Type Life #3


Wieder einmal hat das Team von Swiss Typefaces in den typografischen Zauberhut gegriffen und eine dritte magische Ausgabe ihres Magazins Type Life veröffentlicht. In dieser Ausgabe werfen sie einen Blick über den Tellerrand und widmen die Seiten anderen Typedesignern und ihren Schriften. Das Endergebnis heißt »Non-Swiss Typefaces We Like 1569–2018« und enthält einen Text von Florian Hardwig (Fonts In Use) sowie Lettering und Bilder von Julien Priez (boogypaper), die mittelalterlich, geradezu magisch wirken. Werft einen Blick ins Magazin und sichert euch gleich eure Ausgabe, denn auch Type Life #3 ist in einer streng limitierten Auflage erschienen.

In the third issue of Type Life, Swiss Typefaces take a look beyond their own work and celebrate contemporary type made by others. The Swiss design studio compiled a selection of their favorite typefaces, licensed the fonts and used them to design a magazine. The resulting specimen of “Non-Swiss Typefaces We Like 1569–2018” comes with a text by Florian Hardwig (Fonts In Use) and is visually enriched with works by lettering artist Julien Priez (boogypaper).

Type Life 3 showcases 19 fonts from 19 international foundries: 29Letters, Adobe Type, Commercial Type, CSTM Fonts, Dinamo Typefaces, DSType, Extrabrut.Shop, Future Fonts, Hoefler & Co., Letters From Sweden, Linotype, Milieu Grotesque, Or Type, Production Type, Sharp Type, Sportsfonts.com, The Enschedé Font Foundry, Typotheque, and Velvetyne Typefoundry. The selection is a representative sample for the diversity in type design and gives an illuminating overview of the current scene. While the majority of the fonts was released in the past few years, many draw inspiration from all kinds of sources from previous eras.

There is blackletter, script, slab serif, sans serif, and more. This – a stress on newness, historical references, and a vast stylistic plurality – reflects three major trends in today’s typography, as Florian Hardwig points out in his introduction. Other recurring themes that he identifies as being symptomatic for 2018 include highly conceptual projects and a quest for extreme aesthetics. At the same time there are functional fonts designed to solve specific problems. Just like the fonts, the type designers who created them have diverse backgrounds, in terms of geography, or how they entered the field. The represented distribution models range from traditional licensing to subscriptions, free and open-sourced fonts, as well as experimental or even unfinished releases.

Each issue of Type Life features a guest contributor. This time it’s the up-and-coming French lettering artist Julien Priez. A graduate of École Estienne, Paris, he’s a member of the international collective High on Type, best known for organizing the annual festival All Eyes on Type. Priez gives workshops at various schools and is an instructor at the prestigious TypeParis program. His work oscillates between the analog and the digital. Alphabets are first calligraphed, then cut in wood, and eventually digitized. Priez is just as comfortable painting meter-high letters with a triple brush on a wood fence as he is animating ornate pixel letters with kaleidoscopic patterns. Type Life #3 shows a range of his repertoire, starting with a still from his animated Nightmare Alphabet and two of his in-progress fonts Boogy Roma and Boogy Link on the cover. Mandinor Gothic is used to render the word “KING” on top of a kinetic gesture. The next page answers with “KONG”, in letterforms that pay homage to Jean Midolle’s Alphabet Lapidaire Monstre from 1835. With such historical references and the stunning stylistic versatility, Priez’ work is a perfect fit for the content of this issue.

At a whopping 40 pages, Type Life 3 is the most substantial issue so far. It’s printed in three Pantone spot colors plus silver and black, on two different paper stocks including transparent paper.

Type Life #3

Autor: Swiss Typefaces 

Designer: Swiss Typefaces 
Herausgeber: SWTY Publishing
Veröffentlichung: 2018 
Sprache: Englisch 
Seiten: 40
Format: 23.5 x 32 cm 
Bindung: Softcover, loop staples 
Druck: Offset, drei Pantone spot Farben plus Silber und Schwarz, auf zwei verschieden Papieren einschließlich transparentem Papier
Gedruckt in der Schweiz
Auflage: 1.500 Stück
Preis: CHF 20,–

Type Life #1 ist wieder da!

Im Juni 2017 wurde die erste Ausgabe von Type Life veröffentlicht und war fast direkt danach ausverkauft. Swiss Typefaces hat jetzt an alle gedacht, die die erste Auflage verpasst haben und hat Type Life #1 nachgedruckt. Der Reprint enthält neben einigen weiteren Schriftarten, die in den vergangenen Monaten erstellt wurden, auch neue Illustrationen und Fotos. Verpasst diesmal nicht euch eure Ausgabe zu sichern, denn diese Auflage ist auch streng limitiert und mit Sicherheit ein Sammlerstück.