“Can Lego be an effective support for typography? “
Following his penchant for modular type design, designer, creative director and author craig ward unveils an intricate typography series made from lego bricks. through his latest project called “brik font”, the artist explores the limits of typeface design, adding a whimsical touch to regular letters. some fonts in the “brik font” series consist of a thin, curved design while others have a bold, stencil-like style. the British-born artist also plays with rounded and curved bricks and other times he gives the impression of rasterized results.
“Creativity thrives on restrictions, and the LEGO building system is proof of that. very little has yet to be created in LEGO in one way or another, but the nuances of character design tend to be compromised, ” he mentioned.all images courtesy of font
explore the nuances of character design
each of the craig districtPioneering typographic works are described with a short caption, which shows the references of the specific type of design. “I’m not 100% sure what constitutes success in this business – if it’s the guy who overcomes the limitations of the medium or if it’s the guy who embraces them. resolution is always going to be an issue when it comes to subtle curves, I have played around with the type of anti-aliasing and the results are quite interesting, ‘ said Craig, tackle this problem using computer graphics techniques in an analog environment.
as he mentioned in an instagram post, “Part of the idea behind this project is to create new modular typefaces, the templates I will sell as downloadable PDFs through an etsy store for the price of a coffee or something. this is one of my first: a condensed stencil alphabet of 5 lines, 55 characters in all: az, 0-9 and a few punctuation marks ”.
“I smudged my hand on this one a lot, but I don’t think I could lose a single tile without compromising readability.”
‘my first complete alphabet is this without a 10-line digest. the pattern with a character set including az, AZ, 0-9 plus some punctuation marks is available through the link in my bio. ‘
anti-aliased 36pt helvetica neue light and bold
“Beautiful slab wheelbase of 14 wacky lines”.
‘B is for blackletter. in the textura style if we’re precise. they are, in a way, CMs of a modular type with letters broken down into systematically reproducible lines to facilitate the copying of manuscripts and texts by hand before the arrival of the printing press ”.
‘a quick two-line ampersand (&) using the point system tiles. fun to play with the scale and shoot that stuff with a macro lens. ‘
‘Swiss …? sort of? working on a swiss without 8/9 lines which retains the proportions of helvetica neue light. ‘
“I developed the new two-scale wim crouwel alphabet. it’s arguably more successful / accurate with 45 ° tiles with a two-stud line width, but this one is more manageable in terms of size and still holds up, I think. ‘
artist: craig district
christina petridou I design boom
November 02, 2021