20 years of Czech typography in one book
Briefcase is a Prague-based, independent type foundry, offering Czech designers a platform to publish their typefaces. Their operation however, goes beyond that, as they are committed to promoting local design efforts, and unravel Czech design heritage for inspiration. As part of this effort, they compiled a stunning book, Typo 9010, showcasing the best of Czech typography from 1990 to 2010. The encyclopedic collection includes 399 digitised typefaces, often retrieved from obsolete carriers like floppy disks, along commentaries by designers. Through their recap, one gets does not only get an insight to the design process and principles, but a taste of the ambiance of the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design during those two decades.
The decision to focus on that exact period was a deliberate choice from the editors’ part: without doubt, it was an age of transition both for the freshly independent Czech Republic, where creative minds also were finally given freedom, and both for the overall, global typographic world as well. With the rise of computers a new area of digitization commenced, leading to a shift in the designing process and the outcomes as well. The book therefore gives a spectacular and educative overview of the history of Czech typography, and typography in general as well.
Source: It’s Nice That
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