3D printing exhibition explores typographic history

Arkitypo: a 3D printed typographic exhibition

arkitypo exhibition

Arkitypo is an exploration of typographic history. From A to Z, each letter features a 3D printed letter specimen of a unique typeface that portrays a particular trait. The exhibition was created by London based design studio Johnson Banks in collaboration with Ravensbourne University. Video and more photos after the jump…

The work took six months to complete, including research into each typeface. This research was then used to inform the three-dimensional form. The letter ‘B’ for example, is based on two typefaces – Baskerville and Bodoni. They are fused together as Bodoni was based upon Baskerville, but with slightly exagerated proportions.

Courier was commissioned by IBM for its typewriters in the 1950’s, however, it soon became the default standard among typewriter fonts. As such, they have modeled the letter C onto typewriter keys arranged in a C shape.

OCR-A was one of the early computer typefaces designed to be used in optical character recognition. It is often used for printing cheque numbers and was often printed with magnetic ink.

With the Send to Print / Print to Send exhibition also currently running, London seems like the place to be to see 3D print design exhibitions at the moment. Arkitypo is only open until the 8th of February, 9.00am to 6.00pm daily at Arup gallery.

Via designboom


David is an industrial designer from New Zealand. He contributes a weekly article on personal fabrication for Ponoko. You can follow him on Twitter.

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