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Typographic Chinese Whispers - Liza 1/1: November 2010 Typeradio held a two day workshop in cooperation with Indra Kupferschmid and 12 students of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (HBK Saar) in Saarbrücken, Germany. Each student was assigned a typeface designed by a Dutch designer

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November 2010 Typeradio held a two day workshop in cooperation with Indra Kupferschmid and 12 students of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (HBK Saar) in Saarbrücken, Germany. Each student was assigned a typeface designed by a Dutch designer with the question ‘How do you interpret the typeface into a one minute sound piece?’
The resulting 12 sound pieces were the starting point of a new workshop in collaboration with Jan Willem Stas and 12 students of the Type and Media master coarse, The Hague, The Netherlands. Each student was allocated an (anonymously labelled) sound piece and their challenge was to ‘create a typeface inspired by the sound’. The results were quite a surprise!

1) Original typeface: Liza by Underware
2) Sound piece by Stefanie Thümmler
3) Chinese whispered typeface by Alpkan Kirayoglu

When he heard the music, Alpkan tried to literally illustrate the various elements he heard. After some try-outs he decided to capture the overall theme, which is love. He did so by drawing two different styles of a typeface. Keeping the idea in mind of two people in a romantic relationship. The first one a hairline italic and the second a bold stencil version. By layering the two styles on top of each other, a third style appears. This is the bold italic.


left: Liza by Underware, right: Chinese Whispered Liza by Stefanie Thümmler


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