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Moving Type meets Print


Are computer programs replacing designers? Well, not yet at least. But designers can write their own programs and, using these self-made tools, open up new possibilities in design. The cover of our April issue is the result of a fascinating cooperation – it combines moving type with sophisticated printing technology. The design, from Studio Mut, draws on hardware and software, providing one example of what the future might hold.


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What does the future hold for typographic design? Our April issue ventures a few answers. In the novum+ section, we present classic type design and also feature a range of projects that show how typography can address political and social problems. The cover, too, puts forward one vision of how typography could develop in the future. The motif came about in a cooperation with Studio Mut and other creatives: Think Work Observe made available the typeface Kunst Grotesk as a pre-release, and Kiel Danger Mutschelknaus developed a program that can be used to generate moving type. Using these components Studio Mut created a motif that draws on software and hardware – digitally generated type skilfully combined with sophisticated print technology.

In this short animation you can see how Studio Mut used the Type Generator to design our cover



Das Cover

For the cover we chose the paper Pop’Set in Urban Grey. The warm grey tone and the slightly rough surface present a charming contrast to the shimmering hot foil. Light Line Laser Seamless enables a holographic effect in all the colours of the rainbow, bringing movement into a motif that, thanks to moving type software, was itself generated from movement. The finish thus reflects the story behind the creation of the motif.

The hot foil stamping was done by effektiv Druck+Veredelung. The stamp was manufactured by Hinderer + Mühlich and the holographic hot foil came from Kurz. 

The content

Civilization (USA)
Boldrini & Ficcardi (ARG)
Ari Liloan (GER)
Fluido (ITA)
Offshore (SWI)
Overtone (DEN)
Andreas Palfinger (AUT)
Dharmatype (JPN)
Vocal Type Co. (USA)
Lesbar (GER)
Charlotte Rohde (GER)
True Type Freedom (CHI)
Rolleiflex (SWE)
The cover
Paper: Pop'Set, Urban Grey, 240 gsm, by Antalis
Hot foil stamping: effektiv Druck+Veredelung
Stamp: Hinderer+Mühlich
Holographic effekt: Kurz
Design: Studio Mut (ITA)
Font: Kunst Grotesk by Think Work Observe
Web Tool: Kiel Danger Mutschelknaus
Photography: Tobias Holzmann