Px Grotesk

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2013
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Sans Serif
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Digital
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display, sans serif, screen, text

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Px Grotesk is designed after the rendering of typographic curves on screens. At smaller sizes, pixels sometimes simplify the shapes brutally. From this antagonism, Nicolas Eigenheer has designed a typeface that embeds the screen parameters into a classic linear drawing. The result is hybrid as the shapes combine formal solutions from the pixel grid and a linear drawing. The signature of the pixel is kept on the typeface and creates a contradictory relation between a grid and a linear drawing. It is particularly visible in letters such as ‘a’, ‘f’, ‘j’, ‘r’, ‘y’, ‘1’, and in the counterforms.

Initiated during a workshop at Ecal (University of Art & design Lausanne), Px Grotesk was then developed for a monograph on Carsten Nicolai designed by Gavillet & Rust (“Static Fades” published by JRP|Ringier in 2007). The typeface echoed perfectly the world of the German artist, operating in the conflictual zone between art and science. The book was awarded at the Most Beautiful Swiss Books and at the Most Beautiful Books of the World competitions.

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Last edited by Dave Dawson on June 18, 2013, 10:41am EST

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