Foster Type

Foster Type

TYPE & LETTERING BY DAVE FOSTER

Nicky Burles is a traditional craftsman, a maker of timeless fine jewellery and it was a lovely experience to work with someone outside of design with such a keen eye.

We began with the monogram, and the main issue that we came up against was that the right hand side of an N is thin, the left hand side of a B is thick. I tried a few different solutions including lowering the contrast, using an inline, using script styles and making ligatures/swashes. From the .gif at the top we developed 3 directions, and discussed logotypes that would go with each direction.

The accompanying logotypes fell into place fairly naturally, most of the mimicked the style of the monogram. We ended up going with the removing the connection, showed on the last frames on both gifs. The style of letter spoke of both the past and the present, and focuses on individual beautiful shapes, which speaks exactly of what Nicky does in a confident and understated way. It also catered for the fact that Nicky needs to emboss his logotype into the insides of rings at less than 1mm high.

From there on in, it was a matter of refining the type, making sure that the weight and spacing was perfect, the way that the serifs and shapes faded out, their sharpness and length as well as checking that the monogram could be built from the initials with no changes to them and made an attractive mark.

Although the lettering has been created bespoke for the identity and developed independently from scratch from the purposes of the brief, it should be acknowledged that it is of course influenced by the beautiful typeface, Dala Floda by Paul Barnes at Commercial Type. In conjunction to this, many of industrial stencil typefaces from Our Type such as Couteau by Pierre Pané-Farré and Bery Roman by Fred Smeijers also influenced the design.

Here’s my Australian Alphabet Poster! You can buy one here. Originally designed for Around Australia with Jacky Winter.

Here’s my Australian Alphabet Poster! You can buy one here. Originally designed for Around Australia with Jacky Winter.

A poster from November last year for an exhibition in Sydney, forgot to post it up!

A poster from November last year for an exhibition in Sydney, forgot to post it up!

The theatrical poster for Son of a Gun, also under direction from Mark Gowing Design.

The theatrical poster for Son of a Gun, also under direction from Mark Gowing Design.

A teaser poster I designed for Son of a Gun featuring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites. Under direction from Mark Gowing Design.

A teaser poster I designed for Son of a Gun featuring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites. Under direction from Mark Gowing Design.

It’s what’s on the inside that counts. 
A poster designed with counter-forms (technically, the white shapes inside letters, but I also used the white shapes outside the betters) from Comic Sans. Made for the Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition, to help raise money for Cancer Research UK. Happy to have it featured on Grafik Mag and Creative Review. Please buy a print or donate!

It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

A poster designed with counter-forms (technically, the white shapes inside letters, but I also used the white shapes outside the betters) from Comic Sans. Made for the Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition, to help raise money for Cancer Research UK. Happy to have it featured on Grafik Mag and Creative Review. Please buy a print or donate!

Logotype for Melissa Millar. Under direction from Dan Pike of The Letter D.

10 Relatively ‘under the radar’ Type and Lettering Dribbblers.

Some designers with amazing talents are rightfully given the attention their work deserves from their peers, while some designers with mediocre talents, perhaps, are not so deservedly brought into the spotlight. As much as meritocracy sounds nice, I don’t believe it’s truly accurate, popularity does not equal skill or talent.

There’s no numeric figure to represent popularity, it’s relative to the level of work being created and what is being compared to what. Some listed might seem like ‘under the radar’ isn’t an appropriate label for them. However, in the huge expanse of the internet, and with the rising popularity of letterforms I think they should have more attention than they do already, on dribbble at least.

Regardless of the point made above, these accounts light up my feed.

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Martina Flor (276 Followers)

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Kris Sowersby (1125 Followers)

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Jackson Cavanaugh (200 Followers)

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Ken Barber (2110 Followers)

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Neil Summerour (209 Followers)

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Ondrej Jób (456 Followers)

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Grilli Type (269 Followers)

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Dado Queiroz (1546 Followers)

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John Stevens (160 Followers)

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Henric Sjösten (1613 Followers)

Calligraphy for the cinematic poster of The Invisible Woman, used in conjunction with my typeface, Blanco. Under direction from Mark Gowing Design.

Lettering for the cinematic poster of The Broken Circle Breakdown. Close up on Credit block below. Under direction from Mark Gowing Design.