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The styles of typefaces tend to stay within particular movements of design. The 10 typefaces I am creating are meant to break that. Read more

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The styles of typefaces tend to stay within particular movements of design. The 10 typefaces I am creating are meant to break that.

About this project

The Driving Idea:

The styles of typefaces tend to stay within particular movements of design. The 10 typefaces I am creating are meant to break that mold. 

The Game plan:

This past summer I received a grant from my school to study typography in Germany. In August I will be headed to Frankfurt for 1 week to study and examine type at the Klingspor Museum/Archive. Next I will be headed to Berlin to meet with local type designers/artist and to study progressive street typography along with environmental graphics. What I need help with is the production cost in materials, and cheap cost of living and travel during my time in Germany. The grant will only cover the cost of getting there.

From the research and inspiration I aquire in Germany, I will be creating 10 unique display style typefaces. Each typeface created will be unique and incorporate font characteristics from multiple movements of design.

Because I received the grant from my school I will be required to have this project completed by the 1st of April 2012 in order to present my work at the Undergraduate Research Conference as well as have content for a coinciding URC exhibition.

The Objective:

Mesh characteristics from multiple movements in Graphic Design's history to create 10 wholly unique display style typefaces. So the equation goes:

(Arts&Crafts) + (New Typography) + (Swiss Style) + (Post Modernism) + Germany + Thinking Wrong (Thanks Project M!) = a unique, hot off the press font built by a completely new way of looking at type (repeat 10 times)

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Step 1: Research typography, Get to know the history, craft and skill behind each movement of design.

Step 2: Combine in a large brain, a few serifs, stems and feet, geometric shapes, slab serifs, odd ball glyphs and some postmodern features.

Step 3: Mix thoroughly until typeface is cohesive, unique and relevant. 

Step 4: Repeat x10.

Step 5: Make the collateral. Fulfill pledge incentives.

Step 6: Deliver on promises.

The Timeline:

  • Present - August 7th: Preliminary research and planning
  • August 7th - 18th: Travel to, research and study in Frankfurt and Berlin
  • August 18th - Feb 29th: Design work and creation of the fonts and collateral
  • March 1st - April 7th: Production & Delivery of incentives, collateral and fonts, prep work for the exhibition and presentation of my work on the 7th.
  • April 8th: Sleep.

The Support:

The grant I received will get me to Germany BUT I need help to fund materials and project cost, those mostly being 

  • Project materials: Sketch books, pens & pencils, editing software
  • Cheap lodging/cost of living for the duration of my research
  • Travel while in Frankfurt and Berlin
  • Fulfilling incentives (if the Kickstarter succeeds!)

Rest assured that I will not be living like a king during my research. The money after the Kickstarter and Amazon percentages are taken out will go half to the project and half to the production cost of incentives and collateral.

Also if the money raised goes over 2500 GREAT! I love making stuff, after all I am a man! You can follow this project at my blog http://designaroni.posterous.com/ or me on twitter @designaroni 

WITHOUT THE KICKSTARTER THIS PROJECT CANNOT HAPPEN 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING OUT! 

LETS MAKE THIS THING HAPPEN!

This is what the archive looks like

These are some examples of the documents I will be studying 

FAQ

  • This is a fundraising page set up to help fund a research trip to Germany. You can watch the video or read the descriptions for specific information.

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  • To donate you can either click on the GREEN button that says BACK THIS PROJECT, or you can read the pledge rewards and select one of those by clicking on them. After you select either the green button or a pledge reward, you will be taken through the steps to process your pledge.

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  • Simply put I will be traveling to Germany to do research. From the research I aquire I will be creating typefaces, i.e. a set of fonts.

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    $5 reward

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    5$ gets a bumper sticker probably saying something smart in German (Ich mag meine Schriften wie meinen Kaffee ...) (international orders please add 5$)

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    $5 reward

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    5$ here gets a window cling/vinyl sticky thing for your office, desk, to cover the apple on your computer, or to stash in your drawer of collectible design trinkets (international orders please add 5$)

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    $5 reward

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    STICKERS! everyone loves a pack of stickers, and heck that's what you'll be getting, premium stick-ability (international orders please add 5$)

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    $10 reward

    0 backers

    1 Font in the style of your choice, single user license (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

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    $20 reward

    1 backer

    2 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or one font 2 licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

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    $25 reward

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    1 limited edition 8x10 specimen sheet, screen printed by me PLUS 1 Font in the style of your choice, single user license (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 5$)

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    $25 reward

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    The Qwirk Pack, 1 Bumper sticker to cover your trunk, 1 window cling for clingy goodness, and a pack of stickers for your enjoyment PLUS 1 Font in the style of your choice, single user license (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 5$)

  • You selected
    $30 reward

    1 backer

    3 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 3 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

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    $40 reward

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    4 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 4 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

  • You selected
    $50 reward

    1 backer

    5 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 5 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

  • You selected
    $50 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    1 limited edition 19x25 specimen sheet, screen printed by me PLUS 3 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 3 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 10$)

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    $50 reward

    1 backer

    Personalized and UNIQUE 20oz. beer mug. Glass etched with the specimen sheet of choice, or whatever you want! - of course in one of my fonts PLUS 1 Font in the style of your choice, single user license (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 10$)

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    $60 reward

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    6 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 6 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

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    $70 reward

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    7 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 7 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

  • You selected
    $80 reward

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    8 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 8 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

  • You selected
    $90 reward

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    9 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 9 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

  • You selected
    $100 reward

    1 backer

    BUY THE WHOLE SET!!! 10 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 10 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face)

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    $100 reward

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    1 limited edition 26x40 specimen sheet, screen printed by me PLUS 5 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 5 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 10$)

  • You selected
    $100 reward

    1 backer

    1 certified piece of history desk weight (aka the berlin wall) PLUS 1 Font in the style of your choice, single user license (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 10$)

  • You selected
    $100 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    1 lucky person will get a LIMITED EDITION hand crafted, one of a kind, 1 OF 1 AMPERSAND STUFFED ANIMAL! PLUS 1 Font in the style of your choice, single user license (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 10$)

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    $150 reward

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    The Ultimate Qwirk Pack - 1 certified piece of history desk weight (aka the berlin wall) 1 Bumper sticker to cover your trunk, 1 window cling for clingy goodness, and a pack of stickers for your enjoyment PLUS 1 Font in the style of your choice, single user license (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 5$)

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    $300 reward

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    LEDERHOSEN! why? whynot! Get an authentic pair of Lederhosen direct from the Deutschland itself PLUS 10 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 10 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 10$)

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    $750 reward

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    The EVERYTHING Pack - 1 Bumper sticker to cover your trunk, 1 window cling for clingy goodness, and a pack of stickers for your enjoyment 1 limited edition 8x10 specimen sheet, screen printed by me PLUS 1 limited edition 19x25 specimen sheet, screen printed by me PLUS Personalized and UNIQUE 20oz. beer mug. Glass etched with the specimen sheet of choice, or whatever you want! - of course in one of my fonts PLUS 1 certified piece of history desk weight (aka the berlin wall) PLUS 1 limited edition 26x40 specimen sheet, screen printed by me PLUS LEDERHOSEN! why? whynot! Get an authentic pair of Lederhosen direct from the Deutschland itself PLUS 10 Fonts in the style of your choice, single user license (or a combination up to 10 user licenses) (limited edition screen printed postcard with directions on where and how to download the face) (international orders please add 50$)

Funding period

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