Sandberg Instituut: Type Tool

Parametric typeface generator tool as part of the new visual identity

Identity

The Sandberg Instituut identity and website is based on the metaphor of the institute as a library, in which each department, person, and project makes up one element of the knowledge archive. The identity system therefore allows for formal flexibility and development over time, to reflect that the institute itself is constantly changing.

Typeface

A new typeface and type system has been developed as the centerpiece of Sandberg’s identity, while also being a research project in its own right. LUST collaborated with Atelier Carvalho Bernau to research the question “What can a typeface be in the 21st century?”.

Carvalho Bernau designed a typeface that can be used as both a functional text face and a more experimental skeleton that can be used in conjunction with a typeface generator tool to create infinite variations of the typeface.

The skeleton typeface rendered in two different line widths
The character set rendered in two different line widths

Typeface generator tool

The tool allows users to directly manipulate parameters such as the width, weight, and slant angle of the letters – and more specifically the shape and and angle of the pen that is used to apply to the virtual stroke along the skeleton:

Students, alumni, tutors and affiliates of the Sandberg Instituut can use the tool to generate iterations of the typeface, to be used for projects and publications. Each variation is added to a database and made available to download.

Generated typeface(s) in use

Generated typeface(s) in use

Arts & Culture
Custom tool for generating typographic posters and animations
All projects
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Custom tool for generating typographic posters and animations
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Force-based simulation of bands of particles
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A website that is all its past versions
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A website that is just its analytics report
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Proof-of-concept for an alternative, more powerful Are.na client
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GPS trace replay tool
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Interactive animation for a music festival announcement page
Commercial
Portfolio website for the graphic design studio run by sisters Indrė & Laura Klimaitė
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Independent music publishing and streaming platform
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Sandberg Instituut: Type Tool
Parametric typeface generator tool as part of the new visual identity
Public Interest
Graphical modelling tool for describing attack scenarios
Applied
Visualization showing how a text document got written and edited over time
Experiment
Experiments with movie image data