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Typotheque is pleased to announce the release of Dance Writer as an iPhone/iPad app. Dance Writer converts text into a choreographed sequence of poses based on the shapes of the letters, enabling users to send animated messages to their friends via email, or just enjoy the graceful movement in full Retina-quality resolution on their own displays. http://dancewriter-app.com/

Download app here.

Starbucks using the popular font design, YWFT Hannah, on the front of their website. You can find YWFT Hannah at YouWorkForThem.

If you are interested in graphic design and typography, you do know the famous graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister. You can see his works as below:

Designing Minds: Stefan Sagmeister -Part 1

Designing Minds: Stefan Sagmeister -Part 2

Designing Minds: Stefan Sagmeister -Part 3

See his work at sagmeister.com/

Reverting To Type opens next week at London’s Standpoint Gallery and will feature new work by a host of letterpress practitioners from around the world, including Black Stone Press (Canada), IMPO$T (Australia), Prensa La Libertad (Argentina), Yee Haw! Industries (USA), and London-based Mr Smith (the star of our latest CRTV studio-visit film). Here’s a sneaky peak at some of the work…

Phil Baines’ print is a streetmap listing shop types. Size 445 x 570mm in an edition of 35. £60 each

The exhibition has been curated by Graham Bignell of New North Press and graphic designer Richard Ardagh. Besides featuring prints and publications by letterpress print practitioners from around the world, New North Press has also approached a number of artists, designers and writers – including Catherine Dixon, David Pearson, Phil Baines (his piece is shown above, detail shown top) and Vikram Seth – to collaborate with them to create new work.

“Reverting to Type aims to highlight the pioneers at the helm of the current resurgence of interest in letterpress,” says Ardagh of the show, “from computer-based designers with a desire to ply a craft with a tactile immediacy that has been lost with modern technology, to traditional presses finding new ways to revitalise their design output.”

This is the Hatch Show Print piece created for the show – with a nice detail shot below. it’s printed at 650 x 1020mm and is priced at £130


And this is the exhibition poster (above) which is printed at 535 x 770 mm in an edition of 180. A copy will set you back £30 (available from the show only). It was printed from this setting:

Here’s a film that the curators made to help publicise the exhibition:

Reverting to Type from Lima Charlie on Vimeo.

Reverting To Type runs from December 10 – January 22 2011 at Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD. For opening times etc, visit standpointlondon.co.uk

via Creative Review

DesignStudio in London has created a new design for the £2 coin, which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

The coin features the quote ‘In the beginning was the Word’, from John 1.1, and the design aims to demonstrate the original process of the printing press. The text appears in a reversed, mirrored version that protrudes, representing the printing block, and in a recessed correct version, representing the printed word.

The design for the coin enlarged, with a sketch of the actual sized coin shown below, alongside an enlarged version of the text that appears on the coin edge

As part of the design process, DesignStudio visited the British Library in London, to see one of the original copies of the Bible. “This was our first glimpse of the actual print and quality of the original document,” says Paul Stafford, DesignStudio founding partner. “After seeing the detailing of the text we knew we wanted to create a design that was a representation of the printing process.”

Other designs proposed by DesignStudio included two separate coins that were a mirror image of each other, also reflecting the print process. A sketch of this idea is shown above.

The team also proposed a single coin version which focused on the language aspect of the King James Bible (sketch shown above). This idea reflected the Latin/English tranlation of the Bible commissoned by King James, and the way it helped develop English into a worldwide language. The design features the first line from Genesis – ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’ – in both Latin and English.

The finished version of the coin, shown top, will launch on December 1 in a base metal collector version. Additional collector versions will be struck in silver and gold next year, with general circulation of the coin taking place later in 2011. via Creative Review

Martin Rack’s Design Made in Germany site has won the top prize in the first Web Fonts Awards, organised by Monotype Imaging

Monotype set up the awards to raise awareness of the Web Fonts technology which allows browsers to support ‘real’, licenced fonts of the designer’s choosing and to recognise best practice in its use. Rack’s site, issue five of an online design magazine, won both the Judges’ Choice and the publicly voted Community Choice categories.

Second place went to Quipsologies, part of the UnderConsideration site designed by Armin Vit and which he runs with his partner Bryony Gomez-Palacio.

Full details here. via Creative Review.

The alphabet created using Google Earth. via Construct.

Experimental Typography/Character Design Project

It’s a lovely typography. Get the FREE download. via Behance Network & official website.

Ariel Di Lisio reveals how to transform an existing font into a unique, attention-grabbing logo

When creating a new logo, it’s important to ensure that your design is unique: this requires researching and planning your concept thoroughly, and executing it carefully.

And it isn’t just the aesthetics of the logo you need to consider – you must also take into account where and how it will be used. How will your design operate in different media? Will it work across print, online and on stationery or other promotional material, and will it still work in smaller and larger sizes?

Your logomark should be provocative, convey its message clearly and effectively, and place the brand firmly in the spotlight. In this project, I show you how to achieve this using an existing font as a starting point. In this tutorial I take you through the process of creating a typographical logo from scratch, touching on all the essentials of transforming a font into a logo. (via Computer Arts)


Click here to download the tutorial for free

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