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Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko (10)
Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko (7)
Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko
Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko (3) Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko (4) Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko (5) Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko

These lovely patterns are actually type specimens. The typeface is Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko, who co-founded the venerable typographic clearhouse Emigre in 1984. Hypnopaedia was released by Licko in 1997 and can be found at Emigre along with the PDF specimen sheet from which the above images came.

Hypnopaedia by Zuzana Licko (9)

Each Hypnopædia illustration was created by concentric rotation of a single letterform from the Emigre Fonts library. When repeated, each Hypnopædia illustration creates a unique pattern of interlocking letter shapes.

An infinite variety of patterns can be composed by combining and alternating the basic 140 Hypnopædia illustrations.

The specimen that is this PDF was released as a promotional booklet, which was surprisingly included in Thames and Hudsons The Book of Books edited by Mathieu Lommen. Seems like an odd choice to include a stapled pamphlet in a survey of the most innovative books of the last 500 years. But we’re glad to have come across it. The specimen was also printed in the Emigre Fonts Type Specimens Volume I which as of press time is nowhere to be found.

Licko’s portfolio includes another pattern face Puzzler.

 

Puzzler by Zuzana Licko (1) Puzzler by Zuzana Licko (2)

shelf / / Zuzana Licko — posted on February 27th, 2013

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (12)
Klaus-Peter Dienst and his brother Rolf-Gunther did a hero’s job of introducing a 1960′s French readership to the beats with their magazine Rhinozeros, which we wrote about in November when our Dienst obsession began.

Since then, we’ve snapped up a copy of Klaus-Peter Dienst’s 1962 typographic onslaught “Carmina Burana.” The exercise treats the Latin “O Fortuna” text of Carmina Burana to a  heavy dose of black and white geometry. Thoroughly designed and generous with its variety of letterforms and structure, this is truly a labor of love by an impassioned typographer.

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (3)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (11)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (5)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (1)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (2)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (4)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (6)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (7)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (9)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (8)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (13)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (14)

Klaus-Peter Dienst - Carmina Burana (10)

shelf / / Klaus-Peter Dienst — posted on February 12th, 2013

Shapes for Sounds by typographer and graphic designer Timothy Donaldson, from the often astounding Mark Batty Publisher.

Profusely and generously illustrated. Cover to cover ideas. With just a tenth of it’s content, would be a gem. We’ve had this for a few years now, and still delights.

shelf / / Timothy Donaldson — posted on September 25th, 2012

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