If you drive down 14th Ave every day (like Brittany does), you might have noticed a new building pop up and open this summer—the Denver Police Crime Laboratory, at 14th and Cherokee. Zigzagging along its façade are organic window elements inspired by DNA helixes, as seen in the photo above.
Still feeling like fireworks and hot dogs, watermelon and corn on the cob? Well, Independence Day doesn’t have to be over yet. See through today’s downpour (at least here in Denver, where we desperately needed it) to the best holiday Summer has to offer with this little Americana profile from FontShop. We really enjoyed reading about this American designer, whose works we use all the time.
Here are a couple less-well-known options he designed, for your next American project.
The origins of the name Arno connect to an interesting story. I have no idea exactly what Slimbach was thinking when he chose this name for his typeface, besides of Italy and the early masters of typography, but the Arno is a major river in Italy, running right through the heart of Florence. All throughout Roman and Italian history, the Arno has thoroughly flooded Florence. It has a violent nature, going from almost dry to flood conditions in just a few days, and thus is hard for its neighbors to predict.
In college, my understanding of typography, as well as my tastes, were refined. Among many other things, I learned that I passionately hate the ubiquity of Futura. I don’t necessarily hate Futura itself—it serves its purpose—but many students of the Swiss schools of design (of which my alma mater Arizona State University is a descendent) use it indiscriminately, as if it’s the only font that is worthy of their minimalist, grid-based designs. I cringe looking through student work that uses it, because I know students are using it as a “safe” choice—one their professors won’t censor. And many of those students, never told otherwise, grow up to use Futura for everything they do in their professional careers as well. This drives me batty.
Here is another great example of smart people using today’s cutting-edge technology to make intriguing typographic advancements. If you missed our first post on the topic, you can read it here.