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Weichi He – Photonic

TYPE DESIGN

Weichi He – Photonic

Diploma project with Kai Bernau, Alice Savoie

"Photonic" is a serif typeface, resulting from the study and interpretation of the iconic “Cooper Black” originally released in 1922. The project re-imagines the blurry/rounded and heavy classic as a rational and constructed typeface. It further expands on how it would look as an extremely thin and delicate font (“Photonic White”), and how the interpolation in between can deliver a subtle and nuanced cut suitable for continuous reading (“Photonic Grey”). These explorations reveal unexpected structures in its letterforms, with quirks and traits unique to each cut, yet preserving overall consistency. Weichi.he@gmail.com https://www.weichi.works

Sophie Wietlisbach – Typewriter Trio

TYPE DESIGN

Sophie Wietlisbach – Typewriter Trio

Diploma project with Kai Bernau, Alice Savoie

“Typewriter Trio” is a free interpretation of three typewriter fonts, which keeps the unit system imposed by the mechanics of the machine: “Plakat” and “Advocate” are monospaced while “Thesis” is proportional, based on a finer unit. This project connects to my dissertation about three Swiss manufacturers who specialised in the production of fonts for typewriters between 1941 and 1997: Caractères SA, Setag and Novatype. The digital reinterpretations offer contemporary versions of the fonts adapted for modern use. info@sophiewietlisbach.ch https://www.sophiewietlisbach.ch

Sascha Bente – Rhetorik

TYPE DESIGN

Sascha Bente – Rhetorik

Diploma project with Kai Bernau, Alice Savoie

“Rhetorik” is a typeface family consisting of 16 weights. Its subliminal structure is based on a calligraphic model by Giovanni Francesco Cresci (16th century), the origins of which can be found in Walter Tiemann’s “Orpheus” font (1926) and in Otl Aicher’s “Rotis” (1988). While Tiemann serves as a form-giving source, Aicher’s theory of “Rotis” is the decisive reference for “Rhetorik’s” family structure. hello@saschabente.com http://www.saschabente.com

Benedek Takács – Miniatűr Utópia

TYPE DESIGN

Benedek Takács – Miniatűr Utópia

Diploma project with Kai Bernau, Julia Born, Roland Früh

Miniatűr Utópia is a modular travelling exhibition introducing Hungarian miniature books made during the Soviet era in Hungary. The project goes hand in hand with a detailed research that includes interviews with members of the miniature book society.

Typetitle, projet de semestre par Quentin Coulombier

TYPE DESIGN

Typetitle, projet de semestre par Quentin Coulombier

Studio project with Kai Bernau

Typetitle is a condensed typeface designed for newspaper headlines which was inspired by American wooden type models.

Eliott Grunewald – Epoxy. Diploma Project by Eliott Grunewald

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Eliott Grunewald – Epoxy. Diploma Project by Eliott Grunewald

Diploma project with Kai Bernau, Radim Pesko

EPOXY is project based on the experimentation of a new tool, using the relation  between type and space, to present a serie of 3D typographic elements. The elements are then included in differents spaces, they are defined in 4 dimensions, the x and y axes but also a third dimension: the space, and the fourth: the time. Each shape and “lettering” is designed in a lot of different steps, from the structure, to the sculpture, the texture and then the animation in a particular space. The video in VR refers to the idea of a specimen, to display and show the typographic shapes.

Tools make shapes. Semester Project by Malte Bentzen et Kaj Lehmann

TYPE DESIGN

Tools make shapes. Semester Project by Malte Bentzen et Kaj Lehmann

Studio project with Kai Bernau