Who is Ruth Cerha?

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She’s a successful author of three books, gives workshops for creative writing. She is a great piano player and teacher. She also is a seriously cool person to have around! Putting all aspects of Ruth Cerha in a design was challenging, with surprising outcomes: Doublesided letterpress business cards, printed by Herz & Co. One for the author, one for the piano teacher in her. Communicational centerpiece is the website, that – in the same way – devides the different aspects of her professional life.

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Definitely buy her books! They are smart, funny and taboo-free.  

Live website: www.ruthcerha.com. Consider reading her Blog, too.

Photos by Herz & Co. More pictures of the project here

Joseph Binder Award 2014

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This year designaustria decided that, from now on, members and former nominees should take care
of the design for Joseph Binder Award – a biannual international award for graphic design and illustration. And we are quite happy to start that off!

Joseph Binder, the donor and name giver of this competition, was one of the pioneers of the so-called Viennese style of two-dimensionality and referred to himself as graphic designer at an early date. He was active in Austria between the two world wars and also revolutionized visual communication in the United States where he emigrated to.

Provided that we refer to Binder’s work somehow or other, there were no further conditions …

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Impressed and inspired by his illustrations, we wanted to recreate and refresh this style, but with contemporary motifs. Motifs that invite graphic designers around the world to take part, in a warm and friendly way. Our first sketches, showing the two sujets, we were thinking of:

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To simplify the illustration process, we decided to shoot the scenes, and having photos that serve as templates. So we did a quick photoshooting at our office. Michi, our yo!-pro!-photographer when it comes to quick photoshoots, brought out the van Trapps in Stephan and me.. 

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After many hours in Illustrator, a lot of shadows, colour finishings and effects in Photoshop, this is the final artwork:

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Two sujets, universally useable for different kind of media – such as the call for entries folder, stamps or posters. Arranged with clean typography in combination with our charming Sauber Script, the design brings out the nostalgic and friendly look we wanted.

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Register online, send your projects and win an award! Good luck!

See more here.

We Workshop, Innsbruck

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On April, 3rd, Anna Fahrmaier is going to talk about founding, working and “living” Typejockeys. The lecture is going to be part of we workshops for entrepeneurs and organized by Cast Tyrol. The two-weekend-program is especially for creative entrepeneurs. You’ll get support and insights how to develop your idea into a successfull business concept.

27.–29.3. and 4.–5.4.2014
Innsbruck 

More information and registration here. See you there!

Give it a SHOT!

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Over the years, we’ve always developed ideas for little font projects during custom work, or as part of own drafts and scribbles. You know … stuff that seems fun, but never serious enough to expand into the kind of big type family that our customers appreciate. Instead of leaving these ideas to wither away in a drawer – or a folder in the last corner of some forgotten hard drive – we’ll now work them into proper fonts. We’ll release these, too, so that you can use them. We do this because we seriously want to make fun fonts!

These typefaces are part of our new Typejockeys Shots label. They will have decent character sets, supporting the same 47 languages as our big families, and be made with the same high technical standards as all other Typejockeys fonts. Shots fonts will be available in both print and webfont versions. Finally, they will be really, really affordable. For everyone. Because we want people to actually use them!

Today, we are thrilled to release the first three typefaces from our Shots label: Carabelle, Freude and Sauber Script. All of them may seem familiar to you already, in one way or another …

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Carabelle is based on the Nebiolo type foundry’s Calipso design. Newly redrawn and with many original details added, this old typeface has been revitalized. Noble and sweet, Carabelle plays the elegant companion for cup cake shops, wedding invitations or culinary tours through France and Italy.

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Freude was originally developed for the album artwork of the Austrian musician Tombeck. The word Freude means “joy” in German.

Supplemented by the addition of lowercase letters and refined by various OpenType features, the Freude typeface is charmingly playful. Created for everything fun, its design is relaxed and amiable – perfect for mama’s boys, chocolate freaks and pranksters alike. Thanks to its balanced letterforms, Freude is equally entertaining in both large and small sizes.

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After its period of exclusivity expired, the corporate typeface of the Saubermacher recycling company was revised and expanded. Now it is available for everyone! Whether on fresh buttermilk, a Honolulu surfer bar, or a hotel on the Arlberg, this preppy script face is versatile and full of character.

All three typefaces are available for EUR 25 / USD 35 each. And we can’t wait to see how you’ll use them!

Tis the season to send out printed goods!

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There is this annual little project that we don’t make for a client, but for all of them. To thank them for buying our fonts and working with us and to wish them a great holday season followed by an even greater year! With a little luck, we hope to produce a smile on the face of the recipient. We’re proud of our xmas cards and want to show you the last three:

This year we sent out a little tree hanger. Die cut with gold foil stamping on Gmund cotton. (On the back there is also a little teaser of what’s to come 2014.)

