Follicle Font Friday

Follicle Font - lower-case "a"

Kind of disgusting, but cool.


An Eccentric, Wacky Typeface Created With Hair

Amsterdam-based designer Monique Goossens has recently created a fun and wacky typeface out of human hair.

This interesting typeface is constructed out of strands of hair gathered together. Each clump of hair is shaped to form a letter in the alphabet.

Goossens’ work is playful, surprising and turns something mundane into something creative.

[via STUDIO MONIQUE GOOSSENS]

The Original “Alien” Concept Art Is Terrifying

H.R. Giger's concept art for "Alien" film

From BuzzFeed by

H.R. Giger’s original designs for Alien are even more chilling than the film.

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1. Legendary artist H.R. Giger died last week, aged 74.

Legendary artist H.R. Giger died last week, aged 74 .
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

2. He captured imaginations and haunted dreams with his bio-mechanical visions, drawn from his own nightmares.

He captured imaginations and haunted dreams with his bio-mechanical visions, drawn from his own nightmares.
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

3. A prolific artist for over five decades, he’s perhaps best known for his work on sci-fi classic, Alien.

A prolific artist for over fives decades, he's perhaps best known for his work on sci-fi classic, Alien .
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

4. Ridley Scott: “Giger’s designs were an especially unique experience for the audience. The world had simply never seen anything like that before.”

Ridley Scott: "Giger's designs were an especially unique experience for the audience. The world had simply never seen anything like that before."
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

5. “His work contributed significantly to the success of the film.”

"His work contributed significantly to the success of the film."
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

6. H.R Giger: “Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, but I paint from reality.”

H.R Giger: "Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, but I paint from reality."
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

7. “If people want to interpret my work as warnings about too much overpopulation, disease and mechanization in the future, then that is up to them.”

H.R. Giger / Titan Books

H.R. Giger / Titan Books

8. “I like to combine human beings, creatures and biomechanics.”

H.R. Giger / Titan Books

H.R. Giger / Titan Books

H.R. Giger / Titan Books

9. “And I love to work with bones—they are elemental and function and, after all, are part of human beings.”

"And I love to work with bones - they are elemental and function and, after all, are part of human beings."
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

10. “Some people say my work is often depressing and pessimistic…”

"Some people say my work is often depressing and pessimistic..."
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

11. “With the emphasis on death, blood, overcrowding, strange beings and so on, but I don’t really think it is.”

"With the emphasis on death, blood, overcrowding, strange beings and so on, but I don't really think it is."
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

12. “There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it.”

"There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it."
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

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18. H.R. Giger: “Dutch customs once thought my pictures were photos.”

H.R. Giger: “Dutch customs once thought my pictures were photos."
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

19. “Where on earth did they think I could have photographed my subjects? In Hell, perhaps?”

"Where on earth did they think I could have photographed my subjects? In Hell, perhaps?”
H.R. Giger / Titan Books

Images from “The Alien Archive” by Mark Salisbury, released September 5th, 2014, reposted here with permission from H.R. Giger’s estate, and Titan Books.

 

Flying Font Friday 1

Helvetica airport signage

Also see my post Flying Font Friday 2, about typeforms found in butterfly wings.

Why the Same Three Typefaces Are Used In Almost Every Airport

From Gizmodo by Alissa Walker
Wayfinding signage is an invisible network draped upon our public places. And that network has to work especially hard in airports when we’re lost, hungry, and exhausted. Especially when helping us navigate in jetlagged states using strange languages, good wayfinding means sticking to clear, legible typefaces. So how do designers choose?”It’s like a spiderweb—you can’t touch one spot without making the whole web move,” says Jim Harding, who designed the wayfinding system for Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport, the busiest airport on the planet. In an interview adapted from David Zweig’s book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion, Harding takes us through the design catacombs of the Atlanta airport (okay, the terminals) to show us how he developed an international graphic language to prevent passengers from getting lost. In addition to all sorts of fascinating details about the behavior of travelers, the story includes this fascinating nugget: Just three typefaces are used in the wayfinding signage for 75 percent of airports: Helvetica, Frutiger, and Clearview.

It makes perfect sense that airports would employ sans serif typefaces, which are easier to read at a distance (and bad for small, on-screen type). But there are also some pretty sweet little details found within these typefaces which make them winners for airport signage. Here are the three you’re most likely to find at an airport near you.

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(Bond) Film Font Friday

Bond Film Titles

See also Film Font Friday 1; Film Font Friday, Wes Anderson Edition; Font Film Font Friday; and (Oscar) Film Font Friday.

50 Years Of James Bond Title Sequences Merged Into One Awesome Montage

From Dr. No to Skyfall, the title sequences of Bond movies are as much a part of film folklore as the series itself. Before the gadgets, the cars and the Bond girls step in, it’s the opening credits that set the mood for a 007 film. This video montage celebrates 50 years of these epic title sequences – a must watch for all Bond fans, movie aficionados, film students and design lovers.

Bond Film Titles

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