This Week From the Desk
Say hello to five of the more interesting typefaces you're likely to meet for a while. Released by Monotype, The Wolpe Collection is a group of five typefaces by Berthold Wolpe, revived by @toshiomagari. In true Monotype Fashion, there is a glorious-looking exhibit of original Wolpe work, specimens, and ephemera that you should check out if you have the chance. Congratulations Toshi and Monotype, the work of Berthold Wolpe is due for more exposure.
Contemporary Design Studio Two Points has released a new side to their business this week: Type Design. The Hamburg, Germany based design studio has been creating custom typography for their branding and graphic design clients since before the studio formally started in 2007, and worked with several notable names in type to extend that catalog. Now you can purchase their collection of modern and eclectic display types through an assortment of distributors like MyFonts and FontShop. Will more design studios begin to leverage their assets by opening type shop arms of their businesses? Only time will tell.
Find yourself with an extra 20 minutes this weekend? Get inspired to find the fun in type design with this good read from Type Thursday. Don’t be Afraid of the Ugly is an interview with Type Designer Dries Wiewauters, a Belgium Type and Graphic Designer about his typeface ‘MAD’ released by Colophon Foundry. Read the full Medium Post here.
A stunning type family with a curious name appeared on the market this week... Dr. by Production Type is a quirky yet aggressive geometric sans serif that is thoroughly contemporary and unapologetic in style. Quirky details litter the six weights with small caps and matching italics like the arm of the lowercase r, the bar of the Capitol G, or how the capital C closes just enough to not be an O. Dr. is the kind of family that will get better and more surprising the more you use it. Frankly, it just looks fun to use. Discover and buy the eccentric Dr. family at Production Type.
The classic advertising magazine Advertising Age revealed a brand new look (and shortened moniker) this week, designed by Bobby C. Martin of OCD. It's quite a change, but in each of those changes you can see the reason and discussion that went into them. The most high profile change must be the beloved masthead. Bobby has designed into a graphic yet sophisticated solution. Read more on this design here.
Studio Project Inspiration: Flokk by Heydays Olso
Isn’t it nice when a design studio can play and experiment and have that process result in effective and original final solutions for clients? This level of play and fun is evident in this wordmark for Flokk by Heydays Oslo.
This interview article posted on It's Nice That this week presents a great perspective on what the meaning of design could be in today’s times, from the esteemed Michael Bierut. This article labels Micahels Bierut as Design's Poet Laureate.... I think that's pretty accurate.