Nicolai is a modular font, commissioned as an art project for the exhibition Museutopia in the Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Germany.
Stylistically reminiscent of typographic experiments from the de Stijl movement, the Nicolai font composes letters by using blocks of 3 colors. The colors can be specified by the user using a Shockwave application which outputs EPS. The application can be tested from the Nicolai product page.

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Not very readable but cool.


Responsive type

25Feb09

Responsive Type is a computational typography study. The user types text in an applet, which renders the shapes and strokes of the type in realtime, allowing animation and modular typography. Created in Processing, the applet currently only has one typographic style. Work is underway to open up the source and allow users to add more styles. Responsive Type was created by London-based Hudson-Powell for their exhibition at Beamst, Tokyo.

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Parts of a character is a public interactive art project.
All letterforms are composed of 21 distinct parts.
Most commonly these parts combine to form the characters of our alphabet.
Type is Art allows for experimentation of forms beyond this typical character set.

The project is really cool. It is super interactive and you can make something quite cool.  It’s is like adobe’s illustrator made easy for the public.
Giving this much control to the users could be quite good, but also having random images being formed would also be wise for the POD.


Border designs

25Feb09

“Faber also commissioned the super talented Canadian typographer Marian Bantjes to create four designs used as templates for the desired look & feel of the borders styles of each of the different genres offered by the imprint. Each of her design routes then needed to be abstracted, decomposed/split into smaller elements & shapes, parametrized and generally reverse engineered conceptually. The shapes would then become micro templates, or rather, form a shape vocabulary for the complex borders. Only once I understood all the rules and nature of the design elements used on all levels, I could start building a generative solution which would introduce variations at certain points of the design process, manage and judge them automatically.”

Excerpt from PostSpectacular: Faber finds generative book covers

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“Print on demand (POD) is becoming more mainstream by the day and new(ish) contenders are popping up everywhere, slowly covering more and more parts of the market. Recently the renowned English publisher Faber & Faber has also joined that field. However, unlike the other players who are largely focused on the self-publishing game, Faber’s plans were to bring POD to that part of the market, which due to the traditional ways of the publishing business has ceased to be a market at all: out-of-print books. Faber Finds is the name of said service and has just launched with an initial repertoire of 100+ titles, with more being added all the time.

A year ago Faber & Faber commissioned me to help with the design of a software system to generate complete & print ready book covers for their new imprint. The challenge proved to be more of a creative than a technical one, as the task given was to build a “design machine” which would be flexible enough to generate a very large (theoretically infinite) number of unique designs, one for each single book ever printed in this range, within the agreed boundaries set by the art direction(s) of Faber design team. The imprint has currently 4 genres, each with its own slightly varied style and rules I needed to take care of.”

Exerpt from PostSpectacular: Faber Generative book covers

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