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.

News - Parachute® on Thursday, October 06th, 2011

S Moda is a “newborn” weekly trendsetting fashion magazine which is published alongside the Saturday edition of the Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS. Its emphasis is on women’s fashion, interviews, design, travel, leisure, social trends and the world of beauty. As EL PAÍS points out “S Moda will attempt to go beyond fashion shows, it will treat fashion as an attitude as well as a cultural expression of the first level and finally target people who appreciate aesthetics”.

S Moda is a joint venture between PRISA the publisher of EL PAÍS newspaper and Conde Nast responsible for high quality magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour. The magazine is under the leadership of Oscar Becerra, a veteran magazine genius. Oscar is that rare combination of a magazine creator with a tremendous feeling for what the audience wants at any particular time. S Moda’s editor in chief is Empar Prieto and design director is Diego Areso. The cover of the first issue features Sarah Jessica Parker in a bolero jacket, giving an exclusive interview. The photo shoot was done in New York.

S Moda was built around two award winning typefaces by Parachute: PF Encore Sans Pro (European Design Awards 2010, Granshan Awards 2010) and PF Regal Pro (Granshan Awards 2010, Creative Review Type Annual 2011).

Regal Pro is a new upcoming family, absolutely elegant, luxurious, sexy and vibrant, which reflects the female sensitivity taking into consideration a modern woman who is more proud, more connected, more spontaneous, open-minded and eager to try a whole host of new products and services.

Regal Pro not only emphasizes femininity but also reflects both the romantic as well as the dynamic side of the female personality. Targeting this consumption-wise and well educated woman, Regal is not strictly based on classic forms, but incorporates several distinct elements that express a modern woman’s personality and the products she consumes. Regal Pro is currently available offline and will make its debut online very soon inside the newly redesigned Parachute website.

Encore Sans Pro, being simple and stylish, is a perfect alternative to some rather overused classic sans. It is a humanistic sans serif which projects an image of reliability, authority and competence. Its subtle round characteristics such as the slightly curved-in edges, create a distinctly contemporary look, blending effectively traditional with modern details, combining utility with style.

This family is extremely versatile and functional. Extreme weights, such as the elegant hairline, are carefully designed to establish an even color throughout, while ultra black despite its heavy characteristics is quite legible and powerful. Intermediate weights such as light and book are ideal as body text for magazines and catalogs.

S Moda is accompanied by a powerful website which is updated every minute and offers the most current information about style and trends through audiovisual content and exclusive stories. There is also an application for iPad available as a free download. Regal Pro and Encore Sans Pro have been implemented as webfonts in the website and are also used in the iPad application.
The magazine’s second issue features a stunning Mila Jovovich on the cover, photographed by Eric Guillemain.

S Moda website
S Moda iPad application
TVC video

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, December 09th, 2010

“Beat That If You Can!” is the new issue released by Slanted magazine dedicated to women in the field of typography and graphic design. It is a stage for extraordinary and intelligent projects by women. The purpose of the issue is to provide better visibility to female type and graphic designers. Despite the fact that the industry is populated by female graphic designers there are still not that many doing typographic work. It was about time to bring them to the spotlight which is good for us men as we are sick and tired of being surrounded by only male in this field (editor’s comment).

In this issue Slanted presents the work of Ariane Spanier (Berlin), Julia Born (Amsterdam) and Verena Gerlach (Berlin), the photographic essays “Brides of Krishna” by Kalpesh Lathigra (dmbmedia / London) and “Female Marines” from the archives of the U.S. Marine Corps as well as contemporary typefaces, illustrations and graphic projects by female designers.
Type essays by Laure Boer (Berlin) and Gerda Breuer/Julia Meer (Wuppertal) are dealing with the role of women in graphic design and typography and outline a corresponding history. Numerous interviews with Verena Gerlach (Berlin), Ariane Spanier (Berlin), Nadine Chahine (Bad Homburg), Veronika Burian (Prague), Laura Worthington (Washington), Kapitza (London), Geneviève Gauckler (Paris), Esen Karol (Istanbul), Akiko Kanna (Tokyo) and Susanne Baer (Tokyo) as well as the second part of the Tokyo report by Ian Lynam (Tokyo).

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