Utopias and Magnificent Obsessions — Eventi Letterari 2013
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The typeface was awarded a Red Dot Design Award in 2013…
Note to oneself: Surprises and disappointment come in many unexpected ways…
I am well aware of the trend and predecessors in this particular style. Please let them continue showing us some awesome and creative solutions and designs !
To me, the surprise was that an institute like the Red Dot award committee wasn’t up-to-date with their knowledge. Nothing more, nothing less.
My studio mate Frank (2F) drew a related impossible alphabet based on isometric projection for his own use in 2012, initially named Maurits and currently known as Twist. Not every instance of similarity is a case of imitation, some things are simply in the air. When I showed him Macula, Frank expressed his admiration for this inventive and professional design — but concluded that his version works better for his purposes.
I agree with Jacques that a jury that decides on typeface design awards should have a thorough overview over the scene. This reminds me of Bombere and Vexier — the two related designs were both among the winners of a competition held by Letraset in 1973. More award trivia? François Robert’s Chicago was awarded in a Mecanorma competition and released in 1969. A few years later, he successfully submitted the pretty similar Astra to competitor Letraset.
Not every instance of similarity is a case of imitation, some things are simply in the air.
I couldn’t agree more.