Typographic Chinese Whispers II - Nitti 1/1

0:42 min, 2014-04-01

December 2013, Typeradio held a two day workshop in cooperation with Indra Kupferschmid and 10 students of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (HBK Saar) in Saarbrücken, Germany. Each student was assigned a typeface, designed by a Dutch designer, along with the assignment: ‘translate the typeface into a one minute sound piece’.
The resulting 10 sound pieces were the starting point of another workshop, in collaboration with Jan Willem Stas and the students of the Type]Media 2014 typography master coarse in The Hague, The Netherlands. Each T]M student was handed an (anonymously labelled) sound piece and their challenge was to ‘create a typeface concept inspired by the sound’. The results were quite surprising!

1) Original typeface: Nitti by Pieter van Rosmalen
2) Sound piece by Sebastian Knöbber
3) Chinese whispered typeface by Jasper Terra

Jasper’s first impressions of the sound piece where: Apple (start up), clock, time, typing, typewriter, deadline, copy writer. The sound was rhythmic in a mechanical or systematic way (clock) but human and a-rhythmic at the same time (typing). The initial sketches focussed on the systematic rhythm (the ticking could be the distance between stems), and led toward a monospaced letter that could be used on screen or a typewriter. Perhaps by someone working in a cubicle or office environment, who has a deadline but at the same time aspirations of being a writer. The combination of the systematic and human led to the final idea; a small family of two fonts; the first a sans that fits obediently into a cubicle (monospaced) and is used on screen at the office, the other breaking out of the cubicle with more organic forms and serifs (based on the leaf of the Apple logo) for use on the book cover of an aspiring writer.


HBK Saar
Type]Media

Typographic Chinese Whispers II - Eames 1/1

1:02 min, 2014-03-31

December 2013, Typeradio held a two day workshop in cooperation with Indra Kupferschmid and 10 students of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (HBK Saar) in Saarbrücken, Germany. Each student was assigned a typeface, designed by a Dutch designer, along with the assignment: ‘translate the typeface into a one minute sound piece’.
The resulting 10 sound pieces were the starting point of another workshop, in collaboration with Jan Willem Stas and the students of the Type]Media 2014 typography master coarse in The Hague, The Netherlands. Each T]M student was handed an (anonymously labelled) sound piece and their challenge was to ‘create a typeface concept inspired by the sound’. The results were quite surprising!

1) Original typeface: Eames by Erik van Blokland / House Industries
2) Sound piece by Camille Gergen & Carlotta Weisert
3) Chinese whispered typeface by Mark Yehan De Winne

Over a backdrop of John Coltrane playing ‘My Favourite Things’ on the saxophone, an assortment of other audio snippets (sniffs, scratches and other quaint sounds) were thrown in for good measure. Mark envisioned a jazz club in the 1960s, full of people having a little too much fun. His concept, named Coltreijn, is a high contrast fat face with ball terminals, similar to type found on old BlueNote records, but drawn to mimic the broken structure of neon lettering. The heady mix of weird sounds inspired a series of oddball alternate characters that feature prominently in the Stylistic sets and Contextual Alternate feature, where the placement of the swash alternate comes in at the second and sixth character, mimicking the time signature found in ‘My Favourite Things’.


HBK Saar
Type]Media

Typographic Chinese Whispers II - Brokken 1/1

0:39 min, 2014-03-31

December 2013, Typeradio held a two day workshop in cooperation with Indra Kupferschmid and 10 students of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (HBK Saar) in Saarbrücken, Germany. Each student was assigned a typeface, designed by a Dutch designer, along with the assignment: ‘translate the typeface into a one minute sound piece’.
The resulting 10 sound pieces were the starting point of another workshop, in collaboration with Jan Willem Stas and the students of the Type]Media 2014 typography master coarse in The Hague, The Netherlands. Each T]M student was handed an (anonymously labelled) sound piece and their challenge was to ‘create a typeface concept inspired by the sound’. The results were quite surprising!

1) Original typeface: Brokken by Donald Beekman
2) Sound piece by Tumaj Talimy
3) Chinese whispered typeface by Sláva Jevčinová

Sláva: “Who else got to watch cartoons for research? Lucky ME!
The first seconds of Tumaj’s sound reminded me of this splendid genre. It inspired me to design a very simple cartoon typeface with handwriting flavour and specific features that resemble cartoon characters (big counters=big heads, thin weight=tiny body, long thin serifs=long feet). Nevertheless, The second part is a bit disruptive and carries a negative impression with it. The sound interprets a dwarf’s hard work of digging in the mines, therefore I decided to include certain OpenType features. Despite the disturbing part, the main goal was preserving playfulness for the project. That’s all Folks!”


HBK Saar
Type]Media

Typographic Chinese Whispers II - Laundry 1/1

0:54 min, 2014-03-31

December 2013, Typeradio held a two day workshop in cooperation with Indra Kupferschmid and 10 students of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (HBK Saar) in Saarbrücken, Germany. Each student was assigned a typeface, designed by a Dutch designer, along with the assignment: ‘translate the typeface into a one minute sound piece’.
The resulting 10 sound pieces were the starting point of another workshop, in collaboration with Jan Willem Stas and the students of the Type]Media 2014 typography master coarse in The Hague, The Netherlands. Each T]M student was handed an (anonymously labelled) sound piece and their challenge was to ‘create a typeface concept inspired by the sound’. The results were quite surprising!

1) Original typeface: Laundry by René Knip
2) Sound piece by Merle Sommer
3) Chinese whispered typeface by David Chmela

As David first listened to the soundtrack, it seemed just a bunch of strange sounds. So he did a little sketch of the whole track and realised that the individual sounds represented the letters of the alphabet. The sounds reminded him of hardware stuff from workshops, analog machines, intermittent by clicking and a crowd in the background. David: “My idea was to create a kind of analog machine that makes type, so I made set of stamps that I used to create individual letters. The final design of the alphabet is influenced by typewriter, one of my associations related to the sound.”


HBK Saar
Type]Media

Typographic Chinese Whispers II - Neutral 1/1

0:44 min, 2014-03-31

December 2013, Typeradio held a two day workshop in cooperation with Indra Kupferschmid and 10 students of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (HBK Saar) in Saarbrücken, Germany. Each student was assigned a typeface, designed by a Dutch designer, along with the assignment: ‘translate the typeface into a one minute sound piece’.

The resulting 10 sound pieces were the starting point of another workshop, in collaboration with Jan Willem Stas and the students of the Type]Media 2014 typography master coarse in The Hague, The Netherlands. Each T]M student was handed an (anonymously labelled) sound piece and their challenge was to ‘create a typeface concept inspired by the sound’. The results were quite surprising!

1) Original typeface: Neutral by Kai Bernau
2) Sound piece by Maria Sieradzki
3) Chinese whispered typeface by James Taylor Edmondson

At first James thought the audio piece sounded like a combination of water, air, and electricity. Initially, his sketches focussed on combining those three elements. Eventually, he distilled these sounds into one object: the microwave. “The audio sounded like a running microwave, but recorded from the inside. My idea focussed on taking a standard style, and calling it ‘Frozen’. It was a condensed style with room to grow in all directions. From there the type got progressively warmer in the microwave. The next styles added were ‘Warm’, and ‘Hot’. As the shapes loosened up, they melted into each other and then burned to a crisp with the styles ‘Scorching’ and ‘Burned’. The most exciting thing that can happen in the microwave is the explosion. Put into type here as the ‘Exploded’ style, it has the same metrics as Burned, so interesting effects are made possible. This was an insanely fun project.”


HBK Saar
Type]Media