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.

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

experimental - Parachute® on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Artist Stephen Powers is leading a forty-painter team on an ambitious project called “Love Letter”. The project includes 50 rooftops in West Philadelphia PA, between 63rd and 45th street on Market Street. Stephen Powers is a well known graffiti artist who goes by the tag name ESPO. As he says, people do not like graffiti, they prefer advertising signs. So he made a move into sign painting. “The materials were essentially the same, (enamel on metal), the colors were similar,( bold and garish are best) but the effect was totally different.” His main inspiration was the traditional signs of Philadelphia. Love letters express a love letter from a guy to a girl.
The plan involves a documentary film with scripted elements, a sign school and shop that will provide training for area youth,  free signage for businesses on the market street corridor and 2 books documenting the project. One of the books will be a small paperback which will be distributed to area businesses free of charge. The other book will be a larger hardcover that will document not only the artwork, but the neighborhood and the inspirations of the Love Letter Project. There is a website created for this project where you can follow it as it unfolds.

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