Meret Pro

Meret Pro is a straightforward typeface for newspapers and so much more. At home in tight columns and dense leading, is it another monster for text? Yes! Long after other typefaces have gone home, Meret Pro will roll up its sleeves and set word after word, line after line and column after column.

Where Pensum Pro mixes the broad nib with the brush, Meret Pro’s refined shapes balance the broad nib with the pointed pen. The result: a typeface that is at once hardy and refined. Its wide range of eight weights include four geared for text (light, regular, book, medium) and give enough variety for complex editorial typography. Vivid display styles and unpretentious italics give the typeface the flexibility for serious and modern typography that demands frankness.

For Meret, a typeface fine-tuned to contemporary typographic requirements, one set of figures is not enough! Meret’s almost serif-less figures come in five styles, each with matching tabulars. For tiny text sizes, the default figures are drawn slightly taller than the x-height; making them strong enough for tricky conditions and unobtrusive enough that they do not distract. And, of course, there are also lining figures and — for romantics — classic oldstyle figures. As it’s a TypeMates font, there are also all the small cap figures and superiors you could possibly want.

With more than a thousand glyphs and lots of OpenType features, Meret can fulfil every typographic need. For lovers of book typography, the small caps are wider than the caps and you will find punctuation in case and small-cap sensitive variations. Meret’s Adobe Latin 3 encoding is a TypeMates standard and gives a wide range of flexibility for Latin language support.

After being initially released with OurType in 2011, Nils Thomsen’s Meret Pro has now been republished with TypeMates. With this release comes an update: Meret Pro’s forms and features have been subtly remastered; additional experience improving a tried and tested design.

Meret is a winner of the Letter.2 type design competition organized by the Association Typographique Internationale in 2011, was one of Typographica’s Notable Releases in 2011, and won a Commarts Excellence Award in 2012.

Designer: Nils Thomsen
Publisher: TypeMates
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Prices:
Single Style, starting at € 59 (incl. german taxes)
Complete Family, starting at € 339 (incl. german taxes)
Intro offer for complete Family: 50% off => € 169,50 (incl. german taxes)

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Design Trend: The Bauhaus Design Movement

Bauhaus design was revolutionary for its day. It turned the way the world looked at design completely on its head. Bauhaus sought to combine the fine arts with crafts by closing the schism between art and industry. Before this school of design and design philosophy came into being, things we term “fine arts”—such as design and architecture—were routinely held in higher regard than craftsmanship. Craftsmanship includes disciplines like painting or woodworking.

As a result, a broad variety of visual arts came under the Bauhaus design banner and were merged with workmanship to create a utopian design philosophy based on celebrating the aesthetic with the practical.

Today, almost 100 years after its inception, Bauhaus still remains a highly influential force in design and beyond. It epitomizes the tenets of German design to the entire world and demonstrates what’s possible when designers combine minimalism and mass production.

Its legacy is seen in everything from glorious typefaces and web designs to buildings and essential design principles.

The History of Bauhaus Design

The movement’s origins can be traced back to one school: the German art school of the same name called Staatliches Bauhaus. Though it was only in operation from 1919 to 1933, its short existence belies the far-reaching impact this design philosophy has had on the rest of the world in the several decades since.

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Founded by Walter Gropius, a German architect and widely seen as one of the trailblazing members of modernist architecture, the Bauhaus school literally translates to construction house. This can be confusing since the actual school didn’t even have an architecture department in its early years, but would go on nonetheless to profoundly influence modern design, modernist architecture, art, and architectural and design instruction.

Over the course of its short life, the school and its design philosophy existed in the following cities and periods:

  • Weimar (1919 to 1925)
  • Dessau (1925 to 1932)
  • Berlin (1932 to 1933)

The school was forced to close under intimidation from the Nazi regime, with its directors and staff being forced to leave Germany and emigrate to various countries all over the world. This dispersion of its faculty was actually a significant factor in helping to spread the Bauhaus design aesthetic worldwide.

