Typographic Concept Store in Berlin / All about Type & Tech
Berlin's first typographic concept store in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg.
Old typography meets new technology.
Designstudio, research lab, showroom, events & inhouse production label.
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Letters Are My Friends' is a concept store for typography right in the heart of Berlin Kreuzberg. A place where analogue and digital type meet with emerging technologies.
One part of 'Letters Are My Friends' is a cosy showroom where letter relationships can be experienced in a physical space and progressive way. Use your senses!
We present applied typography in a dazzling variety: peripherical perforated paper projections, spacy letterboxing, type'n'motion voxel folding, 3D ink raycasting, turntypetablelism, dolby surround fatcap-tracking, tasty toasted gpu fonts, trigonometric triangle trading and of course some serious conversations about language, its aesthetics and the future of writing.
Moreover 'Letters Are My Friends' is a research lab and production label run by Ingo Italic and Bärbel Bold. We share an interdisciplinary and experimental approach to services and products related to typography, motion- and interaction design.
We love typefaces - static and generated, still, interactive and in motion, flat and haptic, printed, installed and projected. - And support their connections to art, science and technology.
With 'Letters Are My Friends' we want to explore, initiate and feature projects that push type forward.
We are open for collaborations and commissions.
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Have a look on our OPENING TRAILER:
Meek FM Typographic Synthesizer
If you did not yet find your right partner, yet, now is the chance to write a loveletter as Kurt Cobain or John lennon...! Impress with style! W
If you are not at the galery weekend in Berlin, you should drop by in Zürich @ Edition Patrick Frey for this extraordinary event!
Blog.Tagesanzeiger.ch: «Fuck you, hihihihihi»
Die Publikation «Schmieren / Kleben. Aus dem Archiv KKIII der Stadtpolizei Zürich 1976–1989» erscheint am 26. April 2018!
We are unfortunately very down-to-date when it comes to updates and websites (>>send us a mail if you are a young creative coder who would feel inspired to redesign our website: email@example.com)...but anyhow: we never shared that one yet. So see, what happemed with some fabulous RMIT University design students in 2016. Haha. http://www.lettersaremyfriends.com/portfolio_page/rmit-student-workshop/
Thank you Poly Valente to listening so carefully at OFFF, let's feed the future a while ago...-- Wörd. --
Deep Pick of the day by Xavier Monney.
Gonna show u
what's goin' down ◾️🕳◾️
News from type'n'tech Letterfriend Zach Lieberman: "I made an iOS AR app called weird type with Molmol Kuo and more* that lets you draw with type in space:
It's our first iOS app -- learned a ton about connecting openframeworks with iOS / swift. happy to answer any qs and also thankful for any advice / feedback / suggestions !!
(* design indaba, Richard The, abc dinamo, ying quan tan, robby kraft, peter sibley)"
__________ What do you think?
Nice work of Xavier Monney. Its conceptual power is really strong compared to the actual typographic decision of picked typefaces...- (But maybe it's because we're tired of seeing bold heavy grotesks.... all young students (it means) are right now into that again. Definitely they work in this context. But serifs do aswell! --- Anyhow type 'n' tech props from yours Berlin lettersfriends!
itsnicethat.com Xavier Monney is the 23 year old designer from Lausanne, Switzerland whose work caught our eye due to his refreshing but incredibly impressive manipulations of type. Xavier combines animation and typography to create three dimensional experiments, often incorporating some form of optical illusion. ....
G i l b e r t - The rainbow-flagged typeface dedicated to Mr. Baker. Get it!
webdesignerdepot.com On 31 March, 2017, Gilbert Baker the creator of the iconic Rainbow Flag sadly passed away. Mr. Baker was both an LGBTQ activist and artist, and was known for helping friends create banners for protests and marches. To honor the memory of Gilbert Baker, NewFest and NYC Pride partnered with Fontself a...
NYC! Tonight visit TDC and see the talk of Mitch Paone from DIA... https://www.tdc.org/event/time-form-form-time-dia-2/
tdc.org Mitch will describe DIA’s “Input Output” studio approach highlighting the thinking and process behind kinetic identity design and typography. Mitch Paone is the Founder & Creative Director at DIA, a Brooklyn based creative studio specializing in kinetic identity systems, graphic design and typ...
If you might like to become better in Type & Lettering, why not studying it at UMPRUM Prague i.e. at Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze
WORD since 2008:
About variable fonts: Pablo Gámez, TYPO Labs facilitator for 2018, asked Monotype Designers Bernd Volmer and Olli Meier about their new look for the Labs 2018 and how far they plan to go – technically and visually – with this CI project.
"OT Variations and responsive lettering, combined with current web development technologies, empower designers like never before. On the other hand, the question arises: Did we miss any similar technology in recent years?
