Friday, September 18, 2015

Patterned Type

Designer, Eike Dingler was inspired by the structure and design of medieval style initials. He was interested in the complexity of the hierarchy and use of negative space.

Dingler created a typeface by importing code into a computer program and allowing the design process to be changed completely. Instead of hand drawing or using illustrator, Eike opted for a much more complex and challenging method. 

Dingler's program allowed for the implementation of these patterns in each of his characters making for these beautiful and very illustrative letterforms, even though they were computer made.

"After a lot of experimenting and testing with various patterns, I put together the “Basic Collection.” It comprises nine geometric patterns based on rectangles (Pattern No. 1–3), rhombi (◊) (Pattern No. 4–6), and triangles (Pattern No. 7–9). Inspiration for ornament and pattern came from various sources; for example, I looked at the great graphic work ofVictor Vasarely, wonderful Islamic Art, or the fantastic tiled floors in the “Neues Museum” in Berlin. Each pattern comes in varying weights or pattern resolutions. As with pattern in general it is quite essential, how far you zoom in – and by varying the font size or pattern resolution, you end up with very different graphic impressions.
The letters of the Basic Collection combine the joy of ornament with the straightness of contemporary geometrical forms and letter shapes. And, although they all share the same skeleton, owing to the different patterns, they all look surprisingly different. And they are all “pure” display typefaces: They are, of course, not suitable at small sizes; but designed to have a distinct graphic impact in large display typography."

Check out more of Dingler's work!

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