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I was dressed for success, but success it never comes
And I’m the only one who laughs
At your jokes when they are so bad
And your jokes are always bad,
but they’re not as bad as this.

( This song was part of “The Art of Getting By” & The Perks of Being a Wallflower soundtracks)

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The Yearbook of Type

 today I reached the first edition of the yearbook of type. While holding it in my hands I must say, wow, the haptic and design is very creative and interesting.

The idea of slanted for the yearbook was to offer a high quality selection of digital typeface concentrated in a big compendium. But why digital typefaces? Because in the past years the amount of good typographers and designers is grown and of course also the number of new fonts. Everyone wants to design his own typeface. While some of them are very creepy and not useful, the others are perfectly shaped and originally designed. The last mentioned are well researched and represented in this book.

Also blogs and internet portals are providing regular information about new fonts and foundries, but there has still been no independent high quality book like this since now.

Each individual typeface family is presented on a double-page spread. On the left side appears a visual created by the respective type designer or label with a detailled view of the font and an initial optical impression. On the right side you can find more detailled informations of typefaces features.

I also highly recommend this book to you, not because it’s made by slanted, not because you can get a bunch full of inspiration of it, but as a must have for all young type designers and type fanatics as me.

Thanks to the Publisher Niggli for this compendium and Magma Brand Design for the concept and realization.

Get it in our Typostrate book shop
Kaufe es in unserem Typostrate Buch Shop

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Slanted magazine cuban art special spring 2013

Slanted is working on a extensive issue, maybe the most awesome issue they ever worked on till now which is called cuban art. To give the young cuban artists and talents an international platform to share their work has been the motivation for this issue.

And it exists a fund extra for these projects. As we all know cuban artists are since this year free to visit other countries and travel outside cuba. So help to get their horizont as wide as yours or even wider to let them show their talents.

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Slanted Babylon

While surfing the web we spot always interesting books, but also sometimes magazines like Slanted’s first special BABYLON. Slanted is one of the most famous sites about typography and graphic design and we enjoy working together.

About the issue

Slanted BABYLON deals with Non-Latin typefaces and was released at Granshan Non-Latin type conference in Bangkok (TH) in the end of July. Besides essays, interviews, a photographic science-fiction story and non-Latin typefaces which illuminate the theme, there is also a number of new Thai TypoLyrics in the magazine. Thanks to Augmented Reality and Junaio app Slanted readers can explore lots of interactive extras by moving
their smartphone over the magazine’s pages.

"Type is language, a robe, is eloquent, changes impressions to informations, creates knowledge, is food - typography is a thing belonging to us all." TGM

Find this philosphical sentence and more in the issue BABYLON. Talking about armenian and thai typo-lyric projects and international orientation between latin and non-latin typefaces, slanted spotlights also arabic calligraphy and image making. Designers and visual artists are constantly battling with defining their identity and responsibilites within the global visual culture. The progress of a typeface could create political debates and public interventions. Slogans and handdrawn stencils offer a social aspect and in contrary poke the fire within the sprouting progressive society. In interviews with Eps51, Iris Ljesnjanin and Lars Hamsen between arabic calligraphy and armenian typefaces, the issue offers a direct insight to the different cultures and styles.

Framed by artworks of simplified and traditional Chinese, Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Devanagari, Gujarati, Malayalam, Tamil, Gurmukhi, Bengali, Hebrew, English, Japanese and Arabic typography, the issue shows its multicultural aspect and fantastic assembled researches from all over the world. We recommend BABYLON and also the current regular issue Slanted ART TYPE presenting a large number of art works and installation shots that explore language and typography by internationally renowned artists such as Paul Elliman, Gilbert&George, Ed Ruscha and many more.

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Under the slickness of its exterior, Kessler’s work evokes average American mundanity and a particular imagination attached to it. Its past is in the wheat field and primordially in the skeleton of the sea creature. Its present fascinations lean towards the kitsch and fatalism. 

Alison Kuo reviewed alumnus Bradford Kessler’s (MFA AP13) current solo exhibition, Pile of Mist, at 247365 Gallery for Art Slant.