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Background & Challenge

Wassily Kandinsky is Russian abstractionist artist. Geometrical elements take an increasing importance in his design teaching at the Bauhaus (German iconic design school) and his painting: particularly the circle, half-circle, the angle, straight lines and curves.

The objective is to design a readable and expressive typeface that explores the letterform using geometric shapes and line. Take into consideration the essential structure of the characters in the alphabet and how they can be redesigned. Solution can range from using simple shapes to working with lines or patterns; designing letterforms in an illustrative, decorative or minimalist approach. Primary audience is people who love and appreciate art and design.

Solution

The visual inspiration for this project came from Kandinsky’s geometric abstract painting “Composition VIII”. Intersecting, angled lines and circles serve as a good base for creating letterforms. I aimed at creating a typeface that could be balanced and readable, and at the same time dynamic and artistic as the painting itself. I have limited the elements and colours, so that there would be consistency in letterforms increasing the legibility. By looking at words formed from this typeface and even separate glyphs one can recognize the elements of Kandinsky’s art.

Awards

This project has won Canada Type Scholarship in the 2015 GDC National Canada Type Scholarship Awards.

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Wassily Kandinsky, "Composition 8", 1923

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