Wednesday, December 14, 2011

3D Typography on display in Apple’s creative library

We’re in good company! A big thanks to Craig Bromley.

Chris Labrooy’s Architectural Inspiration

When it comes to creating 3-dimensional digital letterforms, illustrator and graphic designer, Chris Labrooy always turns to his surroundings for inspiration. In a series of personal explorations, Labrooy used his favorite architects as a basis for his work. In this exhibition, he explored the work of Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Oscar Niemeyer, Toyo Ito, and Frank Gehry. While in some of these projects he used the architects actual designs to create his letters, in others he simply “focused on capturing [the artist’s] formal language rather than reference specific buildings.”

Designs inspired by Tadao Ando

Designs inspired by Zaha Hadid

Designs inspired by Oscar Niemeyer

Designs inspired by Toyo Ito

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Zim & Zou’s: Frame B

We can’t seem to get enough of graphic design team Zim & Zou! Earlier this year, Zim & Zou created this “B” by designing a delicate frame made out of pieces of wood. This project, which they titled “Frame B”, creates collide-a-scope-like designs on its surroundings because of the pieces of red and blue translucent material within the frame. Make sure to check out one of our earlier posts on another one of Zim & Zou’s personal projects, “Weave Type”.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cory Fitzpatrick: Washed Away

The video shows Cory Fitzpatrick sculpting the “A” from sand and the tide washing away the finish letterform. The performance was part of an assignment for Jan Fairbairns typography course for Umass Dartmouth. The class was tasked with creating a 3D letterform from one of the typefaces that they had previously studied. Fitzpatrick’s letter was a Garamond “A”.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Is It Still Type?

In 3D Typography, Atelier Pariri exhibited their meticulously crafted letters made out of a variety of cut paper. The studio continues to explore typography as shown in this most recent project, “Is It Still Type?”. These works are made from combining Arab and Latin letters. As Jérôme Corgier, founder of Atelier Pariri, described via email, “Arab calligraphic forms bring curves and sensual delight” while “Latin typographic forms bring rigor in movement.” This hybrid alphabet allows the studio to escape the constrictions of actual letters and “try to push typographic forms into extreme steps to renew their figure, their beauty, their use.”

Monday, August 29, 2011

Daisy Lew’s “Pop-Up New York City”

Graphic designer Daisy Lew created a series of paper pop-up books that when seen from above exhibit iconic images of New York City and when seen from the side showcases the classic New York City skyline. Whether it be where she was born in Illinois, where she was raised in Korea, or where she resides now, in New York, her work often reflects her surroundings. “Pop-Up NYC” is certainly no exception as it portrays the vibrancy and history of New York City. As poetically stated on Lew’s website that she “loves getting lost in a new city”.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gordon Young’s “Typographic Trees”

Gordon Young, an artist that focuses on installations for public facilities, was hired in 2009 to help with the redesign of the Crawley Library in West Sussex, England. In collaboration with Why Not Associates, Gordon Young carved various book passages into 14 solid oak columns. A survey of the members of the Crawley Library determined which passages were carved into what he calls his “Typographic Trees”.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Alicia Eggert’s “Eternity” Clock

In addition to being an assistant professor of art at Bowdoin College, Alicia Eggert spends her time making technology-based artwork. Her work always involves “social interaction,” as described on her website, whether it entails interaction with her audience or collaboration with a fellow artist. In 2010, in collaboration with Mike Fleming, Eggert created a piece titled “Eternity”. This creation uses 36 hour and minute clock hands to spell out “eternity” every twelve hours.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Zim & Zou’s “Weave Type”

Weave Type 1
Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann together make up the graphic design studio Zim & Zou based in Nancy, France. In 2010, the crafty duo created “Weave Type” which entails white string being intertwined between nails to create fluid, woven letterforms.

Weave Type 2
Then in 2011, they crafted another study of “Weave Type.” While both projects are undeniably similar, the newer version uses a needle and colorful thread instead of string and nails. The technique used in “Weave Type 2” has created a faceted typeface because each letter is made of straight, overlapping triangle segments of thread instead of one continuous string. Make sure to visit their website to view the complete “Weave Type” alphabets and watch a video on how they created these eye-catching experimental letterforms.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Andrew Byrom: If H is a Chair

Graphic and typeface designer Andrew Byrom, contributor to 3D Typography, recently lectured for Tedx Talks at UCLA about the type he sees in everyday objects and how these observations influences his own letter making. He is on the faculty at Cal State Long Beach and teaches a design class at UCLA Extension.

Andrew sent us this description of the talk via email. “If we allow ourselves to view, and practice, one art-form through the lens of another—and truly embrace the associated constraints and processes—can we open up new and undefined directions for exploration? With this mind-set, ‘If H is a chair’, then what do the other 25 characters look like?”

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anna Garforth’s “Play More” Installation

Anna Garforth, one of the contributors for 3D Typography, went to The Netherlands in order to install one of her most recent pieces. This piece, like many of her others, is built around the basis of a grid, and spells out “Play More.” “Play More” is part of a larger exhibition put on by KOP, which challenges artists to “[create] temporary change[s] in the everyday view of [the] urban environment.” Through this colorful piece, made entirely out of tape, Garforth is able to stress how “play is an important part of our life… it is a place to relax, have fun and use [one’s] imagination.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Alida Sayer: Absence

Alida Sayer, a contributor to 3D Typography, is part of an upcoming exhibition titled Absence at Kingsland Road Studio in London.

New works by up and coming artists Zachary Eastwood Bloom, James Irwin, Brendan Olley and Alida Sayer will explore aspects of society that are lived with every day, yet are intangible, forgotten or ignored. Different approaches are taken to investigating their preoccupations with technology, communication, memory and perception.

Top: Alida Sayer, There is no beginning detail, 2010, photo © Philip Sayer
Bottom: Alida Sayer, Here we are I detail, 2010, photo © Philip Sayer

Opening times:
10 - 13 June
11am - 5pm
Private view:
Thursday 9 June
6 - 9pm

On Saturday 11th June from 5-7pm Glenn Adamson, Head of Postgraduate Studies and Deputy Head of Research at the V&A, will be in conversation with the artists. This talk is a free event but please RSVP by replying directly to this email or by sending a message to so that we have an idea of numbers.

Haggerston Studios Basement
284-288 Kingsland Road
E8 4DN

Monday, May 9, 2011

Dance Writer by Typotheque

We know! We know—we’ve been away from our blog for several months. But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been collecting type projects. We promise we’ll start posting our findings.

Somehow we missed this project for our book and we are quite sad we did. Before becoming an iphone/ipad app this Spring, Dance Writer was part of an exhibition at Experimenta Lisbon in 2009. Here is how it works. Each posture resembles the shape of a letterform. You type in your text and a dancer spells out your message flawlessly. It’s pretty fun and addictive—you now can be a modern dance choreographer. Typotheque, a type foundry and design studio run by Peter and Johanna Bil’ak is responsible for the concept and design. Dance Writer features the dancing of Valentina Scaglia, choreography by Lukáš Timulak, video by Taco Zwaanswijk and programming by Resolume.