DESIGNER

Nicholas Lum

 

school

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

 

COURSE

ART 366 Design: Typography II

 

Instructor

Anne Bush

 

 

THE DESIGN PROBLEM

To create for a given type designer and typeface an identity system to be used in a set of pieces consisting of a logo/mark, folder, business card, letterhead, invoice, fax, information sheet, and envelope. The system should be designed using the specific typeface; taking elements from it to be integrated into each of the pieces. Each piece should feel as if part of a larger system, fitting within the designed folder.

THE DESIGN SOLUTION

After being given Paul Renner and his typeface Futura, the solution was to use Renner’s initials in the mark as the “P” and “R” were of the same shapes. When put in outlines they came together, the “P” within the “R” into one mark with both letters visible. This mark consists only of lines of which the weights could be changed subtly in order to designate different pieces.

This use of lines in the mark subsequently dictated the graphic language present in each piece, dictating space and leading the eye to important features. The color orange was chosen to reflect Futura itself, projecting a sense of forwardness and vibrancy; apropos considering that Renner created Futura as a new, modern, geometric typeface very different from earlier sans-serif typefaces which are modeled after sign painting. Overall, my goal was to create a light, elegant, and modern identity system in order to reflect Paul Renner’s Futura.