Type in the 21st Century

An Exhibition in Leipzig
Posted by Gestalten—03/2013

The exhibition at the Museum of Print Art presents a diverse selection of type and letterform reflecting the radical changes that have taken place in the practice of typeface design since the digital revolution of the late century. During this time, type has completed its transition from an arcane craft, previously an adjunct of the printing trade, to a medium of experimentation and enquiry in an increasingly public market, democratised by the impact of digital design software.

The first part of the presentation shows the correspondent touring exhibition “Types for the New Century. An Exhibition of contemporary type design and typography” curated by Will Hill (Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) for the Company of Stationers. It features about 90 outstanding typeface designs from around the world, with examples from the USA, Germany and the Netherlands and the UK. It includes work from over 14 countries of many internationally established designers (as Matthew Carter, Gerard Unger, Jonathan Barnbrook and Martin Majoor) as well as talented newcomers to the field. Though most of the designs have been originated or significantly updated in the first decade of this century, they reflect a range of stylistic traditions drawn from over 550 years of printed type, and in some cases from even earlier. 

Focusing type design made in Central Germany the second part of the exhibition shows type works from students and graduates of art academies as Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle/Saale (Saxony-Anhalt), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Thuringia) and Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (Saxony). Fonts from around 15 type designers and numerous examples of use will be presented.

Hand to Type

Scripts, Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy
Posted by Gestalten—04/2014
The beauty and art of creating handwritten letter forms.
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Type Navigator

The Independent Foundries Handbook
Posted by Gestalten—08/2013
An essential reference of independent foundries and innovative type designers.
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Talking Type

About Type Navigator: The Independent Foundries Handbook
Posted by Gestalten—02/2012

Gestalten.tv met a true "Type Writer" and typography expert to find out more about the "GPS for fonts." Alongside Martin Lorenz and Lupi Ascensio of TwoPoints.Net

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Jessica Hische

From Berlin With Love
Posted by Lucas—02/2013

In a recent two-day Gestalten workshop, participants worked closely with Jessica Hische (a letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat lady known for her silly side projects and occasional foul mouth, as she jokingly describes herself) to develop a full vector alphabet and learn about drawing type in a short amount of time.

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Erik Spiekermann

Putting Back the Face into Typeface
Posted by Ole Wagner—02/2011

Typographer, graphic designer and businessman Erik Spiekermann has created timeless, influential and, yes, Meta-physical work over the past three decades.

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Join the 2014 EyeEm Festival and Awards

Gestalten has teamed up with the 2014 EyeEm Festival and Award, the world’s biggest mobile photography award and festival.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

A Crafty Outline Stencil Sans

Designed by Martin Aleith, the new Gestalten font QUANTEN combines geometric design with calligraphic elegance. In a new interview with Aleith, we leave aside the standard questions and talk in depth about the actual design process of his new font.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

Photography for Wanderlust

A selection of photography from our recent book The Outsiders: New Outdoor Creativity to let your imagination run wild.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

An Interview with Autoban

Istanbul design studio Autoban just completed one of their biggest projects to date, the new terminal at Baku International Airport. In an interview for their Gestalten book, Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar explain their approach to design.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014
Celebrating New Outdoor Creativity
Posted—05/2014

The Chamber of Curiosity on Yatzer. "A book of pioneering interior design that focuses on telling the story behind the interiors themselves (...)."

Oasis on GEO.de. "Der Bildband "Oasis" zeigt die schönsten Rückzugsorte dieser Welt (...). Allein das Blättern sorgt für eine kurze Alltagsflucht."

Berlin Wonderland on Intellectures.

Berlin Wonderland on Deutsche Welle.

The Outsiders featured in the July issue of Au Arkkitehtiuutiset.

Gestalten Pavilion recommended in tip Berlin's summer special.

Berlin Wonderland on a double-page spread in the July/August issue of Groove.

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