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Last year it was an ambiguous and glittery card with orange and violett stitch lettering.

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2011 we went for a hand lettered and illustrated sujet, produced in two color letterpress printing on a wood pulp board with rounded corners.

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With this, we all wish you the happiest season and see you again in 2014!

Publications for the city of Vienna

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One and a half years ago, we got a formal email of MA 20, Vienna’s municipal department for Energy Planning, to send a calculation and some conceptional input for designing the energy report of the City of Vienna. After a personal meeting we fortunately convinced them with our ideas and got the job to conceptualize and layout a publication with over 100 pages of text, tables, graphs and infographics (which we – of course – polished in colour and form individually).

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Since we are quite late with showing this project, there’s already the second issue produced. The cover of Data 2010 and Data 2011 differ from each other subtly. To enrich the complex data pages we developed a graphical language, which introduces the content in a playful way. Each of the seven introductery pages are carefully designed, to make it a diverting read.

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The graphs and graphics go with the colours of the chapters.

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Simplifying complex data content.

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Adding some spice with fancy infographics.

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We decided to enrich the complex data pages with a “graphical language”,
which introduces the content in a playful way.  Carefully designed – to make it very exciting to read. 

Right now we are working on a series of brochures for MA 20. Stay tuned.

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See some more photos of the energy reports here.

Cone The Weird at Typejockeys

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Cone The Weird was in our office yesterday, and was easily persuaded to drawing on our humble blackboard. Which he of course did in his very unique style. Needless to say, that the wall is not to be washed in the near future.

New stamp for Austria?

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We’re proud, Austrian newspaper Die Presse and the Austrian Post AG invited Typejockeys to be part of the design competition for a new Austrian stamp. The briefing was to create a fresh and positive image of our country.

With our entry we want to show the facets we experience day by day. We can be proud and happy to be born in a liveable country like ours. We should be aware of that and act accordingly.

»Es geht um ein ehrliches Miteinander. Gemeinsam, achtsam, unvoreingenommen und liebevoll. Erst wenn wir einander schätzen und aufrichtig begegnen – klug, gerecht, mutig, maßvoll agieren – dann erreichen wir Freude und Fülle. Das ist die Brücke zu neuen Perspektiven, positivem Wandel, zu Ideen die sprühen und Innovationen die blühen. Wir leben inmitten imponierender Natur, spüren Traditionen, Bräuche, Sachertorten und Schiausflüge – das ist gut so. Wir wollen aber auch offen sein für Neues, für den Puls der Zeit, die kulturelle Vielfalt – für ein Land, wo man die Freude am Leben feiert und Unmögliches möglich macht.«

Österreich ist ein lebenswertes Land. Dem sollten wir uns bewusst sein und
entsprechend handeln. Es geht um ein ehrliches Miteinander. Gemeinsam,
achtsam, unvoreingenommen und liebevoll. Erst wenn wir einander schätzen
und aufrichtig begegnen – klug, gerecht, mutig, maßvoll agieren – dann
erreichen wir Freude und Fülle. Das ist die Brücke zu neuen Perspektiven,
positivem Wandel, zu Ideen die sprühen und Innovationen die blühen.
Wir leben inmitten imponierender Natur, spüren Traditionen, Bräuche,
Sachertorten und Schiausflüge – das ist gut so. Wir wollen aber auch offen
sein für Neues, für den Puls der Zeit, die kulturelle Vielfalt – für ein Land, wo man die Freude am Leben feiert und Unmögliches möglich macht.

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Our intern Georg (in the middle) turned our visions and ideas into a lively stamp, inspired by Austrian Bauernmalerei. Our design made it on the shortlist of 15, out of 61 participants. (See other submissions here.) Jury will be in November. If our design wins Austrian Post AG will produce that stamp as a special edition.

Why we make Type @ Pecha Kucha Night

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This thursday Michael Hochleitner is talking about reasons for making type. The lecture is going to be part of Pecha Kucha Night and organized by designaustria and Vienna Design Week.

October 3, 20:20–00:00

Garage X Theater
Petersplatz 1
1010 Wien

BBC anchor mixes up Lenzing Copy paper with iPad

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BBC News presenter Simon McCoy mixed up a pack of Lenzing Copy paper (which we designed, and which has Anna’s face on top) with the iPad he was supposed to hold in his hands. Free advertising for our clients. What more can you ask for?! See the video here.

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We doubt that his mistake was caused by our design. Simon McCoy drew attention to himself previously for “resting his head” on the anchor desk, when he thought he was off air. We like the man. And we are not alone. Meanwhile there is a dedicated Tumblr where people started putting all kinds of things into Simon’s hands – like a baby or a sandwich! 

Thanks to Stefan Geist for the tipp! GIF animation by BuzzFeed

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