First Period: Weimar (1919 to 1925)

In 1919, the Bauhaus school opened its doors with Gropius as its first director. His stated objective was to spearhead a design movement free of the class barriers that put up walls between artists and craftsmen. In its early years of operation, its faculty was a veritable whos-who of pioneering European artists:

  • Johannes Itten – Swiss designer and expressionist painter
  • Lyonel Feininger – German-American painter and Expressionism advocate
  • Gerhard Marcks – German sculptor and artist
  • Oskar Schlemmer – German designer, painter, sculptor and choreographer
  • Paul Klee – Swiss painter and artist known for Cubism, Surrealism, and Expressionism
  • Wassily Kandinsky – Russian art theorist and painter

In its first three years, Itten steered the course for much Bauhaus’ education, which was shaped by his admiration of Expressionism. His preliminary course was a student’s first contact with Bauhaus design’s ideas.

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After Itten, Hungarian designer and painter Laszlo Moholy-Nagy took over, and he shifted Bauhaus’ introductory course to favor New Objectivity (read: modern architecture) that was also near and dear to Gropius. This change was important because it crystallized Gropius’ view at the school, which was to adapt architecture to fit the early 20th century’s rise of cars, radios, and machines.

At this time, the school also issued its own magazine called, appropriately, Bauhaus, and book series called Bauhausbücher.

As 1925 approached, the school was being pressured by the local government to the point that its funding was eventually cut by 50%. This set the stage for its relocation to Dessau.

Second Period: Dessau (1925 to 1932)

At Dessau, the design of the school’s building shared many similarities to the International Style of architecture, which was characterized by:

  • Focusing on volume over mass
  • Using mass-produced and lightweight materials
  • Consistent modular forms
  • A rejection of all color and ornaments
  • Using flat surfaces that alternate with glass

At this location, Gropius founded its new architecture program and resigned as director to make way for Hannes Mayer, a Swiss architect and the new director. Under Mayer, the school experienced a few milestones, namely the construction of the ADGB Trade Union School according to Bauhaus design and five apartment buildings in Dessau. For the first time in its history, the school also turned a profit.

Unfortunately, the Nazis gained control of the Dessau city council by 1931, which forced the school to move to yet another location.

Third Period: Berlin (1932 to 1933)

This was the shortest iteration of the Bauhaus school during its already short existence, but it also paved the way for Bauhaus design’s expansion well beyond the German borders. Shortly before the move, German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe became the school’s new director. In Berlin in late 1932, he opened the third iteration of Bauhaus in an abandoned factory, whose rent he paid with his own money.

The Berlin school lasted only for 10 months before it was closed under pressure from the Nazi regime that was gaining power. To the Nazis, Bauhaus design was “un-German” due to its modernist style, as well as “degenerate art” because of its perceived Jewish or Communist associations.

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In April 1933, the school shut down for good due to this persecution.

However, this prompted many of Bauhaus designs’ principles—like Gropius, Meyer, and Mies—to emigrate to countries like Switzerland, Britain, Mexico and the U.S. Thanks to their flight from the Nazis, Bauhaus design traditions lived on and proliferated in various continents.

Characteristics of Bauhaus Design

The design philosophy of Bauhaus is form follows function. This is a clue as to how products designed in the Bauhaus aesthetic will look. In other words, Bauhaus is based on a no-frills, no-gimmicks approach that favors utility over show.

This philosophy can be very prominently seen in areas where Bauhaus has had a major impact: modern furniture design and architecture. When you look at a chair or a building made in the mold of Bauhaus, you immediately notice a stark bluntness to it, with sharp corners and edges and strong lines. Because of this bare-bones approach, Bauhaus design was indeed somewhat shocking to people in the early 20th century, given the then-radical design departures from the norm.

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Qualities of Bauhaus design usually include:

  • Plainness
  • Straightforward simplicity
  • Being conducive to mass production
  • Retaining the integrity of craft materials (as in materials should be used in their honest and natural form and not altered)
  • Streamlined aesthetics
  • Modernity

Bauhaus, therefore, favors pragmatism and practicality in design over beauty for the mere sake of beauty. That’s not to say, though, that Bauhaus can’t be visually attractive. When you read on, you’ll further see the visual appeal in some of its starkly minimalist designs.

Noteworthy Examples of Bauhaus Design

Bauhaus has heavily influenced various industries, from graphic design and architecture to typography and furniture. Take a look at some of the world’s best examples of this school of design.

Typography

Bauhaus

The namesake font of the design movement, Bauhaus font takes its inspiration from the experimental Universal font of Herbert Bayer from 1925. Bayer was widely regarded as the last living member of the design movement until his death in 1985.

