Type Life Issue 1 – Special Lab
Author: Swiss Typefaces
Designer: Swiss Typefaces
Publisher: SWTY Publishing, 2017
Size: 23.5 x 32 cm
Weight: 150 g
Binding: Softcover, loop staples
Printing: Offset, Pantone Silver and Neon spot colors
Printed in Switzerland
It's the 1st edition printed in Switzerland in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.
The inaugural issue focuses on ST's Lab, the Research & Development department where the foundry's ideas for future fonts are explored.
An underlying theme in Type Life #1 is the confrontation of opposites. Systematic typography is interspersed with footloose lettering, accurate vector shapes are shown side by side with drippy comic blackletter. Highbrow clashes with subculture when an icon of the Swiss International Style gets remixed with graffiti. Past meets present also in the typeface designs that always and inevitably are contextualized in history. The digital is contrasted with the analog, the local with the cosmopolitan, the abstract with the personal. On a formal level, all of this is represented by the combination of uncoated newsprint and glamorous spot colors. The minimal but nevertheless unique color palette featuring Pantone neon pink and yellow along with silver and black is a defining element of the publication’s identity.