November 2010 Typeradio held a two day workshop in cooperation with Indra Kupferschmid and 12 students of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (HBK Saar) in Saarbrücken, Germany. Each student was assigned a typeface designed by a Dutch designer with the question ‘How do you interpret the typeface into a one minute sound piece?’
The resulting 12 sound pieces were the starting point of a new workshop in collaboration with Jan Willem Stas and 12 students of the Type and Media master coarse, The Hague, The Netherlands. Each student was allocated an (anonymously labelled) sound piece and their challenge was to ‘create a typeface inspired by the sound’. The results were quite a surprise!
1) Original typeface: History by Peter Bilak
2) Sound piece by Martin Kalle
3) Chinese whispered typeface by Malte Herok
Malte was completely blown away by the complexity of the music. The sound was full of contrast, which he describes as a modern take on a classical rock theme. He tried to capture the essence and therefore focused on this rock hymn feeling. He started with a slightly modernized broken script but he missed the tragic and also the playful elements in the sound. He went back to his original approach and added more swashes, more round and flowing forms. After this he wanted to combine the two elements as one, because he still missed the layered parts that he heard in the music. By making different layers of faces he managed to achieve this.
left: History by Peter Bilak, right: Chinese Whispered History by Malte Herok
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