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Created in 1969, the Bauhaus font almost resembles a stencil effect in some characters, but it embodies simplicity and straightforwardness above all else. This appropriately sans-serif typeface features very legible and readable letters with fairly even and thick stroke widths.

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Futura

The Futura typeface is another well-known representation of Bauhaus in typography. This geometric and sans-serif font takes its design cues from the geometric shapes that became emblematic of the distinct, visual shapes seen in Bauhaus. Commissioned by the Bauer Type Foundry, a storied German type foundry, Futura has characteristics that espouse modernity.

Its qualities include:

  • Efficiency
  • Forwardness
  • Even-weighted strokes
  • Tall ascenders

One of the most interesting tidbits about this typeface is its usage—which confirms its pragmatic design. Recall that Bauhaus design is meant to espouse function over form, for the ultimate in usability.

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Futura, thanks to its legibility and readability, has been used in:

  • IKEA ads and logos
  • Volkswagen ads and logos
  • Royal Dutch Shell ads and logos
  • typography in the movie V for Vendetta
  • Mercedes-Benz instrument panels graphics

For additional inspiration and design ideas on how to use Futura in your own projects, see our great selection of Futura fonts in our marketplace, and check out some of our Futura fonts:

Architecture

Bauhaus has left a lasting mark on building construction throughout the world.

Bauhaus Dessau

One of the earliest contributions to this design aesthetic was the Bauhaus school’s actual building in Dessau, which was built by Gropius in 1926. This ultra-modernist (for its time) structure is immediately noticeable by its blocky, glass-and-concrete design.

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Using elements of the International Style, the building featured many unique design stylings such as:

  • Window glazing
  • A reinforced concrete and brickwork skeleton
  • Asphalt tile-covered roofs intended for walking on
  • Mushroom-like ceilings

The Bauhaus Archive

The Bauhaus Archive is located in Berlin and houses the biggest collection of Bauhaus-related works in the world. Opened in 1979, the Archive is the epitome of Bauhaus design, which only makes sense.

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Its design embodies minimalism and convenience, a “form follows function” motive that makes it stand out among all other buildings in Berlin. Its roof is unique to the extreme: It was built to resemble an ocean liner’s smokestacks!

The Stillman House

The Stillman House, in Connecticut, is a fine American take on Bauhaus. Constructed back in 1951, the structure takes inspiration from Bauhaus giant Marcel Breuer’s Gregory Ain example, “House in the Garden.”

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A study in all the design elements of Bauhaus, the home boasts the classic, bold colors so famous of the design style, in addition to its blocky, straight and clean lines. The presence of many windows on the house’s façade is another telltale sign of Bauhaus influence.

Modern Furniture

Bauhaus design has produced many notable contributions to furniture design. Here are some of the most famous.

The Cantilever Chair

Not all products that were designed in the Bauhaus style in its early days were actually associated with the school of the same name. A perfect example is the cantilever chair.

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Designed by Marcel Breuer, a Hungarian designer and architect, the chair isn’t propped up by the traditional arrangement of four legs; instead, it’s supported by one, continuous leg that’s fitted to one end of the seat of the chair and then molded into an L shape. As a result, the single leg also doubles as the base of the chair.

This extremely common chair design is nearly ubiquitous today.

Nesting Tables

Nesting tables are Bauhaus’ answer to the Russian matryoshka doll, where dolls of decreasing size are placed inside each other. With Josef Albers’ nesting tables, you have the same concept…except with tables of decreasing size neatly stacking under each other.

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Albers was the Bauhaus school’s furniture workshop’s artistic director for 1926 to 1927. While there, he designed these stacking tables as the epitome of space-saving minimalism. Their stark, vibrant colors also epitomize the foundational color scheme that would’ve been taught in the school’s preliminary course. Thanks to the “form follows function” philosophy of the school, nesting tables work together or independently.

The Wassily Chair

Breuer also designed the Wassily Chair, another impressive feat of Bauhaus furniture design. A striking piece of furniture, it features a tubular steel construction that gives it an unmistakable, evocative look. Chosen because of its lightness, the tubular steel frame means the chair only has two legs instead of the traditional four.

