10. Typographers for Designers: Kontour / Sibylle Hagmann

It’s always exciting to come across a prominent female designer. I don’t consider myself a feminist by any means but after several art history courses, you begin to be overwhelmed by just how male dominant art has been for hundreds and hundreds of years. Of course there are always exceptions but it doesn’t seem like it was really until the end of the Modern era and more of Contemporary times have women really made great strides/splashes or at least have received some of the recognition they truly deserve.

Kontour is a type foundry and creative studio based out of Texas founded by Sibyelle Hagmann. Hangman is most notable for her Cholla (which was coincidentally released by Emigre- see previous post) and Odile type families.

There is a great interview with her here, by the FontShop in their series the FontShop Celebrates: Women in Design.








09. Typographers for Designers: Emigre / Zuzana Licko

Zuzana Licko is the co-founder of Emigre, which originally was a graphic design magazine published between the years of 1984 and 2005. Emigre is now a hugely successful distributor of design software and materials as well as a type foundry that holds rights to over 300 (!!!) original typefaces. Zuzana herself is responsible for the revivals of Baskerville in Mrs Eaves and Bodoni in Filosophia (LOVE!- see below) and numerous other typefaces (The Font Shop has 54 font families attributed to her) . I thought it was pretty interesting that she began her work on a first generation Mac.

Some of my favorite typefaces from Zuzana are:

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I love the angular “a” in the Base 12 families. And although I am not typically a fan of serifs, the ones in the first type are still enjoyable to me. The angled terminals on the “r” and “f” are interesting and unique, and I love that the same design is carried over to the serifs.



The quirky ends of the letters in this type family is interesting. Some letters end with serifs and letters that you think should as well (like the “d”, “u”, and “a”) have a fun little diagonal flip to them. It’s really cool. I also love the narrowness of the letters, especially on that “e” and in the counter of it.





Journal Text is really just appealing to me because it is very fun and casual. Almost has a carved look to me.



Probably my most favorite out of the bunch and probably because I am ridiculously attracted to unicase types. They seem like such an illusion, make you stop and think if you are really looking and lower case letters or upper case letters. Super cool.





08. Typographers for Designers: Otl Aicher

Otl Aicher was a German graphic designer, typographer, author, and teacher.

Typography wise, he is best known for the Rotis. An extensive collection of type families each including numerous styles (including a Semi Serif- which I didn’t even realize could be a thing).



He is actually probably better known though for his designs for the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich. He used a bright color palette, the Universe typeface, and created pictograms for each of the sports played (a pretty good way to communicate to the numerous languages present at such an event).

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014. Inspiration: Billy

I warned earlier this semester that this was coming but now that this is technically my last inspiration blog post and the end of the semester, it is now time for my gushy mushy inspiration blog post about my wonderful boyfriend, Billy.

Without a doubt I do not think that I could have managed this semester and my new job without his help. A creative type, who successfully ran his own graphic and web design business for nearly 15 years, I can only wish to know half as much as him one day.

Illustrator tutorials at 1 o’clock in the morning- check!

Crafting Play-doh animals for an absurd photography scavenger hunt assignment (Seriously a purple toad? Yellow bunny? Where?)- check!

Freelance fees tips and suggestions- check!

Lectures on the usage of keyboard shortcuts (sometimes, I seriously feel like he’s one of my teachers) – check!

Numerous hours of listening to me whine, cry, and complain about my job and assignments and group projects- check!

24-7 availability to answer my questions (especially in panic mode- why are my blacks brown??)- check!

Hours of his free-time spent trying to align spread layouts into printer spreads when each page is a different size- check!

I could keep going on and on and on. His expertise in the Adobe Creative Suite, his business experience and organization, and all of his support, encouragement, understanding, and patience are all incredibly priceless to me. And this work/school related stuff is only a FRACTION of what I love about this guy.

He inspires me to want to be a better designer, artist, and person every single day.


014. Resources: Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq has popped up in numerous searches that I have done for this blog. It seems to have an abundance of information including articles, opinion pieces, freebies, tutorials, and numerous other goodies all concerning creative industries such as design, web, and typography. Seems like a good site to check frequently.

Some of the items that I have recently read:

How to design a logo: 5 expert tips

Font of the day: Butler

How to bind a book: a 10-step guide

013. Inspiration: Book Design

Well it’s the end of the semester and one of the biggest projects weighing on my mind is this book of my blog for my typography class. All the ideas that I have had for layouts and design have been shot to hell due to project restrictions (no color) or critiques. I’m super sick and super stressed and my mushy brain is in desperate need of some ideas for this thing. I really want the book to be quirky and fun because I’m quirky and fun and I don’t want it to be boring and standard. I’m finding though, that merging quirky and fun in a text dominant (man, I write too much) book while staying mindful of all that I have learned in this semester in typography is  a completely daunting and overwhelming task. As much time as I have spent thinking about this project throughout the semester has been little help now that it is crunch time. I am 5 days away from this book being due and feeling the pressure to have a creative book design breakthrough (actually three days because I’d ideally like to have it done by Monday. Sure I can design and layout and print and bind a book in three days. With a cold. With all my other end of the semester projects due. This is what being a college student is right? Perseverance under pressure).

So Google.

I came across quite a few informational articles and this one in particular had quite a few modern and artistic designs that have inspired me quite a bit. Some examples from the article include:

I really like the minimalism of these designs and the grid layouts are really helpful and inspiring as well since a modular grid layout is a requirement of the book project. Also, after seeing peer books, I felt as though I needed to have multiple columns of text on pages instead of one column but after seeing some of these samples, the one column text still has a classy vibe to it. Additionally, the use of white/negative space is incredibly impactful because I believe I often tend to fill in or overdo this space in my designs.

Some additional articles that were helpful and inspiring:

Top 5 Book Design Layout Errors Illustrated

10 tips for better book designs

Typography Tips for Writers: Anatomy of a Book

013. Resources: Luna

This isn’t necessarily type or design driven, nor is relevant outside the WSU community, but I thought it would be interesting and resourceful to my fellow students. Wayne State has a online visual library of art, architecture, and world history called Luna. I learned about it in one of my art history classes and it has come in handy numerous times during my studies in other art courses, especially when I need to find good quality images of art for papers or other assignments. There are tons of collections to search and browse through, and although I at times cannot find what I am looking for, more often then not something relatable is in the collection. Basically just a good resource as we work through our art degrees.