What's new in Visual Communication?
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What's new in Visual Communication?
Selected news about graphic design, photography, film studies and media & interaction design for CV students at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland)
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Design : les recommandations de la NASA

Design : les recommandations de la NASA | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Dans le livre sur Elon Musk que j’ai lu il y a quelques semaines, on y parle beaucoup de la NASA (pour National Aeronautics and Space Administration) et notamment de l’incroyable exigence dont les ingénieurs et tous les corps de métiers font preuve. Mais côté design, ça donne quoi ? Je serais curieux de connaître les contraintes des designers de la NASA qui travaillent au quotidien sur des processus de conception, utilisant des méthodologies rigoureuses et pourtant cherchant à imaginer les outils et services qui sont utilisés parfois à des milliers de kilomètres de la Terre.

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ON THE TYPOGRAPHY OF FLIGHT-DECK DOCUMENTATION by Asaf Degani, fulltext available in PDF : https://ti.arc.nasa.gov/m/profile/adegani/Flight-Deck_Documentation.pdf
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What were Adrian Frutiger's contributions to typography?

What were Adrian Frutiger's contributions to typography? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Could there have been a more influential type designer in the last century? Frutiger didn’t just create the typeface that bears his name. Over the past 60-plus years, he also designed Univers, Avenir, Méridien, Didot, Apollo, Egyptienne,  Rusticana, Serifa and over a hundred other fonts, many of which remain popular to this day. In fact, he has five fonts (Frutiger, Univers, Avenir Next, Avenir and Frutiger Next) in the Top 40 all-time bestsellers list—the only type designer to have enjoyed that level of commercial success.

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Switzerland: still a font of creativity

Switzerland: still a font of creativity | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Sixty years ago Switzerland was the centre of the typographic universe. How are contemporary designers leaving their imprints?

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Libération nouvelle formule, mirage ou réalité augmentée ?

Libération nouvelle formule, mirage ou réalité augmentée ? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

« Dans un monde boule­versé par la révolu­tion numérique, les journa­listes de Libéra­tion ont décidé de se réinventer » c’est en ces mots que quelques jours plus tôt, Laurent Joffrin, le direc­teur de la publi­ca­tion, annon­çait le lance­ment de la nouvelle formule de Libération.

« Boule­versée » est proba­ble­ment le terme qui définis­sait le mieux la situa­tion de Libé depuis quelques années. Libéra­tion pourtant figure de proue d’une presse papier ambitieuse toujours prête à questionner son média, a pourtant totale­ment raté sa révolu­tion numérique. Tout un symbole !

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Libération French newspaper, yet figurehead of an ambitious press media always ready to question his medium, has yet totally missed his digital revolution.

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The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn't Suck

The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn't Suck | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

A new font, Bookerly, and a totally new layout engine have made reading a Kindle e-book more like print than ever.

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Hansje van Halem balances between typography and optical illusion

Hansje van Halem balances between typography and optical illusion | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

It’s tricky to implement the intricate tricks of an optical illusion in a book cover design without the finished product appearing slightly heavy-handed, but designer Hansje van Halem does it with poise and perfectionism. She’s worked as a freelance graphic designer since graduating from Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietvield Academie in 2003 (as her About section explains) and her enjoyment of what others might find to be repetitive shines through in the illusory patterns in her portfolio.

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Dyslexie typeface by Christian Boer

Dyslexie typeface by Christian Boer | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

A typeface created specifically for dyslexic people by Dutch designer Christian Boer is on show at this year's Istanbul Design Biennial.

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What are some great original (not historic revival) typefaces designed after 2000?

What are some great original (not historic revival) typefaces designed after 2000? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

There are literally hundreds of usable and original releases since 2000. But I guess it depends on your definition of “great”. We cover many of them in our annual reviews on Typographica http://typographica.org/category.... Here are a few of my favorites from the last 10 years:

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Ordinary Architecture vanish the Hollywood sign

Ordinary Architecture vanish the Hollywood sign | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Letters from the Hollywood sign appear to have toppled from their position in the Santa Monica Mountains, as part of a hoax by Ordinary Architecture.

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Algo par Michel Derre

Algo par Michel Derre | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

L'annonce est un micro événement: le calligraphe Michel Derre publie son premier caractère disponible au grand public. 

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The French calligrapher Michel Derre published his first font available to the general public.