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Contributing to the chair’s simplicity is the choice of upholstery. Black leather straps, replacing the original fabric version, create the seating surface.

One of the most popular chairs of the 20th century, the Wassily Chair is still mass-produced today by different manufacturers, sometimes under different names.

Web Design

Bauhaus has even infiltrated the far reaches of the web with its indelible mark on web design in general.

The MET Website

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Bauhaus Timeline of Art History webpage features a slew of Bauhaus designs in its photography and colors. The horizontally scrolling slider at the top of the page gives site visitors a generous look at various products and designs created by this technique.

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Visitors also get a quick crash course in the short history of Bauhaus.

923a Website

This design agency from France is unabashedly proud of its Bauhaus-inspired projects and portfolio, so much so that it splashes colorful snapshots and images all over its site. This is very reminiscent of the vibrant colors one can see in Bauhaus-inspired paintings and certain pieces of furniture.

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It’s almost like the company’s portfolio serves as a big love letter to Bauhaus. At the very least, the agency wears its Bauhaus colors on its sleeve.

Locations

In particularly special spots on the globe, entire sections of cities have been built in the Bauhaus style as an homage to this school of design.

The White City of Tel Aviv

One of the biggest cities in Israel can boast of being home to an entire stretch of real estate that’s exclusively built in the Bauhaus style. Tel Aviv is home to the White City, which is a grouping of more than 4000 structures that was constructed in the 1930s by Jewish architects exiled by the Nazis.

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Tel Aviv can legitimately brag about having the most buildings constructed in this style of any location in the world.

As a result of this concentration of Bauhaus buildings, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), back in 2003, recognized the White City as a World Cultural Heritage site. It proclaimed the stretch of land as a shining iteration of early 20th-century new-town planning and architecture.

An Indelible Design Style

In its almost 100 years of existence, Bauhaus design has survived a lot of adversity and still thrived. It survived the political chaos of pre-World War II Germany, Nazism, the exile of its pioneers, and other design trends that have come and gone. It’s still here in the 21st century, inspiring new generations of creatives and designers.

Its strength and beauty lie in its strict dedication to functionality and minimalism. In design, these two concepts are timeless, which explains its longevity.


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Amazing Illustrations of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi we also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi is the fifth-biggest worldwide film opening since 2002. It’s a 2017 film written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. In this film Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

In this post, I gathered amazing illustrations and posters of Star Wars: The Last Jedi created by professional artists and designers.

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Here is the list of amazing posters and illustrations of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars – The Last Jedi Poster By Emilie Valade

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Star Wars : The Last Jedi Vector illustration By Ziyan Zalif

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Portrait By Devin Doty

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The Last Jedi By Liam Brazier

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Illustrated Poster By Richard Davies

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Key Art By Henry Erdman

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The Last Jedi Poster By Jeffrey Fulgencio

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster Illustration By Rafa? Rola

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Rey – The Last Jedi By Kreg Franco

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Key Art By Henry Erdman

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STAR WARS- The Last Jedi Posters By Yann Dalon

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster By Ignacio RC

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Exclusive One Sheet by Paul Shipper

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Star Wars May the force be with you The Last Jedi By Jorge López

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Star Wars The Last Jedi – fan art poster By Alejandro Koston

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Kylo Ren Star Wars The Last Jedi By Vimes Art

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The Last Jedi Pixel Art By Miko?aj Birek

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The Last jedi Fan Poster By Riku Forsman

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STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI By Chris Christodoulou

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The Last Jedi posters By Micha? Borkowski

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The Last Jedi Illustration By Paulius

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Digital painting of Rey Star Wars the last Jedi By Lucy Turner

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STAR WARS – The Last Jedi by TheEnderling

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The Last Jedi Kylo Ren

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Battle Approach By Andy Fairhurst

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Posters By Kaz Oomori

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Fresh, Stylish Multipurpose WordPress Themes 2018

The flexible and responsive WordPress themes are 100% user friendly, fresh, stylish and clean Multipurpose themes. You can use these modern WordPress themes to manage many types website and blog, Small Business agent, Corporate Business, Creative One page Portfolio agency, tours and Digital Agency booking. Fresh WordPress theme 2018 are built with the latest WordPress technology and 100% responsive which works on all web browsers and any types of devices. This Multipurpose WordPress theme has retina ready design and easy customization options.

