20 Aug Ficciones Typografika 1642
When Erik Brandt went out to have his sabbatical year he had nothing more simply and ingenious in mind than turning the side of his garage into a public space for typographic experiments. Over the period of five years, this board – located somewhere in the nowhere in South Minneapolis – became an irresistible magnet for designers from all over the world. It didn’t take long and this venue – only one ‘submit’-click away – became a widely appreciated, client-demand-free, visceral, democratic, non-commercial dialogue about speculative (type-)design futures. In short: Ficciones Typografika! Published by Formist, who designed a typeface especially for this dense and stunning atlas of possible and contemporary visual language (for typo-nerds: Fiction is a modern sans sarif type based on Hermann Berthold’s Akzidenz-Grotesk, Max Miedinger’s Helvetica and Adrian Frutiger’s Univers), this whole lotta book gives multitude ways to an arena for not-so-precious typographic manifestos, otherwise neglected viewpoints and forgotten words. Next to Shoplifter’s New Type Design, Beste Plakate and Femme Type, Ficciones Typografika 1642 is definitely a precious thing for everybody who falls for typography and for amazing book design!
P.S.: A thousand thanks, Erik Brandt, for ‘bringing together a collected knowledge of people, places and things that one could not possibly collect alone’ as Ben Duvall said!