Piss Off: the Design of an Anti-Corporate Typeface

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Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

 

Anton Bolin used his time at TypeLab in the summer of 2015 to create Heaton, a typeface for users of live streaming online games. He also happens to play the bass for the Swedish hardcore punk band Pissjar, and as resident designer, was tapped to improvise a logo for an upcoming new album.

“I wanted to create a typeface for the cover that linked the sound of someone pissing with the band’s name, so I decided to make use of my own bladder,” says Bolin. “After experimenting with different techniques and materials, I stapled a set of bed sheets, which could contain the liquid for a perfect amount of time, over a remodeled picture frame. The process was simple: empty my bladder onto the stretched fabric, hope that I get the shape right, then photograph my creation as quickly as possible because the lines get distorted after about seven or eight seconds.”

It soon became apparent that a logo wasn’t enough, so Bolin decided to go for the full alphabet. Over the course of six months and approximately 300 work sessions in his shower (sorry landlord), he had an all-caps alphabet that looks, well, like piss. Let us all shower him with praise.

Pissjar the typeface will be available for free download in April. And in the spirit of punk, a D.I.Y guide will be included so the kids can try this at home. If you want to hear Pissjar the band, click here

 

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

 

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Photography by Ia Hammar. Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Courtesy Anton Bolin.

Ever Hear of Punctumotion?

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Take a look at a cool Yale senior thesis project dreamed up by Kai Takahashi, a participant in the very first TypeLab summer program. Punctumotion is a proposal for a novel form of digital punctuation that is cross-typeface, cross-platform and infinite in variation. “The idea emerged from writing emails. I always struggled, not so much with word choice, but with punctuation choice — specifically, whether to use a period or an exclamation point to convey my default state of pleasant but not hyper,” says the designer. “A period comes off as cold. An exclamation point conveys a shout! So I created Punctumotion as a subtle yet vivid way to communicate our feelings, reactions and tone.”

Kai Takahashi is a visual product designer at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, CA. He graduated from Yale in 2016, and has previously worked at Digital Surgeons, The Players’ Tribune, and SME, Inc.