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: Spaghetti by Donald Roos
2) Sound piece by Marco Wiesmeier
3) Chinese whispered typeface by Linda Hintz
Without thinking Linda doodled a fly stuck in a glass. Her sound was quite artificial and monotone with some doodling in the background. With a bit more thinking she came up with a monoline. She was thinking about a slightly condensed monospaced regular with small serifs. Now she missed the doodling part and she wanted to put the idea of the fly back into her typeface. Eventually she used this ingredient for making the ligatures and ended up with crazy ligatures which connect three letters or more.
left: Spaghetti by Donald Roos, right: Chinese Whispered Spaghetti by Linda Hintz
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