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Clean, Modern, Unique and Multipurpose WordPress Themes for Creatives which suits any kind of Corporate Company website or personal portfolios. Create any page using the Visual Page Builder and Addon’s and a lot of interesting things. Below every theme is ready to use, you can check live demo of each theme.

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Arcon is a WordPress theme which is developed for agency, Wedding agency and other Multipurpose.Arcon WordPress theme has variety of features on Personal Resume, Business, Portfolio and Seo Agency.

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Vestma multipurpose business theme is a premium theme that designed to creating all kind of business, consulting websites. Although has fully features of a professional theme as retina-ready, fully responsive layout, cross-browser compatibility, customizer, click demo install and powerful theme options base on Redux framework but Vestma is very easy to use.

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Origen – Modern Portfolio WordPress Theme for Freelancers & Agencies

Origen — is a Modern Portfolio WordPress theme for Agencies, Studios, Designers, Freelancers and so on. It’s fully customizable with Customizer and Page Builder.

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Elsey – Responsive eCommerce Theme

Elsey is a creative and elegant theme that mainly focussed on e-commerce and it will perfectly suits for any type of online business with its clean and multi-functional layouts. Elsey is the result of several studies about the latest web trends & technology’s in online shopping to deserves a smooth shopping experience.

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Outsign – A Creative Multipurpose WordPress Theme

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An alphabet of buildings

We turn iconic buildings into letters of the alphabet in a game that reveals the very essence of these structures and the cities in which they are located.

“All language is an alphabet of symbols,” said Argentine genius Jorge Luís Borges in his book The Aleph. Let’s take this definition literally: what happens if we reduce the language of architecture to the letters of the alphabet? Representing a building’s shape with a letter makes us focus on its essence. It’s a mental exercise that says much about architecture and the places where it blossoms.

A: The Shard

The European Union’s tallest skyscraper (London’s Shard: 309.6 metres high, with 95 storeys) resembles the sharp tip of the letter A. “I hate tall buildings,” said architect Renzo Piano when it was suggested he build it. But then Piano thought of the spires of London’s churches and the ships’ masts painted by Canaletto, and changed his mind. To erect the Shard, hundreds of workers braved sub-zero temperatures, gale-force winds and a Thames flood. But just as the letter A marks the start of the alphabet, the Shard started a new way of living: a vertical city, with offices on the lower floors, restaurants and a hotel on the middle floors, and apartments on the upper floors. It’s an example of the limitless ambition of the city over which this building towers.

H: The Palácio Nereu Ramos

The two hemispheres of the Brazilian parliament – the concave Senate, symbolising togetherness, and the convex Chamber of Deputies, symbolising openness – are the most iconic shapes within the Palácio Nereu Ramos, built in 1960 in Brasilia by Oscar Niemeyer. But between them rises the so-called Annex 1: twin, 100 metres-tall towers connected by bridge, creating an H shape. The letter’s pair of uprights, which capture the fundamental form of the building, highlight Niemeyer’s desire to give it “a monumental character by simplifying elements and adopting pure, geometric shapes.” The Palácio Nereu Ramos is the symbol of Brasilia, Brazil’s futuristic capital built from scratch in the middle of the rainforest in the 1960s.

N: Isbjerget

Viewed from a certain angle, it’s not dissimilar to the little houses with pitched roofs typical of Danish ports. But from almost every other angle, this building looks like an enormous block of floating ice, with its uneven surface and blue and white hues. Perhaps that’s why its profile resembles the letter N, with two neat vertical bars linked by a steep diagonal. Designed in 2013 by four architecture firms in Aarhus, Denmark, the structure has up to 10 floors in some places. As well as having an evocative shape, its uneven surface affords superb views from almost all of the 200 apartments in the building. A blend of beauty and functionality typical of Nordic culture.

E: Fuji Television’s headquarters

Three long “sky corridors” connecting the two towers of Fuji Television’s headquarters in Japan make the building look like an E. Built by Kenzo Tange in Tokyo in 1997, the structure resembles something from a sci-fi film like Blade Runner or Ghost in the Shell. And not just because of its titanium exterior and enormous sphere some 100 metres up. The building’s very structure was designed to house the most advanced telecommunications technologies. But without forgetting that at the core of a communications company lies creativity, not technology. Indeed, the corridors and sphere were designed as spaces to meet informally and bring together the different parts of the company.

