DEVELOPMENT / 2021-07-12

Lexik — Characteristics

Lexik — Characteristics

The work on Lexik initially started for the redesign of the magazine ‘ERNST’ by Thomas Hirter. With the change from black and white to color printing, the demand for a rough typeface with a strong presence came up. For this purpose, a series of humanist antiqua typefaces were examined and following studies with calligraphic strokes were made. The intention behind Lexik was to create a highly readable body text typeface in a contemporary look with a pointy touch for headline use.

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FONTS IN USE / 2021-04-19

Temporäre Unordnung

Temporäre Unordnung

Typeface developments only show their intended quality in use. In the final elaboration phase of Thomas Hirter's ‘Lexik’, the body text of the publication ‘Temporäre Unordnung’ was set in the beta version of the font weight Regular. Complementary to this, typefaces for the newspaper market are a recurring theme. In their importance, they are of course increasingly interesting in the context of a cross-media application in print and screen. The publication 'Temporäre Unordnung' was printed in web offset on newsprint. It is nice to see how confidently the typeface 'Lexik' is reproduced, according to its screen representation.

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NOTE / 2020-10-22

Short Portrait

Short Portrait

Lidija Burčak filmed and edited a short portrait of Binnenland and Thom Hirter. Recorded in our new premises in the Monbijou district of Berne, which operates the SOLLBRUCHSTELLE as an ambitious and stimulating temporary use ('dazwischen' in between). A place for creative people, start-ups and small businesses. Exciting — we hope for a long time to come.

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FONTS IN USE / 2020-07-19

Stade de la Tulière

Stade de la Tulière

The architectural studios mlzd: and Sollberger Bögli have designed a building for the new football stadium in Lausanne that is radically focused on its function. The design office kong was commissioned for the signage system. They chose a suitably reduced visual language and implementation. The letters of the Formale Grotesque used fold around the building as sector markings corresponding to the unfolded stadium corners. During the construction work, the beta version of Formale Grotesque was used to carry out 1:1 investigations of the concrete structure. Architecture, design and typeface, stand in a radically simple symbiosis — We like it!

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FONTS IN USE / 2020-05-30

The Radical of One Century is the Conservative of the Next.

The Radical of One Century is the Conservative of the Next.

Sometimes, we are surprised by how far a font can be transported. In the course of the ‘Blender’ font expansion with the Cyrillic character set, we have often been flirting with the idea of inscribing a Soyuz spacecraft. As fortuity would have it, it happened to be the launch of the SpaceX with the Dragon 2 on Saturday May 30 with the NASA astronauts' trip to orbit: The countdown and the mission’s time were displayed on the NASA screens with the ‘Blender’ font, it therefore was part of the 'new era of human space travel’, as the New York Times called it.

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DEVELOPMENT / 2020-03-14

Formale Grotesque Family Extension

Formale Grotesque Family Extension

In typography and typeface design, volume is not a terminology we are familiar with. During the debate on the development of the ’Formale Grotesque‘ typeface, the term came up as a question. We are still working on a theoretically refined answer, but the typeface has been formally translated into a broad type family. We have placed a well-balanced gradation between the individual weights: From the hairline to a heavy typeface, with a focus on body text in the medium weights, we offer 12 upright weights bundled in Light, Normal and Bold, with four styles to each.

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LECTURES / 2020-02-15

Digital Type Hype

Digital Type Hype

In the context of the exhibition ‘Digital Type Hype‘ we are invited to talk about our exhibition contribution and our work process in general. In a panel talk we are going to discuss the status quo in type design, trends, and inevitable developments with Luzi Gantenbein (Luzitype) and Jan Rikus Hillmann.
The exhibition offers insights into technical and formal developments of current trends in the use of type: Schule für Gestaltung Bern (sfgb-b), March 13th 3.30pm is cancelled due the reason of the corona virus!

NOTE / 2019-11-20

Zimoun

Zimoun

It was not our first cooperation with Zimoun, but by far the most intensive. The confrontation with Zimoun‘s work, the NYUAD Art Gallery Abu Dhabi, the various involved people, and the distant production companies, has transformed this project from a once simple booklet into a comprehensive exhibition catalog with a challenging complexity.

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NOTE / 2019-10-02

The Sciaredo Days

The Sciaredo Days

We are back from Sciaredo, back from the studio house of the same-named Fondazione, back of this late recognised important example of Modern Architecture near Lugano. It was the ideal place to follow up our typeface development and for clarifying our thoughts on formal aspects and the term of the grotesque in this environment of the pioneers of modernism.

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NOTE / 2019-09-19

Wim Crouwel (1928-2019)

Wim Crouwel (1928-2019)

Few designers have impressed us so much and influenced us in their modernist attitude at the beginning of our type design work. Thank you Mister Gridnik! In memoriam Wim Crouwel (1928-2019). This portrait was shot in the 1960s by leading Dutch photographer Paul Huf.

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