Publications - Parachute® on Thursday, July 15th, 2010

We just got our hands on TypoLyrics a book about music and typefaces. This new publication by Slanted, presents the works of several celebrated graphic designers as well as talented young designers from around the world, who use typefaces to give shape to lyrics of more than 170 songs from new wave and disco to metal and hip hop. The result is awesome. Eleven chapters of a well organized book with each chapter presenting a different typeface category and a different style of music. Contributions come from 123buero (GER), Base (ES), bauer (A), Bureau Mario Lombardo (GER), Bureau Mirko Borsche (GER), Fons Hickmann m23 (GER), Gavillet & Rust (CH), L2M3 (GER), Mainstudio (NL), Matt W. Moore (USA), Norm (CH), Paula Troxler (CH), Pixelgarten (GER), Vier5 (FR) and many more. Two Parachute typefaces Centro Slab Pro and Ornamental Treasures were selected and presented in the Hip Hop and Rock ‘n’ Roll/Swing categories by Benedict Rohrer and Jonas Beuchert. Surely this is a must have book for your library.

experimental - Parachute® on Monday, July 12th, 2010

As a student at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Roeland Otten had this idea about “communicative furniture in public spaces”. Ten years later, his idea was realized with the cooperation of Fonds BKVB and Materiaalfonds. This sitting alphabet contains the 26 letters of the latin alphabet in a siting form. “As a graphic designer it was a challenge to design these series of chairs that also had to form a consistent font (typeset),” as Otten explains. The prototypes are made from lacquered MDF but the designer hopes that in the future a manufacturer will produce them from a recycled material so it could be used in open spaces, with a smaller version made for kids.

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