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.

Publications - Parachute® on Thursday, June 09th, 2011

As the world comes together, western companies are branching out into new markets to expand brand recognition and sell their products. In that respect, designers are asked to create matching campaigns in various languages which are aesthetically appealing, culturally appropriate and typographically correct. Arabic though, being one of the hardest languages to learn, has been a major obstacle for western designers.

Cultural Connectives is an essential introduction to written Arabic and an invaluable resource to typographers and designers. Author Rana Abou Rjeily presents Arabic from a new perspective by comparing and contrasting the essential elements of Arabic and Latin scripts. This book makes written Arabic accessible to those in particular who do not speak Arabic.

Cultural Connectives will help you understand the basic characteristics of the Arabic script and alphabet by comparing it to Latin. Presented in a plain and understandable manner, this book will help you avoid common mistakes and get a grasp of how the written language works.

Rjeily explains the language by applying Arabic rules of writing, grammar, and pronunciation to English. She starts the book by presenting the Arabic writing system and its various letterforms. Then she moves on to illustrate Arabic’s lack of separate vowel forms with a page of English text that has all the vowels removed and raised above the words. In following chapters she explains quite successfully the use of Arabic diacritical marks by applying them to latin words and presents ways to memorize the alphabet.

Finally Rheily illustrates the Arabic letterforms in detail by developing a matching Arabic version of her font Mirsaal. The Arabic and latin Mirsaal share the same stroke width, thick-to-thin variations and open counters in order to achieve balance and harmony.

In conclusion, Cultural Connectives is an interesting and innovative book which attempts to bring together the typographic styles of the Arabic and Latin alphabet.

About the author
Rana Abou Rjeily is a graphic designer living and working in Lebanon. She received her master’s degree in Visual Communication from Central Saint Martins, London, where she started designing Misraal as part of her thesis, drawing inspiration from her personal experience learning Arabic, her native language. Since 2007 she has taught typography and design at universities in Lebanon.

Publications - Parachute® on Wednesday, September 01st, 2010

This the latest book by the German publisher Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz. Brush ‘n’ Script contains a comprehensive collection of the most beautiful and extravagant script fonts today. Throughout its 480 pages you will find expressive handwritings such as Cezanne’s, elegant Italian and French cursives,  wonderful English handwritings with distinct elegance such as Champion Script Pro, expressional marker fonts, brush scripts, as well as freestyle fonts. The recent revived interest for handwriting fonts has inspired a book which mixes 300 sophisticated scripts from prestigious type foundries with specimens from historic manuscripts and expressive typographic illustrations. A must-have book for calligraphers, type historians, students and typographers.

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

This newly released edition of Slanted magazine takes a look into blackletter fonts and their modern applications. Slanted presents innovative work from a variety of sources such as Invisible Creature, Linotype and the Klingspor Museum. Contemporary blackletter fonts and designers from around the world are introduced, followed by interviews with Alejandro Paul, Bernard Stein, Alex Trochut and Christophe Szpajdel. The chapter introduction pages are decorated with Hubert Jocham’s headline-font “NeoThorn S10” exclusively created for this issue in two styles.

Publications - Parachute® on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The new book, by FHTF Publishing, is about a well known graffiti artist Niels Meulman, the contemporary Dutch calligrapher, typographer and designer who gained his initial recognition as the graffiti artist “SHOE”. After an apprenticeship with Dutch graphic design master Anthon Beeke, he went on to run his own design company, worked as senior art director for BBDO and more recently as a creative director for MTV Europe. He freelances and specializes in typographic design. His designs are part of the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and MOMA in San Francisco.

Now his personal art known as “Calligraffiti” -a blend of calligraphy and graffiti- after being exposed to various museums around the world, is gathered in a book by the name “Calligraffiti”. This impressive publication showcases a fine selection of artworks by Meulman as he presents, for our viewing pleasure, a wonderful series of fast phrases and upbeat witticisms in the form of captivating typographic masterpieces. The book contains more than 250 Illustrations & photos in 144 pages of printed matter.

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