Type Battle 27 // Draw Typophile a new logo

Zara Evens's picture

// THIS WEEK'S TYPOGRAPHY BATTLE

Draw us a new logo! Yes, that is right. Typophile is ready to move past the pixel-T, and especially the pixel-7. We are looking for not just one amazing drawing, rather a large handful that can be rotated on the red square and potentially used in other Typophile promotional materials. What better way to show off the talents in this community, than to display them proudly in our mark?

Examples of previous logos:

// REQUIREMENTS

- Draw only the letter T -- it can be uppercase or lowercase.
- How you draw it is up to you (vector tools or ink), just as long as the file is submitted in the proper format.
- By participating, you pledge that the work is of your own design.
- Do not use any fonts or other rights-protected imagery (unless you own the rights to the design).

- Image size: 500 width x 500 height. 600 dpi
- Color: Black and White
- Format: TIF

Judging // Punchcut will judge the entries, keeping in mind the popularity of the entries in the thread.

Copyright Retention // Participants (those who submit entries to Typophile) grant Typophile permission to use the artwork/design for promotional use, as we see fit, and for applications not limited to the website. Participants retain copyrights and Typophile agrees not to sell or transfer our usage rights. (In other words, we don’t require exclusive rights, just unlimited usage.)

// ABOUT TYPOPHILE'S TYPOGRAPHY BATTLES

This is your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

Link directly to this thread: http://www.typophile.com/battle27

dezcom's picture

If we have posted graphic submissions on this thread, do you still want us to email you the file again? I don't want to fill your inbox needlessly.

ChrisL

coakley's picture


same idea as my previous one.

calafate's picture

Another one!


With some changes:

Nick Job's picture

There is some great stuff on here.

Here's mine. You get to fill in three of anything you like based on the three squares that make up the ultrabold T (master). You could make it seasonal/celebratory or whatever.

dezcom's picture

Typoriffic, Satya!

ChrisL

Nick Job's picture

This one's a hinting nightmare.

david h's picture

Satya is the one! Very simple, clear!

hoolia_d's picture

sciloqi and satya's first!

typetard's picture

I think Robert McKenna 'Clashmore'...

fbrccn's picture

dissecting type:

Nick Job's picture

This one is based on the fact that if you take two 1:2 rectangular bites out of a square at the bottom left and right, you will get "the perfect T" in lots of different weights depending on how big the 1:2 rectangle was relative to the original square.

I started messing around with the thickness of the stroke of the T's based on the Fibonnacci series since I did a bit of research into how much bolder a bold needs to be to work well with a regular weight. The answer on that occasion was about φ (1.6ish) or Φ + 1 (where Φ = Golden Section).

The first few numbers in the Fibonnacci series are 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144.

So on a 144 unit square grid I then drew 11 sequential T's as shown with varying stroke thicknesses of 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 (the full square). So here are my 12 (just 10 really) T's altogether.

Then I thought, what would happen if I animated them? which is when I discovered that it behaves a bit like a beating heart.

The only problem is that the GIF file has 22 frames and would probably be better with 20 at 5fps (that would mean the heart would beat every second).

Anyway here are two versions, a mono and a blood red version.

I might well have another go at this one using Luc(as) de Groot's theory about ac = b² to get 11 basics rather than 12. I might not put a border around it either and see how that works.

eliason's picture

^ reminds me of the "throbber" N from the earliest versions of Netscape Navigator.

Nick Job's picture

Here's another one...

Nick Job's picture

That's gonna get really annoying so here is a toned down version.

That's me done.

Nick Job's picture

Last one, I promise. You probably get the idea by now anyway.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

I love these, Nick! I just wouldn't want them blinking at me the whole time. Maybe a few beats, then they could go into cardiac arrest. :-)

Sharon

Zara Evens's picture

I agree with Sharon. The animation would have last only two or three seconds, otherwise it would be annoying.
Cool concept!

Pentapus's picture

Maybe beat twice and pause for a full minute.

My vote goes to Satya. I'd love to see another version of the same concept.

Salvatore's picture

Salvatore
Lyttelton, New Zealand

typetard's picture

Hi, I am a bit disappointed I have not seen any submissions that have made me say... wow!!.

Also I thought it was only to be the letter T, I see more than T in the submissions
see here as in the first post:

"- Draw only the letter T — it can be uppercase or lowercase.
- How you draw it is up to you (vector tools or ink), just as long as the file is submitted in the proper format.
- By participating, you pledge that the work is of your own design.
- Do not use any fonts or other rights-protected imagery (unless you own the rights to the design).

- Image size: 500 width x 500 height. 600 dpi
- Color: Black and White
- Format: TIF"

Also my submissions part if not mostly cheek and thinking out loud.

The best so far for effects and photoshop skills would be Gui Yon, also loved his comments, he came to the party and stepped it up

Satya's entry looks to me a bit 'Gran Turismo'?... or something gear and car racing

Paul Cutler's picture

What a bunch of type junkies. Geez…

pbc

All ideas, theories and statements are subject to change without notice.

AndersonMaschio's picture

Just for fun, while revisiting old sketches... ;-)

beejay's picture

Draw only the letter T — it can be uppercase or lowercase.

Zara, how firm is that requirement?

rs_donsata's picture

Hope I'm not too late. Some quick sketches. I could not upload a TIF image, I'm I supposed to send a TIF file somwhere?

Héctor

typetard's picture

now thats Gran Turismo, or Hospital Records, or another 10000 looking similar.....

beejay's picture

arranging letters in a clustered manner has been done for a century or more (typically with letterpress) but i haven't seen this particular negative-space approach. So I thought I'd try it. :)

that said, it absolutely doesn't work as a traditional site logo, but it could be used for the ‘other typophile promotional materials’ or it could even be letterpressed.

timd's picture

Titus Grotesque or Gormenghast Gothic?

Tim

Nick Job's picture

Comments about annoyance duly noted... (even I was getting annoyed).

The T now throbs three times (set to one throb per second but may depend on your browser etc.) then there is a rest for 12 seconds, meaning that the whole thing repeats four times per minute.

I have also made the throbbing T white in keeping with the need to produce a mono version in the end. There are 11 phases of the T.

Thanks for feedback.

Pieter van Rosmalen's picture

Hello Nick,

I like your proposal, but what if after the T changed into a white square, a red T makes the same motion? Then it removes the white square.

Pieter

Nick Job's picture

Pieter, what, like this?

I think I quite like it throbbing.

Nick Job's picture

Here's my mono version. This one is T5 in the sequence {T0,...,T10} so in theory you have 11 different logos.

Koppa's picture

Nick's throbbing T is working for me, but I've got a few observations about the throbbing to toss out there...

I don't mind if it keeps throbbing, and I don't like the 2 or 3 beats with the long pause in between. I think the problem with the steady throb is that it's not throblike enough. It goes like this: thump thump thump thump thump thump thump et peter cetera. A real throb goes like this: thump thump. thump thump. thump thump. thump thump. Got it?

Pieter van Rosmalen's picture

Hello Nick, yes that’s what i mean. And what Koppa is saying is a good idea. After a white and a red T, make it stop for a short while and then start it again. Nice.

Pieter

Nick Job's picture

Pieter, There's no way to make the white then red T look like a throb. Either it cascades or it throbs.

Mike, Here's some more pump-action. I think I prefer the first one though.

(Plus it looks different on IE from Firefox. What does it look like on a Mac?)

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