Publications - Parachute® on Tuesday, September 04th, 2012

The new issue of Slanted magazine is focused on super families (large typeface families) and their amazing range of variations.

These families are characterized by a variety of cuts, which spread open to extremes such as Hairline to Ultra Black and Compressed to Extended. In addition, immediate relatives are also represented such as Sans Serif, Semi Serif, Slab, Rounded, etc.

The new issue comes packed with numerous wonderful photographs, essays and reports as well as special interviews with expert professionals, such as Nadine Chahine, Ian Party, Yanone and Ivo Gabrowitsch. Besides several historic families which are featured, the eight page fold-out cover presents something really cool: a geneology of the best type super families, edited by Indra Kupferschmid. In another interview, Panos Vassiliou from Parachute talks about the award winning typefaces: Centro Pro and Regal Pro.

Regal Pro is a Red Dot winning typeface and was originally created for the redesign of Grazia magazine. Later it was upgraded for further commercial use and the three basic families were expanded to include more variations, ligatures, swashes and additional support for Cyrillic and Greek. The final version includes 5 families (Regal FinesseRegal SwashRegal Display, Regal Text, Regal Stencil).

Centro Pro is a European Design Awards winning typeface and was characterized by the jury as an almost ‘invisible’ typeface with distinct personality. It has a range of weights that is ideal for a wide range of design works and fulfill its purpose while not attracting any unnecessary attention. Centro Pro includes 3 families. (Centro Serif, Centro Sans, Centro Slab)

For further information you can visit the Slanted website or blog.

Publications - Parachute® on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Supply and demand in the area of typographic design is growing considerably in recent years. Since the introduction of digital fonts and their promotion via the internet, typography has gained a new significance.

Type Navigator is the new essential handbook of independent type foundries and innovative type designers from around the world. It comes with an extensive presentation of each type foundry and includes a large number of specimens as well as several interviews. This publication was edited by typography expert Jan Middendorp, created by TwoPoints.net and published by Gestalten. According to Jan Middendorp, the selection criteria were based on the quality of work, originality and diversity of type designs.

Among the foundries featured in the book is Parachute with several award winning typefaces such as Encore Sans Pro, Centro Slab Pro, Adamant Pro, Regal Pro. Other foundries include Fountain, LucasFonts, Porchez Typofonderie, Sudtipos, Shinntype, TypeTogether, Typoteque, Underware.
The 320-page book is accompanied by a free digital collection of fonts from several foundries. It was presented recently at a special event in Berlin, where
several experts such as Lucas de Groot, Tim Ahrens and Shoko Mugikura lectured about type.

Publications - Parachute® on Friday, June 24th, 2011

The new issue of Slanted magazine Grotesque 2 is dedicated to grotesque fonts which appeared mainly at the end of 19th century. In 1880 Ferdinand Theinhardt designed the Royal Grotesque with four weights for the Königlich-Preußische Akademie zu Berlin, based on which Akzidenz Grotesque was developed  in 1918. At the same time, from 1905 to 1930, Morris Fuller Benton created American Grotesque based on the older grotesques.

The magazine presents a large number of several related grotesque fonts, illustrations and projects from several designers. Type essays by Flo Gaertner (Karlsruhe), Robert Schumann (Berlin) and Anna Sinofzik (London). The new issue also includes interviews with Lizá Defossez Ramalho and Artur Rebelo (Porto), Edwin van Gelder (Amsterdam), Marta Podkowinska and Karol Gadzala (Krakow) and Hans Gremmen (Amsterdam) as well as a musical travelogue by Frank Wiedemann (Berlin).

Publications - Parachute® on Thursday, June 09th, 2011

As the world comes together, western companies are branching out into new markets to expand brand recognition and sell their products. In that respect, designers are asked to create matching campaigns in various languages which are aesthetically appealing, culturally appropriate and typographically correct. Arabic though, being one of the hardest languages to learn, has been a major obstacle for western designers.

Cultural Connectives is an essential introduction to written Arabic and an invaluable resource to typographers and designers. Author Rana Abou Rjeily presents Arabic from a new perspective by comparing and contrasting the essential elements of Arabic and Latin scripts. This book makes written Arabic accessible to those in particular who do not speak Arabic.

Cultural Connectives will help you understand the basic characteristics of the Arabic script and alphabet by comparing it to Latin. Presented in a plain and understandable manner, this book will help you avoid common mistakes and get a grasp of how the written language works.

Rjeily explains the language by applying Arabic rules of writing, grammar, and pronunciation to English. She starts the book by presenting the Arabic writing system and its various letterforms. Then she moves on to illustrate Arabic’s lack of separate vowel forms with a page of English text that has all the vowels removed and raised above the words. In following chapters she explains quite successfully the use of Arabic diacritical marks by applying them to latin words and presents ways to memorize the alphabet.

Finally Rheily illustrates the Arabic letterforms in detail by developing a matching Arabic version of her font Mirsaal. The Arabic and latin Mirsaal share the same stroke width, thick-to-thin variations and open counters in order to achieve balance and harmony.

In conclusion, Cultural Connectives is an interesting and innovative book which attempts to bring together the typographic styles of the Arabic and Latin alphabet.


About the author
Rana Abou Rjeily is a graphic designer living and working in Lebanon. She received her master’s degree in Visual Communication from Central Saint Martins, London, where she started designing Misraal as part of her thesis, drawing inspiration from her personal experience learning Arabic, her native language. Since 2007 she has taught typography and design at universities in Lebanon.

Publications - Parachute® on Friday, April 15th, 2011

Arabic Graffiti is an extensive reference book on contemporary Arabic graffiti, urban calligraphy and type design, published by FHTF Publishing. It is curated and authored by Lebanese typographer Pascal Zoghbi and graffiti writer and publisher Stone aka Don Karl. For many years street graffiti in the Middle East conveyed mostly political and revolutionary messages. The voices of the people were not manifested on the streets, but it was rather the slogans of the political parties that covered the walls. By the mid 90s the scene was changed, as the underground artistic movement started to express itself on the streets, gaining the public’s attention and respect. Arabic Graffiti keeps an eye on the fascinating developments of this urban art in the Middle East. It brings together artists, graffiti writers, designers, and typographers from around the world who merge Arabic calligraphy with the art of graffiti writing, street art and urban culture.

The book includes a rich assortment of photos featuring the artwork and thoughts of Arabic graffiti and street art styles by: Hassan Massoudy, Malik Anas Al-Rajab, eL Seed, Hest1, Julien Breton, L’ATLAS, Aerosol Arabic, Native & ZenTwO, Zepha aka Vincent Abadie Hafez, Typism, Akut and many more. In addition, the book includes essays by distinguished authors and scene experts such as: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Rana Jarbou, Tala F. Saleh, Houda Kassatly and William Parry.

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