competitions - Parachute® on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Red dot is the largest and one of the most influential design competitions in the world. This year, 15 international experts assessed, tested and evaluated more than 6,800 entries from 43 countries in Essen, Germany. They focused on innovative and smart design that sets new trends. Among the winners, Parachute was awarded the “red dot: best of the best” for the top design quality work of Regal Pro.

This set of five superfamilies has already received 6 international awards and distinctions before its official online release. Among them, Regal was also a winner in the Communication Arts Annual Competition 2012, in last year’s Creative Review Type Competition 2011, as well as a winner in the Granshan Awards 2010.

Regal Pro was originally created for the redesign of Grazia magazine and later was revamped and upgraded for commercial use. The original three basic families were expanded to include more variations, ligatures, swashes and additional support for Cyrillic and Greek. The final version of Regal includes 5 families. The prestigious Red dot best of the best award coincides with the release of Parachute’s new website and the official release of PF Regal Pro, which will be available online in a few days.

designers, experimental - Parachute® on Friday, September 30th, 2011

From time to time we publish a number of inspiring typographic images from our popular Flickr Group. Here is fifteen of them.

by Boris Pelcer

By Mariano Tuveri

By Aron Jancso

By Jeremy Pettis

By Charis Tsevis

By Slambigrams

By StuartWade

By Caetano Calomino

By Boris Pelcer

By Marcel Schultz

By Ali Almasri

By GL.ANDIS

By LikeMindedStudio

By &type

By Simek / Greg Papagrigoriou

Gadget - Parachute® on Friday, July 08th, 2011

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

Letter furniture by Set26

‘Make yourself at home’ rug by johnpourhome

Typography furniture by Marc Lauckhardt

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).

exhibition - Parachute® on Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Roger Excoffon (1910-1983), was a renowned French typographer & graphic designer responsible for numerous classic fonts such as Banco, Mistral, Antique Olive and Choc. His typefaces gave voice to an exuberant body of contemporary French and European graphic design.
…avec Excoffon is a series of posters to celebrate the centenary of Roger Excoffon.
IFF has commissioned a number of artists and designers to create new posters which relate and utilize aspects of Excoffon’s work. The resulting posters will be displayed around Marseille and also be part of an exhibition.

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