Type on Earth
Common Space for Typographical Findings
Everyday life is full of inspiring typographical situations. Especially when you keep your eyes open, you will discover beautifully and absurdly used typefaces on places you won’t expect them. For the love of typographical bits and unintentional design processes, Sebastian Bissinger and Laure Boer, from the German-French design agency BANK™ in Berlin, decided to reveal not only their type photo archives, but also to call for entries to create a common place Type on Earth for designers, who share the same passion worldwide. They had this project in their heads for a very long time, and finally, just a few months ago they launched their website for Type on Earth.
This curated online archive is about sharing photos of letters you came across. It doesn’t matter if the letter designs are done in an amateurish or professional manner unless they are striking and surprisingly unique. And the picture itself? Well, it simply needs to be a good photograph. With Type on Earth BANK™ creates an online archive about typographic culture from all over the world.
Categorized by countries, Type on Earth features already type-photos from more than 30 countries. But to make this a real community project, we call for entries. Ed Fella, Åbäke, Dina Benbrahim, Peter Bil’ak, Yukiko, Piero Di Biase, Carlos Segura, Slang, Nolan Paparelli, Open 2 Type, Svenja Prigge and many others are already on board. While scrolling through the website you will come across Logotypes from the Czech Republic—A maximum of absurdity achieved with total reduction: strokes with just two directions. Or official display types for the whole metropolitan region of Lille in the north of France with complex grids, which seems challenging to display letters with it.
When you share the same interest in spreading fancy typographic findings to others, you can send your high resolution photos using the submit form. Please name your files after the country where they were photographed. Sebastian Bissinger and Laure Boer are very thrilled about submissions, the more outrageous and extravagant, the better.
Type on Earth