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Micro trends: Typographic influences

Fontface poster by Atipo

Fontface poster by Atipo

7: Didone revival

The classic Didot type is having a renaissance. Modern designers are creating a contemporary equivalent, maintaining its elegance and femininity and referencing its classic French style and typographic heritage.

Bella by Rick Banks

Bella by Rick Banks

Rick Banks’ Bella typeface interprets the classic Didot style, based on letterforms by Herb Lubalin, John Pistilli and Jan Tschichold. Featuring extremely thin hairlines, Bella is best suited for use at large display sizes. “I’ve always loved the ridiculous thin hairlines that featured a lot in New York in the 60s and 70s,” explains Banks of his inspiration. “Herb Lubalin and Louis Dorfsman were masters at hand-drawing thin hairlines. There aren’t that many digital fonts that deal with these extreme hairlines, possibly due to the complexity of creating them in FontLab.”

Kilsgaard Eyewear by DesignUnit

Kilsgaard Eyewear by DesignUnit

DesignUnit’s branding for Kilsgaard Eyewear is based on simplicity, and includes a branded newspaper featuring elegant Didot typefaces. This illustrates the label’s commitment to stylised, feminine design. Similarly, design duo Marc and Anna developed a newspaper called Tent Directory featuring the font F37 Bella – chosen because it was playful, yet still provided a strong sense of identity. They used a serif headline font, which had a heavier downstroke without being overwhelming.

Tent Directory cover 2011 by Marc and Anna

Tent Directory cover 2011 by Marc and Anna

Adir Winery by Blend-it Design

Adir Winery by Blend-it Design

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