Emphase is a graphic design agency based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2010, the two founders Fabienne Kilchör and Sébastien Fasel with their team are developing a wide range of visual communication solutions. Below we select few projects made by them
Saint-Petersburg based typography artist Sergey Raskazov, founder of Type School and organiser of Typesburg event happening now, created a huge type lettering on historical building of recently refurbished Manege Art Expo Center. His team created a sign for exhibition of Russian group of contemporary artists that took a part in Venice Biennale of different years.
Jenue is a Spanish Artist and Art director, who divides his time between Madrid and London. He makes playful images for editorials, music, and advertisements with his own colourful view and style. Check his latest project made of famous designer's quotes commissioned by AIGA
As a kid born in the USSR I can't admit I have a lot of nostalgia for that period but it definitely has a good examples of graphic design especially typography. Keeping this in mind Saint-Petersburg based designer Mike Levchenko approached the idea of rebranding famous global trade marks using so say "USSR" or "Soviet" style.
Retro Serif for Monotype
Retro Serif is a project about the revival of glyphs in the Russian alphabet that had been omitted after the revolution. When the Bolsheviks came to power, says student Polina Hohonova, the letters I, Ѳ, Ѣ were omitted from the ‘new’ Russian alphabet as they were regarded as symbols of the aristocratic ‘High Russian’ and therefore representative of the defunct Tsarist Russia. Those symbols were part of the language of Pushkin and Tolstoy. “Reviving these characters is a protest against the prescribed dictatorship of the language,” she says.
By the use of various media, the master thesis of Thomas Wirtz describes a free design experiment that has evolved over time into a modular system consisting of two components: The self-made font, produced by 3D printing, which is thereby associated with a variety of physical processes.
Concept and design: Thomas Wirtz
Supervision: Prof. Philipp Teufel Prof. Gabi Schillig
Dusseldorf University of Applied Sciences 2016
"Typodarium 2016 is the daily typography dose. A tear-off calendar, just like the one our grandma used to hang in the kitchen. But this calendar unveils a new font everyday. We can therefore have, a whole year long, the chance to broaden our knowledge, to discover the font’s history and developement, to possess a piece of jewellery that is new everyday. On the front, the font will be prominently displayed, and on the back it will be described in details. How it originated, from what or who came the inspiration and where we can obtain the font. We really want a story about your typeface!"
I just presented the best Russian talents on Argentinian festival Trimarchi today. The last project I talked about was the biggest calligraphy work we've ever seen made by Russian talent Pokras Lampas: Calligroof
The artist and his team spent nearly a ton of paint to create this work, its height equals to twenty-two storey building. Work's text dedicated to the moments of inspiration and creativity
"This project breaks records on the complexity and scale in Russia. It was a real challenge for me and my team. We designed a brush with an ink surface of 1 meter using four big brooms specifically for this event. We could fail this project many times due to the rains and problems with the delivery of hundreds of liters of paint from another city." says Pokras
See more on Calligroof.com
Russian graphic artist Anna Kulachek (previously) has a faith in good typography and practices in creating swiss-clean posters for different creative events around Moscow. Below you can find her latest works
See photos of Anna with her posters by Sergey Serov below
And here is a graphic designer asking for her signings
"Monday Mo. Co. is a new motorcycle clothing and lifestyle goods boutique opening soon in Birmingham. Illustration Studio I Love Dust teamed up with Boneshaker Bikes and Mutt Motorcycles to celebrate the mighty two-wheeler with an all new shop, including a gallery area where prints will be sold. They aproached me to create an artwork and this is what I came up with." says graphic designer Jacob Eisinger (Instagram)
"The latest project from quirky Israeli typographer Oded Ezer takes one feature of a famous artwork, like the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh's self-portrait or Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring, and uses it to create a typeface, to hilarious and disturbing effect. The typeface made of the surf from Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa is innocent enough. But things get weird when Mona Lisa's finger is used to form a letter V or Van Gogh's mustache to create a T. Ezer's best typeface by far uses a piece Michelangelo's David, but we'll leave the specifics of that one a surprise." writes FastCo
3D Printing brings new opportunities for creative persons, just take a look at typography project created by Hongtao Zhou. Textscape generates letter-sized 3D documents to visually profile the subject matters of the texts, such as cities, landscapes or figures. These documents make reading interactive for a general audience or blind people to read as knowledge, as well as art. This series of work has text variations of braille, language characters, calligraphy and number systems to bridge the text and its visuality in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters.