The Counterspaces – Typography in the Age of Black Swans

Posted by in Editorial, Trend Reports on May/2023

Zetafonts presents the new issue of the Type Trends lookbook series, titled The counterspaces (Typography in the Age of Black Swans). Curated by the Type Campus team, it is an exploration of the many contemporary counter-trends in the world of design and typography, that have arisen in response to the unpredictable events that have occurred in recent years. 


The counterspaces – Typography in the Age of Black Swans presents the work and the thoughts of some of the most interesting and innovative creators and thinkers in the typographic field, and guides the reader in a hidden world of undefined and antagonistic areas in typographic design. These “counter-spaces” identify the hidden, emerging trends in typography and design that are responsive to the ever-changing world around us, including not only visual styles, but also business models, work philosophies, and social design considerations.

The counterspaces – Typography in the Age of Black Swans is a must-read for anyone interested in graphic design, typography, and their links to the social and cultural zeitgeist. It offers a unique perspective on the role of design in society, and how typography can be used to create meaning and connection in a world that is constantly changing. Whether you are a designer, a student, or simply interested in the way design shapes our world, this book will leave you with a new appreciation for the power of typography to inspire, engage, and transform.

The Counterspaces features the work and the words of: Gab Bois, Viktor Baltus (Type Design Class), Beatrice Caciotti, Kevin Cantrell, Ninan Chacko (Monotype), Andy Cruz (House Industries), Jessica Deseo (The Dieline, Print Magazine), Oded Ezer, Brandon Fretwell, Måns Grebäck, Lucas Hesse, Loukas Karnis (TypeRoom), Erik Kessels (Kesselskramer), Deborah Lynne Kugler, Tien Min Liao, Pann Lim (Rubbish Magazine), Kristie Malivindi (JKR), Nunzio Mazzaferro (Collletttivo), Raven Mo, Valerio Monopoli, Kiel D. Mutschelknaus, Duy Nguyễn (M — N Associates),  Toshi Omagari, Dirk Petzold (We and the Color),  Ksenya Samarskaya, Alex Slobzheninov, Panos Vassiliou (Parachute), Martyna Wędzicka-Obuchowicz

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Type Trends Look Book Vol 5 / 2023
The counterspaces – Typography in the Age of Black Swans

A project by Typecampus / Sponsored by Zetafonts
Concept & Creative Direction: Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini
Art Direction & Editorial Design: Isabella Ahmadzadeh
Zetafonts Catalogue Graphic Design: Sofia Bandini

Texts by: Isabella Ahmadzadeh and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini
Accounting & Production Management: Debora Manetti.

All typefaces by: Zetafonts Foundry / Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli, Mario de Libero, Debora Manetti.
Brand names and trademarks are cited for illustrative purposes only, no affiliation on endorsement is intended. 

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