X: Statoil offices

The 140-metre-long, 23-metre-wide and 3-storey-high strips of Statoil’s Oslo HQ cross over to create a gigantic X. Like the letter, the building’s long branches extend in different directions. It’s not just a striking artistic concept: this structure gives the 2,500 people who work there stunning views of the Oslo fjord and plenty of natural light: Nordic democracy in practice. Designed by architects A-lab in 2012, the building’s form and finishes also make it highly sustainable: an important statement coming from an energy company. 

M: Reggio Emilia railway station

A giant, 483-metre-long white wave rises in the middle of northern Italy’s Po Valley. It’s the Reggio Emilia railway station, designed by Santiago Calatrava in 2013. Its undulating shapes resemble the peaks and valley of the letter M. The station is part of a series of structures that includes several bridges and a motorway toll station, all designed by the Valencian architect and known colloquially as “Calatrava’s sails”. The only stop for high-speed train services between Bologna and Milan, the station is a spectacular landmark slap bang in the middle of the Po Valley plain.

Y: Deutsches Historisches Museum

“The architecture of this structure should seduce people, and encourage them to roam around the building filled with curiosity and delight.” So architect Ieoh Ming Pei described the wing he designed in 2009 for Berlin’s Deutsches Historisches Museum. The building is devised to bring together the ancient and the modern, with the German capital’s typical ambivalence: by night, it’s a bright, ultra-modern treasure chest; by day, it reflects the surrounding historic buildings. Its upside-down Y-shape embodies the idea of bifurcation intrinsic to this letter: a crossroads between the past and the present, and between the different itineraries visitors can choose. Together with the Louvre pyramid, this work underlines the important contribution that Pei has made to museum architecture. 

Q: Markthal Rotterdam

Can a structure be open and closed at the same time? Yes, judging from the design by architects MVRDV for Markthal Rotterdam, the largest covered market in the Netherlands. Built in 2014, this structure bends two parallel buildings into each other to make one. The covered space in the middle is occupied by a market. Viewed from afar, the building looks like a sort of Arc de Triomphe, but in fact each opening is protected by a glass grid supported by steel cables. The building actually seems like an O – a closed circumference – or a section of pipe open at both ends. But in reality, the most appropriate letter is Q, because the structure continues sideways underground, to create a space that houses a delivery area and warehouse. 

K: Dancing House

The letter K is the combination of a straight vertical line with another line angled in the middle. These are also the main formal elements of the Dancing House in Prague. Seeing in the structure two dancers, architect Frank Gehry, who designed the building with Czech colleague Vlado Milunic in 1996, took to calling it “Ginger and Fred”. The two co-existing parts, one static, the other dynamic, the yin to the other’s yang, were intended to symbolise the transition of Czechoslovakia (today split into two separate states) from communism to democracy. The contrast of this avant-garde structure with the area’s prevailing classical style is another example of this principle.

S: The Sydney Opera

The Sydney Opera House epitomises iconic architecture. Its architect, Jorn Utzon, was awarded the Pritzker Prize (architecture’s equivalent to the Nobel prize) in 2003 and the structure was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. But when the building opened in 1973, it did so amidst a storm of controversy. It was 15 times over budget and some of its structures had to be rebuilt to bear the weight of the enormous concrete “shells” resting upon it. But Utzon’s dream – to fashion gigantic white sails that would stand out against the blue sea below – became reality. Ever since, the building has stood like the decoration of a handwritten letter S, an integral part of Sydney’s image.

This article was written by Martina Flor and commissionned by Pixartprinting.

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New Album From Daniel Avery

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Daniel Avery returns to Phantasy for a 4-track limited edition 12” vinyl EP, Slow Fade, featuring the title track and first single from his much-anticipated sophomore LP, upcoming, April 6th 2018 via Phantasy.

A prelude to the LP’s sonic exploration of the twilight world of a personal, transient life spent between clubs, hotel rooms, airports and home, Slow Fade captures the expanded foundations of Avery’s sonic palette. Arresting club moments linger under the surface, but the focus is on the smudged ambience that underpin Avery’s grasp on rave euphoria.

