There are few things I love more than or equal to typography but hockey is certainly a contender. I came across Kevin Zwirble during the playoffs this past season and while I was crossing my fingers his beloved Bruins would lose to my dear Blackhawks, I was also hoping they’d adopt some of his stellar design concepts for the team.
Renner meets Dali in Alexis Gallo‘s type experiment, Form. Gallo, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, used Futura as a reference while creating this distorted typeface for a school project. Gallo was also inspired by the famous melting clocks in Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory.
Lost Type Co-Op, the pay-what-you-want type foundry that brought you Homestead and Cylburn, both of which I featured in my post on fall fonts, is up to something else pretty neat. Starting on Oct. 6th, a team of ten contributors will scour New York City for inspiration on what they’re calling a ‘Field Trip’ or Field Trip NY.
For those of you not in California, or the near season-less Southwest, fall is here or at least near. Time to trade in the summer neons for earth tones and consider some other seasonal design trends. I searched through the work of several foundries and designers for affordable options and pick out a few typefaces that I wouldn’t mind seeing good, legal use of this autumn.
Homestead – Lost Type Co-op, pay what you want
There are so many typefaces from Lost Type suitable for fall but I tried to limited myself to just one (it didn’t work). For my first choice I settled on Homestead after debate with some of my type pals. Homestead, designed by Luke Lisi, is a hearty slab serif with a various texture options reminiscent of plaid flannel. The typeface also had a bit of a varsity feel without feeling too hokey, particularly in the M, making it a great font for football season and school-themed worked. While it’s only available in all caps, it also comes with an inline option, which makes it even more versatile. And if Lumberjacks had offices with nameplates, I am pretty sure they would be in Homestead.
Matt Innes and Saori Kajiwara bring font and furniture together in their functional collaborations. Together they have made tables out of Kanji characters and ampersands, as well as, a unique bookshelf and an incense holder. The two started with the EastWest tables after becoming interested in the structural qualities of Kanji, or Chinese characters that the Japanese language adopted that developed from brush strokes. Innes said they could see the modular structures with repeated elements that Kanji has refined into, would make for “surprisingly functional and beautiful objects.” Only slight changes were made to the form of the East and West characters to make them into beautiful physical structures.