Bernd: Interpolatable fonts is nothing new. We have seen that in Adobe’s Multiple Master technology and with TrueType GX, both developed in the 1990s. The big difference now is that we have one shared standard with the OpenType spec on which all big players agree. This way we can use the same fonts across different browsers, applications and systems.
Olli: Technology nowadays offers a lot of possibilities to use variable fonts in an interactive way – just think about AR/VR or mobile devices with dozens of sensors. We think this is what makes the new standard so interesting for everybody. The compact file size of a variable font is another plus, because it keeps data traffic low.
Bernd: We think that variable fonts will make us design in different ways. Instead of thinking about type being a range of static styles, we can think about it as something responsive, something animated and interactive. We are very curious to see what designers come up with and how we rethink type family planning. Static type was designed for its purpose: static text in books and newspapers. If we think about the possibilities of responsive and interactive design, we might come up with a different family structure. The TYPO Labs headline font is a perfect example: it doesn’t need Regular or Bold – just extreme widths and weights to serve our animations."
Link to the font:
FontShop: FF Attribute
typotalks.com Foto: Typo Labs Flyer / Monotype Bernd, Olli, first of all we want to know: Which typeface did you use for the event’s identity? Is it an orchestrated gif bluff...
Lovely study on interactive meachincs by former students of Köln International School of Design.
eugene.works A series of short-form VR experiences that explore a selection of various interactive mechanics, specific to the spatial medium.
Very rich publication about #flexiblevisualidentities #flexiblevisuelleidentitäten #visualsystems #visuellesysteme by our letterfriends Martin Lorenz from TwoPoints.Net can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2vjlclgqqn0i3uo/TPN_FVI_DE.pdf
Neujahrsgeschenk von TPN! Unser digitales Handbuch über FVI kann jetzt hier umsonst heruntergeladen werden: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2vjlclgqqn0i3uo/TPN_FVI_DE.pdf?dl=0 #flexiblevisualidentities #flexiblevisuelleidentitäten #visualsystems #visuellesysteme #martinlorenz #twopointsnet
We don't know too much about Passau but love good typo posters and initiatives like http://www.passau-posters.de/ -- BIg up to Passau Pøsters aka Manuel Kreuzer!
passau-posters.de Ich liebe Passau. Und ich liebe Veranstaltungen. Und ich liebe Poster. Daher habe ich mir als Gestalter jetzt auf die Fahne geschrieben, Poster für viele schöne, bekannte und unbekannte Veranstaltungen in und um Passau umzusetzen. Ganz ohne Auftrag.
Some pix of our Multiwiggler. You can do crazy things with it, but don't tell anyone, yet.
The Multiwiggler is a motion-recording type visualizer. With this interactive type ‘n’ motion framework and installation you can track your fingers’ motion and apply the movement in various ways to shape and animate a typeface.
1.First, choose out of various predefined typefaces.
2.Type in a word which – by touching the screen – can be altered with different visual effects like distortions or waves.
3. By moving your finger on the touchscreen you adjust the effect.
4.Now, the WOW comes in: Push the Motionwiggler-Button which is motion capturing your „effective fingers“. It is kind of a recording button that
keeps the last two seconds of your fingers’ movement alive. This way you can easily create looping animations of words while simultaneously shaping their look affected by the recorded motion.
Such a great ressource!
The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich has amazing archives and collections from the last 150 years of design history, which we had a pleasure to see today with KISD masterstudents...posters, things, product designs, type design layouts, instruments, aaaammmmaaaazzzing!
SPend some time here!
Das eMuseum ist die grösste Schweizer Online-Datenbank für Gestaltung und Kunst. Interessierte WissenschaftlerInnen, Kuratoren, Designerinnen und Sammler können über 100 000 Werke entweder gezielt über Autor, Titel, Datierung, Kategorie oder Objektbezeichnung suchen und filtern oder nach Schlagworten in den Sammlungen stöbern. Zudem gibt das eMuseum Einblick in unsere Sammlungsarbeit.
Always remember! --
Lovely type 'n' tech project by our letterfriends from Red Paper Heart -- Merry Xmas to NYC!
redpaperheart.com An interactive typographic sculpture inspired by push toys that you can can control with your mind.
We love stumbling over artefacts of Type & Tech to recognize they are still impressive even though it might passed some years: a great project by Peter Bilak & Lukáš Timulak is the following: how to embody a character? https://stroom.nl/paginas/pagina.php?pa_id=3095385
typotheque.com Inspired by Karel Teige's 'Abeceda' Peter Bilak made Dance Writer, an online application that converts text to simple dance moves. Create your own choreography by typing a message.
Get triggered! TYPO Berlin 2018 »Trigger« is coming up!
What triggers your creativity? TYPO Berlin 2018 »Trigger«: 17 – 19 May 2018 zooms into these magical moments when things shift radically: From analogue to digital, from expected to unknown, from boring to genius.
