Type Life Issue N°1

£5.00

Type Life is a new series of printed publications about design, typography and lifestyle, presented by Swiss Typefaces. It is packed to the brim with letterforms, and yet it is not a specimen. Type Life is a celebration of style and a wellspring of inspiration. Instead of long texts, there are lots of images, including photography, illustration, lettering, and exclusive previews of upcoming typefaces, forming a highly visual experience. Each issue will be devoted to one chosen theme, and is made in collaboration with guest artists, illustrators, and designers. The printing process along with the use of metallic and neon colors is a key aspect. Apart from the format of a newspaper magazine, the identity of Type Life will change with every issue, depending on the topics and the guests. 20 pages Size: 320x235mm

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Type Life Issue N°1

£5.00

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Issue #1: Special Lab

The inaugural issue is a special about the Lab. In this Research & Development department, the designers of Swiss Typefaces explore new ideas for future fonts. Two of the most recent additions to the Lab are showcased here. The first one named BRRR is a playful wide Grotesk with a great deal of disruptive details. A spin-off from Simplon Mono, it was initially created to design a poster series for Swiss artist Simon Paccaud. KRSNA started out as a custom version of NewParis Skyline, made for two vinyl record sleeeves by Geneva-based musician Grace Core. This experimental typeface abandons the convention of a continuous baseline and introduces a three-storey space where the letters can sit at the top, center or bottom, with the remaining space filled by bars and spikes. The resulting word images are captivating patterns with logo-like qualities. Type Life reveals how BRRR and KRSNA came into being by depicting preliminary sketches, evolutionary steps, and photos ! of experiments made during trips. Reproductions of the very first applications show the fonts in context.