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  • Linotype Faces, printed by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, Brooklyn, New York, 1930.

  • Linotype Faces, printed by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, Brooklyn, New York, 1930.

  • Binder of Rochester Monotype Composition Company, ca 1950.

  • American Specimen Book of Type Styles, American Type Founders Company, 1912.

  • Old newspapters can be an rich source, Berner Zeitung, 1982.

  • Histoire de l'imprimerie par l'image: Esthetique du livre, Volume 3, Henri Jonquieres, 1929.

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    10.
    2019

    The past and future

    Typography is a progressing matter. The evolution of typefaces is made with constant small steps. Each generation of designers and engineers contributes to this long dialogue over shapes and the relation between them. 

    The past is part of the future, since reading and writing are based on conventions. Some of these conventions are more elementary; the uppercase T is two lines, one horizontal the other vertical which are centred. Other conventions are more flexible and open new possibilities.

    The type design is based on the underlying technology. For example, a font who was designed for letterpress has to be translated into a digital font. It is not possible to just transfer it from one technique to another.

    An important source for us are old specimen books from the 19th century. These publications were made by the font publishers for print shops to decide which fonts to order and to use in their work. Over the years we have collected a small compilation of these books and some interesting printed matter; here are some of our favorites.







    • Beautiful example from Valparaíso, Chile.

    • Street sign from the Barrio Providencia Area in Santiago de Chile.

    • An astonishing  manner to display house numbers in Valparaíso.

    • Bold letters who stand for tradition, placed in Montevideo Uruguay.

    • Lovely house numbers found in Barrio Italia Santiago de Chile.

    • A fun mix of letters found in Valparaíso.

    • Interesting manner of writing numbers out of one metal, found in Limache Chile.

    • A signe which was a great influcen for the font Faro, from Montevideo Uruguay.

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    09.
    2019

    Fonts outside

    Its quit common to have a habit of collecting as a designer. I have a great passion for evening outdoor typography; from signs to walls from paint to vinyl.







    • Cádiz Bold and Beirut Display Black collaborate fine due their expressive temper and their great distinction.

    • Koper SemiBold and Spezia SemiMono Medium unites its particular rhythm.

    • Buenos Aires SemiBold with Spezia Narrow Regular is a crisp mix of sanserif fonts.

    • Lynstone SemiBold and Recife Text Medium unite a genuine and elegant style.

    • Nantes Regular in combination with Spezia Extended Book giving a lush a mondain feel.

    • Messina Sans Bold with Messina Serif SemiBold is a classic grotesque-serif combination.

    • Faro Display Lucky together with Messina Modern Regular, difference attract and makes it outstanding.

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    08.
    2019

    Combining Typefaces

    Combining fonts can be a solid base for graphic design systems. The possibilities are shear endless; playing with contrasts, making unexpected relationships or creating balance. Here are some samples of interesting mixes.  







    • Luzi TypeA

    • Luzi TypeB

    • Luzi TypeC

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    25.
    05.
    2019

    Mr.Bee

    The designer Diano Kitanovski based in Ljubljana created the visual identity of the honey company Mr.Bee. The elegant design is based on homogeneous form language and haptic experience.






    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    28.
    02.
    2019

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Upstatement the design studio based in Boston redesign and produced the website of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Messina Sans is used for the complete university website.






    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    28.
    01.
    2019

    “Un herbier de Montréal”

    The Montreal based design studio Nouvelle Administration used Nantes for the book “Un herbier de Montréal” published at La Pasteque.






    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    16.
    12.
    2018

    MJ2B

    The Bern based design studio Atelier Pol designed the corporate identity of the architects MJ2B. The developed grid system based on the address block defines the uniform design through all applications. The minimalist typographic approach works without the additional use of a graphic mark.






    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    • Luzi Type

    24.
    09.
    2018

    “Das Rössli wandert”

    We did use Buenos Aires for the book “Das Rössli wandert”, published in the Edition R in Bad Ragaz.






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