Join our conference and get your Early Bird Ticket until 31 December (midnight)! #typo18 #trigger #earlybird
Variables are the new ABC.
page-online.de Und das müssen Sie wissen über Browser-Support und Schriften-Handling der neuen Erweiterung der OpenType-Spezifikation 1.8. Die OpenType-Spezifikation 1.8 bringt die Erweiterung »Variable Fonts« mit sich, ein variabler Font wird dort so definiert: »A font resource that supports multiple font fa...
Meet & Greet our hood: The Calamari Sunshine Club.
Let's see some beauty!
"Baton Turbo is a grotesque that combines a simple straightforward formal approach, with eccentric letter shapes inspired by french vernacular typography. We love the naive and unpretentious elegance of our previously released Baton, but the small x-height and condensed proportions make it very specific: it is essentially intended for display sizes and short texts.
We wanted to adapt Baton into a versatile typeface, while maintaining as much of the original character as possible.
All the design choices — the proportions, the spacing, the number of weights — have been made for Baton Turbo to work well in the various settings that modern typography, both print and digital, present.
Available exclusively at www.fatype.com"
Great type & tech case for fighting back email-scam-bots. Thanks Jonas Spengler
Forward them to Re:scam and here’s what happens.
Good memory! Thanks for this great intervention last year Klaus Birk & students! https://www.pinterest.de/pin/535013630716311861/
pinterest.de LTT – Lunchtime Talk :: Lettersaremyfriends – TYPE’n’TECH Vertical Plot, Chalk. By Klaus Birk, Nico Bernklau, Tobias Müller, #kritzler, #MDRV, #DIY, #arduino, #typo, 2016
TYPE N TECH CASE - Makes sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDT6Y0DfXeU
Type n Walk app allows you to type a message and see where you're going.
Autumn mood makes us remind last year's Retune Festival, where it was a pleasure to be part of staging our incarnated "sunshine calamari" crab stable (which you can see in the video) along with amazing artists like Moon Ribas, Works of Ryoichi Kurokawa, Martina Menegon, BadaboomBerlin, Quadrature, Dries Depoorter, Tebjan Halm of VVVV - Visual/Textual Development Environment and many more...
vimeo.com From October 6-8 2016 the Retune Festival transformed a school building from the past into a playground of the futures. The space turned into experimental design…
Typojanchi next year!
타이포잔치 2017, PaTI 워크숍은 마감되었습니다. 많은 관심 고맙습니다. 신청자와 예비 인원에게는 개별 안내 메일을 보내드리 니다.
타이포잔치 2017, PaTI 워크숍
워크숍 참가자를 모집합니다. 타이포잔치 2017은 개막과 함께 총 5개의 워크숍을 준비했습니다. 이 워크숍은 그 중 파주타이포그라피학교와 함께 준비한 것으로 타이포잔치 2017 참여 작가 3명을 초대하여 파주타이포그라피학교에서 2일 동안 열립니다. 초대작가는 그래픽 디자이너 길레스 드 브록 Gilles de Brock (NL), 안냐 카이저 Anja Kaiser (DE), 일러스트레이터 케서린 안얀고 Catherine Anyango (SE)입니다.
Gilles de Brock은 런던과 암스테르담에서 아트디렉터와 웹개발자로 활동하는 그래픽 디자이너 입니다. 실크스크린 인쇄 작업과 프로그래밍에 기반한 영화 작업을 하고 있습니다. Anja Kaiser는 독일 라이프치히에서 활동하는 그래픽 디자이너로 페미니즘을 주제로 워크숍을 진행 할 예정입니다. Catherine Anyango는 영국 왕립예술학교에서 오랫동안 Visual Research를 강의하고 현재는 스톡홀름 콘스트팍에서 일러스트레이션 강의를 하고 있습니다.
워크숍 하는날: 2017년 9월 18일(달) - 9월 19일(불) 9:30-17:00 이틀간 열립니다.
곳: 파주타이포그라피학교 이상집, 두성집 외 (경기도 파주시 회동길 330)
모집인원: 각 워크숍당 20명, 총 60명
참석을 원하는 분은 아래 링크에서 신청하세요. 각 워크숍당 20명 신청 완료되면 마감 공지하고, 선발된 60명과 예비 10명에게는 이메일로 자세한 일정과 준비물 등을 다시 안내하겠습니다.
*워크숍은 영어로 진행되며, 필요한 경우 모더레이터의 통역이 이어집니다.
*워크숍 참가비는 무료지만 모든 워크숍 참여자는 개인 노트북이 필요합니다. 워크숍의 성격에따라 1~2만원 내외의 재료비가 들 수도 있습니다.
신청 후 부득이한 사정으로 참석이 어려운 경우, 최소 이틀 전 아래 메일로 연락바랍니다. 당일 취소하거나 이유 없이 불참한 경우 이어지는 행사 참여에 불이익이 있을 수 있습니다.
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