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As a re-entry into a broader musical universe, ‘Slow Fade’ is immediately compelling, combining neo-acid, feedback loops and pure atmosphere at a patient but restrained pace. Meanwhile, ‘After Dark’ alters this aesthetic to it’s raw, pensive elements, stripping Avery’s distinctive drums completely, revealing a meditative, ambient fog.

‘Radius’ announces itself with industrial intent, before unfolding seamlessly into a wistful electronic hymn, the perfect soundtrack to brooding London skies, and eventually evolving into slow-motion motorik. Closing the EP, ‘Fever Dream’ finds Avery at club tempo, but in a somewhat agitated state, on this occasion focusing on a paranoid rhythm that emerges clean from eerie, even paranoid territory.

Close your eyes, press repeat.

Song For Alpha:
01. First Light
02. Stereo L
03. Projector
04. TBW17
05. Sensation
06. Citizen / Nowhere
07. Clear
08. Diminuendo
09. Days From Now
10. Embers
11. Slow Fade
12. Glitter
13. Endnote
14. Quick Eternity

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Typespotting: Sans serif electric supplies

Sometimes finding a new typeface you love is just a matter of taking a walk around your neighborhood. Once in a while I walk by this electric supply building on my way to the office, and every time I find myself staring at the letters.

MALTBY electric co storefront

I wish I knew where the name MALTBY comes from. The building front is so spare, and really makes the letters stand out. I was curious what our visual search tool would make of it.

visual search results for MALTBY

I wasn’t expecting so many sign painting typefaces for this one. Bungee was probably the closest to what I’d been expecting in the results.

Bungee has a lot of personality — maybe even more than MALTBY does. While I loved that L with the exaggerated serif, I knew I’d want to look for an alternate in this case. I also had some reservations about the A and Y, probably the least-matched of the letter shapes overall.

I decided to try running the visual search again, this time highlighting only the letters M and A from the sign. This ended up yielding some very different results.

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Museo Sans Rounded seemed much more similar to the sign than Bungee, with other options like Filson Soft also looking pretty close.

With that, I felt ready to take a stab at making a type specimen.

BLAMTY in Filson Soft with Museo Rounded

After some playing around, Museo Sans Rounded 900 looked a little too compact to me. I chose Filson Soft Heavy for the company name instead, and used Museo Sans Rounded 300 for the smaller type. I also switched up the name just for kicks.

Visual search made it fun to explore different type for an offbeat use case, and even though I didn’t end up using it I’m glad I got that introduction to Bungee. I’m definitely not going to look at that building the same way again.

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Typespotting: Sans serif electric supplies

Sometimes finding a new typeface you love is just a matter of taking a walk around your neighborhood. Once in a while I walk by this electric supply building on my way to the office, and every time I find myself staring at the letters.

MALTBY electric co storefront

I wish I knew where the name MALTBY comes from. The building front is so spare, and really makes the letters stand out. I was curious what our visual search tool would make of it.

visual search results for MALTBY

I wasn’t expecting so many sign painting typefaces for this one. Bungee was probably the closest to what I’d been expecting in the results.

Bungee has a lot of personality — maybe even more than MALTBY does. While I loved that L with the exaggerated serif, I knew I’d want to look for an alternate in this case. I also had some reservations about the A and Y, probably the least-matched of the letter shapes overall.

I decided to try running the visual search again, this time highlighting only the letters M and A from the sign. This ended up yielding some very different results.

visual search results for MA

Museo Sans Rounded seemed much more similar to the sign than Bungee, with other options like Filson Soft also looking pretty close.

With that, I felt ready to take a stab at making a type specimen.

BLAMTY in Filson Soft with Museo Rounded

After some playing around, Museo Sans Rounded 900 looked a little too compact to me. I chose Filson Soft Heavy for the company name instead, and used Museo Sans Rounded 300 for the smaller type. I also switched up the name just for kicks.

Visual search made it fun to explore different type for an offbeat use case, and even though I didn’t end up using it I’m glad I got that introduction to Bungee. I’m definitely not going to look at that building the same way again.

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20 Handpicked WordPress Themes for Your Photography Business

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But perhaps this saying couldn’t be truer for photographers. Whether you’re in it as a hobby or it’s your main source of income, having a portfolio of your best works is always a good investment.

