Currently based in Lisbon, the studio already has a distinct style with simple graphic patterns and a restrained colour palette running through much of their work.
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Dalton Maag have launched two new library fonts today: Soleto and Prometo. Soleto is primarily for text use and Prometo for display use. Though separate products, they have been designed to work in perfect harmony with each other.
The design process began in early 2012, with the first sketches for Prometo developed in Dalton Maag’s Brazil office. The font that was envisaged was a squarish and geometric design. Originally planned to be a display typeface and comprising 14 weights, Prometo is suited to wayfinding and use at large sizes.
During the development of Prometo it was decided to also take the design in a direction that was more appropriate for text use, resulting in Soleto. Soleto is the softer and less angular sister of Prometo. It takes much of Prometo’s original structure into its makeup, but is more traditional in shape and has a refined elegance to it that works well for large areas of text. The family is also comprised of 14 weights and is manually hinted for good on-screen appearance.
Fabio Haag of Dalton Maag said:
“These are two very contemporary font families, each optimised for their respective usage. Many designers contact us asking for advice on what they should look for when choosing a display font to match a text font and vice versa. With the advice we give in mind we have created two font families that designers can combine with confidence.”
For more information, or to purchase the fonts, visit Dalton Maag.
In letterpress printing, the term ‘kissing’ is used to refer to the lightest possible impression on paper so that the type or blocks do not press into the paper leaving a clean printed image. Historically, this was the printer’s art; to press the letterforms firmly enough for optimal ink transfer without leaving an impression.
In recent years, however, the art of letterpress printing has enjoyed a renaissance. Part of this revolution is the popularity of the previously shunned deep impression, or as Glasgow Press appropriately term it, the ‘Glasgow Kiss’.
The piece features a ‘Kiss’ card and a ‘Glasgow Kiss’ card – the former being printing without an impression, the latter being printed with greater force and leaving a deep impression.
Letterpress printed onto 540gsm Fuscia Pink Colorplan and sealed with a kiss.
Sawdust have updated their portfolio, with the addition of more stunning bespoke typographic treatments.
Manchester design maestros Mark Studio have launched their brand new* site.
(*two days ago – shhhh)
London agency & SMITH have relaunched their site with a whole host of new branding projects.
John Lewis have a long tradition of producing heartwarming Christmas commercials and this year was no different, with the story of a Christmas loving hare and his big, sleepy bear friend (who normally hibernates through the holidays) at the centre of this seasons story.
You’ve no doubt already seen the £1 million production, however the painstaking planning and meticulous attention to detail involved in such a project could be easily overlooked. That’s why we love the release of this little ‘making of’ gem by Blinkink, showing the hard work of creators Yves Geleyn & Elliot Dear, who used a combination of traditional 2D hand-drawn animation, stop-frame and 3D model sets to create the final commercial.
The five day course, starting on Monday 28 October, 2013, has been formulated with graphic designers in mind and aims to demystify the web development process, teaching those looking to ‘up-skill’ how to create their own tailored websites.
With Manchester now boasting a vibrant tech scene, this will be the first time Steer, currently rated as one of the best places to learn how to code in the UK, has hosted a course outside of London.
Requests for digital work are on the increase and being able to code is now an essential skill for any independent designer or agency looking to take complete ownership over a project.
Steer CEO and Co-founder, Amelia Humfress, commented:
“Great technology education is essential to those looking to boost their offering to potential clients. If you are unable to provide a full digital service, you run the risk of losing out on business, so learning how to code is an excellent way for savvy designers to grow their revenue.
“The course is also relevant to those who often work with developers, especially project managers for in-house or agency advertising and marketing teams. A wider understanding of coding and web development can aid client communication, which in turn, can help with budgets and issues such as the over-running of projects.
“We decided to bring our first ever course outside of London to Manchester because of the amount of potential in the area, especially in graphic design. As well as being incredibly welcoming to start-ups, the city also has a special connection to our company, as it is home to my Co-founder, Rik Lomas, who is originally from Ashtonunder-Lyne.
“Teaching more people to code will help support the continuing growth of Manchester’s business community.”
TechHub Manchester’s Co-founder, Doug Ward, believes there has never been a better time to learn to code, adding: “If you’re thinking about increasing your business offering, now is the time to future-proof your skills.
“Manchester will one day become a top five European start-up destination and we’re really happy that Steer has brought this exciting course to the North West.”
The course will run from 28 October to 1 November 2013 and will cost £1,500 (including VAT).
London agency Stereo have launched their new site, packed full of two years worth of previously unseen work.
Glasgow agency Tangent have launched their new site, featuring a selection of solid new work.
Hailing from Bogota, Colombia, Diana Beltran Herrera displays an almost mind-bogglingly meticulous attention to detail in her ornithological paper engineering.
Regular visitors may remember our review of Steer’s Front End Developer course, where complete coding novice’s were taught the fundamentals during an intensive one week course. If you missed it first time round, check it out here. Otherwise, just know the course was very good.
The quality of the course is the reason we’re again happy to tell you about two new courses the Steer team are running this month:
If you’re interested in either of these courses, book through the links in the titles above for a 10% reduction in the course fee.
Recently – while considering a long overdue round of portfolio tinkering – I spent hours in search of the best, responsive, grid-based WordPress themes. There are literally thousands, and although some were very good, most felt like a compromise in flexibility or aesthetics.
Emil himself describes it as “premium shit really” and on first inspection, we’re inclined to agree. Find out more about Hi-Response and why Emil hopes this represents “fresh take on WordPress publishing” here.
Twitter: @hiresponse & @emilolsson
Our friends Daniel Freytag and Greig Anderson have launched their new studio site, FreytagAnderson. Based in Glasgow, Scotland the studio produce beautifully considered branding work for a range of domestic and international clients. The site alone is lovely, well worth checking out.
Friend of FFF, Matt W. Moore has updated his site with a whole host of stunning new work featuring his signature style of bold, angular “Vectorfunk”. Equally at home on Beer bottles, ski wear, urban sculptures, trainers, wall murals or ray-bans Matt’s art seemingly injects an energy to whatever it touches.