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Design Curiosities: Mériva by NEW LETTERS

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NEW LETTERS is a German typography and graphic design studio founded by Armin Brenner and Markus John just last year. Their latest typeface, Mériva, is a contemporary and charming take on the Grotesque sans-serif. Remaining true to it’s lineage, Mériva is a bold family optimized for longer sizes and headlines. I can’t wait to see what these guys create next, I’m anticipating great things from their partnership.

Design Curiosities: ETC for Sightglass Coffee

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Everything Type Company (ETC) has been working with San Francisco-based independent coffee company, Sightglass, for some time now. The results of this creative partnership speak for themselves.

Design Curiosities: A Friend Of Mine for Bibelot

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Bibelot is a european-inspired dessert boutique. Located in South Melbourne, it is the latest venture by Chez Dré owners Andrea (Dre) Reiss and Stephen Sam. Design studio A friend of Mine developed the identity and collaborated with both Breathe Architecture and a mosaic artist to create Bibelot’s custom signage.

Design Curiosities: BVD for Vitra

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BVD is one of Scandinavia’s leading design and branding agencies. They recently teamed up with Vitra to develop the Swiss furniture company’s 2016 pack­aging suite. Odds are you’ve encountered Vitra’s work before (although it was most likely unpackaged)—their line includes classic works by design legends Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Verner Panton, Alexander Girard, Jean Prouvé, and Jasper Morrison.

Design Curiosities: FS Brabo by Fernando Mello

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FS Brabo is a beautiful and versatile serif typeface designed by Fontsmith’s Fernando Mello. A reinterpretation of early book faces from the 16th century, Brabo draws heavily from old style Garaldes such as Plantin, Garamond, and Granjon. Brabo’s serifs are much chunkier and squarer than its forebeares though, giving it a crispness and relevance one wouldn’t expect.

Fontsmith commissioned legendary design studio and printing press, The Counter Press, to produce Brabo’s specimen book and limited edition print. As evidenced by the photos above, I can’t imagine a better exhibit for a face that is so clearly meant for the page.