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Fonts with Character
by Maricon Williams
Kenn Munk, the author of Alternate Fonts and My type of
hood, a native of Frederiksbjerg, Denmark, divulged that
type designs are best described as systems or puzzles
for the graphic designer to work out. These puzzles
have endless solutions, but you have to struggle with
the fonts to get them to perform.
My dingbats are usually based on the user combining two
or more 'characters' in order to get results, the typefaces
usually feature connectors that allows the designer using
them to build 'word images' rather than just rows of letters.
I think a reason for this is that I grew up playing with
LEGO bricks, plastic model kits and home made cardboard
models, he added.
This guy finds his inspiration through urban topography.
He roams around and realized that he is fascinated with
music, graffiti/street art, fonts in the restaurant. These
are his inspiration in coming up with brilliant fonts
One of his fonts was named 'Arkudius', after an imaginary
Roman emperor, has no real baseline, characters are hanging
from a line running along the x-height. Another attempt
to bring dingbat and font closer together was a dingbat
called 'Aether'. It was designed to go with 'Acetone'
typeface which is a re-sampled script inspired by trip-hop
I thought about the role silence, pauses and breaks
play in music and wondered why we always express silence
visually by putting blank space between words. Silence
is much more than nothingness, it can be a look from someone
you love, a sigh between words or taking a deep breath.
Silence holds meaning and shouldn't necessarily be represented
by blank space, so I designed the Acetone-companion 'Aether'
for writing silence. The building block approach doesn't
just apply to my dingbats. My typefaces usually feature
connectors that bind the words together as blocks of letters,
much like the way script-based fonts are bound together,
Influenza his recently created font, was a
break from the connected systems of building blocks. According
to him, one of the reasons for this detour is that Influenza
is based on a stripped down version of an earlier font.
This stripping down ditched the connectors and gave him
a new base to work from. 'Influenza was released
on September 1st. After that Influenza will be available
through Myfoints.com same as the other fonts.
The Web site of Danish designer Kenn Munk is offering
free fonts as well as fonts for sale. You can have more
of these and Kenn Munk at http://www.kennmunk.com/
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