Type Life — Issue #2 — SangBleu Typeface Legacy
The second issue of Type Life – SangBleu Typeface Legacy – is out and available here.
Swiss Typefaces presents insights into their cosmos of style, fonts, and fashion. Type Life is the only place where you’ll find both Rihanna and Rudolf Koch, where social media snippets are framed by engravings from the Caslon type foundry, and where a douk-douk knife ends up next to a 15th-century Danse Macabre. As usual, Type Life doesn’t make many words, and instead shows plenty of letterforms. Printed in no less than seven Pantone spot colors, the publication features rotated and mirrored words, slanted roman page numbers, radial gradients and all the other things your design prof wouldn’t approve of.
At the center of issue 2 is Sang Bleu. That’s the name both of a typeface from Swiss Typefaces, and of an independent multi-disciplinary media platform and creative agency. The two were initiated together and share a common history. From the very first incarnation in 2007 to the new SangBleu typeface completed in 2017, the SangBleu typographic identity has built a legacy for itself. Many SangBleu fonts debuted in the Sang Bleu magazine, a publication about fashion, tattoo culture and more.
Each issue of Type Life features a guest artist. This time it’s Studio Jimbo from Paris. In their contribution, letterforms from the SangBleu and KRSNA typefaces dissolve in a blizzard of halftone dots, with a death’s head staring at you from the eye of the storm. This leads to an introduction of the all-new SangBleu typeface, released in October 2017 in five full-featured collections – Empire, Kingdom, Republic, Versailles, and Sunrise – each in a range of weights with matching italics, in Latin and Cyrillic, spanning 45 styles in total.
The Type Life #2 is issued in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.