The Web is a great place to begin displaying your most creative pieces. You can upload it on platforms that specialize on visual content, like Deviantart. Or why not begin a blog and use it as a springboard to reach a wider audience?

Setting up your own website nowadays only takes minutes and requires no experience in coding. The best platform to get started on is WordPress, as there’s a wide variety of ready-made themes you can simply upload, install, and enjoy.

If you’re a photographer, you’ll love these photography WordPress themes carefully crafted for your love of photos. Go ahead and be inspired to put up your own portfolio today!

WordPress Themes for Your Photography Business

1. Ella WordPress Theme

This simple multipurpose photography WordPress theme features a full-screen hero section to truly bring your works to life.

2. Brooks – Portfolio WordPress Theme

Want to let your pictures do the talking? This super clean and responsive WordPress theme helps you do just that.

3. WordPress Theme – Ambre Image

Make your photos stand out with this beautifully simple theme that’s already SEO-optimized and translation-ready.

4. Falero – Wedding Portfolio Theme

This professional WordPress theme is perfect for both pro and beginner photographers.

5. Watermark WordPress Theme

Want to launch your photography business but no idea where to start? Tell your own stories using this beautiful engaging theme – with no coding required.

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6. Lense – Minimal Photography Theme

Let your photos be the focus in this theme that features multiple gallery variations so your images can be displayed exactly in the way you want them to.

7. Shutter – Photography WP Theme

This responsive theme comes with five demo concepts so you can truly maximize its beautiful features.

8. Photography WordPress Theme – GEO

Make your images tell a story in this highly intuitive WordPress theme ideal for photographers or photo lovers.

9. COLr

This template features horizontal scrolling with neutral tones and a simple look. Versatile and highly customizable – all it needs is your awesome content.

10. Camera WordPress Theme

This elegant and distraction-free WordPress theme acts as an interactive canvas to showcase your best works beautifully thanks to its full-width carousel.

11. Dragon: Unique Photography Theme

This unique photography theme looks clean and composed – perfect for the photographer who wants to be in control.

12. RokoPhoto -Stylish Photography Theme

Catch this modern and stylish photography WordPress theme that will put your portfolio right on the spotlight.

13. Shutter. A Classic Photography Theme

A classy theme designed especially for photographers. Pick from two classic looks: dark or light.

14. Arouca – Photography / Portfolio

Whether you’re a photographer, art lover, or designer, you will love this beautiful theme that definitely speaks volumes.

15. Antler and Rose Genesis Child Theme

This theme’s amazing built-in homepage portfolio allows you to show off your best pieces immediately.

16. Bricks WordPress Theme

Make a powerful first impression with this handsome WordPress theme that stacks your photos into pretty grids.

17. Exposure – Photography WP Theme

This responsive and user-friendly photography WordPress theme is recommended for pro or hobby photographers alike.

18. Selkie – Multipurpose Blog and Portfolio

Don’t just let your photos do the talking – add value with a blog! Enhance your visitors’ experience in this versatile theme that does all and more.

19. WordPress Theme – Ambre Photo

Show off your photos beautifully and simply in this responsive WordPress theme fit for any creative.

20. Brut Portfolio Theme

This bold minimalistic one-page portfolio theme does more with less. Be amazed with its awesome features, such as smooth CSS3 animations, zero coding necessary, and lifetime free updates.

When choosing a website theme, pick something that not only looks good, but is also accessible across all devices. This way, you won’t need to worry about people being unable to view your best works. Make sure to read and understand what the theme is about and how to maximize it. It’s one of the best ways to get more bang for your buck once you make a purchase.

Creative Market is your go-to resource when it comes to beautiful WordPress themes. Thanks to their independent creatives all over the world, you have a vast array of options to choose from. Pick from clean, minimalist looks, or something bolder and more fun.

Buying a pre-made WordPress theme for your photography portfolio is a great way to save time and money. After the purchase, you simply install, adjust, and enjoy. Within minutes, you can have a stunning portfolio that would earn you lots of eyeballs.


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15 Downloadable Color Palettes For Winter

Three cheers (of hot cocoa and marshmallows) for sweater weather. ‘Tis the season for frosty hues to get inspired. Whether it’s for graphic design, fashion or home decor, these 15 color palettes will guide your Winter creativity.

Love what you see? Download our palettes below paired with their hex codes for use in your next project!

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