Pilowlava
In physics, the shower-curtain effect is the phenomenon in which a shower curtain gets blown inward with a running shower. The problem of the cause of this effect has been featured in Scientific American magazine, with several theories given to explain the phenomenon but no definite conclusion. As a second meaning, the fact that nearby phase front distortions of an optical wave are more severe than remote distortions of the same amplitude is called shower-curtain effect.
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In physics, the shower-curtain effect is the phenomenon in which a shower curtain gets blown inward with a running shower. The problem of the cause of this effect has been featured in Scientific American magazine, with several theories given to explain the phenomenon but no definite conclusion. As a second meaning, the fact that nearby phase front distortions of an optical wave are more severe than remote distortions of the same amplitude is called shower-curtain effect.
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In physics, the shower-curtain effect is the phenomenon in which a shower curtain gets blown inward with a running shower. The problem of the cause of this effect has been featured in Scientific American magazine, with several theories given to explain the phenomenon but no definite conclusion. As a second meaning, the fact that nearby phase front distortions of an optical wave are more severe than remote distortions of the same amplitude is called shower-curtain effect.
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Pilowlava (sic) was born as an intuitive, fast-paced creative feedback loop in which its creators tried to surprise one another. The result is a typeface that recalls cooled lava flows drawn with a compass. Striving to please both of its parents, Pilowlava seeks a balance between viscous energy and controlled geometry. This geometric approach lies on the shoulders of researches conducted by Swiss designer Armin Hofmann in his Graphic Design Manual edited in 1965. The structures of its glyphs are mostly derived from hand-written dynamics, that feed from both calligraphic and graffiti references. All these sweet inconsistencies produce a vacillating, fluctuating typographic colour, embodied by the almost-mathematical tension of its curves. Under a hardened crust, Pilowlava awaits the smallest temperature rise to recover its viscosity. The alternate shapes of certain letters play out these thermic accidents and raise the temperature of the text.

It takes its name from lava pillows, a natural phenomenon that is produced when lava is expelled by an underwater volcano, or when the lava flows of an emerged volcano encounter a body of water. In contact with the water, the lava flow is so hot that it's coated in a glass film. As it isn't totally cooled down, it transforms into smooth pillows that continue to slowly grow. This way, lava creates tubes and viscous balls that pile up and shape one another, and then they aggregate in puffy clusters that can measure several meters.

Pilowlava is available at Velvetyne from today on. It's cost-free and it can be freely used, modified and distributed for all of your burning needs.

On December 2020, we released a fork of Pilowlava by Vincent Wagner where most glyphs have been modelled in 3D to be used in 3D environments. Get more details and download these mesh files here.

Pilowlava got featured in Typographica's favourite typefaces of 2019. Read the article.

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Pilowlava est né d’un ping pong créatif, intuitif et rapide dans lequel ses deux auteurs ont tenté de se surprendre l’un l’autre. Le résultat est une typographie qui évoque des coulées de lave refroidie dessinées au compas. Essayant de plaire à ses deux parents, le Pilowlava joue d’un équilibre entre énergie visqueuse et géométrie contrôlée. Cette approche géeométrique s'appuie sur les recherches conduites par le designer Suisse Armin Hofmann dans son Manuel de Design Graphique publié en 1965. Les structures de ses signes sont pour la plupart issues de dynamiques manuscrites, allant piocher des inspirations tant calligraphiques qu’issues du graffiti. Toutes ces douces incohérences créent un texte au gris mouvant et vacillant, temporisé par la tension quasi mathématique de ses courbes. Sous une croute durcie, le Pilowlava attend la moindre hausse de température pour retrouver sa viscosité. Les formes alternatives de certaines lettres font vivre ces accidents thermiques et monter la température du texte.

Elle tire son nom des "lava pillows", ou laves en coussins, un phénomène naturel qui advient lorsque la lave est émise par un volcan sous-marin, ou quand les coulées de lave d'un volcan émergé rencontrent un corps d'eau. Au contact de l’eau, la coulée de lave est si chaude qu’elle se couvre d'une pellicule de verre. N’étant pas complètement refroidie, elle forme des coussins souples qui continuent de gonfler doucement. Les laves forment ainsi des tubes et des boules visqueuses qui s'empilent et se moulent les uns aux autres, puis s’agglutinent en amas boursouflés de plusieurs mètres.

Pilowlava est dès aujourd'hui disponible chez Velvetyne. Gratuitement et librement utilisable, modifiable et redistribuable pour tous vos usages brûlants.

En décembre 2020, nous avons publié une dérivation (un fork) du Pilowlava par Vincent Wagner dans laquelle la plupart des glyphes ont été modelés en 3D pour être utilisés dans des environnements 3D. Apprenez-en plus et téléchargez ces fichiers 3D ici.

Pilowlava a été sélectionnée comme l'une des typographies favorites de 2019 par Typographica. Lire l'article.

Versions history

This typeface is open-source. As such, it has been modified over the time and you can see here the different major versions it went by and the people working on these versions. You also can have access to the older versions of the files if you are a nostalgic person. Check all our design history on our fontlog page.

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    v1.0
    Pilowlava 3D

    Pilowlava 3D

    • Vincent Wagner of Studio Brot created a 3D model for a wide selection of latin glyphs of the Pilowlava font! Note that this work is not like a simple automatic extrusion. Vincent carefully sculpted every glyph, achieving the rounder and puffier rendering you could get. Note how the z-thickness of the strokes is not uniform, increasing and decreasing with the width of the strokes, but not linearly. The achieved effect is such as the one you would get by bending a metal tube. This work brings Pilowlava into the haptic world.

      Those 3D glyphs have been modeled for subdivision. Each single glyph is made from 76 to 786 polygons. This work is released under the Free Art License, meaning that it's freely usable for any personal or commercial use as long as you credit its author, and modifiable as long as you share the modifications under the same license.

      Files are available under the .blend .c4d .fbx and .obj formats.

      23 December 2020

    • Styles
    • Regular

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