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Un vent de mythologie souffle sur les caractères français

Un vent de mythologie souffle sur les caractères français | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

L’activité bouillon­nante des fonde­ries numériques indépen­dantes rend impos­sible l’évocation de toutes les sorties typogra­phiques tant leur rythme est fréné­tique. C’est bien dommage car certains carac­tères mérite­raient vraiment d’être mis en lumière. Mais parfois le hasard du calen­drier, couplé à l’exercice si délicat du naming de carac­tères, crée des vis-à-vis intéres­sants qui font dialo­guer les écritures et permettent qu’on s’y attarde un peu plus.

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The bustling activity of independent digital foundry makes it impossible to mention all the typographic output as the pace is frenetic. This is unfortunate because some typefaces really deserve to be highlighted.

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dalton maag launches its oscine font family

dalton maag launches its oscine font family | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

dalton maag has launched its oscine font family - originally intended for use in low resolution TV screens the font has been updated for modern use.

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Chineasy illustrated characters designed to make learning Chinese easy

Chineasy illustrated characters designed to make learning Chinese easy | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh and graphic designer Noma Bar have created a system of illustrated characters and animations to help people learn to read Chinese.

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Five typefaces you need to know

Five typefaces you need to know | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

For our 150th issue, available until next week, experts from some of our favourite graphic design studios and magazines told us about the fonts that have stood out for them in recent years

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Typographer Adrian Frutiger dies aged 87

Typographer Adrian Frutiger dies aged 87 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Swiss typographer Adrian Frutiger, designer of typefaces including Univers, Avenir and the eponymous Frutiger, has died.

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What's the best handwriting font?

What's the best handwriting font? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
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If you want to give your design a personal or human touch, what you really need might not be a font, but actual handwriting. If the project doesn’t include a lot of text and that text doesn't need to change dynamically, you’ll get much better results if you hire a lettering artist. Here are a few I recommend.

http://www.quora.com/Whats-the-best-handwriting-font

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John Rushton's curator insight, August 11, 2015 4:26 AM

If you want to give your design a personal or human touch, what you really need might not be a font, but actual handwriting. If the project doesn’t include a lot of text and that text doesn't need to change dynamically, you’ll get much better results if you hire a lettering artist. Here are a few I recommend.

http://www.quora.com/Whats-the-best-handwriting-font

Jacqueline Heard's curator insight, August 18, 2015 1:50 AM

Mmm, I just want a free flowing handwritten font to show a bit of class... 

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daniel britton stunts reading ability with dyslexia typeface

daniel britton stunts reading ability with dyslexia typeface | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

by breaking down and reassembling the alphabet into layers, daniel britton attempts to show how impairing the condition can be.

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David Rust 1969-2014

David Rust 1969-2014 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

A tribute to the life and innovative work of Swiss graphic designer David Rust, of Gavillet & Rust. By François Rappo

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Why are people so passionate about typography?

Why are people so passionate about typography? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

I'm quite picky about typography. It's really quite hard to explain, but let me take a stab:

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29LT Zeyn x Swiss Typefaces

29LT Zeyn x Swiss Typefaces | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Cet alphabet Zeyn est le fruit d’une colla­bo­ra­tion entre Pascal Zoghbi (29LT) pour la partie arabe et Ian Party (swiss­ty­pe­faces) pour sa partie latine.

ECAL Library's insight:

This alphabet Zeyn is the result of collaboration between Pascal Zoghbi (29LT) for the Arab side and Ian Party (swisstypefaces) for its Latin side.

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Is the typeface used in the Apple Watch UI a clone of Akkurat?

Is the typeface used in the Apple Watch UI a clone of Akkurat? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The term “clone” is clouded by controversy and has no clear definition, so it’s not a very useful way to describe anything. Perhaps you’re asking whether Akkurat was blatantly copied to create the Apple Watch typeface. I don’t think we can answer that question with any confidence.

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Yves Peters | Letters Tell Us More Than Words : Sexy typography meets movie posters and alphabets (Video)

Yves Peters | Letters Tell Us More Than Words : Sexy typography meets movie posters and alphabets (Video) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Yves shares his experiences as Editor in Chief at fontfeed.com, as well as his editorial work with movie poster typography. Prepare to be delighted by a large collection of sexy typefaces.

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Type Tasting Open Studios

Type Tasting Open Studios | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Fresh from creating edible lettering and talking type in Texas at SXSW festival, graphic designer and Type Tasting founder Sarah Hyndman is opening up her studio this weekend to celebrate all things typography.

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