Jonathan Barnbrook is a type and graphic designer known for knitting together these disciplines at any given occasion. His London-based design studio works for international clients all over Europe, in the United States and in South-East Asia. Besides shaping visual identities for the Mystetskyi Arsenal museum in Ukraine, the Mori Arts Center in Japan, or the Art Basel art fairs, Barnbrook is perhaps best known within the design scene for his much-discussed artworks for David Bowie’s album covers. Since 2016, he is a member of the FontFont Type Board. In this interview, Barnbrook talks about early digital type design, what he looks for in submitted typefaces, and the role of the FontFont type library.
Type Thursday is a monthly get-together for lettering and type enthusiasts, with chapters in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. David Sudweeks interviews New York type designer Thomas Jockin on starting Type Thursday and making it work as a reproducible model.
Ferdinand Ulrich interviews Marc Schütz on Neue Kabel’s story. Marc Schütz shares insights into the work process of creating Neue Kabel: why the design was revisited and what lessons were picked up from previous iterations, including Klingspor’s original work and ITC Kabel. Watch the video below.
What image do you have in mind when you hear the typeface name “Kabel”? Let me give away the main thesis of this article right away: There is not the Kabel typeface. Planning a revival of “Kabel” therefore raises the first question: Where do you begin? Between Rudolf Koch’s original design in metal type for the Gebrüder Klingspor Type Foundry in Offenbach am Main in 1927, their face-lift “Neu-Kabel”, various phototype resurrections, eminently Victor Caruso’s interpretation of Kabel for ITC, and Linotype’s digital version, lie several transitions in technology that caused changes in character sets, disproportions and new weight concepts. Marc Schütz discovered his own path in this conglomerate and presents a “Neue Kabel” that overcomes some of its historical burden.