Peter Haars

May 16, 2018

Occasionally when I’m trawling through some reference material i will be stopped by an image. This often happens with typography, layout and general design but can also happen with illustration. In this case it was a single image of an old book cover – it had a lot going for it, an intense sci-fi illustration, really interesting type and more gradients than you could poke a stick at. See below —

 

It was creepy, curious and satisfying to look at. This prompted further investigation and what i found was an absolute treasure trove of amazing book covers, posters and illustrations by German-Norwegian graphic designer/ illustrator and author – Peter Haars. Below is a bunch of covers he created for Publishing company Lanterne. Simply incredible stuff that has really stood the test of time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See heaps more of his and other peoples work on Øyvind’s flickr stream. You will not be disappointed. We also created a little tribute to Peter Haars on our instagram account.


Texel

April 22, 2018

Often some ideas for typography come from unused / unloved concepts presented and ultimately rejected. Texel is one of these typefaces.

Based on the brutalist, geometric forms of bunkers this solid typeface feels like an armoured tank- no hint of a curve through the entire character set instead opting for 45 degree angles and squared off terminals. Because of the strict grid the typeface follows addition horizontal stokes on the ‘E’ and ‘F’ and the curious stacked forms on ‘B’,’P’ and ‘X’.

 
 

Based on the brutalist, geometric forms of bunkers this solid typeface feels like an armoured tank- no hint of a curve through the entire character set instead opting for 45 degree angles and squared off terminals. Because of the strict grid the typeface follows addition horizontal stokes on the ‘E’ and ‘F’ and the curious stacked forms on ‘B’,’P’ and ‘X’.

 
 
 
 
 

This typeface was inspired by the works of Jurriaan Schrofer and more contemporary designers like Guðmundur Úlfarsson & Mads Freund Brunse of Or Type. Please visit Or Type and buy their typefaces – they are pretty amazing.

This typeface is coming up for release shortly sign up to our newsletter to find out exactly when it gets released.


Acid Now

November 2, 2017

Super excited to be working on another label for 3Ravens. This new one is called Acid – described as a refreshing, tropical, squelchy sour beer.

Taking references from deep psychedelic 60s Art – in particular artists like Victor Moscoso & Wes Wilson, io developed a loose mouldable logo that can be squished in to a variety of simple geometric shapes. The label also features two separate front faces that are inverted… makes more sense when you have it in your hand.

Keep an eye out for it it was launched last week.

 

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The Design Kids

October 1, 2017

We had a bit of a chat with The Design Kids last week where we discussed things like our team hierarchy, He-Man and Our studio and some of our personal projects.

Have a read.

—S


Gertrudes Typography

June 29, 2017

io has been busy again with The Gertrude Street Projection Festival (GSPF). This year we have overhauled the identity with new colours, logo, visual treatment, animation (thanks to WWZRD6), website (coming soon) and typeface.

Based on the original logo type of the festival, io has created some new geometric forms to create a full character set, lowercase and uppercase along with numerals and contextual ligatures.

The typeface itself is a geometric sans serif with a whole heap of built in character to reflect the eclectic nature of the street and festival. Stacked lowercase g’s, right angled lowercase r’s and sawn of angles on the upper case A N and M work together to form the weirdness that is Gertrudes Bold.

It has recently been spotted on Gertrude street for a field test. Keep an eye out for more soon and for the festivals itself — from July 21 – 30 all along Gertrude Street in Fitzroy.

more info at GSPF.com.au

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Inner Orbit

April 2, 2017

We have another ongoing project – this time featured on our Facebook page called Inner Orbit. Playing around with the 360 panorama feature on Facebook, we’re generating our very own immersive io worlds. Check them out here and follow us on Facebook to see them as they go live. There will be one per lunar cycle.

View Inner Orbit on our Facebook page and enjoy.


Optimumly — GQ Magazine

February 12, 2017

We got word early this year that Optimum Compress was featured in the latest issue of GQ Magazine. We are super excited to see Optimum Compress out there in the wide world and even more excited to see it published in GQ – Still even more excited to see BD Wong featured next to our typeface.

Please let us know if you see Optimum Compress out there in the world – we’d love to see and share it.

Wooo – more updates from us soon… its early in the year and we are trying already catching up.


Envelope Security Patterns

January 8, 2017

The internet is basically a sea of randomness inhabited by some truly terrible, weird, funny and stupid things. Occasionally, very occasionally, you stumble upon utter gold and it feels incredible.

I happened upon this flickr feed of envelope security patterns; the part of the mail that basically no one pays attention to. I’m talking about the inside of the envelope. These patterns are designed to help stop people from reading the contents of your mail through the envelope – and they work pretty well!

Now someone with an eye for a niche is collecting the best ones they’ve come across and are collating them here.

Take a peek here.