TDF & Pyxis

November 20, 2018

Way back in 2014 we made a little poster for @stablemusic for a local show in Melbourne. The poster features a very rough sketch of a playful, irreverent and joyous typeface that didn’t have a name. With jagged edges and striking geometry the typeface had a narrow set of angles, forms and shapes to it and oddly a nice flow.

Looking back on it now it was definitely a quick experiment with no real plans for the future, however a year later we reassessed this and built out the entire character set. Feeling really energised about the whole project a couple more weights followed (light & Heavy).

By early 2017 we were pretty much done & dusted with Pyxis and thats where it stood for a long while. With plans to release it coming and going with projects and life interrupting progress and plans to release them. Finally we are here now and Pyxis now has a home on the wonderful TDF (the designers foundry).

Go check it out – have fun be odd.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Additionally we are looking at producing a small run of type specimens / Posters for Pyxis. Please email us if you are keen to get a hold of one.

Also here is the original Poster.

Typodarium 2019

November 6, 2018

Well I guess we are headed towards the end of the year… and in that prep for the new year starts to creep its way on in to our collective minds. One question comes to everyones mind… how are you going to keep track of what day it is and get some typographic eye candy at the same time? Well maybe not everyones but it is still a good question and this is about where Typodarium can help. Typodarium is a calendar booklet showcasing a different typeface/ and designer for every day of the year. This up coming year has some amazing contributions from the likes of Bureau Mirko Borsche, B-B bureau, Dinamo, Studio Jimbo as well as 2 contributions from Studio-io. We are pretty excited to be involved in this project again and we are looking forward to both February 22 and May 15.

Typodarium is the product of Verlag Hermann Schmidt.

You can grab yourself a copy of it from here.

Cheers
—S

 
 
 

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.

 

—S

 
 

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

—S


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.

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