Combining the latest in 3-dimensional prototyping technology with sublime typographic art, johnson banks have created Arkitypo: 26 letters, or 26 typographic sculptures, each exploring the character and history of an individual font.
The Arkitypo project developed as a collaboration with digital media and design college Ravensbourne, and acts as a showcase for the college’s prototyping skills and technology. The result is sheer visual delirium, from the “fractalised” Akzidenz Grotesk via the lace-like pipework of Johnston to the Vorticist collision of Zig Zag. Arkitypo took over six months to complete, and was the product of considerable research and practical experiment. And when examined in complete rotation, the results are all the more surprising and inspiring.