here as a small kid I’ve spent quite some time, I’ve seen the good and the bad. The good is, quite honestly, is the weather and the openness, when you’re not tied down to a certain place. It’s also part of the drawback that things are so spread out, but you can go the beach one day, you can go to the desert… The majority of days are really nice, actually the funny thing is it rarely rains, but it’s raining today! (laughs) The weather does have quite a bit of an effect, yeah.

‘Creatively-wise, what’s really nice about Los Angeles is that it’s messy, it’s not contained, you have to work and search for it. Whereas I think in some place, particularly in New York, it’s all very nicely packaged, and LA is a little bit messier. It’s kinda like the treasure hunt, when you search and you find it, it tends to have more value for you. Also I think the attitude here is different… There’s a lot more optimism, everything seems possible. It’s not ‘fenced in’, so to speak, like maybe New York, or even maybe San Francisco, it’s very open and expectations are kind of low. You know how New York sort of thumbs their nose at Los Angeles for not having culture, I think that’s great because when cool stuff happens it’s even more special.’

Read the rest of the Los Bangeles feature 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.