Bespoke faces

Our first Type Annual showcases excellence in international typeface design over the past year. Our ‘Bespoke’ section features typefaces created for a specific commission.

Typeface: Quilts

Design: Studio Frith,

Client: Victoria and Albert Museum

The exhibition Quilts:1700–2010 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, examined the personal narratives and broader historical events documented in quilts. In this typeface created for the show, Studio Frith “wanted to capture the domestic and intimate ambience of a home. We developed a version of an old typeface we found at St Brides Library making a special feature of the dipping cross-bars, this detail mirrors a quilting method called ‘Stitch in the Ditch’,” they reveal.

Typeface: Copan

Design: Hugo Timm, Valerio Di Lucente and Erwan Lhuissier (Julia),

Directed by: Meirion Pritchard and Lee Belcher (Wallpaper* magazine),

Copan was commissioned by Wallpaper* for use in its June 2010 Born in Brazil issue. While not directly inspired by the fluid concrete facades of Oscar Niemeyer’s classic Edificio Copan apartments, the resulting font shares certain characteristics. The repeated lines (four strokes for the large size, three for the small), the architectural rigour of the curves and the moiré pattern the font creates all give a nod to Niemeyer’s 1966 creation.

Typeface: Twin

Design: Mark El-khatib,

Twin was originally entered into the Display category but was moved by the judges into Bespoke as it has primarily been employed in ARC, the Royal College of Art magazine. “Initially born out of the idea of trying to create a light display typeface without resorting to stroke weight and thickness, Twin developed as I explored the possibility, interplay and space between two lines rather than one,” its designer Mark El-khatib explains. “It was made as one of my final year projects at the RCA.”

Typeface: Double Dip Granimator pack

Design: Jeff Knowles

Design studio: Research Studios,

Client: UsTwo,

Research Studios was invited to contribute to UsTwo’s Granimator project in which various designers and illustrators created their own ‘packs’ of interactive content to be used with the Granimator iPad App. The Research Studios pack, Double Dip, featured five new fonts produced for the project, Floating Buffalo, Base, Pillar, Tracks and On a Wire. Users could then create random messages and typographic patterns using their own combinations of type.

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