The creative work around typography is always surprisingly amazing. We enjoy beautiful typographic works because they are one of our daily inspiration resources. All typo-addicts are by definition fans of nice use of typography applied in industrial design (fashion, trends, gadgets etc). This post is a selection of some great typographic objects and gadgets made with type that you will certainly enjoy.
Obsessed with type? Yes we are!
Write a bike by Juri Zaech
Typography soap by Debbie Chialtas
Serif bag by Little Factory
Typographic furniture by Tabisso
Nuzzles by John Christenson
Coasters by Parachute
Read Your Books Case by Eva Alessandrini / Roberto Saporiti
Multi buckle by Steel Toe Studios
Hand-cut typography by Biana Chang
Type bags by House Industries
Fontable by Alessandro Paulicelli / Alessandro Canepa
‘Kasheeda‘ 3d printed typeface by Yara Khoury / Melle Hammer
Katerina Orlikova is a young graphic designer from the Czech Republic, who enjoys a playful mind with sentiment and childish spontaneity. She always wanted to create something very personal which would let people reminisce about their peaceful childhood years, when nothing was important and the world appeared to be so colorful and gorgeous. After attending a seminar at the university on ”Light and Typography” she decided to create five typographic kaleidoscopes (a combination of the Greek words: kalos - meaning beautiful; eidos - form; and skopeo - I see). Some magical pictures appear before your eyes as light goes through the glittering glass. Katerina used characters made from transparent colored material and converted them into abstract pictures so that people wouldn’t be able to recognize the letters. Using an appropriate type of letters and a printed cover she made the kaleidoscopes with each one representing a type of typeface (serif typefaces, sans serif typefaces, ornamental typefaces …). She admits, “I have not been able to make the bodies of the kaleidoscopes by myself so my handy granddad helped me out! As it turned out, this has been family work that I enjoyed very much!’’.
Gadget - Parachute® on Friday, February 26th, 2010
After 2 successful years 2009 & 2010, over 200 type designers and more than 600 typefaces were presented in Typodarium. One of the greatest type gadgets ever made, Typodarium is a tear-off calendar which was realized by Lars Harmsen and Raban Ruddigkeit of Magma Brand Design. Each font is prominently displayed on the front calendar sheet while on the back there is a detailed description of how the font originated, from whom and from what the inspiration came as well as where it can be obtained. Every type designer or font label is invited to contribute to this project, but only fonts that has been released in the last two years. Participation is free. You have the opportunity to book a maximum of seven favorite days in advance. The sooner you do so, the more choice you’ll have. Typodarium 2011 will be distributed in design and museum shops and selected bookstores around the world.
Gadget - Parachute® on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
llustrator, designer and typographer Jessica Hische from Brooklyn New York, loves drawing type. Jessica came up with idea to create a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap every working day and offer them for free to bloggers around the world. Here is an interesting way to make your blog look more appealing. This is an ongoing project as a new drop cap is posted everyday in her blog. Placing these initials in your text is a piece of cake. You just copy/paste the html code which is given to you into your text editor.
Following the success of the first issue of tear-off calendar typodarium 2009, the german creative team Magma, headed by Lars Harmsen and Raban Ruddigkeit, presents the new one for 2010 which has just been published by Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz. This tear-off calendar presents 365 different typefaces by 180 designers from 30 countries. Traditional, functional and inspirational artwork at the front page with background information and details about the typeface on the back. Get your typographic wake-up call now. Last year’s copies were sold out immediately!
This blog is administered by Parachute®, an independent typefoundry dedicated to producing sophisticated multilingual opentype fonts for the discriminating designer. Here, you'll find useful typographic tips, new releases, pre-release notifications, historic references, trends and everything else typographic. Obsessed with type? Yes, we are!