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Anton Moglia and Jérémy Landes create an organic bespoke typeface for the last issue of Cercle Magazine

We were commissioned by Cercle Magazine to design a titling typeface for their last issue dedicated to the burning issue of Volcanos. Cercle has an history with bespoke typefaces as they ask a different designer(s) to create a new font for each of their annual issues. Together with them, we decided that this would be a libre font (surprise!!!) and that we would release it on Velvetyne the same day the magazine was published. This day was the 26th of April 2019.

Pilowlava is born from intense exhanges between Anton and Jérémy, each of them modifying the first sketches of the other. Anton started with a very curvy and dynamic script typeface that Jérémy calmed down with some tense curves and geometric outlines: strait lines, almost circular curves…

Sketches from Anton (left) and Jérémy (right)

Basic letters and their mirrored or shifted alternates

Pilowlava stays dynamic while being now more contained. The contrast of Pilowlava is always shifting, no singular orientation of repartition of the thicks and thins has been decided. This leads to an always changing text, where you don’t really know where the next explosion will come from. This is even enouraged by a set of alternates, mirrored versions of the basic glyphs, shifting again the dynamic. This could be useful for some logo work where you can pick the version of the glyph your prefer.

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Published on the 20 May 2019 by Jérémy Landesand Anton Moglia

Type Workshop: Imago Mundi Mei

[ENGLISH TRANSLATION BELOW]

Imago Mundi Mei est un atelier gratuit qui aura comme objet l’exploration graphique de deux méthodes méconnues : la typométrie et la psychogéographie. Il est proposé par la fonderie typographique Velvetyne dans le cadre du festival Fanzines! et en partenariat avec la Maison du Libre et des Communs.

Au long de cet atelier, nous concevrons ensemble des caractères typographiques dans un format carré qui, placés les uns à côté des autres (typométrie), nous permettront de dessiner des paysages émotionnels, conceptuels, psychologiques (psychogéographie).

Les participant.e.s sont prié.e.s d’apporter leurs ordinateurs portables pour pouvoir travailler dessus.

Où et quand

L’atelier aura lieu à La Paillasse (226 Rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Paris, métro Strasbourg-Saint-Denis) les 8 et 9 juin 2019.

Inscription

Pour vous inscrire, veuillez écrire un mail à : contact@velvetyne.fr (atelier gratuit limité à 20 places, merci de nous écrire si vous avez un empêchement et vous souhaitez libérer votre place).

Déroulé du workshop : 

Samedi 8 juin :

9h30 : accueil des participantes, café, thé.

10h pile : Présentation des objectifs de l’atelier, présentation sur l’histoire de la typométrie et de la psychogéographie.

10h45 : Distribution de post-it et pluie d’idées pour déterminer les concepts/symboles qu’on développera pendant le reste de l’atelier.

12h30 : Mise en commun des premiers croquis. Pause déjeuner.

13h30 : Retour à la production !

17h : Mise en commun des dessins, distribution du travail pour la journée suivante, joie générale.

Dimanche 9 juin :

10h : Point sur le dessin de caractères sur l’ordinateur. 

11h : Finition du dessin au papier des caractères, début de la vectorisation pour certains.

12h30 :  Pause déjeuner.

14h : création de la bibliothèque de caractères, partage de fichiers, finalisation de la version numérique des caractères. Création d’une petite publication sous forme de fanzine qui servira de guide utilisateur de la fonte (si le temps le permets).

18h - 21h : apéro, exposition des résultats, cartes typo/psychogéographiques partout.

Le caractère typographique créée pendant le workshop sera distribuée librement par la suite sous la forme d’une fonte open-source.

Hourra !

[ENGLISH TRANSLATION]

Imago Mundi Mei is a free workshop that will have as its goal the graphic research of two little-known techniques: typometry and psychogeography. It’s proposed by the Velvetyne Type Foundry as a part of the Fanzines! festival and in partnership with the Maison du Libre et des Communs.

During this workshop, we will create together typographic characters in a square format which, placed side by side (typometry) will allow us to draw emotional, conceptual, psychological landscapes (psychogeography).

Participants are asked to bring their laptop computers so we can work on them.

Where and when

The workshop will take place at La Paillasse (226 Rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Paris, Strasbourg-Saint-Denis metro station) the 8th and 9th june 2019.

Signing up

To sign up for the workshop, please write us a mail at : contact@velvetyne.fr (the workshop is limited to 20 people, please tell us if ever you can’t no longer come and you wish to give your place).

Workshop program

Saturday 8th june :

9h30 : Reception of the participants, coffee, tea.

10h o’clock : Introduction to the workshop’s goals, slideshow about the history of typometry and of psychogeography. 

10h45 : Distribution of post-its and brainstorming in order to choose the concepts/symbols that we’ll develop through the workshop.

12h30 : Overview of the first sketches. Lunch time.

13h30 : Back to production!

17h : Exhibition of the first drawings, distribution of work for the next day, general joy.

Sunday 9th june :

10h : Quick presentation about drawing type characters on screen. 

11h : Finishing the drawings on paper of the characters, begining of the vector versions for some of them.

12h30 :  Lunch time.

14h : Set up of the character library, file sharing, preparation of the final digital version of the characters. Design of a small publication (zine) that would act as a user’s guide (if the remaining time allows for it).

18h - 21h : aperitif, exhibition of the results, typo/psychogeographic maps everywhere.

The typeface produced during the workshop will be freely distributed afterwards as an open-source font.

Cheers!

Published on the 30 April 2019 by Ariel Martín Pérez

Behind TINY

Today in New York pop-up shop opening day.

The TINY font family was originally created at over the summer of 2018 as the visual identity for an experimental retail pop-up shop in Chinatown, New York City called “Today in New York”, or TINY for short. The shop was the result of an intern project at Verdes, a creative agency, between Jack Halten Fahnestock and Théïa Flynn. There they sold T-shirts and tote bags customized on the spot with a fancy (and stupid expensive) handheld inkjet printer called a HandJet EBS-250.

Printing a customer’s message on a shirt.

Two of the HandJet’s default typefaces, 16x10 and 7x5, were recreated into usable fonts for mocking up designs on tees and totes, respectively.

HandJet EBS-250 default typefaces 16x10 and 7x5 recreated as fonts.

T-shirt and tote back side mockup using 16x10 and 7x5, respectively.

5x4, the smallest type size found in the HandJet’s software using only 5 of the 16 available print heads, was also made. To take it a bit further and really play up the fun of the end product various widths were created but ultimately only used briefly as they were made last-minute.

Instagram post showing various widths of 5x4.

TINY 5x3 is just the initial release with a long-term plan to add additional widths up to at least 5x13, and variable axes in future updates. This debut release includes 1300+ glyphs and a variable dot size, which comes from the HandJet’s adjustable ink output feature.

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Getting carried away w/ excitement and forgetting to adjust the ink level for a thinner fabric.

Stay tuned :)

Published on the 2 April 2019 by Jack Halten Fahnestock
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